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Scoop: Revenge to Introduce Victoria's [Spoiler] — Who Should Play Her?

The news that Revenge is casting Emily’s long-lost mom is as out in the open as Amanda’s gigantic pregnancy belly. But TVLine has learned that the soapy ABC drama is searching for the perfect person to play Victoria’s mother, as well.

That’s right: In Season 2, we’re going to meet the woman who spawned the vicious Hamptons socialite played by Madeleine Stowe. Whether we’ll meet the older woman at Vicky’s possible funeral — you’ll recall that the plane she was allegedly on blew up in the Season 1 finale — or at some other point remains to be seen.

Also no word yet on who’ll bring Mama Harper to life, but why should that stop us from having a little fun in the meantime? Below is our short list for the part. After you’ve read it, let us know who you’d put in the role. Think of it as one of Queen Victoria’s lavish summer soirees, and the theme is Cast Your Bets. Armchair Casting Directors, you’re cordially invited!

JOAN COLLINS | Dynasty’s grande dame of on-screen bitchery would be a perfect fit to play the Queen Mum. Aside from their resemblance, Collins and Stowe both carry themselves in the same regal manner — a manner that says, “I may be stunningly beautiful, but I am not above thrashing the stuffing out of you in a lily pond.” The fact that Collins is British? A minor detail, dahhling.

RAQUEL WELCH | The 1960s sex symbol would bring a va-va-voom allure to the part. (Can’t you just see her inappropriately flirting with Conrad?) Aside from a few short-lived series and a recent CSI: Miami appearance, Welch hasn’t done much TV; she could be just the kind of buzzy name to give the show an extra boost.

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CATHERINE DENEUVE | Deneuve and Stowe share the same high forehead and soulful eyes, and after playing a widow who wanted breast implants filled with her husband’s ashes on a 2006 Nip/Tuck, we know the French actress is up for a little campy fun. Don’t worry about the accent and blonde hair — we think Deneuve has a certain je ne sais quoi that would fit in quite nicely at Grayson Manor.

JACQUELINE BISSET | Another Nip/Tuck alumna, Bisset can play ruthless (her Nip character, James, rang an organ-theft ring) as easily as she can sweet (see her turn in the Hallmark Channel’s An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving), and the ability to switch back and forth between the two is something Mrs. Harper is likely to need.

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JANE BADLER | She commanded V’s mother ship and burned the man who spurned her on Falcon Crest, so we’re thinking Badler would be more than capable of playing the woman who gave birth to Emily’s nemesis. Plus, with her soap background (Badler was One Life to Live’s Melinda), she knows a thing or two about how to sell a cliffhanger.

JULIE CHRISTIE | The Oscar-winning British actress, who has limited her work to a few film roles in the past several years, would be a real get for Revenge. And think of the haughty glamour — not to mention the cheekbones! – she’d bring to the role. We can easily picture her giving someone an empty box as an engagement gift, can’t you?

Your turn. Who would you cast? The comments section is now open for your suggestions!



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Comments (109)

  • I would LOVE for Victoria’s mother to be played by Joan Collins or Raquel Welch, personally. They’d both be fantastic in the role. But then I love Jacqueline Bisset, too. So any of the three! :D

    Comment by Summer – June 22, 2012 02:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This whole list from TVline is so cliche and lame, it doesn’t deserve to be considered. Only someone who doesn’t watch Revenge would consider these people as serious contenders.

      Comment by AB – June 24, 2012 01:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’d keep in mind that Victoria comes from a “lower class” than she’s at now. She was conning people into buying forged paintings and waiting tables when Conrad met her. Not to mention her line about Amanda having cheap shoes and “limited social graces” and how Conrad noted that Victoria was like that in the beginning. So whoever plays Victoria’s mother will probably need to be someone who would believably come from the lower or middle-class. (I feel ridiculous talking about socio-economic classes, like this is some Victorian history lesson, but I don’t know how else to phrase it)

    Comment by Ryan – June 22, 2012 02:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh, my comment is in response to this line: “Aside from their resemblance, Collins and Stowe both carry themselves in the same regal manner.” My point was just that Victoria didn’t necessarily get her “regal manner” from her mother – especially if they were a poor family. Unfortunately, I can’t think of anyone who would be an amazing fit the role except Collins. Maybe they could turn her into her taco-eating persona from “Will & Grace?”

