Part One


Episode Info

In the first part of this five-part adaptation of James M. Cain's 1941 novel, Depression-era housewife Mildred Pierce (Kate Winslet) searches for work to maintain a middle-class lifestyle after her husband leaves her with two young daughters in Glendale, Cal. Cowritten and directed by Todd Haynes, it also features Melissa Leo.


Kate Winslet
as Mildred Pierce
James Le Gros
as Wally Burgan
Melissa Leo
as Lucy Gessler
Brian F. O'Byrne
as Bert Pierce
Morgan Turner
as Veda Pierce (Age 11)
Hope Davis
as Mrs. Forrester
Quinn McColgan
as Ray Pierce
Murphy Guyer
as Mr. Pierce
Diane Kagan
as Mrs. Pierce
Brenda Wehle
as Mrs. Turner
Laura Rosenthal
as Waitress 2
Darlene Violette
as Waitress 3
Annette Arnold
as Waitress 4
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