Mother’s Day is this weekend, and no matter your relationship with your own mom, you can’t deny that historical costume movies and TV shows have given us some fantastic mothers. They range from sweet and caring to hilariously melodramatic, just like moms in the real world. Well, maybe not just like… Anyway, let’s look at some mothers in historical costume movies and TV series!
5) Caroline Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie (Karen Grassle)
The hardest working mom in fiction (especially since she’s based on a real person), Ma is no nonsense, but kind and has her family’s best interests at heart.
4) Mrs. Bennett in Pride and Prejudice (Alison Steadman)
“You don’t know how I suffer!” She’s a whirlwind of ruffled caps and recriminations, Mrs. Bennett is a shallow bundle of nerves. It’s great fun to watch, but if she were my mom, I’d run away from home.
3) Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music (Julie Andrews)
The all-singing, all-dancing, governess-turned-stepmom! She can teach you to sing scales and make you new clothes out of the curtains, all while running away from Nazis! What can’t this mom do?
2) Gertrude in Hamlet (Glenn Close)
Putting the Oedipal in Oedipal Complex, Gertrude’s relationship with her son is, um, complicated. Close’s version is pretty glam for the middle ages, making the attraction in Shakespeare’s text more obvious.
1) Marmee in Little Women (Susan Sarandon)
This Victorian mother tops my list because she’s the idealized mom from Alcott’s novel, but as portrayed by Sarandon, she’s also a liberal firebrand. Which takes more from Lousia May Alcott’s real life than the book (and the actress too), but it reminds me of my own mom even more!
Are you watching any historical costume movies or TV shows for Mother’s Day?