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William Powell (1892-1984) played Moriarty in his film debut, the 1922 version of Sherlock Holmes, which starred
John Barrymore (1882-1942) as the legendary sleuth. Barrymore appeared as Mercutio in the 1936 version of Romeo and Juliet, in which
Norma Shearer (1902-83) played Juliet. Shearer starred as Mary Haines in 1939's The Women, as did
Joan Crawford (1904-77), in the role of Crystal Allen. Crawford and
Bette Davis (1908-89) co-starred in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), playing Blanche Hudson and Baby Jane Hudson, respectively. Davis played Libby Strong to the Sarah Webber of
Lillian Gish (1893-1993) in 1987's The Whales of August. To complete the circle: Gish had the title role in Romala (1924), playing opposite William Powell as Tito.
From William Powell to William Powell, in six steps.