Robert Aldrich (Director) - Died December 5, 1983. Born August 9, 1918. American film director, writer and producer, notable for such films as Kiss Me Deadly (1955), The Big Knife (1955), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964), The Flight of the Phoenix (1965), The Dirty Dozen (1967), and The Longest Yard (1974).
Crawford approached director Robert Aldrich, right, about teaming her with Davis in the "Sunset Boulevard"-type story of two show-biz sisters trapped in a decaying Hollywood mansion -- one crippled emotionally, the other in a wheelchair. "Baby Jane" became a sleeper hit when released in the fall of 1962. It revitalized the careers of Davis and Crawford and created a Hollywood genre in the '60s: schlocky horror films starring aging actresses.
Director Robert Aldrich and Lee Marvin going over a scene in the Dirty Dozen in 1967.
Following the unexpected box-office success of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), director Robert Aldrich wanted to reunite stars Joan Crawford and Bette Davis in Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964). Crawford quit after working a week in Baton Rogue and four days in Hollywood. She was replaced in the role of 'Miriam Deering' by Oliva de Havilland. Here are hair tests for Crawford in the role.