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
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In his opening scene Robert Aldrich (Alfred Molina) is directing Sodom and Gomorrah (1962) when there is a mishap on the set. See more
At the lunch with Hedda Hopper, the song "Wives and Lovers" sung by Jack Jones plays. This lunch occurs during the filming of "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane", filmed in early 1962, but the song was recorded in 1963. Perhaps the song they wanted to play here was "Hey! Little Girl" by Del Shannon, released in early 1962 (the lyrics of "Wives and Lovers" start with "Hey, little girl...."). See more
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References That's Entertainment!
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Sarah Vaughan
[The song is played following Bette and Gary's theater performance] See more