In 1970s interviews, Joan (Blondell) and Olivia continue to provide context into Joan (Crawford) and Bette's relationship, including that Jack put Joan under contract at Warner's (at a pittance) in the early 1940s solely to irk Bette, with the dynamic between the two and within Hollywood changing with Joan's success in Mildred Pierce (1945), after which it was Joan who got the plum roles and Bette largely the ones as housewives and slatterns. Back in 1962, filming on "Baby Jane" is well under way, and Joan and Bette are largely getting along as well as can be expected in their joint goal of making the movie a success and showing their joint dominance on the set. The latter issue does not sit well with Bob, as although he realizes he is considered a B-list director, he is still the director who should command the respect of his cast and crew. Both Jack and Hedda are miffed by the seeming cordiality between the two stars, Jack specifically who orders Bob to create emotional fireworks ... Written by
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The episode depicts a young actress being fired from the movie at the insistence of both the stars - she is said to be playing the daughter of the house next door. In actual fact, this extremely small part was played by Bette Davis's own daughter, Barbara Merrill. See more
In the scene introducing Victor Buono, he immediately tells Davis that he is a homosexual (something about which the real Buono was extremely discreet - understandably in 1962) and is described by Aldrich as an eminent Broadway actor. In reality, Buono was a 23-year-old actor in his first major part who had appeared in regional theater, but would not make his only Broadway appearance until 1970. See more
[on seeing Joan and Bette acting like friends
I haven't seen this much shit since my last bowel movement
What year was that?
References The Little Foxes
I've Written a Letter to Daddy
Music by Frank De Vol
Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Performed by Susan Sarandon
with Alfred Molina
[Bette rehearses singing the song with Bob] See more