Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Heather Mills McCartney

Heather Mills McCartney, ex-wife of Beatles' Paul McCartney, allegedly claimed that she spent most of the $48.6 million divorce money she got from ex-husband Paul McCartney in 2008. And that was a year ago.

“Most of it’s been given to charity, gone into businesses or paid for a couple of ­properties for my daughter’s future,” she told the Daily Express. “I could never sit with millions of pounds in the bank that could make matters change.”

The British newspaper says otherwise and reports that the charities never received any money, all the businesses stalled and she got two homes for free, worth over $12 million!

The divorce settlement also states that their daughter Beatrice, 6, receive $56,000 a year from Paul. Hopefully Heather is putting that away into a piggy bank!

Heather Mills said she blames Sir Paul McCartney's daughter, Stella, in large part, for their divorce.

Mills told Extra:

"Every single week Stella tried to break up our marriage. She was so jealous. Stella wasn’t interested in her dad’s happiness. I can’t protect her any longer… she’s done some evil, evil things… We found out she scraped my face out a photo when they were in psychiatric session together.

"The McCartney family is untouchable.”

Mills also claims she has "evidence" of just how "evil" Stella is and keeps this so-called "evidence" in a safe.

Heather has also said that she's not in a serious relationship right now because, "I would not want to put anybody in this situation now."

Paul McCartney at His Best

In England he's Sir Paul McCartney.  But his passive/aggressive side has never waned.  Recently he was asked if he regretted anything about the last decade, now that we're going into 2011.  McCartney answered:

"Marrying one of the most hated women in the 2000's is my biggest regret.  I suppose the marriage has to be the prime contender for the biggest mistake of the decade.  But I don’t want to down anyone.  These things happen you know? But I tend to look at the positive side, which is that I have another beautiful daughter out of it.”

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Bravo Network

The station I watch the most is Bravo.  I love all the housewives.  I love Project Runway (now on Lifetime).  I am embedding a video of their's here.


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The Bravo SE disc publisher is one of those neat (if somewhat expensive) inventions that any small video production business (or business office) should have. Very easy to use (with one exception) both for creating disc labels and for duplicating and then printing CDs or DVDs. Up to 20 discs can be processed automatically (you can always add more) and is fun to watch (at least the first two times). The process is fast as it burns DVDs at 16x while simultaneous printing. I use discs from a local member only chain and the work great. One caveate, the label creation program is setup for print to the hub discs, you have to be carefull that images/text for large hub discs don't fall into the non-printing area (but you can create label templates to aid in that).

A fast burner/printer.  Read one person's review above.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Celebrity Lawyer Mickey Sherman Gets Sentenced

My opinion of Mickey Sherman (above) is pretty low.  He "defended" Michael Skakel, convicted of killing Martha Moxley.  At the time Mark.Fuhrman, the cop who may have planted evidence on OJ Simpson (the sock in OJ's bedroom with EDTA in it), wrote a book about the murder of Martha Moxley and accused Michael Skakel of murder.  In due time, Michael Skakel, nephew of Ethel Kennedy, was convicted and sent to prison; and recently lost his appeal for another trial based on new evidence.  But Fuhrman was onto another book.  He "investigated" the Kennedy Assassination.  Guess who killed Kennedy.

Sherman did nothing to help Michael S.  His defense failed.  I believe Michael Skakel is innocent.  The mention of Mickey Sherman's name brought this case to the forefront.

The night of the murder several boys, who happened to be black, sneaked into Greenwich, CT to mess around with the other kids who lived there.  Alcohol made the rounds.  The kids got into the community through the woods.  It was their second visit.  One of these kids might have killed Martha because she fought him off.  There was a golf club there, behind Michael's house, and someone bludgeoned her to death.  So we have a dirth of suspects until these boys show up.  This wasn't mentioned in court.  What was damning was the story Michael told of climbing up a tree to look into Martha's bedroom and masturbating.  He never told anyone that before.  

Then there's the "babysitter."  The Skakels weren't that young that they needed someone older to watch over them.  The night of Martha Moxley's murder was his first night at the Skakel house.  But this man was given full immunity to testify, as he had been a suspect.  He helped convict Michael Skakel, whom I believe is an innocent man.  Dorothy Moxley feels otherwise.  She didn't know about the kids who snuck into the gated community.  Why is it, as Robert Kennedy Jr wrote, that everywhere the "Babysitter" has lived they've found brutal crimes against women, murders unsolved.  Coincidence?  And if the authorities found out that he killed Martha Moxley they can't do anything about it.

