Kathy Bates Feud

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.

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  1. Suso says:

    Bates has been KILLING IT (no pun intended… well, maybe a little) this season on American Horror Story, so her addition to ANY show is a plus.

  2. Debbie says:

    I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to Feud. Such a great cast and an even better story. I’m sure it will be under consideration during Emmy time.

  3. Lynn says:

    Seriously, if she doesn’t win an Emmy for AHS this season there is a problem. Last week the way she went in and out of the accent and back and forth between being the butcher and Agnes, great actress.

  4. AnnieM says:

    I am so looking forward to this with such an amazing cast! Also very curious to see Jessica Lange’s version of Joan Crawford, as compared to Faye Dunaway in ‘Mommie Dearest’. Either way, I’m curious…was anyone else here creeped out/afraid of the REAL Joan Crawford when they were a kid, like I was? I happened to see ‘Straight-Jacket’ on the local Afternoon Movie when I was 8 or so, and I was *terrified* of her for years after. :-D

  5. Alex Meyer says:

    Great!! Can’t wait for this!!Great!! Can’t wait for this!!

  6. Yoko says:

    Now this sounds interesting and original. More of these types of shows and less remakes of old shows. The whole cast sounds wonderful!!