Film: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Whatever happened to Baby Jane? What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
To her smile, her golden hair?
Why must everything be so unfair?
Is there no one left to care
What really happened to Baby Jane?
is a classic 1962 thriller starring Bette Davis
and Joan Crawford
. It was adapted from a novel by Henry Farrell.
Aging sisters Blanche (Crawford) and "Baby" Jane Hudson (Davis) live together in a decaying mansion in Hollywood. Jane was a child star of vaudeville
in the 1910s, but her fame disappeared a long time ago. Blanche was a successful film actress, but she was crippled in a mysterious car accident involving Jane.
Jane is mentally disturbed, an alcoholic, and greatly resents Blanche. When she learns that Blanche plans to sell the mansion and put her in a sanitarium, things really start to go downhill. Jane's mental state gradually worsens, and she becomes emotionally and physically abusive to her sister, eventually holding her hostage.
There is also a 1991 TV movie version starring real-life sisters Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave as Jane and Blanche. It doesn't seem to have been poorly received by critics, but it hasn't made much of an impression either.
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