For our last TV criss-cross, we looked at two actresses (Jessica Lange and Kiernan Shipka) and how their roles were similar in Feud. A few of Jessica Lange’s characters in American Horror Story had their sights set on fame and fortune, particularly Sister Jude Martin and Elsa Mars. Kiernan Shipka was little Sally Draper in Mad Men before landing her latest role as Bette Davis’s daughter. Sally Draper’s mother, Elizabeth Draper, used to be a model before becoming a housewife. Shipka played a daughter to two famous mothers that yearn for the glitz and glamour they were so used to.
It wasn’t until the 5th episode ‘And the Winner is… (The Oscars of 1963)’ that I discovered another interesting character. After finding out that Bette Davis was nominated for her role in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Joan calls up a few friends in Hollywood that were also being nominated. One of those friends happens to be Geraldine Page. Who’s the actress portraying Geraldine Page? It’s no other than American Horror Story veteran Sarah Paulson!
That’s right people – Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson were onscreen together in Feud! Another special TV criss-cross discovered on the same show. Seeing Kiernan and Jessica together was interesting, but seeing Sarah Paulson again on the silver screen was even better! It’s like the TV criss-cross gift that keeps on giving.
Way before Feud even started, Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson have been onscreen together for Ryan Murphy’s horror series American Horror Story. Ever since American Horror Story: Murder House, the duo has played various characters with twisted personalities. Sometimes the characters were friends while other times they became adversaries. Jessica Lange’s last appearance was on American Horror Story: Freak Show, but Sarah Paulson continues to drudge through the bizarrely-twisted world that is American Horror Story. Since Lange left the series, Sarah Paulson played Hypodermic Sally McKenna on American Horror Story: Hotel and Audrey Tindall/Lana Winters in American Horror Story: Roanoke.
This was so great to see Sarah Paulson in another work by Ryan Murphy! Paulson has been doing such a great job in the American Horror Story anthology and she did well in her role on Feud. After Lange left her work in American Horror Story, it was great to see her onscreen with Sarah Paulson again. The two are terrific actresses with Ryan Murphy’s work.
Besides the TV criss-cross itself, Feud has been a really interesting series to watch. It’s not as disturbing or gruesome as American Horror Story, but it is shocking to watch what the actresses went through over What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?. Davis and Crawford may have been at each other throats for a while, but Hollywood only fanned the flames of this notorious feud. To think that all this trickery and back-stabbing is all part of show business here in Hollywood. Like I mentioned earlier, it’s ALL show business and actresses will do ANYTHING they can to snag what they want (including sleeping with the sleaziest of sleazeballs!).
There’s only three episodes left of Feud. What will happen next to Betty and Joan now that the Oscars are over? Could they be working together again on another film? We’ll have to stay tuned to find out!