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Bette Davis reportedly once said of her Hollywood arch-nemesis, “I wouldn’t piss on Joan Crawford if she were on fire.” But while the new FX miniseries “Feud: Bette and Joan” — premiering March 5 with Jessica Lange as Crawford and Susan Sarandon as Davis — focuses on the rivalry that brewed between the Hollywood legends while filming 1962’s “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? It was fueled by competition over movie parts, Academy Awards and even a man: Franchot Tone, Davis’ co-star in 1935’s “Dangerous.” Davis was said to have fallen for him, but he was already dating Crawford.
” — about a demented former child star (Davis) who holds her crippled sister (Crawford) captive. It was odd that she felt Bette was the only person for that part.” As seen in “Feud,” studio patriarch Jack Warner (Stanley Tucci) initially refused to finance the film, saying, “I wouldn’t give you a dime for those two washed-up old broads.” The women prevailed, but trouble started even before they reported to the set. “Feud” re-creates this scene — and how Crawford was devastated to see that Davis’ contract was worth more than hers.
At Harrow School and then Sandhurst, he was told a simple story: the superior white man was conquering the primitive, dark-skinned natives, and bringing them the benefits of civilisation.
As soon as he could, Churchill charged off to take his part in "a lot of jolly little wars against barbarous peoples".
The story of a washed-up actress desperate to reignite her career, it was written by a former pal of Crawford’s — and presumed to be about the actress.
(Davis told Playboy in 1983, “Oh, yes, that was Crawford.”) But by 1961, the studio system that had nurtured the actresses through World War II — the era of “women’s pictures” — had collapsed.
She had no patience with her,” said Sandford Dody, ghostwriter on Davis’ 1962 autobiography “The Lonely Life.” Davis felt glamour girl Crawford was nowhere near her league when it came to being a serious actress.
“Director Vincent Sherman said, ‘To get Joan to cry you had to tell her a sad story,’” said Ed Sikov, author of “Dark Victory: The Life of Bette Davis.” “Bette just did it.
Later, he boasted of his experiences there: "That was before war degenerated.
It was great fun galloping about." Then as an MP he demanded a rolling programme of more conquests, based on his belief that "the Aryan stock is bound to triumph".
Churchill was born in 1874 into a Britain that was washing the map pink, at the cost of washing distant nations blood red.
Victoria had just been crowned Empress of India, and the scramble for Africa was only a few years away.
That says a lot about their natures as actresses.” Oscars would figure prominently in the women’s conflict, beginning in 1945 when Davis turned down the starring role in “Mildred Pierce.” Scooping up Davis’ sloppy seconds, Crawford won her only Academy Award.