Feud: Bette and Joan (TV Series)
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Joan accepts a leading role on a new film, despite her deteriorating health; Faced with a new rival, Bette reflects on her misplaced feud with Joan.
1978. For his documentary, Adam, backstage at the Oscars, continues to conduct interviews with those still alive that were involved or knew of the situation between Bette and Joan specifically during Baby Jane and after, Bette still an unconfirmed participant in the project. Most of the current discussion centers around the mid-1960s and later - the post Charlotte era. In the late 1960s entering into the 1970s, Joan, getting few movie offers, decides to accept two projects, the first against the advice of her agent, Stan: a low-budget B-movie eventually titled Trog (1970) which Joan nonetheless believes will bring her back into A-list status and into the minds of Oscar voters; and from Simon and Schuster, a lifestyle book for women in how to live and look like Joan Crawford. Concurrently, she is starting to face potentially serious health issues, she still not willing to forgo her beauty for her health. The outcomes of both projects in addition to a specific incident leads to her making a decision about her acting career. And following the poor reviews she personally receives for Charlotte, Bette accepts whatever acting offers come her way, believing each movie will be the last thing she will ever be offered. In doing so, she begins to lose what made her special as an actress. She also begins to face health problems from excessive drinking and smoking. Each woman also deals with what will become very public personal problems concerning estranged relationships with a daughter apiece, Joan with Christina, and Bette with B.D. As such, the two might be brought together knowing what each is going through when Joan is diagnosed with cancer, which will soon take her life.
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