Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?

Posted: August 9, 2014 in August 2014

Girls Do Film

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This post is part of the Diamonds & Gold blogathon, hosted by Caftan Woman and Wide Screen World. There are so many wonderful entries, be sure to have a read of them!

They don’t make ‘em like they used to.

An oft-used cliche, especially when it comes to classic film, but one that applies in so many ways to What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Robert Aldrich’s much-loved, cult classic. So much of Baby Jane is a product of its time, from the well-developed roles for older actress to the female-dominated cast and the well publicised spat between the two leading ladies, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. It’s impossible to imagine a film like this being made today: two ‘older’ actress, one who clearly isn’t looking her best, embroiled in a battle of psychological wills that doesn’t stem from a love triangle or a broken relationship.

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  1. robbertvoges says:

    i always wonder if they did not laugh their asses off in their trailers….was there really so much hate?

  2. supernunny says:

    Much of the supposed hate originated from details in Considine’s book, Bette and Joan: The Divine Feud. As far as I know, they were totally professional during the filming of that movie (at least on the surface). I do wonder if the anecdote about Bette actually kicking her was exaggerated. It is interesting that the movie played to their respective strengths as performers, which reflected their utterly different personalities.

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