JES­SICA LANGE

Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - Personality -

The Emmy- and Os­car- win­ning ac­tress, 67, who made her act­ing de­but in the 1976 re­make of King Kong, now takes on an­other clas­sic. Lange will star as Joan Craw­ford op­po­site

Su­san Saran­don as Bette Davis in the new FX se­ries Feud: Bette and Joan, pre­mier­ing March 5, about the no­to­ri­ous ri­valry be­tween the two ac­tresses while they were film­ing the 1962 thriller What Ever Hap­pened to Baby Jane?

What was your aha mo­ment re­search­ing Joan Craw­ford? Cer­tainly go­ing back to her child­hood, which reads like a tragic Dick­ens story: poverty, phys­i­cal abuse, a mother who never wanted her, no fa­ther, the sex­ual re­la­tion­ship she had with her step­fa­ther from the age of 11. Just one thing af­ter an­other, and if you build on that, you can see where her tragedy lies. Were there any ves­tiges of Hol­ly­wood’s golden era re­main­ing when you be­gan your ca­reer? I did grow up in awe of old movies and th­ese women. I re­mem­ber when I went for my first screen test, at MGM, driv­ing through those MGM gates and walk­ing Andy Hardy street and see­ing Esther Wil­liams’ swim­ming pool and Greta Garbo’s dress­ing room. Did you ever meet Joan? I never met Joan, but I did meet Bette once. We did an event to­gether. I was maybe 26. I re­mem­ber her say­ing to me, “You bet­ter court the press, honey.” That was her ad­vice. Did Lange ever ex­pe­ri­ence the kind of on-set ri­valry Joan and Bette did? Go to Pa­rade.com/lange to find out.

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