“What ever happened to Baby Jane?”
- What is this series about?
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.
- Why should (absolutely) you watch it?
This is not only a fantastic but also a terrific tv series, as we are used to with Ryan Murphy’s series. But this one and this season (the only one so far) has something special, something magical and that is, that the story that it tells if did really happened. Maybe not exactly like this, of course some things might change, but still, as a whole it did happen and the story that is being told is as much magical as it is pure reality.
The series depicts in a brilliantly way that part of the life of the two actresses that were Bette and Joan. They were tough at the time were women didn’t matter much, even if they had a collection of Oscar awards. And who better to play these characters that two today huge actresses such as Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange? They absolutely nail it, and if you don’t belive so you better look for a comparison video that now that the show is over there are more than mushrooms in the forest. They are the show. They portrait the two golden actresses in a formidable way that at some point you might think if it isn’t the real ones on-screen. But it’s not only these two that are brilliant, all the supporting actors and actresses are stunning. I must mention Catherine Zeta Jones playing Olivia de Havilland, she is just awesome, simply awesome.
Besides the way they portrait the characters there is also the setting, the attrezzo, the glamour of the late 50s and early 60s in a Hollywood that it’s not the Hollywood that we are used to. Something always interesting form a historical point of view that here is depicted in a real realistic way that helps you remember about what it was making a movie back then. Every tiny detail is well presented and you can only enjoy the show and feel like you were living back then.
It doesn’t matter if you had no idea about what this show depicts: the legendary feud between the two actresses because after watching this series you will only want to watch the movie that started it all “What happened to Baby Jane?”, or did it continue the legend that was the feud? And if you did know about the story, you will simply enjoy it with all your senses and wish that there were more than 8 episodes.
Please watch the trailer below to finish convincing yourself to watch this masterpiece of a show. And if you still more convincing, please watch the other video where there is Susan Sarandon performing as Bette Davis, and the real Bette Davis performing. as herself If that doesn’t win your heart, nothing will.
- Did you know?
– The series was in development – with Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon on board – for seven years before finally being given the green light.
– Three Oscar winners (Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Catherine Zeta-Jones) portray three other Oscar winners (Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, and Olivia de Havilland, respectively).
– Ryan Murphy interviewed Bette Davis months before her death in 1989. The agreed-upon 20-minute interview lasted four hours, and inspired his characterization of Davis. When he asked her about Joan Crawford, she would talk about how much she hated her, before saying “She was a professional. And I admired that.”
– Catherine Zeta-Jones was Ryan Murphy’s only choice for the role of Olivia de Havilland, which he offered to her personally.
– 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?
– Although Bette Davis is seen maliciously wearing Joan’s old wig, in actuality neither of them knew about this until after filming because the wig had been groomed
– Scenes for the 35th Academy Awards that takes place in episode 5 were shot at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, the actual location of the 1963 Oscars.
– Both leading actors are considerably older that the real life individuals they are playing. Bette Davis was 54 during filming of Whatever Happened To Baby Jane – Susan Sarandon is 70. Joan Crawford was 56, Jessica Lange is 67.
– Olivia de Havilland, played in the series by Catherine Zeta-Jones was 100 years old when the program aired. Asked for her opinion, de Havilland responded “Having not seen the show, I cannot make a valid comment about it…However, in principle, I am opposed to any representation of personages who are no longer alive to judge the accuracy of any incident depicted as involving themselves.”