To start out, here is the vixen with the least amount of poison, being that she's just a kid and all. Nellie is the daughter of the town snob, Mrs. Oleson and she is every bit her own mother's child. Spoiled, nasty, conniving and manipulative, she is portrayed as the arch-enemy of, well...everyone! I think everyone's favorite episode is when Laura Ingalls, pushes Nellie into a lake while she's faining sickness in wheelchair to get Laura to do her schoolwork for her. Great work, Laura!
My second-baddest chick is Catwoman. Mysterious and intriguing, she always manages to slip away from Batman, without him putting forth much effort to snag her, of course! Out of all the Catwomen that have graced the tube and screen, my favorite was portrayed in Halle Berry's characterization. This version of Catwoman was the one where the stock character finally grew some veins. Her 3-dimensional characteristics were totally developed in this version and she came alive as a woman with a real history behind the mask. In the end, she got more cheers than jeers.
She's your typical ambitious, social climber and status-seeker. She's conceited, self-absorbed and shallow, to boot! Her only 2 driving forces in life are Mode magazine and botox. This conniving diva will do anything to get to the top...and stay there. The poor thing is always trying (and failing miserably) to live up to her dear-old-dad's standards so she never really took the time to develop her own...unless you call blackmail a standard!
Constance represents the quintessential good-girl-gone-bad. She left home with big dreams of becoming an actress only to find out the world was a quite different one than what she imagined, and the least accommodating to a girl of her moral fortitude. So highly-principled is Constance that she murdered her husband and his victim right before he commences to rape her. Here's to not taking any guff off ANYONE! Despite battling deep depression behind broken dreams, her philandering husband and her inability to hide the bodies after the killing, she manages to keep it all together with a sweet and unsuspecting demeanor...gee whiz!
Ah...another saga of a good woman pushed over the edge by her cold, emotionally dead husband, Blake Carrington. True to the form of a woman (scorned), she makes it her primary life's ambition to "make the bastard pay." She goes about it with the style and grace of the proverbial "bull in a china shop" using and punishing anyone who dares to become her rival...including her own daughter. The depths to which this fetus-murdering vixen will sink has no bounds. If you listen carefully while reading this, you may hear a faint, maniacal cackling in the distant wind!
Cookie Lyon is a very complex character. To me, she's the gal you want to root for in spite of what she has to do in order to traverse the choppy waters of the music business...and life, in general. A (cruel) victim of circumstance along with an unsupportive ex-husband who takes to the wind when the chips are down, Cookie has to fend for herself while standing alone in an impossible situation as a result of simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Given her "round the way girl" persona, she beats back her adversaries with street-smart cunning and ruthlessness that raises her character up as a tragic heroine of universal proportions. When she finally "makes the bastard pay" in the end, one can only root for Cookie, and maybe brush away a tear or two!
A child abuser really "sticks in my craw." The daughter of the late Joan Crawford, Christina Crawford, lets her crazy mommie have it with a tell-all novel that blossoms into a campy Hollywood classic hit. The "wire hanger" scene, depicted here, was the one that really hit home for me because my own mother couldn't stand the damn things either...but come on, Joan! This movie, to me, was simply further justification that the rich, Hollywood lives are just as, if not, more (dysfunctional) than us average, run-of-the-mill, wire-hanger using folks. Great work, Christina!
This woman, to me, is by far the baddest of the all the vixens listed here. A nurse charged with the care of the mentally ill should be filled with professionalism tempered with compassion and human feeling, right? NOT! Mildred represents the "old order," well, with her strict adherence to discipline...even if it's to a fault. In many instances within the film, the inmates were truly running the asylum. "Cuckoo's Nest" is a 70's film and a truly "dated" one in the sense that Mildred gets "taken down a peg, or two" by Jack Nicholson's character, ripping her blouse open and destroying forever in our eyes, Mildred's emotionally sterile, exceptionally professional portrayal. Like me, I wonder if Gloria Steinem had to scratch her head on this one, too?