On the occasion of Backlots’ 7-month birthday tomorrow (has it already been that long??), I have decided to tackle the daunting task of a blogathon. I really hope this works.
The idea for this blogathon came from a very clever movie marathon at the Castro Theatre a number of years ago, entitled the “Dueling Divas” marathon. Each day, the theatre would show a double feature–each film starring one lady of the silver screen who had a rivalry with the lady starring in the other. For example, they had an entire week devoted to Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, where they showed double features of Possessed/The Letter, The Women/All About Eve, Johnny Guitar/In This Our Life, etc.
So drawing on that very clever idea, I am hosting the Dueling Divas Blogathon, which I have scheduled to take place between December 20-23. It’s a ways off, so as to leave enough time to plan your blogging schedules accordingly.
Participants may blog about any of the following types of Dueling Divas:
- Those who had a rivalry in real life, either over a particular film role or over a personality clash, ie Bette Davis and Joan Crawford
- Those who had a rivalry on the screen, ie Mildred and Veda from Mildred Pierce
- Any dual role (see what I did there? Duel? Dual? Be proud.) played by an actor or actress in a classic film, ie Hayley Mills in The Parent Trap.
BACKLOTS: I have taken a look at the 1954 Oscar feud between Grace Kelly and Judy Garland. http://backlots.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/dueling-divas-blogathon-day-1-judy-garland-vs-grace-kelly-1954/
CRÍTICA RETRO: This post is a lovely examination of that wonderful film full of dueling divas, The Women! The cast, the film, backstories and trivia. Written in Portuguese, but don’t worry–there’s a translate button on the right. http://criticaretro.blogspot.com/2011/12/as-mulheres-women-1939.html
CAROLE & CO.: Though Carole Lombard never seemed to have a feud with anyone, she certainly had some competition onscreen, with one actress in particular! Check out with whom! http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/470760.html?view=632040#t632040
A PERSON IN THE DARK: I had so much fun reading this one! I’m a big fan of Josephine and Daphne, so I’m so glad someone chose to profile them for this blogathon. Here, they go head to head in 10 mini competitions such as Best Hair, Best Legs, and Least Conflicted About Her Gender.. http://flickchick1953.blogspot.com/2011/12/dueling-divas-handicapping-daphne-vs.html
IN THE MOOD: Susan Hayward and Paulette Goddard battle it out over forest ranger Fred MacMurray in this entertaining and well-written post about The Forest Rangers! http://theswingmood.blogspot.com/2011/12/dueling-divas-blogathon-hayward-vs.html
I STARTED LATE AND FORGOT THE DOG: Divine and witty entry comparing and contrasting two Joan Crawford and Bette Davis movies–The Great Lie and When Ladies Meet. You will love this one!! http://thebestofalexandra.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/dual-duel-or-dueling-duels-now-featuring-more-divas/
HELIUM.COM: Joann Spears profiles many many films featuring a great many dueling divas in her comprehensive and informative post “Top Movies for a Baby Boomer Night of Chick Flicks.” http://www.helium.com/items/2179566-chick-flick
Also, see her comment below for Joann’s contribution of some of the great dueling diva scenes she talks about in her post!
MY LOVE OF OLD HOLLYWOOD: Joan Crawford and Bette Davis show their claws in a hilarious posthumous interview with Page. http://myloveofoldhollywood.blogspot.com/2011/12/dueling-divas-blogathon-just-friendly.html
FOREVER CLASSICS: A great review of In This Our Life, in which Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland play dueling sisters. http://foreverclassics.blogspot.com/2011/12/review-in-this-our-life-1942.html
FRANKLY MY DEAR: A detailed examination of the characters played by Joan Crawford and Greer Garson in When Ladies Meet. http://franklymydear-blog.blogspot.com/2011/12/dueling-divas-greer-vs-joan-when-ladies.html
BETTE’S CLASSIC MOVIE BLOG: Verbal spats and witty comebacks abound in The Lion in Winter! http://bettesmovieblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/lion-in-winter-1968-non-review-post-for.html
TRUE CLASSICS: Ginger Rogers and Shirley Temple, two dancing divas of the 1930′s, square off in I’ll Be Seeing You. Right in time for the Christmas holiday! http://trueclassics.wordpress.com/2011/12/23/ginger-and-shirley-and-christmas-oh-my
VIVANDLARRY.COM: Kendra discusses Isabelle Adjani’s chilling and bizarre dual role in the movie Possessed. http://www.vivandlarry.com/film-diary/dueling-divas-blogathon-the-possession-of-isabelle-adjani/