There’s no way around it: FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan, which aired in March 2017, was nothing short of amazing. Beautifully written, shot and acted (seriously, Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange are living legends), the limited series was a masterpiece. I guess anytime series creator Ryan Murphy is involved, masterpiece quality is a given at this point.
We were entranced as the story of the infamous feud between Bette Davis (Sarandon) and Joan Crawford (Lange) played out on our screens, even though, ultimately, their story was kinda sad and actually ended up delivering a powerful message about women.
But let’s be real: the scrappiness and conflict between the two actresses are what really hooked us on the series. And if you think the Davis/Crawford feud was the only one of its time, you’d be sorely mistaken. Sure seems like the culture in Hollywood back then was a breeding ground for rivalries.
If you’re missing Feud, here are some of the biggest rivalries in Hollywood history to keep you occupied and intrigued.
A version of this article was originally posted in February 2017 and updated in February 2018.