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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.

Paperback, 464 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by (first published November 15th 1989)
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Vulgar, cruel, and without any redeeming social value. I enjoyed it immensely.
This book was an entertaining guilty pleasure and lots of fun to read. Bette Davis and Joan Crawford shall remain my two favorite old actresses, even though Joan stole Yul Brynner from me before I was born...and even though they were probably the meanest two women to come out of old Hollywood.
Samantha Glasser
Bette Davis and Joan Crawford were two of the biggest stars of their time, and their time lasted several decades. Each appeared in important movies and were staples of the golden age of Hollywood. Both worked for Warner Brothers for a time, made one (and a half) film(s) together, and both ended their careers in a series of cheap horror flicks. Perhaps it is because of these similarities that they seemed to have a rivalry, although they often ignored or denied its existence. This book examines th...more
This book is required reading at the National Organization for Offensive Gay Stereotypes (along with my previously reviewed Get Happy), but I didn’t just read it to get the free caftan. I have been obsessed with old Hollywood biographies for a while now, and had heard from several trusted sources that this was one of the best. Now that I’ve read it, I couldn’t agree more. The best biographies offer both juicy details and extensively researched facts, and this book is bursting at the seams with b...more
Wondrous, WONDROUS account of the lives and careers of these ladies. It's possible that some of the feelings depicted weren't precisely the way they are presented, but it's too much fun to discount any of it. It is gossipy, juicy, funny, catty... and also thorough. Fans of the stars will not be able to put it down and will laugh audibly at the remarks the ladies allegedly made through the years about each other.
Elise Swenson
This is great!!!! Not since the "The Hollywood Vampyres" has there been such an epoch book. This is a must read for anyone who loves old movies. I only gave it 4 stars because it was too short.
Una Tiers
These are two mean chicks.
Joshua Wiles
Bette Davis and Joan Crawford were legendary actresses. They've starred in dozens of classic films, from Mildred Pierce to All About Eve to Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? However, in the decades since their death several things have overshadowed their careers: the feud between the two (which they always denied any knowledge of when asked), the behind the scenes havoc they created, the men they slept with and the affairs they had, and the horrible treatment their daughters accused them of.

Much like the careers of both Bette and Joan, this book does not disappoint! If you are a fan of either actress as well as celebrity biographies then you will no doubt enjoy this book as much as I did. One of the things that makes this book so great is its dual perspective. Considine explores the complicated and often tense relationship of the two by profiling the intersections of their respective careers, and the book never loses focuses. Both Bette and Joan made as many films in as many years...more
This book is available free to Prime members on Kindle's lending library, so I downloaded it for my monthly "freebie" because of the positive reviews it received. If you are a fan of old Hollywood, and these ladies in particular, I highly recommend! Author Considine does a great job bringing you right into the middle of their antagonistic rivalry towards each other. Crawford, was the "star", and Davis, the "actress". The lengths these two went to cut the other down is more than entertaining-it's...more
Kimberly Rahi
"Bette and Joan: The Divine Feud," is a classic, catty tale. You can't believe everything you hear... or everything you read for that matter. Therefore, the same can be said for this book. Take it with a grain of salt, laugh at the foolishness of "two old broads" and relish the trip back in time when actors and actresses of the silver screen were in a class all their own.

Bette and Joan were leading ladies of the 1940's; unstoppable, the world in their palms and they knew it. The thought of shari...more
Very well done

I read a previous review that described the book like a vigorous tennis match and that is a great way to describe this story. Two classic hollywood legends with strong personalities that thought they had nothing in common. The back and forth style shows how alike and different they were and contains so much rich history. Funny, sad and inspires both respect and disdain for both. Very enjoyable.
Suki McFarland
Well first off, I'd like to make it clear that I'm marking this on the basis that it is a biography, so it's not really appropriate to compare to novels!
and now for gush:
I loved this book! It really brought me into the intricate, strange world of early Hollywood and these women's unusual lives. The realization that modern day Hollywood has no Divas to compare them to made me quite sad- they are truly something from a lost era. While I felt the book left something to be desired in terms of conclu...more
Maysie Porter
Bette Davis and Joan Crawford would have been two of the biggest actresses in the 1930s and 1940s but they never really got on. They had an ongoing feud. Joan wanted Bette in ways that disgusted Bette. It goes through their lives and how their lives interlinked in some ways.

