The complete first draft (April 28th, 1980) script for "Mommie Dearest" by screenwriter Tracy Hotchner.

     This draft was written during the period of time when actress Anne Bancroft was slated to portray Joan Crawford in the film. While several key scenes in this draft appears in the finished film, this version of the script is far removed from the version ​filmed in 1981 with actress Faye Dunaway.​​

     Click here to read the film's shooting script, which was written by producer Frank Yablins and Frank Perry, this version followed Faye Dunaway being cast in the film. A few of the key scenes from this script, and Christina Crawford's October 1978 screenplay, was recycled into the final shooting script.​


"Mommie Dearest" (April 1980 draft)