10 of Classic Hollywood’s Most Charming Friendships

Joan Crawford and Barbara Stanwyck

One of the strangest things about Joan Crawford is that the two things general audiences know about her – the feud with Bette Davis and the abuse allegations detailed by adopted daughter Christina in the book and movie Mommie Dearest – so directly contradict her reputation as one of the industry’s most widely-liked people. She forged well-documented friendships with Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Helen Hayes, Marlene Dietrich, and ex-husband Douglas Fairbanks Jr. But her best Hollywood pal was Baby Face star Stanwyck, with whom she exchanged frequent dinners, letters, and (according to the whispers) perhaps more.