Bette vs Joan: The Battle of Baby Jane

“Who wants to see those two old broads” so the story goes about The Producer who turned down the project.

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Whatever Happened to Baby Jane brought Bette Davis and Joan Crawford together in the twilight of their careers to revitalize them, and remind people that women in movies are watchable. and relatable. represent.

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane saw Davis as Baby Jane, a child star eclipsed by her sister as adults in movies, cue accident and but ya are Blanche ya are in the wheelchair.

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Bette Davis was an east coast prude and Joan Crawford started in pornography. Their fights were not so much over parts, but Men. That Davis wanted and Crawford got.

During the filming, the pair divas and tormented each other. Davis actually kicked Crawford, who put lead weights in her costume for the dragging scene, causing Bette to wrench her back.

Crawford has the most impressive pointed boobs as she dies of dehydration, starvation and abuse on the beach while Davis crazy dances for the crowd.

a commentary on celebrity if there ever was one.

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The two were paired again for Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte, but Crawford dropped out.

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Davis had the last laugh, sorta, when Christina Crawford wrote Mommy Dearest following Crawford’s death.

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Davis’ daughter, seeing the book success, didn’t wait for her mother to die.

The other rivalry between them: Crawford adopted while Davis gave birth.

A Classic Hollywood Celebrity Feud that was more real than press.

First look at Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis and Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford
First look at Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis and Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford

This TV remake of Baby Jane spanned the 70s to 90s- and replaced the original movie’s Mama’s Boy Piano player with an overtly  gay fan of Janes who tricks her into playing herself and him being Blanche in drag.

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