The Fiercest Celebrity Feuds From Hollywood's Golden Age

Feb 14, 2018 at 1:20 p.m. ET
The biggest celebrity feuds of Hollywood's Golden Age
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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.

1 /15: The Real Joan Crawford & Bette Davis

The biggest celebrity feuds of Hollywood's Golden Age
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1/15 :The Real Joan Crawford & Bette Davis

2 /15: Sophia Loren & Jayne Mansfield

2/15 :Sophia Loren & Jayne Mansfield

3 /15: Vivian Vance & William Frawley

The biggest celebrity feuds of Hollywood's Golden Age
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3/15 :Vivian Vance & William Frawley

4 /15: Orson Welles & William Randolph Hearst

The biggest celebrity feuds of Hollywood's Golden Age
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4/15 :Orson Welles & William Randolph Hearst

5 /15: Marlon Brando & James Dean

The biggest celebrity feuds of Hollywood's Golden Age
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5/15 :Marlon Brando & James Dean

6 /15: Elizabeth Taylor & Debbie Reynolds

The biggest celebrity feuds of Hollywood's Golden Age
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6/15 :Elizabeth Taylor & Debbie Reynolds

7 /15: Bette Davis & Tallulah Bankhead

The biggest celebrity feuds of Hollywood's Golden Age
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7/15 :Bette Davis & Tallulah Bankhead

8 /15: Joan Fontaine & Olivia de Havilland

8/15 :Joan Fontaine & Olivia de Havilland

9 /15: Laurence Olivier & Marilyn Monroe

The biggest celebrity feuds of Hollywood's Golden Age
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9/15 :Laurence Olivier & Marilyn Monroe

10 /15: Frank Sinatra & Shelley Winters

The biggest celebrity feuds of Hollywood's Golden Age
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10/15 :Frank Sinatra & Shelley Winters

11 /15: Sir John Gielgud & Ingrid Bergman

The biggest celebrity feuds of Hollywood's Golden Age
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11/15 :Sir John Gielgud & Ingrid Bergman

12 /15: Bea Arthur & Betty White

The biggest celebrity feuds of Hollywood's Golden Age
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12/15 :Bea Arthur & Betty White

13 /15: Walter Matthau & Barbra Streisand

The biggest celebrity feuds of Hollywood's Golden Age
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13/15 :Walter Matthau & Barbra Streisand

14 /15: Klaus Kinski & Werner Herzog

The biggest celebrity feuds of Hollywood's Golden Age
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14/15 :Klaus Kinski & Werner Herzog

15 /15: Faye Dunaway & Roman Polanski

The biggest celebrity feuds of Hollywood's Golden Age
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15/15 :Faye Dunaway & Roman Polanski