Amphiist 53: Joan Crawford, Bette Davis and emotional intelligence

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March 10, 2018                                  Today in the…

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Joan Crawford and Bette Davis are two of the most famous movie stars of all time. They sacrificed their personal lives because they were so committed to their craft. These women have a lot in common. Both were married four times, worked incredibly hard to maintain extremely long careers (Crawford was active for 46 years in films, and Davis for an even more astounding 58). There is much to appreciate in both women, because they are legendary for a reason. Their performances were based on a powerful work ethic, extraordinary talent, and charisma that has rarely been equaled. Their fascination is still apparent because as late as last year, a miniseries, “Feud,” explored their battle which began in 1962.

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The Other Side

I would like to explore their respective levels of emotional intelligence. Each of the actress’s daughters wrote extremely negative tell-alls. Crawford was depicted as a child abuser, while Davis was seen as someone who interfered too much in her daughter’s life. Christina Crawford’s account of her alleged abuse as a child at Joan’s hands has probably helped a lot of people come to terms with their own abuse.

Davis was not pleased that her daughter had a happy marriage. Davis would have preferred for her daughter to have a string of affairs, and always return to her mother as the one person she could count on. BD Hyman, Davis’s daughter, certainly had justifiable grievances. No one should interfere in another’s marriage. On the other hand, assuming her daughter has every right to feel betrayed by such incidents, she should have had the moral courage to refuse any financial assistance from Davis.

Crawford seems to have been far more emotionally intelligent. In several biographies of other stars, there is a recurring theme. Joan showed up at the person’s doorstep when they were in trouble, and offered her help. Both Bette and Joan were extremely generous, sometimes to a fault.

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