What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) was a Drama - Horror Film directed by Robert Aldrich and produced by Robert Aldrich and Kenneth Hyman.
The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Henry Farrell published in 1960.
The collision of classic movie stars Davis and Crawford is like matter and antimatter, resulting in a dark star of a movie thriller. Wicked satire of their own diva personas underlines the performances of the two stars as sisters who were once stars, Davis a cutesy child act named Baby Jane and Crawford a drama queen. Trapped for years in their house (Davis demented by the bottle, Crawford in a wheelchair from an accident seemingly caused by Davis) with only their maid (Norman) to separate them, their mutual antagonism explodes when Davis hears of Crawford's plan to sell the house and institutionalize her. By turns astonishing and grotesque, this is great fun for classic movie fans seeing the stars wink at their early careers and for glimpses of the stars in authentic early film roles.
(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion)..
Academy Awards 1962 --- Ceremony Number 35 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Supporting Actor||Victor Buono||Nominated|
|Best Actress||Bette Davis||Nominated|
|Best Cinematography||Ernest Haller||Nominated|
|Best Costume Design||Norma Koch||Won|
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While touring the talk show circuit to promote the movie, Bette Davis told one interviewer that when she and Joan Crawford were first suggested for the leads in this film, Warner Bros. studio head Jack L. Warner replied: "I wouldn't give a plugged nickel for either one of those two old broads." Recalling the story, Davis laughed at her own expense. The following day, she reportedly received a telegram from Crawford: "In future, please do not refer to me as an old broad!"
The Hudson sisters' car, identified by the police as a 1940 or '41 model, appears to be a 1946 Lincoln Continental.
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