In my opinion, Michael Skakel's trial was a "get Kennedy" trial.

Mickey Sherman was sentenced to a year and 1 day in prison.  When he is isolated maybe he'll remember the bad defense job he did regarding Skakel.

We need an ironic ending:  Will Skakel and Sherman share the same cell?

Friday, December 17, 2010

Wedding Dress

That is the most beautiful wedding gown I've ever seen.  I think the first designer to make a wedding dress like that was the late Alexander McQueen.

The photo came from People Mag online, where it says to share it.  I'm sharing it.

When Paris Hilton was sent to jail for a few hours, Al Sharpton had her re-arrested.  He said she was getting special treatment because she was white.  I think she spent 6 days.

When Nicole Richie was arrested for the same offense, where was Al Sharpton?  Didn't hear a peep from him.  Why?  Why did Nicole Richie spend only 6 hours in the same jail?

Because Nicole's father is black, Lionel Richie.  And he's in the music industry.

That is unfair treatment, Sharpton.  And remember Tawana Brawley?  You shoved her under the rug quickly enough.  Whatever happened to her?

Friday, December 10, 2010

Bianca Jagger - Another Honorary Doctorate

She truly amazes me.  Bianca was recently at the British Fashion Awards as a presenter and she looked more beautiful than ever.  I think she lost weight.  Probably had some work done.  At East London College, Bianca received an Honorary Degree in Human Rights:

"Doctorate honour for human rights champion Jagger

By Kay Lockett on December 9, 2010 10:54 AM |

AA-Dec9-BiancaJaggerWEB.jpgA forthright champion of human rights across the world, Bianca Jagger was conferred with an honorary doctorate from the University of East London last week. The ex-wife of Rolling Stone Mick, has led the charge on a vast number of campaigns in countries from her native Nicaragua to Bosnia, from Iraq to India, often putting her own safety on the line.
She has campaigned in defence of human rights and peace, civil liberties, social and economic justice, the international rule of law and environmental protection for almost 30 years.
She said: "Throughout my 30 years as a human rights, social justice and environment protection advocate, I have defended the rule of law, liberty, due process and judicial review.
"My unwavering belief in these principles has underpinned my work, and been at the heart of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation's campaigns. It is an honour and a privilege to receive a Doctorate in Law from such a distinguished institution. Her foundation is working to develop a legal definition of Crimes Against Present and Future Generations; and a legal framework that will hold accountable corporations committing grave human rights abuses and environmental destruction. The BJHRF is a voice for the most vulnerable members of society: children, women, indigenous people, and prisoners on death row.
Ms Jagger is also a member of the Executive Director's Leadership Council for Amnesty International.
Most recently she has been supporting the Kondh tribe in Orissa, India, in their campaign to protect their sacred Niyamgiri mountain from a proposed bauxite mine.
During the course of her career, Ms Jagger has been recognised with a number of prestigious awards, but this is the first one she has accepted in the UK..."

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Kelsey and Camille Grammer are divorcing

If the Grammers have not divorced already, they will be. Camille, who's divorcing Kelsey, doesn't seem a bit upset. Yet we're watching her on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She is having an argument with another Housewife, saying the Housewife (Kyle?) insulted her by saying how surprised she was that so many people showed up somewhere. Kyle said, "All those people showed up and Kelsey wasn't there"! Camille is making a mountain out of a mole hill. Kyle said something that Camille took wrong or Kyle didn't say something right. Sometimes you say awkward things to people and feel embarrassed. Kyle doesn't remember saying that.

