Divorced single mom Mildred Pierce decides to open a restaurant business, which tears at the already-strained relationship with her her ambitious elder daughter, Veda.
The final two parts unfold in the late 1930s, when Mildred's booming business enables her to open a third restaurant in Laguna Beach, but her success also puts a strain on her relationship with the 17-year-old Veda (Evan Rachel Wood), who is busy working her way up the social ladder and blossoming, unbeknownst to her mother, as an opera singer.
Part 3 of 5. Despite suffering a great personal loss, Mildred opens her restaurant, which, thanks to help from Ida and Lucy, becomes the talk of the town after a slow start. Meanwhile, Mildred grows impatient with the carefree Monty's expensive tastes and casual approach to Veda's upbringing.
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