Amazingly, despite their seething hatred for each other, Joan Crawford approached Bette Davis about the possibility of teaming on a film. That movie turned out to be Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? and, as you'd expect, the set was complete and total chaos. The two actresses were at each other's throats constantly, with Davis routinely referring to her co-star as "that phony cunt" whenever she was within earshot. Crawford worried aloud that Davis might actually hit her during a beating scene, and her worries were confirmed when Davis did just that.
To return the favor, Crawford intentionally made herself as heavy as possible during a scene that required Davis to drag her body. Apparently, there are tricks an actor can employ in that situation to make things easier on the other. Crawford used none of those tricks.
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
Falling limp is the best revenge.
Somehow, all of this chaos resulted in not only a classic film but also an Oscar nomination for ... Bette Davis. In fact, the press had all but handed her the award in advance of the ceremony, so she was a little shocked when she didn't win. Even more shocking was the fact that the actress who did win was so sure she wouldn't, she didn't even bother attending the show. Any guesses as to who accepted the award in her absence?
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Of course it was Joan Crawford. This feud, literally, lasted until death. When Joan Crawford died of a heart attack in 1977, Bette Davis had only the following to say, it's rumored: "You should never say bad things about the dead; you should only say good ... Joan Crawford is dead. Good."
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