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10 Most Famous Feuds in Hollywood History

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Famous Hollywood Feuds and Rivalries

Famous Hollywood Feuds and Rivalries

Hollywood is no stranger to feuds. It's a breeding ground for jealousy and conflicting egos, and can often lead to major conflicts among stars. Let's take a look at some of the most infamous feuds to come from Tinseltown.


1. Shannen Doherty vs. Alyssa Milano

Shannen Doherty and Alyssa Milano played sister witches Prue and Phoebe on the WB series Charmed. Doherty stayed with the show for three seasons until her character was killed off in 2001. Reportedly, the departure came due to on and off-set tensions between the two actresses. The drama became so intense that the only feasible solution was letting one of the women go. It was rumored that Milano had more of a fan base on the show, and Doherty wanted to part ways as well. Therefore, the character of Prue was written off.

In 2013, Milano talked with Andy Cohen on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, and reflected on Doherty's departure from the show, "I can tell you that we were on the air with her for three years, and there were definitely some rough days. Holly and Shannen were best friends for like 10 years before the show started, so it was very much sort of like high school."

The two have since reconciled, with Milano having reached out to Doherty during her battle with breast cancer. The actress confirmed in 2017 she is now in remission.


2. Madonna vs. Elton John

The feud between the musical icons began in 2002 when Sir Elton John slammed Madonna's song for the James Bond film Die Another Day. The musician declared it "the worst Bond theme ever." Once again in 2004, John ridiculed the Queen of Pop during the 2004 Q Awards in London. When he noticed Madge was nominated in the best live act category, John quipped, "Since when has lip-synching been live? Anyone who lip-synchs in public on stage when you pay 75 pounds to see them should be shot. Thank you very much." He would later apologize for his tactless comments.

Elton and his partner David Furnish attempted to have the singer perform at their bachelor party in London in 2005, but Madonna declined. He reportedly told his guest, "Madonna, the miserable cow, wouldn't do it." In response, a spokeswoman for Madge said, "Madonna wishes Elton all the best, and hopes married life will make him a happier person."

After a few years of calm waters, their feud was once again reignited in 2012 when John had an interview with Molly Meldrum on Australian TV. When asked about the songstress, he said, "Why is she such a nightmare? Sorry, her career is over. Her tour has been a disaster and it couldn't happen to a bigger [expletive]". A chance meeting between the two icons brought the nasty feud to an end later that year, when they dined at the same restaurant. John apologized for his behavior and offered to buy her meal. He had expressed, "She was very gracious and accepted and we talked. We are fine--it was just me and my big mouth."


3. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Will Smith vs. Janet Hubert

There is no love lost between actors Will Smith and Janet Hubert. The actress, who portrayed the original Aunt Viv on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 1990 to 1993, was fired for her creative differences with Smith. The actress alleges she was blackballed in the industry after her role on the show and blamed it on Smith. In response, the actor told an Atlanta radio station in 1993, "I can say straight up that Janet Hubert wanted the show to be The Aunt Viv of Bel-Air Show because I know she is going to dog me in the press." Smith's words proved correct, as Hubert has been vocal about her distaste for the actor 25 years later.

In 2011, Hubert called Smith an "egomaniac" and an "a--hole," and once again named dropped the movie star in 2013 when she said he did "some heinous, horrible things to me--they were like bad kids. Will and Alfonso [Ribeiro]." For the most part, Smith has remained quiet over Hubert's vocalized frustrations, but in 2016 offered praise for the actress, expressing, "I think she's brilliant. I think as an artist, there's so many things that she does: She sings, she dances, she's like a really powerful artist. So I loved what she brought to The Fresh Prince."


4. Sarah Jessica Parker vs. Kim Cattrall

Rumors had circulated for years that onscreen best friends Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall were actually feuding secretly behind the scenes of Sex and the City. The alleged feud reportedly began when Parker was paid considerably more than Cattrall during the final season of the show. The dispute over money also allegedly caused delays during the production of the two Sex and the City films in 2008 and 2010. Initially, the actresses denied claims of any animosity, but tensions boiled over in September 2017 when Parker confirmed there would be no third film.

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The Daily Mail ran a piece that alleged Cattrall had "outrageous demands" and halted production, but the actress openly refuted the story. She had tweeted "The only 'DEMAND' I ever made was that I didn't want to do a 3rd film...& that was back in 2016." Willie Garson, who portrayed Standford Blatch, allegedly pointed the finger at Cattrall for balking on a final film. The actress vehemently denied claims that she was ever on board for a third movie. She also stated she had "never been friends" with the cast and that Parker "could have been nicer."

The drama continued to unfold when Cattrall's brother passed away, and Parker offered her condolences on the social media post. Cattrall criticized the actress for doing so, stating, "I don't need your love or support at this tragic time." It seems as though this dispute will remain unsettled.


