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From the early, classic era of Karloff/Lugosi, Astaire/Kelly, and Sinatra/Crosby to more contemporary competitors such as Pacino/DeNiro, Clint/Burt, and Willis/Gibson, Hollywood Rivals tells of their colossal clashes through rare film clips, television appearances, photographs and interviews.

Multicom Entertainment Group (MEG)
1 Season, 15 Episodes
January 1, 2001
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  • With tremendous talent and on-camera sex appeal, both Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable thrived as triple threat stars and pinups during World War II. Their rivalry would become immortalized by their wartime photographs, as both women decked the walls of army barracks as the most popular pin-ups.

  • Silver screen stars Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine cultivated a toxic off-screen animosity that was well-known throughout Hollywood. But their rivalry began very early one in life, as the two actresses were real-life sisters.

  • As a kid, Sinatra aspired to follow in Crosby's footsteps, but as he emerged from his shadow, Crosby's career begins to wane. Over the years, the two beloved crooners would both battle and collaborate as they vied for fame in the ever-fickle world of music, film, and television.

  • Both Reynolds and Eastwood received harsh criticism when they auditioned for the same role. Though they found individual opportunities to make their way in Hollywood, their rivalry would follow them for years.

  • While Schwarzenegger achieved renown as a bodybuilder, Stallone suffered rejection and homelessness as a struggling writer and actor. Though they lived worlds apart, both men would conquer the 80's action genre.

  • Native New Yorkers Al Pacino and Robert De Niro independently gained praise as being among the most talented actors of their time. However, their apparent similarities have created a Hollywood rivalry between these two masters of their craft.

  • Bruce Willis and Mel Gibson were similar in many ways as both were class clowns in school, hit it big early in their careers, and headlined successful move franchises that brought fresh concepts to action films. The popular male archetype portrayed on screen was revolutionized by Willis and Gibson as they had no problem taking on roles that tapped into their sensitive side.

  • Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton were two of the most well known comedians in the silent film era, but their styles were drastically different. Chaplin's characters were often over sentimental and had a ballet-like fluidity, while Keaton's style favored outright falling and the use of complicated mechanics. Both men made a lasting impact on the motion picture industry.

  • James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart had drastically different upbringings, but once they entered the world of Hollywood their paths aligned similarly. Though willing to stretch the boundaries with acting, these men secured their legendary tough guy act throughout their extensive careers.

  • Joan Crawford and Bette Davis fought for the spotlight in Hollywood on and off screen. Both worked at the same studio for some time, and they eventually teamed for a gothic horror film that would vitalize their fating careers. Although they didn't get along, they had both achieved the highest possible stardom in Hollywood, becoming immortals of the silver screen.

  • The creative forces behind Star Wars and Star Trek are each unique, building entirely different universes that could be explored for decades. Despite differences in story and competitive fandoms, the two sci-fi sagas have each contributed to the other's popularity and success.

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