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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

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Actor Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston

Actor Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston

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Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.

Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.

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Director David O Russell who had a feud with George Clooney.

Director David O Russell who had a feud with George Clooney.

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Julia Roberts described Nick Nolte as 'completely disgusting'.

Julia Roberts described Nick Nolte as 'completely disgusting'.

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Nick Nolte - unimpressed with Julia Roberts.

Nick Nolte - unimpressed with Julia Roberts.

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Bill Murray questioned Lucy Liu's acting talent.

Bill Murray questioned Lucy Liu's acting talent.

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Lucy Liu

Lucy Liu

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Faye Dunaway

Faye Dunaway

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Roman Polanski (centre).

Roman Polanski (centre).

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

Jennifer Aniston has just broken the hearts of every celebrity magazine editor in the business.

By announcing she has finally found a way to forgive Brad and Angelina, the 45-year-old actress and former Friend may have ended the longest-running - and most lucrative - celebrity grudge-match of our times.

And while we should be happy for everybody involved - Jen, Brad, Angelina and Jen's husband-to-be Justin Theroux - we do have to ask: "What on earth will the gossip magazines put on their covers now that Jen has found inner peace?"

Make no mistake, the Jed-Brad-Angelia triangle was a proper industry. From the moment Jen and Brad divorced in April 2005, the endless speculation, rumour and recycling of storylines has given a non-stop stream of front covers to the weekly gossip magazines competing in an ever-shrinking market.

They were genuine, Hollywood A-listers playing out an endless, juicy soap opera (or at least one scripted for them by "friends close to Jen/Brad/Angie").

Now that Aniston has finally called time on the story and is ready to settle down with Theroux, all that we are left with are just the pale imitations of great celebrity feuds, the scripted bust-ups of reality stars such as the non-entities from Made In Chelsea.

The Jen-Brad-Angelia story may soon come to be recognised as the last, great celebrity feud; the final echo of a glorious tradition of bitter A-list enmity that includes on its roll of dishonour:

Joan Crawford Vs Bette Davis

Now this was the Hollywood cat fight for the ages. Joan and Bette were friends as young actresses, but fell out over a man, actor Franchot Tone, with whom Davis fell in love with on the set of the 1935 film Dangerous.

Davis introduced her friend to Tone. And Crawford, newly divorced and looking for love, invited the handsome actor to dinner at her house, where he arrived (so the story goes) to find Crawford standing naked in her solarium. They quickly got engaged and Davis vowed she would never forgive her former friend.

Crawford was rumoured to be wildly promiscuous. And Davis is said to have accused her of having "slept with every male star at MGM, except Lassie".

Somehow, they continued to work together. And their mutual loathing did wonders for their on-screen chemistry in the 1962 classic What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? in which they played a pair of bitter and resentful sisters. Not much of a stretch for either actress.

They fought until the bitter end. Crawford passed away first, prompting Davis to observe: "You should never say bad things about the dead, only good. Joan Crawford is dead… good."

George Clooney Vs David O Russell

Clooney fell out - spectacularly - with director David O Russell on the set of the Iraq war drama Three Kings (which Clooney later described as "the worst experience of my life").

After taking offence at the way the director was treating the "little people" on the set of Three Kings, Clooney had words with Russell and the director is said to have repeatedly challenged him to a fist-fight. Which he got.

Clooney, normally a relaxed guy, said later of Russell: "Quite honestly, if he comes near me, I'll sock him right in the f*****g mouth."

But in 2012, the actor seemed ready to forgive - he went up to the director at a party and asked: "So, are we done?"

Julia Roberts Vs Nick Nolte

The only reason anybody remembers the dire 1994 rom-com I Love Trouble is for the huge fall-out between co-stars Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts.

The pair apparently refused to talk to each other on the set, to the point where some of their scenes had to be shot separately.

The quarrel continued long after the movie wrapped up, with Julia Roberts later describing Nick Nolte as "completely disgusting" and Nolte responding with, "she's not a nice person, everyone knows that". Miaow.

Bill Murray Vs Lucy Liu

There is one very good reason why Bill Murray didn't appear in the sequel to the Charlie's Angels movie - his bust-up with Lucy Liu. The word on set was that Murray stopped a scene being filmed with Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu, and pointed at each one in turn and said: "I get why you're here, and you've got talent, but what in the hell are YOU doing here. You can't act!" Liu reportedly responded to his outburst with swinging fists. The crew had to immediately separate the two actors, who were still shouting obscenities.

Roman Polanski Vs Faye Dunaway

As a one-line put down, it's a Hollywood classic. When directing Dunaway in his 1974 masterpiece Chinatown, an increasingly exasperated Polanski blew his top when Dunaway asked about her "motivation". The response? "Just say the f****g words, your salary is your motivation!"

Irish Independent