It isn’t every woman who gets to see a pivotal moment from her life interpreted for all the world to see by an Oscar-winning actress. It’s an even rarer woman who gets to see two Oscar-winning actresses re-enact such episodes from her life. But as anyone who has seen Almost Famous or Elizabethtown might have guessed, Alice Marie Crowe — the real-life mother of writer-director Cameron Crowe — is a rare woman indeed.
Almost Famous was the semi-autobiographical account of how Cameron became a reporter for Rolling Stone at the age of 15, with the grudging consent of his protective, intelligent mother, played by Fargo’s Frances McDormand. Elizabethtown is more clearly fictitious, but it was inspired by a much later period in the family’s life.