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50 Movie Sibling Rivalries
The brothers and sisters who just can’t seem to get along

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Real-Life Bonus: Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland

Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland

The siblings: Joan Fontaine and, er Olivia de Havilland.

What puts them at odds? How much time have you got?

This is not an on-screen feud, although both are famous actresses. Instead, real-life star-sisters Fontaine and de Havilland have a near-constant conflict that seemed to stem from childhood. Olivia was unhappy that the pitter-patter of tiny feet meant the arrival of a younger sister, and a soon-mutual antipathy shaped years of bitter spats. The sisters vied for roles and awards, and demanded that their friends in Golden Age Hollywood also take sides. They even fought over their mother’s funeral. Though at times both have claimed that others invented or exaggerated some of their clashes for the sake of PR, the fact remains that they live on different continents and have barely spoken since 1975, even refusing to attend events if there’s a chance the other might show up. Now that’s a fight.

Which sibling is your favourite?

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