Most of the Housewives went to NY to see Kelsey Grammer opening night. He's starring in Cage Aux Folle. He and Camille being apart for at least a year, proved costly. Camille says now that Kelsey is narcissistic. (I knew he'd be fooling around.) Camille is probably expecting a large settlement from him. She has his money; she doesn't need him.  But I just learned there was no pre-nuptual agreement.  She seems to be holding up well.  She's filming a reality show and her husband is 3,000 miles away, a big star with a new girlfriend.  The girlfriend has recently miscarried.  Kelsey is engaged to her before the divorce is final.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Susan Boyle and Photo Retouching

Watch as this photographer changes Susan's look through retouching.
Susan Boyle Transformation

David Cassidy Arrest for DUI in Florida

The young man who came to fame as the most popular teen on TV in the '70's, David Cassidy of the Partridge Family has been arrested after driving erratically, failing 2 breath tests and a field test.  He is quoted as saying he had a glass of wine at lunch, then took a pain pill later in the afternoon.  He has pleaded Not Guilty on the misdemeanor. (I always thought it was a felony in Florida if convicted of DUI.)  Here's his mugshot.  He spent the night in jail.

Cassidy has been a recovering alcoholic.  Mixing wine and a pain pill (narcotic), then getting in a car to drive is stupid.  You don't know when that pill is going to hit you.  I believe he should plead guilty, especially as they're claiming it a misdemeanor.  He failed all the tests, so admit it.

A number of years ago he wrote an autobiography.  He described his alcoholic days  -- how low was he?  He said he was on the ground, licking the curb.  That's how low he got.  Of course, being a short man, he had to say he had a huge penis.  As a matter of fact, his brothers called him "Dong" or some such.  He's very egotistical like his father, Jack Cassidy.

So he's drinking again.  The cops found a half bottle of bourbon in the back of his car.  Here is the report in its entirety, then the video:

David Cassidy pleads not guilty to DUI

November 30, 2010 |  1:04 pm

Onetime teen idol David Cassidy entered a not-guilty plea in writing Tuesday in a Florida court, a day after the Florida Highway Patrol released video of the former "Partridge Family" star failing a field sobriety test.
Cassidy, whose next court date was set for Jan. 18, did not appear in person, E! News reports. The 1970s heartthrob was pulled over around 6 p.m. on Nov. 3 after he was observed weaving and making an erratic lane change in his Mercedes, according to an FHP report.
In Breathalyzer tests given around 8:30 p.m., Cassidy logged .141 and .139 blood-alcohol levels, police said. The singer, who said he was tired after attending an early-morning funeral, said he'd had a glass of wine at lunch and a hydrocodone pill for back pain around 3:30 p.m., but denied being intoxicated. Police also said they found an open, half-full bottle of bourbon in the car's back seat.
TMZ has video of the sobriety test, in which Cassidy can be heard mentioning an eye that wanders when he's tired, and appears to have a unique interpretation of the officer's instructions in the touch-your-nose exercise. 
Cassidy faces a maximum $1,000 fine and six months behind bars if convicted on misdemeanor charges of DUI, failure to maintain a single lane and driving with an open container.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Beauty Tips of the Stars

Here are some tricks stars use to look and feel better.

Mae West had one leg 1/4 inch shorter than the other.  This was the secret of her sexy walk.  She also took a 1 cup water enema every morning.

Dolores Del Rio slept 21 hours a day to stave off wrinkles.

Rita Hayworth had one eye smaller than the other.  The make-up men used to extend her fake lashes.

Bette Davis wore her dress wrong for the movie, All about Eve.  Since she was so taken with it, Edith Head, the designer let her wear it her way  -- not to hug her shoulders, but falling to her elbows.  The neckline became sleeves and Edith Head was spared the embarrassment of not fitting her client right.

Joan Crawford used to bite the inside of her mouth so her cheeks looked thinner.  And always used a key light to highlight her eyes and place the rest of her in shadow.  Especially in the later horror films, like Strait-Jacket, Berserk, Night GalleryTrog.  But also in the '50's she used this technique (which was so obvious) in Woman on the Beach.  To me it didn't enhance her beauty; it distracted the viewer.

Natalie Wood wouldn't be caught dead without a bracelet to cover a wrist injury she suffered as a child in a film.  Her mother wouldn't let her go to a hospital because that would inconvenience the studio and she wanted Natalie to be a star.  So a bone protruded and Natalie always wore a bracelet after that.  Supposedly, the studio padded her clothes for Rebel without a Cause because she only weighed 90 pounds.

Alan Ladd used to stand on a box in some scenes in the movies.  He was usually shorter than the women he starred with.

British actress, Jane Asher, whose hair is "strawberry" blonde, or really an apricot color, often had her hair dyed in films to a darker red, which looked more attractive.  Now she dyes it to keep out the gray.

