Two years after placing her peculiar ad in the magazine, Bette went on to star in a dual role, as evil twin sisters in “Dead Ringer.” Incredibly, this was her second time playing a dual role, the first one being in the movie “A Stolen Life.” The role proved to be perfect for Bette and it was a welcome respite to see her perform on-screen again.
It is her attitude toward her profession, and her ability to perform complex, dramatic roles that may once again put Bette on the map. That same year, Bette would appear in the romantic drama, “Where Love Has Gone”, however, filming was hampered by heated arguments between Davis and Hayward.
Barbara's Early Marriage
Davis' daughter, Barbara also starred in a small role in the film "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" While she was only 16 at the time, Barbara was very eager on an older man named Jeremy Hyman, who worked as an executive for the production company.
Despite their age difference, Barbara and Jeremy dated for a few months, and with her mother's permission, Barbara married Jeremy Hyman, who was 14 years her senior. Yes, even in the 60s, it was unusual for girls to get married that young, but the couple had two kids and stayed together until Hyman's death in 2017.
Ever the jester, Bette decided to place an ad in "Variety" magazine with a heading titled "Situation wanted, women – artists." The ad read: "Mother of three, divorcee. American. Thirty years of experience as an actress in Motion Pictures. Mobile still, and more affable than rumor would have it. Wants steady employment in Hollywood."
It was 1962 and everyone knew it must have been Bette that placed the ad, which she said was intended as a joke. Fortunately, it worked, and Bette's career made a steady comeback over the years. If only getting an acting job today was as simple as posting an ad in the newspaper!
Following Up on Baby Jane
After the great success of "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane," it would have been incredibly silly to not create a sequel to it. Davis would reprise her role in the follow-up film titled "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte." Crawford, unfortunately, couldn't return to that second installment due to illness and was replaced by Olivia de Havilland.
Once again, Bette's near-crazed performance in this gothic horror proved how talented she really is. Bette appeared in three more British films by the end of the decade. Sadly, none of them were reviewed well, and her career on the screen was stalled once more.
Closed and Cancelled
When Bette seemed to catch a break, there was always some kind of mishap. Davis was set to play the lead role in two films, which were intended as pilots for upcoming series, but both programs were canceled even before they began.
She then went on to perform in the stage adaptation of the film "The Corn Is Green," titled "Miss Moffat", after the role that she was so highly praised for back in 1945. It would have been more than twenty years since she starred in the original but as luck would have it, she sustained an injury and had to abandon the show.