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Cast aside by Hollywood, screen legends Joan Crawford and Bette Davis battle each other when they sign up for What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?



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In two separate interviews in the late 1970s, Olivia de Havilland and Joan Blondell, in part, place the filming of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) and the difficult relationship between its two stars, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, before, during and after filming into some context. Joan and Bette are known as two of the most powerful actresses of their time. Bette in particular is known for her fearlessness on screen, while Joan was more protective of the image she projected both in her acting and personal life. It's 1961. Past middle age which is a difficult age for actresses to get substantial leading roles, both Joan and Bette are past what would be considered their acting prime, with Marilyn Monroe the Hollywood "it" girl of the day. Joan's latest husband, Pepsi executive Alfred Steele, has just passed away. Although Pepsi no longer pays Joan, she is still flogging the brand to appear relevant. Although her absence from acting was partly to focus on her life with Al, it ... Written by Huggo

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Did You Know?


In his opening scene Robert Aldrich (Alfred Molina) is directing Sodom and Gomorrah (1962) when there is a mishap on the set. See more »


On the set of "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?", the reflection on Bette and Bob's glasses are blue, as if from a computer monitor. There isn't anything visible on set that would cause this type of reflection. See more »


Joan Crawford: Friends? You think it's friendship I want from her? Is that what you think? You're wrong, it's respect. It's the only thing I ever wanted from her, or any of them for that matter. It's the one thing I've never got.
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References A Fever in the Blood (1961) See more »


Wives and Lovers
Music by Burt Bacharach
Lyrics by Hal David
Performed by Jack Jones
[The song is played as Bette and Joan arrive at Hedda's house]
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Realizing You Need Each Other
26 June 2017 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Feud: Bette and Joan (2017)

Episode 1: Pilot

Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) realizes that there aren't any good roles coming to her so her agent recommends she look for her own project. This leads her to discovering the book What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?. Joan realizes this could be the help her career needs but she's going to have to accept the fact that the only way to sell it is by getting her rival Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) on board.

I actually went back and watched WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? before I started this series. I was a little shocked that they decided to tell the story of Crawford and Davis since, well, so many actors and actresses from previous decades just aren't remembered by anyone other than film buffs like myself.

This first episode at least got the series off to a good start. I'm not going to call this episode great because it seems like it was made to try and inform people of who Davis and Crawford were. As a film buff, I'm well aware of them so there really wasn't anything ground- breaking here story-wise. It did do a great job at building up your interest for what is obviously going to follow.

Both Sarandon and Lange have fit into their roles quite nicely so it's going to be interesting to see where these two legendary actresses go while playing legendary actresses. It seems the series gets a chuckle out of some F-bombs being dropped as well as even more profanity, which seems to be becoming the norm on FX.

Episode: B+

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