      Comment by Ryan – June 22, 2012 02:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Very true. According to Conrad, Victoria climbed the social ladder. Since William Devane was cast to play Conrad’s father, I would love to see Donna Mills play Mrs. Harper. I think witty and cunning Ms. Abby Cunningham Ewing Sumner can pull off this cheap shoe act very well.

      Comment by Overdamoon – June 22, 2012 04:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Glad someone remembered that. This list is ridiculous.

      Comment by AB – June 24, 2012 01:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She is probably too young for the role (and probably too old to play Emily’s mother)…but I’d love to see Susan Lucci on the show. The former bitch queen of daytime face-off with the bitch queen of primetime sounds too fun to miss.

    Comment by Adam – June 22, 2012 02:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Susan Lucci would be good. Judlth Light would probably be pretty good but she’s too young as well :(

      Comment by Cherice – June 22, 2012 02:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • i like to see susan lucci play emily mother to probrably get high rating to, the show is great

        Comment by tracy – June 24, 2012 05:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Susan Lucci could work as Emily’s mom if only so we have someone who could face off with Victoria. I would love to see Jennifer Garner or Sarah Michelle Gellar join the cast, but have no idea what character they could be.

      Comment by L – June 23, 2012 11:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Lucci would be awesome. She looks young enough to play a younger role but I think she has been contracted to Devious Maids unfortunately.

      Comment by Skater boy – September 27, 2012 11:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Joan Collins for sure!!!!!

    Comment by AJ – June 22, 2012 02:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i love jane badler !!!!!

    Comment by me – June 22, 2012 02:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Elizabeth Mitchell, Michelle Pfiefer, or Marg Helgenberger!

    Comment by Krista – June 22, 2012 02:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think Marg Helgenberger would be perfect!!!!

      Comment by Sara – June 22, 2012 02:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The topic this time is Victoria‘s mother, not Emily’s.

        Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – June 22, 2012 03:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Joan Collins or Jane Badler..would be my two choices.

    Comment by Jane – June 22, 2012 02:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Joan Collins!!!! If they can get her … WOW! Would be awesome.

    Comment by Daniela – June 22, 2012 02:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Joan Collins will be great for playing the roll of Victoria Mother. she is a great actress.

      Comment by LaWanda Terry – September 27, 2012 12:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Betty White! (Hey, someone had to.)

    In all seriousness, if they’re gonna use a Nip/Tuck alum I’d rather see Vanessa Redgrave. But my first choice would be Jane Fonda!

    Comment by M – June 22, 2012 02:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would go a different direction: Carol Burnett or Mary Tyler Moore. Both are age- appropriate and can play down-to-earth and/or snooty with aplomb. They could both also be a lot of fun if the situation warrants it.

    Comment by Drew – June 22, 2012 02:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • OMG! I would loove to see Carol Burnett as Victoria’s mother! That would be awesome!

      Comment by Lilith – June 22, 2012 03:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well, if they’re referring to her as Mama Harper, then shouldn’t it be Vicki Lawrence , not Burnett?

      Comment by Miffy – June 22, 2012 05:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Haha-love a good, random Mama’s Family reference!

        Comment by Winnie – June 23, 2012 08:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You beat me to it. I was thinking MTM myself. :D

      Comment by laurelnev – June 23, 2012 04:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • No, I saw her in New York and she looks 100 years old and looks nothing like she used to years ago. Many bad face lifts has left her in sad shape.

        Comment by nono – July 12, 2012 12:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • how about susan sarandon, i can see her playing victoria mother very well

    Comment by salim – June 22, 2012 02:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ooohhh, I like this idea!

      Comment by lar – June 22, 2012 05:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Great suggestion. Sarandon is such a good actress she could play low-rent yet still be pretty enough to be Victoria’s mother. Plus her stint on The Big C just ended.

      Comment by TheBeach – June 23, 2012 12:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Susan Sarandon will be PERFECT!!! Now we know where victoria gets her deadly stares

        Comment by sally – June 23, 2012 11:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Does Susan Sarandon really look old enough to be Victoria’s mom?

