Bette and Joan: The Divine Feud

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Explosive, exhaustive and unsparing, the inside, tell-all story of the celebrated, long-term feud of Hollywood's two greatest screen legends, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.
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Explosive, exhaustive and unsparing, the inside, tell-all story of the celebrated, long-term feud of Hollywood's two greatest screen legends, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
If equally matched adversaries are bound to create sparks and flames of conflict, then Bette Davis and the late Joan Crawford should offer a good battle. But for three quarters of the book, a series of very brief chapters (each a pastiche of racy quotes from such authorities as Photoplay and gossip columnist Louella Parsons), the two barely make contact. Considine ( Barbra Streisand ) attempts to build a sense of impending, fated enmity between them, but when the screenstars finally meet, it's anticlimactic. The book follows them from birth on divergent paths to glory--Crawford's via the proverbial casting couch, Davis's through hard-nosed talent. Unmistakably alike, they marry many times, receive the backlash of vindictive children and end up as ``reclusive alcoholics.'' Because of the book's reliance on hearsay, gossip overwhelms ``truth''; we understand neither Crawford's desperation to be loved nor Davis's to be despised. This is a dull ``Peeping Tom'' book, lacking in essential sympathy and knowledge. Photos not seen by PW. (Nov.)
Library Journal
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 this, and the fact that both the great actress (Bette) and the great movie star (Joan) had selective memories, the book is less than satisfying. But it is fun, superficial reading, full of clever quotes (Bette gets in lots of good cracks at Joan), views of a bygone Hollywood, additional portraits of the two driven, competitive women, and an extensive bibliography.-- Rebecca Sturm Kelm, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595120277
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Pages: 435
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 1.15 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2006

    Feud or no Feud?

    Being very familiar with the life and times of both of these ladies, I was delighted and tickled to death by this book! Anyone who knows of this so-called 'feud' knows that at some time or another, Davis and/or Crawford have denied it. It was so fun reading of the specific occasions or should I say 'incidents!' that fed the fire between these two strong-willed women. A great read for fans of either women or of Old Hollywood in general. Simply hilarious!

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