We had a lovely day yesterday, the hubs and me. TCM was showing Gone With the Wind–we only caught the last half (from Scarlett’s “As God is my witness” speech to the end) but it was nice to sit and watch it together. (He took me to see it when it had its 60th anniversary rerelease in the theatres, too, but we really haven’t watched it since. That, btw, was the Day I Saw Dan Marino At The Movies.)
After the movie they had a documentary on the making of Gone With the Wind: The Musical, which looks truly excreble (we’re temped to go see it–actually, I’m tempted to invite my MIL but I have a feeling she might actually enjoy it which would ruin the fun of laughing at it), and then, a biography on Bette Davis. Who I love.
They showed an interview with Bette in which she called one of her costars “a horrendous bitch”. Or words to that effect. And it reminded us of her famous feud with Joan Crawford (I believe the quote, when she heard of Crawford’s death, was something like: “You should only say good things about the dead, so… Joan Crawford is dead. Good.” The awesome is choking me.)
But the hubs and I realized, when thoroughly enjoying this, that we can’t think of any great modern screen feuds.
Oh sure, there’s Shannon Doherty vs. the entire rest of the 90210 cast, but every other example we could come up with is much older. The closest we could come behind that was Penny Marshall vs. Cindy Williams on Laverne & Shirley (I remember as a child being stunned by this, because I imagined them being just bestest friends) or possible Suzanne Sommers vs. John Ritter (RIP) & Joyce Dewitt.
It seems kind of sad, doesn’t it? This “We’re all one big happy family look how we all love each other” thing? I seem to recall something in the last couple of years about Lindsay Lohan and some other girl fighting over Wilmer Valderama, but they weren’t working together so it doesn’t count. I mean the kinds of feuds that turn movie sets into little potholes of Hell, or make series costars duck and cover when two people finish a scene together.
Is it simply that people don’t talk about this stuff anymore? Or that it isn’t happening? I know occasionally we’ll get a remark (who was it who said of Val Kilmer, “I wouldn’t cast Val Kilmer again if I were making a movie about Val Kilmer”? Although apparently Val has mellowed a bit.)
Can you think of any? Isn’t it sad that our celebrity gossip is limited to boring stuff these days, lame sex tapes and oooh-they’re-adopting-more-babies and are-they-married-or-nots, instead of the great personality clashes we used to get?
Did the pictures get smaller :-)? Or is everyone just a lot more boring now? I couldn’t care less about celebrities these days, probably because so few of them seem to have any personality at all–maybe partly because nobody fights anymore. There’s no real scandal, it seems, and it’s a bit depressing. For me anyway. What about you? Can you think of any other great feuds?