Published May 07, 2005
In addition, Joe Garner, author of the new "Life Is Like a Box of Chocolates and Other Motherly Wisdom From the Movies," (search) which includes nominations for best movie moms, talked this morning with FOX News.
Below are their lists of some of the best moms to grace the screen.
Inside TV's All-Time Greatest TV Moms:
1. Marge Simpson (search) ("The Simpsons," animated — voice of Julie Kavner). Simpson is called a "modern day June Cleaver" for the way she juggles children Bart, Lisa and Maggie, and still manages to keep chubby hubby Homer in check. Marge's words of wisdom: "Let's forget our troubles with a big bowl of strawberry ice cream."
2. June Cleaver ("Leave it to Beaver," actress Barbara Billingsley). The consummate '50s mom, Cleaver vacuums in fancy dresses, pearls and high-heels, and never has a hair out of place. June's words of wisdom: "I wish Wally wouldn't use words like 'flaky' and 'kooky.'"
3. Clair Huxtable ("The Cosby Show," actress Phylicia Rashad). 1980s supermom Huxtable — who is a working lawyer with five kids — stands her ground with husband Cliff. Claire's words of wisdom: "If you don't get it together and drop these macho attitudes, you are never gonna have anyone bringing you anything, anyplace, anytime, ever!"
4. Olivia Walton ("The Waltons," actress Michael Learned). Walton sacrifices her dreams of being a singer, painter and dressmaker in order to raise her family. She battles polio, tuberculosis, the Depression and World War II. Olivia's words of wisdom: "I think you could be anything you want to be, doll."
5. Lorelai Gilmore ("Gilmore Girls," actress Lauren Graham). Gilmore is an opinionated single mom who manages to be her teenage daughter's best friend. Lorelai's words of wisdom: "I'm afraid once you're heart is involved, it all comes out in Moron."
6. Marion Cunningham ("Happy Days," actress Marion Ross). Nurturing "Mrs. C" helps transform surrogate son Fonzie from a tough guy with a chip on his shoulder to an affable lug. Marion's words of wisdom: "Life would be so much more pleasant if we just had more closet space."
7. Caroline Ingalls ("Little House on the Prairie," actress Karen Grassie). Her family may be poor, but Ingalls always manages to make her girls pretty party dresses. Caroline's words of wisdom: "I'm sure Nellie has her good qualities somewhere."
8. Carol Brady ("The Brady Bunch," actress Florence Henderson). Brady's a sweet lady who is also a loving mom and stepmom. Florence's words of wisdom: "The times might have changed, but people haven't."
9. Elyse Keaton ("Family Ties," actress Meredith Baxter). Keaton may not agree with her rabid Republican son Alex, but she always supports his right to be different. Elyse's words of wisdom: "I bet Skippy didn't stay up all night worrying about Watergate."
10. Bree Van de Kamp ("Desperate Housewives," actress Marcia Cross). Law-abiding mom Van de Kamp hides her son's hit-and-run accident to keep him out of jail. Bree's words of wisdom: "I would love you even if you were a murderer."
Joe Garner's best movie moms include:
--Florence "Rusty" Dennis ("Mask," actress Cher). Caring for her disfigured son illustrates a mother's unconditional love in this heart-wrenching movie. "The truest and most difficult test of a mother's love is caring for a child with a serious illness or mental or physical disability," says Garner.
--Maria Portokalos ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding," actress Lainie Kazan). Nothing can cause friction in a family more than cultural differences. Maria's husband wants the best for his daughter and wants her to marry a Greek man and have lots of Greek children. When she falls in love with a WASPy vegetarian, her mother says, "we came to this country to give you life, it's up to you to live it."