In 1939, Joan Crawford appeared opposite Norma Shearer in George Cukor's The Women. Incredibly, Shearer made Crawford change her costume sixteen times. Why? According to Crawford, "Every one was prettier than hers." Nonetheless, Crawford did thank her co-star for assisting on the set: "I love to play bitches," she explained, "and Norma helped me in this part."
[F. Scott Fitzgerald on Joan Crawford: "She is doubtless the best example of the flapper, the girl you see at smart nightclubs, gowned to the apex of sophistication, toying with iced glasses with a remote, faintly bitter expression, dancing deliciously, laughing a great deal with large, hurt eyes."]