Speak of the devil, Sir Beatle Paul McCartney dyes his hair now also: to auburn.  Why men that age pick that shade I don't know.  I guess you're supposed to go lighter as you age...

Woody Allen always wears muddy earth tones from his wardrobe: olive green, tan, etc.  His characters often do too.  He doesn't understand why someone would wear pink.

Judy Garland used to wear a contraption inside her nose, when she worked for MGM, to give it a more  uplift look.

Elvis Presley wore waterproof black mascara, as his eyelashes were blond and didn't match his dyed black hair.

Mick Jagger works out everyday.  His father was a gym teacher.

Keith Richards wears black eyeliner and tinny West Indies-like, little Cracker Jack prizes in his hair.  Doesn't look bad!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Jerry Lewis Ladies Man (1961) Karyn Kupcinet

Karyn Kupcinet, the daughter of Irv Kupcinet,  a talk show host and columnist with thousands of friends, was murdered on Nov.28, 1963.  2,500 people attended the funeral.  The family thought her downstairs neighbor killed her.

My theory: when Jack Ruby shot Oswald on Nov.24, 1963, it put a lot of heat on Chicago.  It is possible she was killed by a Chicago hit man.  The mob in Chicago didn't want any connection to the crime and so with Ruby dominating the press, they created a shock crime in Chicago --  the murder of Karyn Kupcinet, which went unsolved.  It happened early on Thanksgiving, but she wasn't found until 3 nights later.

A few weeks later, Frank Sinatra Jr was kidnapped.  Did the mob do this because Frank Sinatra, the father, did everything he could to get Kennedy elected in the first place?  And to get the spotlight off them?

There is more to the story.

Above is a scene from the Ladies Man.  You can see how beautiful she was when she wasn't starving herself.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sonny and Cher: Not What It Seemed

Parade Magazine recently published the following from Cher:

"CHER considered suicide after learning the truth about her husband SONNY BONO's womanising ways.
The superstar now feels she and her former partner should never have been husband and wife - and his secret affairs made her miserable.
She tells Parade magazine, "Stardom made Sonny a huge womaniser. One woman, or even five, was not enough for him. I found all this out afterward. I asked him, 'How did you manage the logistics?'
"I was trusting and faithful with him. The truth is, I'm not so sure we should've ever been husband and wife."
Feeling trapped and depressed, she considered taking her own life in the early 1970s: "I thought about jumping off a hotel balcony. Then I thought, 'No, I can just leave him'. When I told Sonny, he said, 'If you leave me, America will hate you and you won't have a job.'
"I went, 'You know what, Sonny? I just don't care!'"
Here's one of my favorite videos.  Sonny Bono running for Mayor of Palm Springs:

Rachel Zoe Baby Rumors and Brad Leaving

Stylist Rachel Zoe is pregnant.  Both she and her husband, Rodger, are ecstatic.  She'll have to cut down on her workload.  I suggest she have employees with sharp eyes go to the runway shows of the best designers and pick out the dresses.  Then Rachel can decide when she sees the gowns in person in her shop if it's right for the celebrity she's dressing.  Rachel also wants to design.

Brad has split with Rachel Zoe to "spread his wings."  He's looking to become a stylest himself.  He had to be the sexiest gay man I've ever seen.  I hate to see him go.  (It made me laugh when he joined Rachel and family for the Jewish holiday.  Rodger got up before the dinner and began to read religious dogma for everyone to follow along;
 and Brad hid behind his booklet, laughing hysterically.)  The split was tearful and amicable.  What will happen to the Rachel Zoe Project now with the baby coming?  I bet Rachel would like to have a girl so she could dress her up.  I hope the show continues.

Rachel Zoe is known for her love of vintage clothes from great designers of years past.  She loves the 60's and early '70's.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Legend of Joan Crawford and Bette Davis

I spent sometime today trying to find out just what killed Alfred E. Steele, the CEO of PepsiCo and husband to melodrama actress Joan Crawford.  On the Larry King Show a few years ago, her first adopted daughter, Christina Crawford, intimated that her mother, Joan Crawford may have knocked Steele down a flight of steps, killing him.  "That was another suspicious thing," Christina said.  King asked how he died.  "He fell down a flight of stairs," Christina answered.  And the worldwide audience got an image of Joan Crawford, with the heavy eyebrows, plummeting her husband, Alfred Steele, down a flight of stairs.