I prefer Bette, Joan Crawford was too masculine for my liking and her acting is not very good. But they both did whatever happened to baby Jane together and when Bette was nominated for an oscar, Joan sabotaged it. Joan alway...more
Abdi Nazemian
The book is about the feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, which immediately makes it a classic. Now how about a sequel about Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland?
Packed with fantastic, salacious anecdotes, this is everything a Bette and Joan fan could wish for.
I was able to borrow this from the Kindle Lending Library, and I am very happy with this selection. It is chock full of scoop and scandy from the Golden Age of Hollywood. While the focus is the Davis/Crawford feud, there are many stories of other actors, agents, stylists, etc. who had to face the wrath of these two indomitable women. I found much to love and loathe about the actresses, but found myself cheering for Bette Davis slightly more. Her quotes made me wish for a less PC Hollywood than w...more
J. Allen Nelson
A fun ride through Hollywood history. I was surprised to see that the author was able to talk with both Crawford and Davis over the years, as well as other notables from the era, as I thought this might be just a fix-up of quotes and anecdotes, and "juicy lore." Definitely more in-depth than one would suppose, and offers insight into the minds and actions of two of Hollywoods greatest personalities.
Simply amazing that both resisted the notion that they were rivals. Now I must go out and see "B...more
I laughed myself silly when I was reading some chapters! Both Joan and Bette are difficult people, I believe but Bette is worse. She's tough and unforgiving, she's a survivor. She's frank and quite direct. Joan is difficult in a different way, she can backstab you and can do it so elegantly! I don't believe some parts mentioned in the book, they can be pure Hollywood gossip. It was fun reading, it gave me a chance to monitor both of these wonderful women's lives. I think I love *itches, and beli...more
Terri Jacobson
This is a light and entertaining book about the careers of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. They were born in the same year, 1908, and they were rivals throughout their time in Hollywood. The glamorous settings of the movie industry from the 1920s to the 1950s were especially interesting. Bette Davis had a real dislike for Crawford. Referencing Crawford's famous promiscuity, Davis said "She slept with every major star at MGM except Lassie." It was little gems like these that made the book interest...more
A gossipy, trashy, all-around fun read which details the film careers and relationships of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. The author includes plenty of anecdotes that illustrate their long-standing animosity and warped respect toward each other. The book also has lots of "inside" film information. I read this after watching Whatever Happened to Baby Jane and had to watch the movie again just for fun because of all the fun details included in the book.
Caroline Ward
I've owned this book for years it has always had pride of place in every bathroom of every home!! Goodness knows how many years later I still dip into it (especially at bathtime) every page is a story in itself and takes you back the that era of soft lighting and the evolution of the 'Diva'. It has led me to explore other biogs of actors around at that time.
Bette and Joan is great fun. You get seperate parts about each life and career but the most fun is when they were in Whatever Happened To Baby Jane together. All that went on during the shoot and afterwards and why Joan wasn't in Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte is why I bought this book, and it delivered. Real cattiness with some touching moments as well.
Christine Grant
Best book of all time! I read this for the first time as a teenager, then as a young adult, and many times as an adult. Also, the author is amazing with fans. He responded to one of my fan letters by fax (over a decade ago) and recently to an email after I purchased the ebook. If you love Bette and Joan you have to read this!
Well researched... came away with more empathy for Joan than for Bette!
Gershom Chua
Fascinating comprehensive analysis on both stars' lives and careers. Although one discerns the writer may side with one star more than the other, the great things found throughout the read make it more than worthwhile tolerating. :) My second favorite book on Bette Davis after Mother Goddam :D
In terms of sheer camp and just plain fun, this is one of my absolute favorite books on classic Hollywood. Full of a fun and interesting stories and bitchy one-liners, this is a must read! Especially if you are a fan of either or both of these fabulous women. Good stuff! Really entertaining!
i am lovin' this fricking ridiculous book

so - it's done & it was really great. those two dames were nuts. NUTS. who knows what was true. if you are interested in old Hollywood at all, give it a read. the last 1/4 was a bit long though.

Amanda  Rae
A wonderfully researched romp through the lives of Joan and Bette - the highlights mainly. Some great side by side comparisons as to what was said by both of the ladies both in regards to each other and in regards to their lives in general.
Oct 04, 2008 leticia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like old-timey hollywood gossip
Recommended to leticia by: e online. yes, really
Shelves: yay
Scandalous guilty pleasure reading, like eating an eclair at church. These women were insane, spiteful, and witty. Joan Crawford was a drunk obsessed with Pepsi, Bette Davis an egomaniac who also beat her kids, but funnier and a better actress.
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