Monday, March 2, 2009


Meredith Baxter pretty much summed up the essence of made for TV movies on the Lifetime channel with her portrayal of Betty Broderick in two productions: "A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story" and its sequel, "Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, The Last Chapter". I think those films may have even been the spark for such TV movies to have more than one title.

Here's the plot summary for the first movie from the

"After sixteen years of marriage and four children, Betty Broderick's high-powered attorney husband decides to leave her for a younger woman with whom he's been having an affair. Hurt by his betrayal and feeling helpless against his legal expertise, Betty begins a campaign of vandalism and verbal assault. Her rage consumes her and ultimately leads to a terrible and violent act."

I still don't know why the audience was supposed to feel sorry for her - she was getting 16,000 bucks a month to live on, and she got the mansion that overlooked the Pacific. And despite that, she harrassed and terrorized her ex-husband and his mistress until finally she killed them both.

But apparently, Meredith Baxter pulled it off, so kudos to her talents.

This first picture is from "A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story":
And the next one is from the sequel:
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