From looking back over Joan's career... she was the flapper girl in the 20s, the romantic lead (think a more serious Julia Roberts/Sandra Bullock) of the 30s.. and when she hit her mid 30s decided to work on becoming a character actress instead of doing shop girl/ romantic comedy pictures. She hit pay dirt in 1945 with Mildred Pierce that carried her career into the mid 50s before she got saddled with b level soap opera films of the late 50s. Sadly, her comeback in 1962 didn't result in quality films after that.. but she had always said that no matter what she got as a movie, she acted in it as if it was the greatest work of art ever. While I do think she tried to sabatoge Bette winning the oscar for Baby Jane, I truly think she shouldn't have wasted her time because Bette would never have won the oscar anyway. Anne Bancroft was flawless in the Miracle Worker and didn't chew the sets like Bette did as Baby Jane and later as Charlotte. I much liked Bette better in the Nanny where she was more sinister and not so over the type.