Joan Crawford's daughter, Christina Crawford whose book about her famous mother brought domestic violence into the nation's conscience, will be speaking at Sacred Heart University on Saturday, Nov. 23. "Surviving Mommie Dearest -- A Conversation with Christina Crawford" will take place at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts, where Crawford will introduce her film documentary, followed by her return to the stage for a Q&A session.

The 45-minute documentary features personal home movies and historical photos of both Joan and Christina Crawford, and covers 100 years of entertainment and show business history as well as issues of social justice. The documentary is based on three of Crawford's best-selling books, "Mommie Dearest," "Survivor" and "No Safe Place."

When it was released in 1978, "Mommie Dearest" was on the New York Times best-seller list for 42 weeks. The 20th anniversary edition of "Mommie Dearest" was published in 1998. "The new edition is published as I intended it. More than 100 pages -- mostly that delve into my adult relationship with Mother - that were left out of the original version are back in," Crawford said. "I've also added eyewitness accounts from people who came forward with information after the book was initially published, a preface to reflect the whirlwind that has happened in my life since "Mommie Dearest" was first published, and an afterword on adoption reform."

Tickets are $25, $15 for senior citizens, faculty and staff and $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased by calling or visiting the Edgerton Center box office; 203-371-7908, 5151 Park Ave., Mondays through Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. or online at

The 2013-2014 American Legend Series also includes "Linda Lavin -- A Interview Live On Stage on April 13, 2014.