When the Academy didn’t nominate Joan Crawford for her role in “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” she was determined to get on stage regardless, so she offered to collect awards on behalf of actors who wouldn’t be attending the ceremony (via). According to Bette Davis, Crawford intentionally swayed voter opinion against her, which proved to be the final nail in the coffin of their already fractured relationship. Backstabbing aside, Davis believes that the film’s popularity would have skyrocketed had she won the award, leading to more money and more opportunities for both actresses.
“The parting of the ways came when she saw to it I didn’t get the Oscar for ‘Baby Jane.’ She went to all the New York nominees and said, ‘If you can’t get out there, I’ll accept your reward, and please do not vote for [Davis].’ She was so jealous, she was a fool,” Davis told Bryant Gumbel (via). “If I had won that Oscar, we’d have made a million more dollars on the film; that’s what always happens. So, she wasn’t very smart about what she did.”
Needless to say, Davis held on to her grudge for a while. Even as their careers moved forward, Davis and Crawford couldn’t put their notorious rivalry to rest. Despite the river of bad blood, the actresses later signed on to co-star in the film “Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte,” though Crawford ultimately dropped out of the project (via).