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
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
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.
References A Fever in the Blood
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] See more