Every article I went to today said he died of a heart attack.  One said he died in his sleep.  But I couldn't find, at this time, an article that described his cause of death as falling down a flight of stairs.  It was not an exhaustive search.  There are many places to read about Joan Crawford.  Is it possible he fell down stairs, thought he was all right, then died in his sleep that night of a heart attack?

I found the next article fascinating.  The Daily Mail interviewed Bette Davis after she suffered a stroke and lost a breast to cancer.  Yet she was still going strong.  Her daughter, BD Hyman had written a book about her a la Christina Crawford.  She said on stage one night, "Now you'll see how mean I am...The love of my life hurt me the most."

Her daughter had said, "She'll outlive us all."  When Bette died a reporter asked how she would remember her mother, "As a great, dramatic actress."  Somehow Hyman mixed up religion with embarrassing her mother.  She'd found Jesus.  Now she says she would not have written the book, but would have merely prayed for Bette.  "You can't change anybody," she said on her bible-thumping show.  "Only God can."  (I hate the self-righteous.)  Here is the article from the British newspaper.

The bitter sexual jealousy that made Bette Davis wage war on Joan Crawford

Last updated at 00:02 15 May 2008

The ramshackle Hollywood mansion was occupied by two ageing sisters.

One of them, a cripple, lay slumped on the floor, helpless; while the other, a grotesquely made-up gargoyle with long blonde ringlets, stood over her, viciously kicking her from head to foot.
It was a scene from one of the most celebrated movies ever made, the 1962 classic What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?

But the violence was mirrored by reality.
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Bitter rivals: Joan Crawford, left, and Bette Davis in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

For the two protagonists were played by the most bitter of enemies ? Hollywood's rival queen bees, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, who had detested each other for 30 years and would do so to their graves.

Davis, the attacker in the movie, was supposed only to simulate violence.

But as she raised and swung her right foot, encased in a black anklestrapped shoe, she made contact with Crawford's head, gashing her scalp, which needed three stitches, and causing a lump the size of an egg.

It was the climax of Hollywood's most deadly feud.

The enmity had festered for decades, despite repeated public denials by both women that it existed.

Davis maintained this fiction even two years after Crawford's death.

Asked in 1979 by a reporter about the enemies she had made in the motion picture business, 

Davis replied: "Enemies? I have no enemies. Who?"

"Joan Crawford?" ventured the journalist.

In a tone of "sugared innocence", Davis insisted: "Miss Crawford and I weren't enemies.

"We made one film together. We didn't know each other at all."

The reporter wasn't buying this.

"Most of her rivals are now dead," she observed, "and Miss Davis would like to present herself as just another little old lady in tennis shoes."

There is no question that Davis, the octogenarian, whose birth fell last month on April 5, lied.
Her hatred of Crawford was real enough, and away from the media, Davis heaped scorn on her rival's memory until the end of her days.

But what is less known is the reason for this antipathy.

On both sides, it was highly personal and sensitive, and was a case of unrequited love.
Crawford, a promiscuous bisexual, was in love with Davis but was rebuffed. Her co-star was firmly heterosexual.

Yet, an added dimension meant it was on Davis's part that the antagonism was most fierce.
This has remained secret for more than 70 years, but Davis, on her last visit to London two years before her death, revealed it to me: the love of Bette's life was a man she could never marry because he became Joan Crawford's second husband.

"She took him from me," Davis admitted bitterly in 1987. "She did it coldly, deliberately and with complete ruthlessness. I have never forgiven her for that and never will."

When she uttered these words, Crawford had been dead for ten years, and Davis, gaunt and wizened from a stroke and a mastectomy, was almost 80. Yet, the hatred remained intense.
This amazing saga of love and possession began in 1935 when Bette Davis was 27, and was cast by her studio, Warner Bros, in the role that was to win her the first of her Best Actress Oscars.

In the melodrama Dangerous, Davis played Joyce Heath, a neurotic, egomaniacal alcoholic actress, loosely based on the Broadway star Jeanne Eagels, who died from a heroin overdose aged 35.

