Sigourney Weaver was forced to undergo years of therapy to rebuild her self-esteem after her mother dismissed her as a "plain"-looking girl during her youth.
The actress turned to her mother, stage actress Elizabeth Inglis, for reassurance about her looks when she was being bullied at school - but was traumatised when her mum described her features as ordinary.
And she insists she had to have "lots and lots of therapy" to recover from her mother's harsh remarks.
She says, "I always felt gangly. I was teased at school for being a too-tall beanpole and I yearned to be the pretty one. When I was about eight, I asked my mum if I was pretty. She said, 'No, dear, you're just plain.'
"That was, well, hard. I thought, 'Gee, if your mom doesn't even think you are pretty...' It took me a long time to realise I was prettier than plain."