Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Smirky Revenge Trivia

There are two more victims of the Coke and Pepsi war. Joan Crawford and Bette Davis had been feuding for years. During the making of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, Davis had a Coca-Cola machine installed on the set due to Crawford’s affiliation with Pepsi—she was the widow of Pepsi’s CEO. Crawford exacted her revenge by putting weights in her pockets when Davis had to drag her across the floor during certain scenes.


Bob said...

I love that story.
I've read books about both, and they both told the same tale.
What I didn't know was that both women signed on to work together again on "Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte" but Joan became 'ill' and had to leave. Olivia DeHavilland took over her role.

David Dust said...

I'd never heard that story - but that movie is one of the gay camp classics of all time!

"But cha are, Blanche - ya ARE in a wheelchair!"


Berry Blog said...

Bette was such a staunch New Englander even by our homee standards that the southern dialect always floored us back home here.My aunt was her housekeeper in Cape Elizabeth and I used to sit in the kitchen visiting my aunt while listening to Davis in the other room.She and Gary really got into it sometimes. But she'd walk into the kitchen and turn it all off in a second and order cookies and milk for me...all smiles and happiness. Not that we ever felt that she had a penchsnt for kids at all.
as an adult I didn't know her at all. The whole town felt she was just another regular and never treated her with any deference- which was exactly to her liking.she wore housedresses and ankle socks just like everybody else.

Howard said...

Great story, thanks. And I love what Berry added!

Sam said...

They dont make them like that anymore. Bette, and Joan classics.

Sam said...

They dont make them like that anymore. Bette, and Joan classics.

miss alaineus said...

joy i am so glad it's finally summer vacation and i have time to read and comment on all the blogs i have been making a mental list to get to over the last 9 weeks.

i love triva and random knowledge. makes learning all the boring stuff bearable.


mistress maddie said...

I'm with Joan on the one- I like Pepsi much better! Oh and by the way-LOVE the new icon!

Pseudonymph said...

Fascinating bit of trivia. A good insight into the minds of those two women. And Berry's addition, made it all the more interesting.

Joy said...

Wow, Charlie! (Berry to y'all) What a great story! I love it when you tell about the people you've been around and known. It makes me so glad I posted this, and we all got to learn more. Thanks!!

Thank you, Mistress Maddie! It's for you!

True, Sam and Bob and Pseudonymph!

Welcome, Howard and Miss Alaineus. I appreciate the comments! Hope you come back and visit again.

Jeff said...

LOL! Speaking of Joan and Pepsi... One of my favourite lines from Mommie Dearest: "Don't fuck with me fellas! This ain't my first time at the rodeo."