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Mommie Dearest 

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As production reaches its climax, Bette and Joan clash over every last detail, while both face private struggles.

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Ryan Murphy (created by), Jaffe Cohen (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Lange ... Joan Crawford
Susan Sarandon ... Bette Davis
Judy Davis ... Hedda Hopper
Jackie Hoffman ... Mamacita
Alfred Molina ... Robert Aldrich
Stanley Tucci ... Jack Warner
Alison Wright ... Pauline Jameson
Kiernan Shipka ... B.D. Merrill
Dominic Burgess ... Victor Buono
Dylan Wittrock ... Young Gay Man
Brooke Star ... Cindy Crawford
Chelsea Summer ... Cathy Crawford
Alan Brooks Alan Brooks ... Administrator
John Ross Clark John Ross Clark ... DP Ernie
Seth Coltan ... Assistant Director
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Although no where close to being friends, Bette and Joan find that they make a connection based on family, despite both having ulterior motives entering into making that connection. Part of the discussion includes Joan opening up about a sensitive issue from her childhood. The impetus for those discussions stem from three of their offspring being constant fixtures on set - Bette's daughter B.D. and Joan's twins, Cindy and Cathy - and their differing parenting styles. Bette, feeling that B.D. needs more of a focus in her life, follows Bob's lead, which may not sit well with Joan. Bette may regret her decision with regard to B.D., who she does not want to hurt, but who may prove a liability in the bigger picture of the movie. It is also not helped by Bette making a connection with Victor, who treats her more like a mother than his own mother when he gets into a bind. Despite that connection between Bette and Joan ultimately falling apart to those in the know, both Bette and Joan cannot ... Written by Huggo

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Biography | Drama

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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While talking with Joan Crawford about her first sexual experience. Bette Davis states "I didn't even get a tingle until I was 25. And I waited another two years before I did the deed. And that was on my God damn honeymoon". The real Bette Davis was born in April 1908. And she married for the first time on August 18, 1932. So she was 24 when she went on her real honeymoon. Not the 27 that Susan Sarandon's Bette Davis claims. See more »

Quotes

Bette Davis: The truth is, I only really knew I'd made it once the female impersonators started doing me in their acts.
Victor Buono: Well, that guarantees you're leaving behind a real legacy.
Bette Davis: Ah, the only real legacy is children.
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Connections

References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Mama Said
(uncredited)
Written by Luther Dixon & Willie Denson
Performed by The Shirelles
[The song is playing in the montage of Joan and Bette filming take after take of among others the dead weight scene]
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The Battle for Oscar
27 June 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Feud: Bette and Joan (2017)

Episode 3: Mommie Dearest

Episode three takes a look at Bette (Susan Sarandon) and Joan (Jessica Lange) and their relationship towards each other as well as with their daughters. Bette is having to deal with her young daughter getting a role in WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? while Joan is questioned by her co-star on the toughness she shows her children.

This third episode is another very entertaining one as we get a lot more behind-the-scenes struggles as both Davis and Crawford use the press to try and make themselves the star of the picture as well as try to build up early Oscar support. In one of the funniest moments, the director has to scream at both of the women because they're fighting over an Oscar even though the movie isn't completed.

If you've enjoyed the first two episodes then there's no question that the entertainment will continue here. There's a lot of good scenes dealing with the two women battling and it's certainly a lot of fun. Of course, the two lead actresses deserve a lot of credit for really digging into these roles and you can't help but believe both Sarandon and Lange in the roles.

Episode: A-


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