IT IS ONE of the most famous feuds in Hollywood history but it went on so long that most of us forgot why it started.
We lift the lid of the reason for the battle between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford…
Rex Features Bette Davis, left, and Joan Crawford had a bitter rivalry
Why did Bette Davis and Joan Crawford fall out?
The rivalry between Hollywood’s biggest leading ladies lasted for more than half a century.
Reports suggest that a combination of man troubles, and intense competition over roles and awards led to the tension.
Supposedly the pair were both enamoured by the same man, dashing actor Franchot Tone.
Bette reportedly fell for him while filming the 1935 movie Dangerous, but Joan apparently also took a shine to him.
Rex Features The women starred together in the film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane
Ms Crawford apparently invited the gent over for dinner but greeted him completely naked in her solarium.
Joan and Franchot married and divorced but the rift between the ladies continued to go strong.
Bette reportedly said of Joan: “She slept with every male star at MGM, except Lassie.”
While Joan reportedly said of Betty: ““She looks like she’s never had a happy day, or night, in her life.”
In 1943 Joan signed up with Warner Brother’s studio so the pair became in direct competition for some of the biggest parts, fuelling their bitter relationship.
Corbis – Getty The pair reportedly fell out over men and competition for roles
When did they Bette Davis and Joan Crawford What Ever Happened To Baby Jane together?
In 1962 the pair starred together in the film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane and their feud peaked.
Joan was married to the CEO of Pepsi at the time so Bette insisted on having a Coca Cola vending machine installed in her dressing room.
And for the scenes when Bette had to drag Joan across the floor, Joan put rocks in her pockets to make it as difficult as possible.
The film was critically acclaimed and Bette was nominated for the Oscar for Best Actress off the back of her performance.
Publicly Joan told reporters: “I always knew Bette would be chosen, and I hope and pray that she wins.”
But privately Bette was reported as saying: “That’s so much bull.”
Corbis – Getty The two actresses were in competition for roles in movies
In his book Bette and Joan: The Divine Feud, Shaun Considine said: “When Miss Crawford wasn’t nominated, she immediately got herself booked on the Oscar show to present the best director award.
“Then she flew to New York and deliberately campaigned against me. She told people not to vote for me.
“She also called up the other nominees and told them she would accept their statue if they couldn’t show up at the ceremonies.”
Bette didn’t win in the end, the award went to Anne Bancroft for the Miracle Worker and Joan did indeed go on stage in her absence to collect the Oscar.
When will Feud: Bette and Joan be on BBC Two?
The series airs on BBC Two from December 16, 2017.
The drama created by Ryan Murphy, Jaffe Cohen, and Michael Zam has been acquired by BBC Two from 20th Century Fox and was televised in America in March.
Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two, said: “I am delighted that Ryan Murphy’s brilliantly realised series Feud: Bette and Joan is coming to the channel.
“It features some wonderful performances, a flawless recreation of period and a delicious unravelling of a personal drama that had a massive impact on modern cinema. Feud is a real treat.”
Trailer for the award winning drama: Feud starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford