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'Mildred Pierce' premiere: Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, Melissa Leo go to HBO

March 22, 2011 |  1:05 pm

Guy Pearce and Kate Winslet at 'Mildred Pierce' premiere Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce and the stars of "Mildred Pierce," the Todd Haynes-directed HBO series based on James M. Cain's 1941 cult novel, walked the red carpet Monday to debut their new miniseries.

The series stars Winslet as a divorcee and single mother attempting to make ends meet while gaining her daughters' respect during the Great Depression. Joan Crawford starred in the 1945 film also based on the book and snagged a best actress Oscar -- her only Academy Award -- for the role. 

Winslet arrived at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York in a black sheath with sheer polka dots down the left side. She posed for photographs with costar Pearce, who plays the fictional Pierce's second husband Monty Beragon.

Haynes co-wrote the script and directed the 2002 Julianne Moore movie "Far From Heaven."

Oscar-winner Melissa Leo, who plays Mildred's friend Lucy Gessler, made the scene -- and we like to imagine that she and Winslet discussed how to keep their Oscars so shiny.

Evan Rachel Wood, who stars as Mildred's disgusted and rebellious daughter, Veda Pierce, arrived in a plum-colored Elie Saab dress. Morgan Turner plays the younger version of Veda, while the adorable Quinn McColgan plays Pierce's younger daughter, Ray. Their father Bert Pierce is played by Brian O'Byrne, who posed for photographers with his on-screen daughters. Click the pics for more photos from the premiere.

MildredpiercegalleryMare Winningham, who plays Mildred's friend Ida Corwin, and "Mercy's" James LeGros walked the red carpet.

Also spotted: "30 Rock's Cheyenne Jackson and "Boardwalk Empire's" Gretchen Mol. Mariska Hargitay of  "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" showed up for the fete in all black.

Guests gathered later for an after-party in the Grand Ballroom at the Plaza Hotel.

The miniseries hits HBO on March 27.


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— Nardine Saad

Left photo: Guy Pearce and actress Kate Winslet attend the premiere of HBO's "Mildred Pierce." Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press

Right photo: Evan Rachel Wood at the premiere. Credit: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images