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2,230 Ratings

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Directed by Robert Aldrich
United States, 1962
Thriller, Horror, Cult

Synopsis

In a tale that almost redefines sibling rivalry, faded actresses Blanche and ‘Baby’ Jane Hudson live together. Jane was by far the most famous when she performed with their father in vaudeville but as they got older, it was Blanche who became the finer actress, which Jane still resents.

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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Directed by Robert Aldrich

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1963 | 4 nominations including: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

1963 | Winner: Best Costume Design, Black-and-White

Aldrich crafts an edge-of-seat psychological thriller in dramatic black and white while his stars give equally great performances on opposite ends of the spectrum. Davis is all cackles and theatrics while Crawford’s acting is that of inward strife. That is, until she finds a rat on her plate.
May 10, 2017
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The famously grotesque impasto of Jane’s makeup (Davis’s own invention) matches her roaring theatrical flamboyance; Blanche, plainspoken and sculpturally stark, is reduced to muddled deceptions in order to elude Jane’s clutches. With his biliously ironic images, Aldrich stares ruefully at the women’s ugly battles and sees Hollywood’s own sickness reflected in them.
May 05, 2017
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Crawford’s performance is both raw and withholding, mirroring her characters apprehension at opening up to a significant other at her stage in life, and then having that sort of blow up in her face. Crawford’s resilience and fragility are the elements clashing behind her visage, allowing for the raw intensity of her performance.
September 16, 2016
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