There's no denying that Hollywood has had its fair share of, shall we say, irreconcilable differences. Here, some of most famous feuds to come out of Tinseltown.
Bette Davis vs. Joan Crawford
What list of rivalries would be complete without these two veterans of the screen? Their rivalry reportedly began in 1935 when Davis was filming Dangerous, the movie that would eventually earn her an Oscar. Her costar was the dapper Franchot Tone, a man whom Davis reportedly fell in love with almost immediately. Davis was on cloud nine—for a little while, at least.
Enter: Joan Crawford. The statuesque beauty—she of the famous arched brows—also had her eye on Tone and seduced the actor even though she knew he was attached to Davis. Tone was easily persuaded. The two embarked on a whirlwind affair that culminated in their marriage that same year. Soon after news of the wedding got out, Crawford sniffed, "Poor Bette. She looks like she's never had a happy day, or night, in her life." Although the marriage was short-lived (the couple divorced in 1939), the damage was done. And the rest, as they say, is history.
The rivalry came to a head when, in 1962, both women signed on to star in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? The two stars went out of their way to make the other miserable—and each succeeded in their own way. In one scene, where Davis has to drag Crawford by the shoulders, Crawford filled her pockets with rocks so Davis would strain her back. Davis, in turn, allegedly kicked Crawford in the head during a particularly violent scene.
When Davis received an Oscar nomination for her performance and Crawford didn't, Crawford went out of her way to ensure a spot on the podium by personally phoning the other four Best Actress nominees, convincing them to let her accept their award on their behalf. Surprisingly, they all agreed.
When Anne Bancroft ultimately beat out Davis for her role in Miracle Worker, Crawford swept across the stage, looking radiant, to accept Bancroft's award while Davis silently seethed in her seat. Watch Crawford hijack the podium below.
When Crawford passed away in 1977, Davis didn't lament the years they'd spent feuding. Davis told a reporter at the time, "You should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good. Joan Crawford is dead. Good."
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