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Notorious Celebrity Enemies

Updated on September 27, 2011
Life long enemies, Hollywood legends, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis.
Life long enemies, Hollywood legends, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis.

The rich, famous and beautiful. We idolize them, fantasize about them and want to be them. After all, they have everything. Say what you will, but I've always loved rag mags and Hollywood gossip. After Facebook, I have to get my TMZ fix before leaving for work.

Today I will write about the juicy fights and life long enemies that we read about in the tabloids. Oh, what a guilty pleasure it is to find out that Hollywood isn't so perfect and that underneath all the plastic, fillers and frozen expressions there are some people who simply despise each other.

So here we are, some of the best celebrity feuds and notorious Tinsletown enemies. Brought to you by yours truly.

Debbie Reynolds vs. Elizabeth Taylor

When Elizabeth Taylor's new husband Michael Todd died in a plane crash back in 1958, the world sympathized with her. Fans were saddened and poured out their love to her. A few short years later, she would become known as a homewrecker and despised for stealing her close friend Debbie Reynold's husband, Eddie Fisher.

Fisher and Taylor were having an affair behind America's Sweetheart, Debbie Reynold's back. When Fisher was supposedly out of town, Debbie had called her friend Elizebeth Taylor.  Who was to answer the phone was none other than Eddie Fisher himself. Hearing Taylor's voice ask who was on the phone, it was apparent to Reynolds that they were in bed together.

"Darling, roll over and put Elizabeth on the phone." Debbie said to him.

Fisher came home that day and asked for a divorce. Debbie warned him that if he married Elizabeth, she'd leave him in eighteen months. Taylor did exactly that and left Fisher for Richard Burton.

The two reconciled decades later and Debbie Reynolds spent time with Elizabeth Taylor during her last days.


Angelina Jolie vs. Jennifer Aniston

It's not uncommon. Many movie stars fall in love with each other on the set. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt fell in love on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. There was only one slight problem. Brad was married to another woman, actress Jennifer Aniston.

After repeated denials of a love affair, Pitt and Jolie finally admitted they were together but not while Brad was married. After months of constant pestering Jolie finally admitted that they were sleeping together while Brad was still married.

Of course, Jennifer Aniston was also constantly being questioned my reporters. Finally in an interview for Vanity Fair, Aniston finally exposed some of the feelings she had towards Angelina Jolie.

When told that Angelina Jolie revealed to the press that she couldn't wait to be on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith everyday to see Brad, Aniston said, "There was stuff printed there that was from a time when I was unaware that it was happening. I felt those details were a little inappropriate to discuss," Adding how really uncool it was for Angelina to talk about that. The press had a field day.

Aniston has recently said she had let go of it all and found peace. Let's hope so.


Donald Trump vs. Rosie O'Donnell

"You're a scum bag!" "You're a fat pig!"

Nope, this isn't schoolyard taunts. These were some of the insults going back and forth through the media by mogul Donald Trump and Rosie O'Donnell.

The war of words had all started after a scandal within the Miss America pageant. Risque photos had surfaced of the winner. Donald Trump, who owns the pageant, was to decide her fate as Miss America. During a live taping of The View, O'Donnell let her feelings be known. She said it was hypocritcal of Trump to take the pageant winner's crown from her. When Trump was asked by a reporter how he felt about O'Donnell's opinion, that's when the name-calling began. The press ate it all up.

The feud became so riddiculous and petty that Saturday Night Live mocked them in a skit.


Joan Crawford vs. Marilyn Monroe

Joan Crawford openly talked about her dislike towards Marilyn Monroe. She would say that Monroe was a disgrace to the industry. A 1955 issue of Private Lives ran an article on Joan Crawford's not - so - nice side and included some nasty comments by Crawford towards Marilyn Monroe.

Marilyn Monroe turned up at a ceremony to accept an award wearing a skin tight dress. While Marilyn Monroe was accepting the award cat calls and whistles could be heard throughout the ceremony.

Disgusted, Joan told the press afterwards, "It was like being at a burlesque show. The audience shouted and yelled and even Jerry Lewis got up on a table and started whistling. I shuddered."

It wasn't over yet. She also told the press that Marilyn Monroe was bad example to children and that people do not like sexuality flaunted in their faces.

