Are you watching Feud – the mini-series about the rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis? I thought the first episode was pretty creaky and I just didn’t buy Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford. But Susan Sarandon seemed to really capture something of Bette Davis – at least as we imagine her to be.
I’m not sure if modern actresses are allowed to drink – all those calories. But we know that both Joan and Bette liked a tipple. I found this wonderful, if ludicrous and scary, thing from Joan. It’s hard not to have affection for a woman who adds a splash of vodka to everything.
It seems that Bette preferred whisky to vodka. Robert Vaughan’s autobiography contains a wild account of being summoned to Davis’s house for lunch, so she could check him out and see if he was suitable for a project she was doing. He staggered out at 4 o’ clock drunk, unfed, and barely able to stand or see. He didn’t get the part, which I think is a great shame. I’d have liked to see them together. I think they’d have had more chemistry than Bette and Robert Wagner.