Playing opposite her, as the architect who tries to rehabilitate the fallen star, was the tall, dark and attractive 30-year-old actor Franchot Tone, born into a well-off New York family and a graduate of Cornell University.

Davis had been married for three years to her high school sweetheart, the musician Harmon Oscar ("Ham") Nelson. Nelson was not successful in his career, and spent long periods away from home, touring in an orchestra.

The marriage lacked passion and was seen as a failure.

Within a few days of working on Dangerous, everyone on set realised Davis was attracted to Franchot Tone.

Years later she said: "I fell in love with Franchot, professionally and privately. Everything about him reflected his elegance, from his name to his manners."

There was only one problem. Joan Crawford, MGM's reigning sex symbol, recently divorced from Hollywood's dashing crown prince, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., had got to Tone before her.
Davis, trained for the theatre, saw herself as an actress. She considered Crawford "a glamour puss," whose success depended entirely on her looks.

Bette also believed that Joan used sex to advance her career. "She slept with every star at MGM", she alleged later, "of both sexes."

There was some truth in this. Most of Crawford's leading men had succumbed to her sexual magnetism.

And she counted several female stars, including Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Stanwyck and later Marilyn Monroe, among her lovers.

It was rumoured that Crawford would have liked to add Davis to her conquests.

"Franchot isn't interested in Bette," she said, "but I wouldn't mind giving her a poke if I was in the right mood. Wouldn't that be funny?"

When Crawford first entertained Franchot at her Hollywood home, he found her in the solarium, tanned from head to foot and naked.

According to friends and neighbours, Tone did not emerge from the solarium until nightfall.
"He was madly in love with her," Davis admitted. "They met each day for lunch... he would return to the set, his face covered with lipstick. He made sure we all knew it was Crawford's lipstick.
He was honoured that this great star was in love with him. I was jealous, of course."

During the filming of Dangerous, Crawford announced her engagement to Tone. To Davis's fury, they married in New Jersey soon after the film wrapped.

The hostility between the two women surfaced at the Oscars, where Davis was nominated as Best Actress.

Doubting she would win, Bette wore a simple navy blue dress to the ceremony.

As her name was announced the winner, Tone leapt to his feet and embraced her.

But his wife remained seated, her back to Davis, until her husband said: "Darling!"

Turning her head, the immaculately groomed and spectacularly gowned Crawford looked Davis up and down and then observed acidly: "Dear Bette! What a lovely frock."

Both women were to marry four times. Bette had divorced "Ham" Nelson and Joan had divorced Tone by the time Davis won a second Best Actress Oscar for Jezebel in 1938, making her the top box office star at Warner Bros.

But the mid-1940s were to bring a downswing in Davis's popularity, threatening her position as queen of the Warner studio.

As Bette's star began to dim, Crawford moved from MGM to Warner Bros, where she demanded the dressing room next to that of Davis.

In her first major movie for the studio, Mildred Pierce, Crawford upstaged Davis by winning a Best Actress Oscar, and was signed by Warner Bros on a seven-year contract at $200,000 a film.

Davis was aghast. Having watched helplessly as Crawford stole the love of her life, she now looked on as her rival took her Hollywood crown.

Crawford allegedly made a series of lesbian overtures to Davis, all of which were rebuffed by Bette with hilarity.

Hearing that Crawford had told gossip columnist Louella Parsons that she and Bette "may even do a picture together", Davis commented: "When Hell freezes over."

To another studio observer, Davis vowed: "I wouldn't p**s on Joan Crawford if she was on fire."

Yet, by the early 1960s, when both stars, now in their 50s, were seen as box office poison, it was Crawford who came to her rival's rescue, by finding the novel that teamed them both in the most sensational comeback in cinema history.

In What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?, Davis was cast as Baby Jane Hudson, a demented and alcoholic former child star, who allegedly cripples her sister, Blanche, a Hollywood movie queen (Crawford) in a car accident.

Jack Warner, the former studio boss of Davis and Crawford, refused to finance the film, commenting: "I wouldn't give you one dime for those two washed-up old bitches."

As Davis later recounted in chat shows, studio after studio rejected the project, telling producer-director Robert Aldrich: "If you get rid of those two old broads and sign some real box office names, we'll give you the money."

But Aldrich went ahead on a modest budget with a tight six-week shooting schedule.

On set, observers noticed Davis constantly needling Crawford, running her pen through the script.

