The pilot introduces the viewers to an older Joan Crawford. Crawford, who is still grieving the loss of her husband, Al Steele, CEO of Pepsi Cola, is having trouble paying bills and employees of hers. Deciding that Hollywood needs an actress like her instead of a breast baring Marilyn Monroe, Crawford is set on finding a script that not only suits her, but will win her another Oscar. Not being satisfied with the scripts she is reading, Crawford decides to look for her own script. It’s her assistant of some sort, who ventures out to a bookstore and brings home the book “What ever happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell. Baby Jane Hudson is a forgotten childhood actress who tortures her famous actress sister Blanche who is crippled. Davis is perfect for the role of the villain.
Crawford visits Davis who presents her with the opportunity to work together on the film. Crawford tells her to read the book and offers Davis the lead role. Clearly you can see the tension between the two stars.
After some deliberation and persuasion by Director Bob Aldrich (played by Alfred Molina), who insists that Baby Jane will be the greatest role she will ever play, Davis signs on and so begins getting the ball rolling for the film to be made.
The remainder of the episode shows the dislike (to put it kindly) these two have for one another as well as scenes from the famous film. We also get a glimpse into both women’s private lives as well; husbands, alcohol, divorce and movie roles.
If you are not only curious about this famous feuding duo, but want to watch a well put together drama- documentary, as I like to call it, then I highly recommend Feud. Lange plays a great Crawford and Sarandon is nearly identical to the crazy Baby Jane role. For those of you that haven’t seen the original film, it's a must! Maybe it’s me, but there’s something about two washed up actresses taking digs at each other.
by Nicole Iannuccilli