Tells the story of the legendary rivalry between Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) during their collaboration on the Academy Award®-nominated thriller What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and after the cameras stopped rolling. The series explores how the two women endured ageism and misogyny while struggling to hang on to success and fame in the twilight of their careers. Written by
Did You Know?
The first season is a concoction of fiction and reality regarding the historical rivalry between Bette Davis
and Joan Crawford
, using biographies, facts, rumors and tales over the years to construct its story line, but some true facts are misinformed:
1) In the the show, during a dinner, Bette Davis
) says to Joan Crawford
) that she lost her virginity when she was 25. But in 1971, during The Dick Cavett Show
(1968), real Bette alleged to have lost her virginity when she was 26 and married.
2) The show changes the date of journal advertisement in which Bette is seeking a job in Hollywood. It was actually published before production of "Baby Jane" starts, the advertisement was kind of a personal joke regarding the situation of aging actresses,.
3) In the Pilot, Robert Aldrich
says to Jack L. Warner
that he has written the script of "Baby Jane" himself, but in real life the screenplay was written by Lukas Heller
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Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon alternated top billing in the opening credits on alternate episodes. See more