If you want to judge the value of any celebrity's contribution to pop culture, you need only ask one question: How many drag queens are paying tribute to them? Take, for instance, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. In addition to being some of the most prolific actresses in history, they're two of the most impersonated drag icons of all time. So naturally, there's nobody better than a drag queen to break down the Bette Davis and Joan Crawford feud.
In comparison with the petty subtweets and snake emoji attacks of today, the Davis and Crawford rivalry is a master class in how to wage a public Hollywood war. FX's much-anticipated show Feud: Bette and Joan delves into the Davis and Crawford rivalry as it reached its pinnacle on the set of What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? — the only film they made together. Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon bring Crawford and Davis to life, respectively, in performances that are just as unforgettable as the ones in Baby Jane itself.
Still, the very reasons they may have clashed are the reasons you'd think they'd get along. Both were proto-bad bitches, known for playing ambitious, complicated women who indulged their desires and made no apologies for it. Both were larger-than-life personalities who knew how to craft the wittiest comeback, and look equally glamorous and unhinged while doing so — sort of paving the way for the modern drag queen, if you will.
In celebration of the premiere of this much-anticipated deep cut into the Bette and Joan duel, we had two legendary New York queens, Joey Arias and Sherry Vine, break down everything you need to know going into this TV event. From their best bits of brutal shade, to the anecdotes from set, we sat down with Sherry and Joey and dished on everything you need to know.
Fasten your seat belts. It's gonna be a bumpy night.
This article is sponsored by Feud: Bette and Joan, series premiere Sunday, March 5 at 10PM on FX.