Mommy Dead and Dearest uncovers the chilling story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard and her mother Dee Dee. Gypsy was famous for being America’s most pitiful sweetheart. She was frail, wheelchair-bound, chronically ill, constantly receiving surgeries… and that was exactly how Dee Dee wanted Gypsy to live.
Dee Dee found fulfilment in life by soliciting sympathy and fame for her handicapped daughter. It didn’t matter that some of her daughter’s illnesses were fake, or that some surgeries were unnecessary, or that she never needed a wheelchair. The only thing that mattered was keeping her seemingly sick daughter in a pitiful spotlight created by a web of deceit and manipulation.
Gypsy grew to resent her mother’s lies and crave control over her future. A prisoner in her own home, she resolved to break out by any means necessary. Even murder. Using an astounding collection of home video and personal records, Mommy Dead and Dearest reveals the secret lives of Gypsy and Dee Dee, as well as the mysterious accomplice in Dee Dee’s murder.