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Follows screen legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, and how their feud on the set of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) all began.
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 Joan Crawford (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Bette Davis (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Hedda Hopper (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Mamacita (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Robert Aldrich (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Jack Warner (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Pauline Jameson (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Olivia de Havilland (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Victor Buono (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Adam Friedman (6 episodes, 2017)
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 Joan Blondell (5 episodes, 2017)
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 B.D. Merrill / ... (5 episodes, 2017)
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 Harriet Aldrich (3 episodes, 2017)
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 Cindy Crawford (3 episodes, 2017)
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 Cathy Crawford (3 episodes, 2017)
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 Peter (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Joseph Cotten (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Marty (2 episodes, 2017)
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 George Cukor (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Agnes Moorehead (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Adell Aldrich (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Bill Aldrich (2 episodes, 2017)
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 Frank Sinatra (2 episodes, 2017)
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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 FX

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Onset in the first episode, Bob Aldritch (Alfred Molina) wears his tie undone yet clipped near the bottom. This is the same way the director wears his tie early on in What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? See more »

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5 March 2017 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Growing up I was a big fan of both Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. My favorite Davis films were All About Eve and Dark Victory and I had a kind of secret pleasure in her over-the-top performances in Jezebel and Baby Jane. Crawford was no less a super star. My favorite films by Crawford were Mildred Pierce and Johnny Guitar. That being said, Maureen O'Hara and Olivia de Havilland were my favorite female actresses from that era.

So what a treat it is to see the first episode of this series and watch the behind the scenes action in the making of Baby Jane. Susan Sarandon captures Bette Davis perfectly, and Judy Davis as Hedda Hopper, Kathy Bates as Joan Blondell, and Stanley Tucci as Jack Warner are similarly mesmerizing.

Director Ryan Murphy keeps the action moving along, as he did with his 2016 "The People vs OJ…" The lavish sets and the costumes properly evoke the era.

I'll certainly tune it to see another episode.

Post Script - After writing this review I continued to watch the entire series. Remarkably it kept getting better and better as the performances grew richer and richer. While Susan Sarandon has the meatier role as Bette Davis, Jessica Lang's performance keeps tugging at your heart.

The final episode, with Joan Crawford having a hallucinatory supper with the major players in her life (Davis, Hopper, and Warner) was pure poetry. Wonderful. And the final scene will bring tears to your eyes.


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