Although no where close to being friends, Bette and Joan find that they make a connection based on family, despite both having ulterior motives entering into making that connection. Part of the discussion includes Joan opening up about a sensitive issue from her childhood. The impetus for those discussions stem from three of their offspring being constant fixtures on set - Bette's daughter B.D. and Joan's twins, Cindy and Cathy - and their differing parenting styles. Bette, feeling that B.D. needs more of a focus in her life, follows Bob's lead, which may not sit well with Joan. Bette may regret her decision with regard to B.D., who she does not want to hurt, but who may prove a liability in the bigger picture of the movie. It is also not helped by Bette making a connection with Victor, who treats her more like a mother than his own mother when he gets into a bind. Despite that connection between Bette and Joan ultimately falling apart to those in the know, both Bette and Joan cannot ...
Did You Know?
While Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) and her daughter B.D. (Kieran Shipka) are running lines, the soundtrack from "Charade" is playing in the background. "Charade" wasn't released until late 1963, slightly more than a year after "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" See more
The truth is, I only really knew I'd made it once the female impersonators started doing me in their acts.
Well, that guarantees you're leaving behind a real legacy.
Ah, the only real legacy is children.
References Mommie Dearest
Written by Luther Dixon
& Willie Denson
Performed by The Shirelles
[The song is playing in the montage of Joan and Bette filming take after take of among others the dead weight scene] See more