Ladies and gentlemen, buckle your seat belts! We are about to play witness to one of the most famous feuds in entertainment history. Creator of #AmericanHorrorStory, Ryan Murphy's latest project, Feud: Bette and Joan will explore the ongoing rivalry between Hollywood legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.
Promising to show Davis and Crawford like we have never seen before, Feud stars today's Hollywood legends Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford and Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis. Feud will give us front row seats into the tragic personal lives and struggles that both Davis and Crawford faced as "aging actresses in Hollywood."
With fading careers, Davis and Crawford agreed to star in what became the classic horror film What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? Now, I know that Feud isn't supposed to be a remake, but it sure would be a fun treat for fans of the Robert Aldrich hit, if we got to see Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon sink their teeth into these memorable moments from the classic.
Spoilers for What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? are ahead.
No More Baby Jane
Retreating downstairs to imbibe, Jane reflects on the time when she was the famous Baby Jane. She starts to sing her most popular tune, "I've Written a Letter to Daddy." With choreography and all, Jane steps forward into the light and is horrified to see that she is no longer the young star everyone once adored.
"Bette looked so old, and so dreadfully overweight." — Crawford
You Didn't Eat Your Din-Din!
You know we got rats in the cellar? Jane's deterioration into insanity results in one of the most iconic moments from What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? In attempts to inflict fear and to straight up torture her sister, Jane serves Blanche her dead pet bird and even a dead rat!
Fearing for her life, Blanche abandons her wheelchair and struggles down the stairs to reach the telephone while Jane runs some errands. In the middle of pleading to a doctor that she is in need of help, Jane walks in. Jane reaches her boiling point and proceeds to attack Blanche, kicking her multiple times until she is unconscious. It is said that Crawford wanted a dummy used in those scenes, as Davis could have really hurt her.
"You should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good… Joan Crawford is dead. Good.” — Davis
You Like Ice Cream?
Who could forget the very memorable final moments of the film? After killing their housemaid, Jane takes Blanche and retreats to the beach during the night. It is now day, and the beach is crowded with people — even two police officers. A frail Blanche is lying in the sand and is aware that she is dying. Blanche finally tells Jane the truth about the night she was paralyzed.
Blanche planned to run Jane down with the car, but Jane got out of the way. Blanche crashed into the gate, causing her spine to snap. As she was drunk, Jane was told it was her fault and had believed it ever since. Almost oblivious to what she was just told, Jane goes off to buy ice cream as a final act of kindness for her sister, but two police officers stop her. As a crowd gathers round to see what is happening, Jane begins to dance. Despite leaving her sister to die in the sun, Jane is finally the center of attention again.