Bette and Joan: The Divine Feud

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Warner Books, 2004 - Motion picture actors and actresses - 482 pages
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Bette Davis and Joan Crawford were two of the deadliest arch-rivals of all time. Born in the same year (though Davis swore 'Crawford' is five years older than me if she's a day) the two fought bitterly throughout their long and brilliant Hollywood careers. Joan became a star first, which always irritated her rival, who suggested her success had come via the casting couch. 'It sure as hell beats the hard cold floor' was Crawford's scathing response. According to Davis, Crawford was not only a nymphomaniac but also 'vain, jealous and about as stable and trustworthy as a basket of snakes'. Crawford, in turn, accused Davis of stealing her glory and planning to destroy her.

The two rivals fought over as many men as they did parts - when Bette fell in love with her co-star in DANGEROUS, Franchot Tone, Joan stepped in and married him. The women worked together only once, in the classic thriller, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?, in which their violent hatred of each other as rival sisters was no act.

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User Review  - pinkybear - LibraryThing

A scathing bitch fest which makes you scream with delight. A comparison of the lives and careers of two very strong Aries women who had it out for each other. Digs are made, slander cast around and ... Read full review

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Although the author claims to have researched this book for 14 years, he only interviewed Crawford and Davis each once. Many of the references are rather casually cited by scholarly standards. Given ... Read full review

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Born in Brooklyn and raised in Ireland, Shaun Considine has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, People and Cosmopolitan.

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