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 ...
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Hedda Hopper makes reference to Joan Crawford's "custom Billy Haines furniture." Billy Haines was a silent film star who became a Hollywood interior decorator after he was routed out of the film business for refusing to give up his relationship with his male lover. See more
When Bette and Joan go to Hedda's house for dinner, Hedda says that the Fondas are coming to dinner on Wednesday. Henry Fonda was unmarried between 1961 and 1965. See more
My fans show up to a Joan Crawford picture expecting to see Joan Crawford.
This is not a Joan Crawford picture!
References Sodom and Gomorrah
In the Evening (When the Sun Goes Down)
Written by Leroy Carr
Performed by Mel Tormé
[The song is played when Bette arrives home in the taxi on a rainy night] See more