What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? by Henry FarrellBook jacket: Baby Jane, a child star of early vaudeville, resented having to grow up in the shadow of her prettier sister Blanche Hudson, who became Hollywoods reigning love goddess. Now, some fifty years later, they are together and alone. And reality has toppled crazily into eerie fantasy. Blanche now finds she is growing old in the shadow cast by Baby Jane -- and a very sinister shadow it is.
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? The plot concerns an aging former actress who holds her paraplegic ex-movie star sister captive in an old Hollywood mansion. Upon the film's release, it was met with widespread critical and box office acclaim and was later nominated for five Academy Awards , winning one for Best Costume Design, Black and White. The intensely bitter Hollywood rivalry between the film's two stars, Davis and Crawford, was heavily important to the film's initial success. In the years after release, critics continued to acclaim the film for its psychologically driven black comedy , camp , and creation of the psycho-biddy subgenre. In , "Baby Jane" Hudson is a well-known vaudevillian child star while her older sister Blanche lives in her shadow. By , their fortunes have reversed: Blanche is a successful film actress and Jane lives in obscurity, her films having failed.
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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? This great trashy melodrama featured the bizarre and sole pairing of two legendary -- and rival -- screen legends in a gothic Grand Guignol horror film of crazed sibling rivalry. The shocking, macabre film told about two feuding sisters working in show-biz who had lived together for their entire lives. In fact, the two stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford were, by some accounts, also dueling actresses who notoriously despised each other. The two had not worked together in eighteen years since Hollywood Canteen and never did again. It originally received an X-rating in the UK for its controversial subject matter.