5. Frank Sinatra vs. Marlon Brando

Rumors swirled that Frank Sinatra had been upset that Marlon Brando was cast over him for the lead in On the Waterfront. The blue-eyed crooner was also vocal about his feelings on Brando, believing him to be the world's most overrated actor. The men would go on to both be cast in 1955's Guys & Dolls, where tensions escalated. Brando went to Sinatra for help with his singing and dancing (as he was not skilled in either) and Sinatra reportedly refused, saying he didn't believe in that "method crap." Brando was a method actor.

Brando would therefore purposely mess up the last lines of scenes, throwing off Sinatra. It got so bad during filming that the two wouldn't communicate on set, and used third parties to do so. Tensions boiled over when Brando was jumped by two thugs, an attack he blamed on Sinatra and his ties to the mafia. The violent attack scared Brando so much he never vocalized his distaste for Sinatra in interviews again.


6. Taylor Swift vs. Katy Perry

Perhaps one of the most famous celebrity feuds in recent years is that of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. The duo used to be close friends, until Perry allegedly poached a trio of dancers from Swift's tour in 2013. The discord continued to grow when Swift revealed the song "Bad Blood" from her album 1989 was about a fellow female pop star, whom she wouldn't name. The singer then said "She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me." Many suspected the comments were made about Perry, who posted a cryptic tweet one day after the interview, stating "Watch out for the Regina George in sheep's clothing..."

When asked by a fan if she would ever collaborate with Taylor Swift, Perry had said, "If she says sorry, sure!" In 2017, Perry released a song entitled "Swish, Swish" which many felt took aim at Swift. The American Idol judge had been vocal about her issues with Taylor recently, having said "Honestly, it's really like she started it and it's time for her to finish it." She would go on to say she wants to make amends with the singer and even sent her an actual olive branch as a sign of peace, which Swift gratefully accepted.


7. Elizabeth Taylor vs. Debbie Reynolds

In 1955, Debbie Reynolds married singer Eddie Fisher and Elizabeth Taylor married producer Mike Todd in 1957. The four friends were very close, and Reynolds was even Taylor's matron of honor. Todd died tragically in a plane crash in 1958, and his dear friend Fisher comforted the devastated actress. The two eventually fell in love and began an affair, and Reynolds was the last to find out about the affair between her husband and best friend. Of the betrayal, Debbie had said, "She liked him well enough to take him without invitation."

Reynolds and Fisher would subsequently divorce, and he would go on to marry Elizabeth in 1959. Their union was short-lived, as Taylor fell in love with Richard Burton and separated from Fisher in 1965. The two leading ladies reconciled in 1966, while on a cruise Taylor asked Reynolds to dinner in an effort to put the affair behind them. The actresses would remain friends until Taylor's death in 2011. Reynolds never reconciled with her former husband.


8. Bette Davis vs. Joan Crawford

One of the most infamous feuds in movie history was that of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. The two worked together during the filming of the 1962 film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, but had years of prior turmoil between them. The lifelong hatred began back in 1935 when Davis was shooting the film Dangerous and fell in love with her co-star Franchot Tone. Crawford had been aware of Davis' feelings and ended up seducing and marrying Tone. Their rivalry reached new heights when they were filming Baby Jane, when the actresses purposely tried to sabotage one another.

It was reported that Crawford filled her pockets with rocks in one scene, in hopes that Davis would hurt her back when dragging her. In a game of tit for tat, Davis then got her revenge when she kicked the other actress hard in the head, and not in the stomach like the scene called for. Davis ultimately received an Oscar nomination for her role, causing a jealous Crawford to call up the other nominees and ask if she could accept the award on their behalf. Davis lost to Anne Bancroft, who had Crawford accept the statue.


9. Taylor Swift vs. Kim Kardashian & Kanye West

Another modern-day feud involves Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian & Kanye West. Swift and West had previously made amends following his interruption of her award at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. The new feud started when West seemingly called out the pop star in his song "Famous", rapping "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / I made that b*tch famous." Swift claimed she did not approve of the lyric, while West claims she did.

Kardashian defended her husband, releasing a video allegedly showing Swift giving the okay. The reality star branded the singer a snake, and the feud prompted Swift to take a break from the public for more than a year. She came back with her album Reputation, and seemingly fought back against the couple in her song "Look What You Made Me Do."


10. Olivia de Havilland vs. Joan Fontaine

One of the oldest sibling rivalry cases in Hollywood history featured sister Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine. The two constantly fought growing up, mostly due to the fact that Joan believed their mother favored Olivia. When de Havilland became an actress, Fontaine followed suit. Their mother forced Joan to come up with a different last name. In 1942, both sisters were nominated for an Oscar for lead actress, but Joan beat out Olivia. She slighted her sister when de Havilland attempted to congratulate her. Olivia would get her revenge when she won an Oscar in 1946 and slighted her sister in return.

The two stopped talking altogether in 1975 after a disagreement over their mother's cancer treatment. Their rivalry remained intact up until the death of Fontaine in 2013 at the age of 96. de Havilland expressed that she was shocked and saddened" by the passing of Joan.

© 2018 Rachel M Johnson

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