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Kathy Bates Joins Ryan Murphy's Feud as Bette Davis' BFF Joan Blondell

Longtime Ryan Murphy Repertory Company member Kathy Bates has signed up for the auteur’s newest FX anthology series Feud, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Season 1 of Feud will chronicle Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis’ (Susan Sarandon) combative collaboration on the big-screen classic What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?.

blondell_faceshotBates, who has appeared in four seasons of Murphy’s American Horror Story (including current edition Roanoke), will recur as Oscar-nominated actress and Davis confidante Joan Blondell in the eight-episode drama. During her five-decade career, Blondell appeared in nearly 100 films, including The Cincinnati Kid, The Blue Veil, Grease and The Champ.

The cast also includes Murphy staple Sarah Paulson (as Geraldine Page), as well as Catherine Zeta-Jones (as Olivia de Havilland), Stanley Tucci (as Jack L. Warner), Judy Davis (as Hedda Hopper), Alfred Molina (as Robert Aldrich) and Dominic Burgess (as Victor Buono).

Feud is slated to launch in 2017.