Recently, some audio tapes of therapy sessions were released where Monroe revealed to her therapist that she had a sexual encounter with Crawford. Realizing that she did not enjoy sex with a woman, Marilyn Monroe rejected further advances from Joan Crawford.

This could be where the hostility from Joan Crawford stemmed from.

Elvis vs. John Lennon

Elvis Presley allegedly despised John Lennon so much that he'd do anything to get him out of the way. Even by working with FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and later President Richard Nixon to have John Lennon deported.

He hated John Lennon and would fly into a rage if his name were ever to be brought up in conversation. Lennon was a pacifist and his anti-war rants infuriated Presley. His work with the government was unsuccessful as John lived in New York City until the day he died in 1980.

Eminem vs. Mariah Carey

He said, she said... Eminem says they dated. She says they didn't. Eminem's song Superman from his third album contains these lyrics:

“What you trying be? My new wife? What, you Mariah? Fly through twice."

There were more personal attacks directed at Carey in his album.

Mariah still denies it. Mariah shot him down in 2003 on Larry King and even parodied him during her 2003 show. In 2005, while Eminem was on tour, he played voicemails allegedly from Mariah to the audience. Still not over it, in 2006, he calls her out in another song. They both continue to address one another through their lyrics.

... Those high school games never end, I guess.

Kevin Smith vs. Bruce Willis

Director Kevin Smith recently lashed out publicly against Hollywood star Bruce Willis. Filming the movie, The Red State, Smith said that it was a soul crushing experience to work with Bruce Willis.

"I got no f***ing help from this dude whatsoever." Smith told talk show host Marc Maron. According to Kevin Smith, Bruce Willis was unprofessional, a pain to work with and flat out refused to sit for promotional photos. Even blaming Bruce Willis for the weak ticket sales opening weekend. Kevin Smith told the host that he and his father were always huge fans of Willis.

"Honestly, you were given the gift of not having to tell your dad that Bruce Willis was a d***'." Maron said.

Kevin Smith said he wished his father could have somehow communicated that fact to him from the afterlife.

Tom Cruise vs. Brooke Shields, Matt Lauer and the Entire Pharmaceutical Industry

2005 was the year that Tom Cruise had gone mad right before our eyes. First he jumped on Oprah's couch. Then there was the infamous interview with Matt Lauer. Who could forget Cruise's wild, crazy eyes? He fought with Lauer, calling him 'glib', and claimed to be an expert on psychiatry. He also called out Brooke Shields. He told Lauer she was irresponsible for trying to help new mothers by sharing her personal experience with postpartum depression and promoting anti-depressants.

Brooke's response to this was right to the point. “I’m going to take a wild guess and say that Mr. Cruise has never suffered from postpartum depression.”

Tom Cruise vs. Trey Parker and Matt Stone

News flash: Tom Cruise takes himself waaaaaaay too seriously. I mean, really, who haven't the creators of South Park bashed? Apparently, they didn't realize the power of Tom Cruise.

The episode, cleverly titled "Trapped In A Closet" (an obvious reference to gay rumors that have been following Cruise around since his early years) was aired back in 2005. Cruise wasn't the only target in this episode. Scientology as a religion was riddiculed and fellow A-lister and Scientologist John Travolta also was mocked. Cruise threatened the network, in response Comedy Central decided to pull a re-run of the episode that was scheduled to air. Scientologist Isaac Hayes abruptly left the show. It looked like the show would be cancelled. Alas, Cruise must have lightened up because Comedy Central never pulled the plug on Southpark.

Somewhere I hear Stan Marsh reflecting, "I learned something today. Don't (bleep) with Tom Cruise."

Ed Sullivan vs. The Doors

Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek recalls that Ed Sullivan show in 1967 well. Before they went on to play, a producer of the show came backstage and told the band that Sullivan wanted some words to the hit song "Light My Fire" changed. Sullivan wanted the line "Girl, we couldn't get much higher" changed because it could be interpretted as a drug reference.

"You're the poet." Manzarek recalls the producer telling Jim, "Think of something else." They said they'd change the word 'higher' but decided amongst themselves they would not change it. After The Doors were done performing, Ed Sullivan was so angry he would not shake their hands.

