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Was John's Aunt Mimi Tony Soprano's mom?
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Never saw The Sopranos, so I can't speak to the comparison. However, in post #3, the OP says:

She was a very mean, pitiful woman...

Mimi may have not been Mother Theresa, but nothing I've read paints her in that light. I would feel comfortable saying no.

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Never saw The Sopranos, so I can't speak to the comparison. However, in post #3, the OP says:

She was a very mean, pitiful woman...

Mimi may have not been Mother Theresa, but nothing I've read paints her in that light. I would feel comfortable saying no.

I'd say Cynthia's book paints her in a pretty miserable light.

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I think what is meant here is, did Mimi have borderline personality disorder, which, if I remember my Sopranos correctly, is what Dr. Melfi believed Livia Soprano had (so did Gloria, one of Tony's goomars, for that matter. The Sopranos featured a fascinating dysfunctional family dynamic that, well, went on and on and-cut to black). The problem with trying to diagnose someone long dead who wasn't diagnosed as anything (as far as has been admitted to the public) while alive, is that we get so many conflicting accounts.  Cynthia and Julia Baird think she was on of the biggest witches on two legs who did John irreparable psychological harm; Yoko and Paul speak of her fondly. John complained of her at least once to his cousin Leila in their correspondence, but there were times he spoke warmly of her. 

I might be overstepping my bounds as a newbie, but based on what I've read, I suspect the Stanley side of Lennon's family tree, at least, saw its fair share of what would now be called mental illness. It was still fairly taboo to talk about it in 1980, when John died. I don't mean this as a character assassination of an entire family line, just something genetic.

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