Joan's enormous neediness made her seek out new friends constantly and insured her generosity towards her colleagues, even to younger female stars in her films like Ann Blyth, Diane Baker and Betsy Palmer. Apparently, her film crews all loved her and she knew each one on them by name (especially the men!).
Bette was naturally a loner and suspicious of everyone. A mean drunk! Just ask Celeste Holm.
Nevertheless, I would rather watch Bette interviewed over Joan. Bette was smarter and funnier and far more honest than Joan.
"Why am I so good at playing bitches? Because I'm not a bitch. That's why Joan Crawford always plays ladies." -- Bette Davis
If Joan didn't like you, she'd be fake-nice to your face, but talk trash about you once you left the room. Then she'd pick up the phone and get her minions to make your life a living hell.
If Bette didn't like you, she'd tell you. And, she'd make your life a living hell herself.
Definitely Bette. She was born a bitch and liked it that way. Joan became a bitch as she fought for career survival and was overcome by her neuroses. There are stories of Joan's kindness to people but I've never come across any of Bette.
Frank Langella tells a story of seeing Bette in her last years telling her secretary to "Get the car". He says that the way she said it he would not have been surprised if she'd added "...or I'll KILL you!"
By many accounts, Celeste can be a nasty piece of work herself.
Now, now, girls...you're both big bitches.
[quote]Just ask Celeste Holm.
Why would anyone ask that legendary bitch about ANY of her costars? You don't seem to be up on your Celeste lore, dear.
[quote]Joan Or Bette: Who Was The Biggest Bitch?
BIGGER, not biggest, you dumb twat.
R8 learn to speak English and then maybe you could correct someone. You simply failed with your blunder. He didn't make a mistake, you are the twat! Go and hide under a table, uneducated boorish fuck. I hate your kind. You correct others without knowing the right answer yourself!
R8 Thank you! Today's lesson is on comparatives and superlatives.
If Joan hadn't adopted those kids she never would have been perceived to be a monster. She had impeccable manners and was a consummate professional.
I think Christina was a spoiled brat and Christopher had emotional problems (the other two don't recollect bad things about their mother). This all happened when Joan's star was fading and the stress was too much for her- she often snapped.