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He kept good company.
In another essay for Vanity Fair, "The Devil in Miss Davis," Frye wrote about discovering Henry Farrell's 1960 book What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and approaching Davis to star in a film adaptation. She wound up with an Oscar nomination for best actress, and he accompanied her to the 1963 Academy Awards.
That night, not only did Davis not win, she saw her bitter rival and co-star Joan Crawford — who wasn't nominated for Baby Jane — come to the stage to accept the Oscar trophy on behalf of the winner, Anne Bancroft. (The scene was immortalized in Ryan Murphy's recent FX miniseries Feud: Bette and Joan.)
In Davis' kitchen hours later, Frye wrote, the temperamental actress put a knife to his chest after he "made the most inappropriate comment I've ever made in my life" — about how Crawford looked "like the movie star of all time."
Twinkletoes wrote:Oh, ya big blister!