The Dueling Divas Entries

Dueling Divas 2012

Here they are, folks! I will be updating this page as the entries come in over the next few days. Be sure to check back often for the newest posts! At the end of each day I will re-post this page on Backlots’ social media sites for your convenience so you can read the official entries for each day. Have fun!

MOVIE STAR MAKEOVER: Sonja Henie and Lynn Bari duel over John Payne in this clever piece by Kay at Movie Star Makeover.

CRITICA RETRO: Le examines Barbara Stanwyck’s two roles in everybody’s favorite comedy on a boat, The Lady Eve. This piece is in Portuguese, but Le has kindly offered a handy translation tool in the top right portion of her page.

GEORGIE LEE: Scarlett O’Hara and her sister Suellen do some serious dueling in Gone With the Wind, and Georgie Lee is here to explain why!

SILVER SCREENINGS: Art imitates life in Old Acquaintance. The onscreen feud between Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins mirrors the one they had in real life, as analyzed in this very informative post over at Silver Screenings. We also learn a bit about “women’s films” as a genre.

HOLLYWOOD REVUE: Angela writes a wonderful and thoughtful piece about the real-life competition between Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer, beyond their famous onscreen rivalry in The Women.

THE GREAT KATHARINE HEPBURN: In an interesting and unique take on this topic, Margaret explains to us why Katharine Hepburn often takes a film in which there may be competition and turns a potential duel into something positive.

CLASSIC BECKY’S BRAIN FOOD: In another interesting take, Becky shows us some duels in the true sense of the word, carried out by those great male divas Errol Flynn and Basil Rathbone!

SILVER SCREEN MODISTE: Christian explores Greta Garbo’s dual role in Two-Faced Woman, and gives us a bit of history about Garbo’s film career.

THE BEST OF ALEXANDRA: Alexandra muses on the infamous de Havilland sister feud, and offers a flowchart in which spinster/heiress movies tee off against each other.

ONCE UPON A SCREEN: Aurora compares two grand divas of noir, Phyllis Dietrichson in Double Indemnity and Cora in The Postman Always Rings Twice, and declares a winner at the end as to who is the bigger diva.

BACKLOTS: My own entry focuses on the ladies of The Women.


13 responses to “The Dueling Divas Entries

  1. Thanks for the total fun of being a part of this. You let me talk about one of my all-time favorite movies, Lara…hugs to you! Can’t wait to read the other contributions. Count me in for next year, too! Merry Christmas! Love, Kay

  2. Thanks for being such an enthusiastic participant, Kay, and thanks for your entry! You’re first on the list for next year. 🙂 Hugs and merry Christmas to you too!

  3. Hi Lara, I uploaded a post on Bette Davis & Miriam Hopkins in “Old Acquaintance”:

    Can’t wait to read all these entries!

  4. Noir and Chick Flicks will post their entry tomorrow Dec. 20th. Thanks.

  5. Can’t wait, Dawn!

  6. Thanks Margaret! Really interesting take on the topic!

  7. Yay! I love how thorough and informative it is. I can tell you have great respect for both these ladies. Thanks for writing it!

  8. Yay, thanks! See my comment on your post 🙂

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