Perhaps the grass is always glitzier on the other side of history. But from what we can tell, in Old Hollywood, the divas were diva-ier, the insults shadier, and the feuds far more entertaining. And there was no rivalry more notorious than that of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, two Hollywood powerhouses whose decades-long battle captivated tabloids (and drove directors crazy).
Here’s your primer for the history behind Davis and Crawford’s four-decade rivalry. Study up, so when you sit down to watch Feud, you can focus on the modern-day powerhouses of Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon instead of playing catch-up.