What is WITH this weird rite-of-film-passage? Why, if an actress can survive being an Ingenue and can still get work afterwards, why must she then graduate through the phase of Dying Mother?
Just finished watching the couple year old movie In The Land of Women (it's OK) with Meg Ryan as D-M. I can vividly remember Meryl Streep also dying through this same phase. It's as much of a cliche as the Ugly-or-Drag Role that wins the Oscar! (Glen Close is the latest to pass through that particular gauntlet with Albert Nobbs. Earlier POST.)