hush...hush,-sweet-charlotte

 Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? was such a smash success, studio executives suddenly were eager to cast the two in a second film. Director Robert Aldrich cast the two in his next film, Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte. Unfortunately after only a short while of filming, Joan Crawford became ill and could not complete the film. In need of a new leading lady fast the studio contacted both Katharine Hepburn and Vivien Leigh. Hepburn did not respond to the studio, while, Leigh reportedly responded, “No, thank you. I can just about stand looking at Joan Crawford’s face at six o'clock in the morning, but not Bette Davis.” The role ultimately went to Davis’ friend, Olivia de Havilland. 

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Olivia de Havilland, Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

“It’s always the charming ones of evil intent who are the dangerous ones; the others you can see coming. But you can’t see Miriam coming, and she’s really dangerous.” - Olivia de Havilland

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Fun de Fact: The newspaper in 20th Century Fox's  Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte uses a promotional shot of Olivia de Havilland as Charlotte Brontë in Warner Bros. Devotion for her characters younger photograph.