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.
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.