"Whose dialogue are you cutting, Bette?" asked Crawford. "Yours!" snapped Davis.

When Crawford, widow of Pepsi-Cola president Alfred Steele, provided the set with a Pepsi cooler, Davis discovered that Joan's bottle of Pepsi, always at her elbow, was half-full of vodka.
"That bitch is loaded half the time!" raged Bette. "How dare she pull this c**p on a picture with me? I'll kill her!"

When, in the kicking scene, Davis's shoe touched Crawford's scalp, Bette claimed it was an accident.

But Crawford soon evened the score. In a later scene where Baby Jane has to drag her crippled sister from her bed, Crawford concealed a weightlifter's belt, lined with lead, under her dress.
Davis struggled to lift her, yelling: "My back! Oh, God! My back!" Crawford calmly got to her feet and strolled off, smiling, to her dressing room.

When the film was released, both stars, who shared in the profits, made a fortune.

Davis was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar; Crawford was not.

Davis claimed that Crawford campaigned to prevent her from winning.

At the Oscars ceremony, when Anne Bancroft's name was announced as Best Actress, Davis said: "I will never forget the look she [Joan] gave me.

"It was triumphant. It clearly said: 'You didn't win, and I am elated!'"

Crawford received the Oscar on behalf of the absent Bancroft.

The newspapers showed Crawford holding the Oscar her rival had failed to win.

Davis was furious. Two years later, when Robert Aldrich tried to team Davis and Crawford in another film, Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte, the hatred between the two defeated him.

Davis assembled the cast and crew, minus Crawford, for photos in which they all drank Coca-Cola, Pepsi's rival product.  After all, Crawford had been married to the Pepsi president.
Overwhelmed by Davis's hostility, Crawford diplomatically claimed to have pneumonia. She was replaced in the film by Olivia de Havilland.

In 1968, the feud re-surfaced when Davis learned that Tone, the love of her life and a chronic chain-smoker, was dying from lung cancer.

Crawford took her ex-husband into her nine-room New York flat and nursed him until his death, even supervising the scattering of his ashes.

"Even when the poor bastard was dying, that bitch wouldn't let him go," raged Davis.

"She had to monopolise him even in death."

On March 1, 1977, the American Film Institute honoured Davis with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Crawford neither attended nor watched the ceremony on television.

Crawford, who had quit drinking two years earlier, weighed less than 7st.  [The British equivalent to 98  pounds.] 

On May 10, 1977, she died at her New York flat, aged 73.

The official cause of death was "acute coronary occlusion", but the real one was said to be liver cancer.

No tribute and no word of regret came from Davis, and she went to none of the memorial services.

In private, however, during the television screening of one of Crawford's films, Davis stared at her rival's striking features before observing: "That dame had a face."

At the following year's Academy Awards, at which Davis was a presenter, the wide eyes of Joan Crawford, the ultimate movie star, filled the screen to audience applause.

Looking at a monitor, Davis paused and said of her enemy: "Poor Joan, gone but not forgotten. Bless you!"

In her will, Crawford disinherited her adopted daughter Christina and her adopted son Christopher.

A year later, Christina responded with the book Mommie Dearest, painting her as a drunken, abusive and sadistic mother.

"I don't blame the daughter, don't blame her at all," commented Davis.

"One area of life Joan should never have gone into was children. I've never behaved like that... 
Well, I doubt that my children will write a book."

But Crawford's ghost had the last laugh.

For in 1985, after Davis had undergone a mastectomy and suffered a stroke, her daughter, Barbara Davis Hyman, published My Mother's Keeper, depicting Bette as "a mean-spirited, wildly neurotic, profane and pugnacious boozer, who took out her anger at the world by abusing those close to her".

Like Crawford, Davis disinherited her daughter.

The similarities between the two stars may have been too great for Davis to confront.

To the end of her days, the mere mention of Crawford triggered a bitter tirade. In 1987, during the filming of her penultimate movie The Whales Of August, Davis abused her dead rival to the cast and crew.

Director Lindsay Anderson slammed his hand on the table and told her that Crawford had been his friend and he wasn't going to listen to any more.

Banging her fist down even harder and raising her voice, Bette delivered her final comment on her adversary.

"Just because a person's dead," she said, "doesn't mean they've changed."

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