- By KEN WERTHER
- Photo Courtesy of FX NETWORK
It is considered to be one of the greatest Hollywood rivalries of all time. It has been written about and debated. It’s a seemingly bottomless well of juicy stories. We are talking about none other than the legendary Bette Davis and Joan Crawford! These two women were larger than life — famous for their outsized mannerisms (inspiring generations of drag queens!), unpredictable personalities, and historic achievements. Ryan Murphy’s new FX Anthology series FEUD: Bette and Joan lets us in on the details of this endlessly fascinating real life drama.
In FEUD, Davis is portrayed by Susan Sarandon and Crawford is played by Jessica Lange. With an emphasis on the making of the cult classic psychological thriller What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), the eight episodes of FEUD examine these complicated and combative personalities. It was an open secret that Davis and Crawford loathed each other, and the filming of Baby Jane was contentious as their real-life hatred for one another spilled over into the production.
Along with Sarandon and Lange, Murphy’s FX series boasts quite an array of stars playing some of the biggest names in Hollywood history. Watch for Alfred Molina, Stanley Tucci, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sarah Paulson, Dominic Burgess, Alison Wright, Kiernan Shipka, Judy Davis, Jackie Hoffman, Kathy Bates, and more. This is going to be great television! Grab some popcorn and get ready!
“FEUD” premieres March 5th on FX.