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What Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, the center of FX's new 'Feud,' can tell us about modern female movie-star power

What Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, the center of FX's new 'Feud,' can tell us about modern female movie-star power

In 1962, powerful Hollywood columnist Hedda Hopper held a strange and intimate dinner party, hosting rival movie stars Joan Crawford and Bette Davis for a truce meal at her home on Tropical Avenue in Beverly Hills, an elegant brick colonial Hopper winkingly called "the house that fear built." 

"Will it be disappointing if we get along well?" Davis asked at the start of the dinner, acknowledging the pleasure Hopper's readers undoubtedly took in a catfight between aging divas. 

Hopper, whose syndicated column appeared in the L.A. Times, had convened the actresses just before they began production on "What Ever...

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