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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Details

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As a child, "Baby Jane" Hudson was the toast of vaudeville. As an adult, however, Baby Jane was overshadowed by her more talented sister, Blanche, who became a top movie star. Then, one night in the early '30s, came the accident, which crippled Blanche for life and which was blamed on a drunken, jealous Jane. Flash-forward to 1962: Jane (Bette Davis), decked out in garish chalk-white makeup, still lives with the invalid Blanche (Joan Crawford) in their decaying L.A. mansion. When Jane isn't tormenting the helpless Blanche by serving her dead rats for breakfast, she is plotting and planning her showbiz comeback. Convinced that her days are numbered if she remains in the house with her addlepated sister, Blanche desperately tries to get away, but all avenues of escape are cut off by the deranged Jane. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? sparked a trend toward casting venerable Hollywood female stars in such grotesque Grand Guignol melodramas as Joan Crawford (1964) and Joan Crawford (1965). In addition to revitalizing the careers of Davis and Crawford, whose real-life mutual animosity came through loud and clear, the film made a star of sorts of 24-year-old character actor Victor Buono, cast as a porcine mama's-boy musical composer. Lukas Heller's screenplay was based on the novel by Henry Farrell. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Norma Koch Best Black and White Costume Design 1962 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Bette Davis Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1962 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bette Davis Best Actress 1962 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ernest Haller Best Black and White Cinematography 1962 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Robert Aldrich Best Director 1962 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Victor Buono Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1962 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Victor Buono Best Supporting Actor 1962 Nominee

Cast

Bette Davis
as Jane Hudson
Joan Crawford
as Blanche Hudson
Victor Buono
as Edwin Flagg
Marjorie Bennett
as Mrs. Della Flagg
Anna Lee
as Mrs. Bates
Julie Allred
as Baby Jane Hudson
Gina Gillespie
as Blanche (younger)
Dave Willock
as Ray Hudson
Anne Barton
as Cora Hudson
Michael Fox
Jon Shepodd
Robert Cornthwaite
as Dr. Shelby
James Seay
Russ Conway
Ernest Anderson
Wesley Addy
as Director
William Aldrich
John Shay
Bert Freed
as Producer

Crew

Robert Aldrich
Director
Robert Aldrich
Producer
Lukas Heller
Screenwriter
Ernest Haller
Cinematographer
Frank De Vol
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Luciano
Editor
William Glasgow
Art Director
George Sawley
Set Designer
Norma Koch
Costume Designer
Don Steward
Special Effects
Alex Romero
Choreography
Jack Obringer
Makeup
Monty Westmore
Makeup
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