      Comment by Mary – June 23, 2012 11:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Echoing what Ryan said – Victoria came from very humble beginnings, and considering we haven’t really heard about ANY of her family, they may still be pretty lower class.

    Comment by Aaron – June 22, 2012 02:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cher, even though she’s too young to be Madeleine Stowe’s mother

    Comment by B – June 22, 2012 02:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Genius suggestion! There is a good physical resemblance and she could have been a teen mom, struggling to raise her kid in a trailer. And she can pull off blingy, slightly trashy but fab outfits that make Vicky cringe. Love this idea!!!!

      Comment by Carrie – June 22, 2012 08:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jane balder!!!!!!!!

    Comment by erin – June 22, 2012 02:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sally Kirkland!!!!

    Comment by TMW – June 22, 2012 02:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Or Anne Archer.

    Comment by TMW – June 22, 2012 02:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jane Badler for the win!

    Comment by Chuck – June 22, 2012 03:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Donna Mills. I just saw a picture of her at 71 and she is still drop dead gorgeous. She can also play manipulative and grasping. The hair color is wrong, but the personna could work.

    Comment by Percysowner – June 22, 2012 03:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jane Badler sadly just isn’t old enough to make it realistic

    Comment by Suzie – June 22, 2012 03:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Linda Lavin.

    Comment by tim – June 22, 2012 03:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is the mom showing up in scenes that take place in the present or in the past when Victoria was a young girl, say Amanda’s age? If that were the case, then anyone could play the part.

    Comment by Michael Sacal – June 22, 2012 04:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • jean stapleton or linda dano or debbie reynolds or carrie fischer or ed asner in drag

    Comment by Devon – June 22, 2012 04:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Stockard Channing

    Comment by Andrea – June 22, 2012 05:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She would be great! I’ve seen her play both snooty and trashy equally well.

      Comment by moobear – June 22, 2012 06:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I LOVE Stockard Channing – but isn’t she even younger than Madeleine Stowe?

        Comment by davey – June 24, 2012 07:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • RAQUEL WELCH!!!!!!

    Comment by Leo – June 22, 2012 05:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • While not technically old enough to be her mother, I think Barbara Hershey would be great in this role.

    Comment by Suz – June 22, 2012 06:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Barbara Hershey would be really good! I just saw her on Once Upon A Time, playing the Evil Queen’s mother. Enough said.

      Comment by April – June 26, 2012 01:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would love to see Jane Badler I guess she is the perfect person:))

    Comment by Lilik Rahayu – June 22, 2012 06:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Stockard Channing or Sally Field.

    Comment by Emanda – June 22, 2012 07:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No one — too soon. Let her be an unseen character who knows all sorts of sordid stuff, she’s the key to unlocking a secret or two, then introduce her in a later season. And have her be played by a talented, well known actress who has not gone under the knife to extremes or has had any gunk injected into her face. That should narrow the field considerably.

    Comment by april-ann – June 22, 2012 07:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As I was reading I kept thinking “A slightly older Meagan Mullally…” She really does have more than just the comedy chops…seeing Stockard Channing as I scrolled nailed it in my mind! I see caniving and someone who groomed Victoria to do what she’s done to get where she is…

    Comment by dq18 – June 22, 2012 07:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh! They’d all be fabulous!

    Comment by mia – June 22, 2012 07:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YES JANE BADLER!!

    Comment by Liam – June 22, 2012 07:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Madeline Stowe is 53/54 so Emily’s mother should be in that range and Victoria’s mother would need to be in her 70s. How about Joan Rivers?

    Comment by Coolio Jackson – June 22, 2012 08:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Raquel Welch would be great! Barbara Hershey would be good too; they could make her look old enough I bet!

    Comment by Fabian – June 22, 2012 08:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Stockard Channing is so perfect. That or Jackie Bissett

    Comment by Scott – June 22, 2012 09:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The OC’s Melinda Clarke or marcia cross

    Comment by sam – June 22, 2012 10:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • melinda is on nikita, but she would be fantastic! I love her and she would be fantastic as emilys mom, but this is for Victorias mom. I have only seen a few minutes of marcia in desperate houswives but I just rewatched Melrose and she was great in there and a PURE NUTCASE!!!