Backstage, the producer was furious. "Mr. Sullivan liked you boys. He wanted you on for six more shows. You'll never work the Ed Sullivan Show again!"

To which Morrison replied, "Hey man, we just did The Sullivan Show."

Denise Richards vs. Heather Locklear

With friends like Denise Richards, who needs enemies? Denise Richards and Heather Locklear met on the set of Spin City back in 2001 and became fast friends.  One day, Locklear found discriminating emails from her then husband, Bon Jovi lead guitarist, Richie Sambora to his assistant. Richards reportedly urged Locklear to leave him.  In 2006, tabloids in supermarkets all over America showed frontpage pics of Sambora and Richards together.

I guess we all know why Denise Richards wanted Heather Locklear to file divorce so badly. At a red carpet shortly afterwards David Spade, a good friend of Heather's, was asked where Heather was.

Spade quipped, "She's at home nursing the wound in her back." Obviously referring to the recent betrayal. Ouch.

Jay Leno vs. David Letterman

Jay Leno and David Letterman were friends in the 80s. Both were frequent guest hosts for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. It was always believed that when Carson retired, David Letterman would be the new host. When Carson finally retired in 1992, Jay Leno was instead picked to replace him.

The network liked Jay Leno. He was a pleaser and some say he went behind Letterman's back to get the job. Letterman went on to host his own show, The Letterman Show, on CBS. The two have not spoken since Jay Leno replaced Carson.

Axl Rose vs. Kurt Cobain

Back in the 1990s, when grunge was at it's peak and 1980s rock music was on it's way out, Guns N' Roses frontman W. Axl Rose and rocker Kurt Cobain had a confrontation.

Cobain shared this incident with a crowd during one of his shows. He told how he and wife Courtney Love had mocked Axl Rose at a red carpet event.

"Hey Axl," Kurt shouted, "Will you be our daughter's godfather?"

Known for his exploding temper and for taking himself a bit too seriously, Axl Rose got in Kurt Cobain's face and started threatening him. When Rose said he would kick Cobain's ass, the couple laughed at him.

"You can't control your wife!" Axl allegedly said to Kurt, "You're a disgrace! A disgrace to me, your father, your grandfather and all men before you!"

Kurt Cobain apparently found the whole thing to be a joke. He told the audience that he could careless what a racist, sexist and homophobic person such as Axl Rose thought of him.

Madonna vs. Courtney Love

In 1995 at the MTV Music Awards, former MTV Veejay, Kurt Loder, was interviewing Madonna when Courtney Love rudely interrupted by throwing her compact at the Material Girl. This was all caught live on air.

"Courtney Love is in some dire need of attention right now," Madonna said of Love. Madonna had later said that Courtney Love needs to stop doing drugs.

Apparently not much has changed since the mid 90s. In 2007, Courtney Love ranted on her MySpace page about what a joke Madonna is.

"Madonna is a great business woman, but come on, she's a weak artist and we all know it. It's a joke."

We'll probably never see these two lunching together in Beverly Hills. That might be a good thing.

Bette Davis vs. Joan Crawford

Saving the best for last, the rivalry of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford is Hollywood legend.

During the Golden Age of Hollywood, Davis and Crawford were Hollywood royalty. Bette Davis was queen of Warner Brothers, while Joan Crawford was MGM's reigning queen. There are many, many rumors as to why the two did not like each other.

While filming Dangerous, Bette Davis fell in love with her co-star, Franchot Tone. Joan Crawford stole his affection and ended up marrying him. This was the beginning to their life long feud.

Eventually Joan Crawford was forced to leave MGM. She was picked up by Warner Brothers. This infuriated Bette Davis. Mildred Pierce was originally offered to Davis but she turned it down. The movie went to Joan Crawford and she won an academy award for her performance. Crawford stole her man and was on the verge of stealing her crown as well.

In the 1950s both Joan Crawford and Bette Davis starred in the movie, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?. Though most Hollywood producers thought that Davis and Crawford at this time were well past their prime and considered box office poison, the movie did surpassingly well.

Still enemies, there were rumors of fighting on the set. Davis played Baby Jane, a has been child star, who is a derraged alcoholic. Crawford played Blanche, Jane's crippled sister confined to a wheelchair and kept locked in an upstairs bedroom.

