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And just like that, production on Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? has wrapped.

Only three episodes into Feud: Bette and Joan and viewers have already made it through the filming of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford‘s iconic horror film. But that’s just the beginning of the story…and their rivalry.

In the FX anthology hit’s March 19 episode, viewers got insight into Bette (Susan Sarandon) and Joan’s (Jessica Lange) differing mothering techniques, complicated relationships with their daughters, and saw their rivalry take a physical turn. But was all of it true? Let’s separate truth from fiction in “Mommie Dearest”…

FACT AND FICTION: According to B.D. Hyman’s (Kiernan Shipka) tell-all, Mother’s Keeper, Joan did warn her to stay away from her twin daughters, Cathy and Cindy, during filming. However, Joan may have actually been annoyed with B.D.’s lack of acting talent.

FACT AND FICTION: B.D., Bette’s daughter, was eventually cast in the movie as the neighbor girl, but according to Bette, she was always supportive of the idea.  “I thought it would be fun for her to see in later years…there was no thought of a career. B.D. never wanted to be an actress and I was delighted.”

FACT: Joan had quite the tumultuous relationship with her oldest daughter, Christina, with Joan signing the note “Mommie Dearest” as a nod to Christina’s infamous tell-all (and later cult-classic movie, starring Faye Dunaway) called Mommie Dearest, which she published in 1978, just after her mother’s death. In it, she wrote about alleged psychological and physical childhood abuse, but her sisters would later deny her claims. 

While they acknowledged Joan was firm, but denied she was ever abusive. In the Now The Girl Next Door biography, Cathy was quoted as saying, “Our Mommie…

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