      Comment by BRUTUS – June 23, 2012 09:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • My bad I thought it was for Emily’s mom. How about another worlds Victoria Wyndham (Rachel) or anna stuart also, robin strasser, or Donna mills

        Comment by Sam – June 24, 2012 02:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think that, going with Victoria’s backstory, the part of Victoria’s mother would have to go to someone who is less refined and educated, yet intelligent and keen, a person who would have contributed to Victoria’s personality. I picture someone desperate who disappointed or hurt Victoria terribly, someone who caused her to be such a cold person quick to betray those she loved. She’d have to be in her mid to late 60s (Victoria is in her mid-forties). Mary Beth Peil, Ellen Burstyn, Fionnula Flannagan and Jane Fonda would all be good picks.

    Comment by Ally – June 22, 2012 11:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I forgot to mention Stockard Channing. I think she’d be a good fit.

      Comment by Ally – June 22, 2012 11:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Victoria Principal

    Comment by Mr. S – June 23, 2012 12:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How about Elaine Stritch? She can be dramatic or comedic, is age appropriate and a damn fine actress. I could see her playing a lower class bitch ready to mooch off of Victoria.

    Comment by Topher – June 23, 2012 01:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I doubt she’d do it but how about Judy Davis?

    Comment by Keenan – June 23, 2012 02:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh my god, I love Judy Davis! She would be absolutely perfect! She’s not quite old enough but her talents are phenomenal. She’d make me believe she was Victoria Grayson’s mother.

      Comment by April – June 26, 2012 01:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • In the name of all that is television holy, someone call Donna Mills’ agent, send her a bottle of dark hair dye, and cast her in the role! She would be a shoe in for the role!
    With William Devane playing Conrad’s dad, we would have a Greg and Abby reunion!

    And that’s my Knots Landing wet dream of the day… :)

    Comment by Eran – June 23, 2012 03:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sally Fields .

    Comment by Trenton – June 23, 2012 05:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jane Badler. There can be only one.

    Comment by NatesMama – June 23, 2012 06:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think Linda Gray would be a good choice. Sure, she’s doing Dallas, but that’s only a 10 episode season.

    Comment by Jack – June 23, 2012 08:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She’s also age appropriate, although she looks really good for 71!

      Comment by Cathy – June 23, 2012 11:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Linda Gray would be awesome! I’m sure all her Dallas episodes have already been filmed by now, which should make her free. The great thing about LG is that we already know she can play the bitchy, overbearing yet vulnerable character. Also, she does look good for her age.

        Comment by Mary – June 24, 2012 07:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • JANE BADLER!

    Comment by Matt – June 23, 2012 08:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jane Badler’s GOTTA GET THIS ROLE!!!!!!!!!!…..She deserves it…..Go Janey!!!!…..ABC and the producers of this show please choose her thanks.

    Comment by John Reilly (Stratford,New Jersey) – June 23, 2012 09:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Blythe Danner

    Comment by Jrp001 – June 23, 2012 09:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t really care who plays Victoria’s Mother, But I want HOLLY HUNTER for Emilys!

    Comment by Karen – June 23, 2012 10:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lynda Carter!!! She’d be awesome!!

    Comment by Jo Bautista – June 23, 2012 12:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Too bad Jessica Lange is otherwise engaged. With a little “older” make-up can you imagine what a manipulative hell-raiser she would be?!

    Comment by TheBeach – June 23, 2012 12:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Okay I have the perfect mother for Victoria, Andrea Martin who played Aunt Voula in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. She is 15 or more years older and she looks like an older Victoria, the even have the same noses. I also like Susan Dey and Cristine Rose who was in What Women Want. Neither have had work done on their faces to make them look younger. I couldn’t believe Susan Dey from the Partridge Family is over 60, but she is. Wendy Malick is over sixty and she might be okay.

      Comment by nono – July 12, 2012 12:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What about Jaclyn Smith?

    Comment by m – June 23, 2012 01:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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