Crawford was on the board for Pepsi-Cola at the time. Davis had a Coca-Cola vending machine installed on the set just to annoy Crawford. Meanwhile, Joan Crawford would carry around a bottle of Pepsi which was spiked with vodka. Bette Davis raged at how loaded Joan Crawford was all the time.

In the scenes where Davis was to carry Crawford, Crawford would wear weights under her clothes. In a famous scene where Davis's character is kicking Crawford in the head, she is not acting. Davis kicked Crawford so hard she needed stitches.

Bette Davis was nominated for an award for the role of Baby Jane. Joan Crawford was snubbed by the academy. Joan Crawford wasn't going to be one upped. Actress Ann Bancroft was also nominated for Best Actress for her role in The Miracle Worker. Upon learning this, Crawford had told Bancroft that if by chance she could not make it to the ceremony that she would be happy to accept the award for her. She also called every other nominee for Best Actress.  As luck would have it, Ann Bancroft fell ill and won the award for best actress. Joan Crawford accepted the award on Bancroft's behalf, to spite Bette.  It worked too. 

The two actresses were asked to be in another movie together. Unable to put up with Bette Davis any longer, Joan Crawford had quit.

When ex-husband Franchot Tone was dying, it was Joan Crawford who took care of him until his death. Even controlling where his ashes were to be scattered. "Even when the poor bastard was dying, she couldn't let him go!" Davis reportedly said.

After Crawford's death, Davis's hatred of Crawford was still as strong as ever. She would fly into a rage when her name was brought up in conversation. "Just because a person is dead doesn't mean they've changed!" she would say.

When Christina Crawford, adopted daughter of Joan, wrote her memoir, Mommie Dearest, which painted a picture of Joan Crawford as a terrifyingly abusive alcoholic, most of Hollywood shunned Crawford's daughter. Accept of course, Bette Davis, who defended Crawford in the press but later said she believed Christina.  As fate would have it, Bette Davis's daughter wrote a book of her own, My Mother's Keeper, exposing Davis's many secrets, including emotional abuse and alcoholism. Bette Davis was in a coma when the book was to release. Unexpectedly, she survived and as a result disinheireted her daughter. Crawford indeed had the last laugh.


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      Candy Lane 

      3 years ago

      Angelina Jolie Pitt NEVER "admitted" she and Brad Pitt slept together while working together, they say they did not. They did not start any sort of physical romance until Brad Pitt was free, that was when the divorce papers were filed in March 2005.

      Jennifer Aniston had an affair with her now "husband" Justin Theroux while he was still living with his long time love of 14 years, Heidi Bevins, a woman who had no idea her "committed partner" was sleeping with another woman and coming back home and crawling into bed with her. This went on for over 3 months, till the story broke and Theroux had to tell Heidi he was sleeping with another woman and lying to her.

      You want a slut, just look at Aniston.

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      4 years ago

      Love all the JUICY HOLLYWOOD gossip! :)

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      Amy DeMarco 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks Mythbuster. Glad you liked it!

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      7 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      I can't believe Davis actually kicked Crawford in the head! Well, after reading this hub, I can believe it. Thanks for sharing - I've enjoyed this hub.

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      7 years ago

      hi matt if your still knoking around here is there site

      and some info , they have a wealth of knowledge ,say I put you on

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      Amy DeMarco 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Juliafrances,

      Whatever happened to baby Jane is my favorite movie. I love Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. Considering both their daughters wrote tell all books, I wonder if Bette and Joan were too much alike. Could be why they didn't get along. thanks for commenting!

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      8 years ago

      This is great. Thank you for the info about Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. I didn't realize the feud was that extended. I loved Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? and it's fun to know that the women really hated each other. And that both their daughters wrote biting memoirs.

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      8 years ago from United States

      This is really interesting! I would've never considered some of these matches. Great job with this one.

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      8 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      Very good hub with so many different actors from different generations too. Loved it, voted up and useful.

    • amymarie_5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy DeMarco 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Fossillady! Glad you enjoyed it. It was also fun writing it!

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      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Oh boy, I really got into the juicy details of all these Hollywood Some I already knew a little bit about! Good stuff and an fun read!


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