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Mildred Pierce (1945)

“Because Mildred Pierce was such a massive hit upon release, leading actress Joan Crawford saw a career boost that for the next decade enabled her to be the first lady of melodrama. And this was crucial in establishing the norm that you could be a 40-something woman and still be a major, desirable box office star, capitalizing on what had been done on a smaller scale by actresses like Jean Arthur, Greer Garson, Irene Dunne, and others.”

Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce  (Michael Curtiz, 1945)