To quell rumors of mutual hatred Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford posed for press photographers at the November 1932 Mayfair Ball. ‘Why Norma and Joan were at odds, I’m not sure.’ recalled Helen Hayes. ‘Surely, they couldn’t have been rivals for the same roles.’
When Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer were called to shoot publicity stills for The Women, neither of them would enter the studio first. Both of them circled the parking lot until director George Cukor came and pulled them out of their limousines in tandem. And instantly they became the best of friends.