Meryl Streep, as Joanna Kramer, reading newspaper in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979).
The central figure is that of the movingly, almost dangerously muddled mother, played by Miss Streep in what is one of the major performances of the year. Joanna is not an easily appealing character, especially when she returns after eighteen months of therapy in California and seeks legal custody of the child she walked out on.
Rita Hayworth. Dance of the seven veils. Salome (1953).
Considering the popular reputation of a girl known as Salome, who had something to do with the unhinging of John the Baptist’s head, and considering the wide-eyed admiration in which Rita Hayworth is held, it is not surprising to find the two young ladies brought together and exploited in a film.