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Bette Davis and Franchot Tone in Dangerous.
“This has remained secret for more than 70 years, but Davis, on her last visit to London two years before her death, revealed it to me: the love of Bette’s life was a man she could never marry because he became Joan Crawford’s second husband.
‘She took him from me,’ Davis admitted bitterly in 1987. ‘She did it coldly, deliberately and with complete ruthlessness. I have never forgiven her for that and never will.’
“When she uttered these words, Crawford had been dead for ten years, and Davis, gaunt and wizened from a stroke and a mastectomy, was almost 80. Yet, the hatred remained intense.
“This amazing saga of love and possession began in 1935 when Bette Davis was 27, and was cast by her studio, Warner Bros, in the role that was to win her the first of her Best Actress Oscars.
“In the melodrama ‘Dangerous,’ Davis played Joyce Heath, a neurotic, egomaniacal alcoholic actress, loosely based on the Broadway star Jeanne Eagels, who died from a heroin overdose aged 35.
“Playing opposite her, as the architect who tries to rehabilitate the fallen star, was the tall, dark and attractive 30-year-old actor Franchot Tone, born into a well-off New York family and a graduate of Cornell University.
“Davis had been married for three years to her high school sweetheart, the musician Harmon Oscar (‘Ham’) Nelson. Nelson was not successful in his career, and spent long periods away from home, touring in an orchestra.
“The marriage lacked passion and was seen as a failure.Within a few days of working on ‘Dangerous,’ everyone on set realised Davis was attracted to Franchot Tone.
“Years later she said: ‘I fell in love with Franchot, professionally and privately. Everything about him reflected his elegance, from his name to his manners.’
“There was only one problem. Joan Crawford, MGM’s reigning sex symbol, recently divorced from Hollywood’s dashing crown prince, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., had got to Tone before her.”
(via the Daily Mail)
Joan Crawford, MGM player, and her cousin, Betty Jean. 1920s.
Barbara Stanwyck, Franchot Tone and Joan Crawford. June, 1936.