Famous Celebrity Family Feuds

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Every family has its share of drama and celebrity families are no different.

While normal family battles play out within the private confines of their homes, Hollywood's feuds are often publicly aired in the tabloids, tell-all memoirs, movies and more recently on reality TV.

Take a look at some of these famous family feuds.

Tori Spelling vs. Candy Spelling
On the list of Hollywood's biggest family feuds is Tori Spellings' very public falling out with her mom Candy Spelling shortly after her father died.

In her memoir "Mommywood," Tori Spelling describes her dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship with Candy Spelling, which crumbled after family patriarch Aaron Spelling suffered a stroke in 2006.

The legendary producer behind the hit TV shows "Love Boat," "Dynasty" and "Beverly Hills: 90210," in which he had cast his daughter, left behind a $500 million estate but gave a majority of his fortune to his wife Candy Spelling, 65, while Tori Spelling, 38, inherited a mere $800,000. Eventually, Tori said her credit card bills had her close to bankruptcy.

"It was after '90210.' Financially, I wasn't doing well. I didn't know what the next stage of my life was. I didn't know what direction I was going to go into," Tori Spelling told ABC's Juju Chang in a recent interview. "I wanted to be an adult and we had money, and I was like, 'Great.' So, I would just go buy furniture. And, 'Oh, it's this amount? OK, I guess that's what it's supposed to cost.' I didn't know. I didn't know about having a budget."

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Things between the reality show starlet and her mother really became heated in 2009 when the elder Spelling penned an open letter to her daughter on TMZ.com titled, "Middle-Aged Reality Show Stars (Like My Daughter)." In the letter, Candy Spelling criticized her daughter for having her life played out on camera and turning her kids into "reality show props."

The two have since reconciled and Tori Spelling told Chang that the birth of her children, Liam, 4, and Stella, 2, helped to heal their shaky mother-daughter bond. She added that now she feels "grateful" she didn't get her inheritance because it gave her "that extra push" to build up her own enterprise.

Spelling and her husband Dean McDermott are now expecting their third child together.

Tatum O'Neal vs. Ryan O'Neal
Tatum O'Neal was born in the spotlight, the daughter of actor Ryan O'Neal, and was an Oscar winner by age 10. But while everything seemed glamorous on film, off-screen the former child star says her life became "very toxic."

Tatum O'Neal told "Nightline" anchor Cynthia McFadden in a June 14 interview that by the time she was in her teens she was using drugs and alcohol, had been molested several times by family friends and had tried to commit suicide.

In her latest memoir, "Found: A Daughter's Journey Home," a follow-up to her 2004 New York Times best-selling memoir, "A Paper Life," O'Neal, candidly talks about her addictions, struggles with living in the public eye and her strained relationship with her parents.

"Found" is also a father-daughter love story, documenting O'Neal's fragile reconciliation with her father, actor Ryan O'Neal, after 25 years of estrangement, a process they will open even more to the world when their docu-series, "The O'Neals: Ryan and Tatum," debuts on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Read more about Tatum O'Neal and her relationship with her father HERE.

Beyonce vs. Matthew Knowles
Family matters are normally an off-limits topic of conversation for international superstar Beyonce, which is why the rumored rift between the performer and her father, Matthew Knowles, has captivated the media.

Beyonce, who is currently promoting her new album "4," ended her business relationship with her longtime manager -- her father. In a statement released in May, Beyonce said the split was amicable. Her father also released his own statement agreeing that the decision was mutual.

But since their statements were released, Matthew Knowles has filed documents in a Texas court claiming that people close to Beyonce have tried to destroy his reputation with allegations that he stole money he was not entitled to from her most recent tour, "Beyonce: I Am...World Tour," which ended in February 2010, according to The Associated Press.

"We absolutely have not taken any money from Beyonce, and all dollars will be accounted for," he told the AP in a July 14 interview. "In no way have we stole money. Again, this about the people who have made these claims -- they have to come into the light."

Knowles said he did not believe that he was fired because of the allegations and that he had no problems with his daughter. Beyonce has yet to comment.

Imagine Beyonce without makeup, without lights, unplugged and a little raw. That's the portrait the superstar presented of herself in her DVD documenting her latest world tour. Read more HERE.

Madonna vs. Christopher Ciccone
The once tight relationship between superstar Madonna and her younger brother Christopher Ciccone crumbled after a series of incidents.

Formerly Madonna's personal assistant and creative director, Ciccone released a detailed tell-all book, "Life With My Sister Madonna," which contained a slew of secrets about the guarded pop star.

In the book, Ciccone gave a bitter account of Madonna's marriage to Guy Ritchie and details about the pop star's super secret wedding to Ritchie in 2000. He also details the explosive argument over decorating that put the nail in the coffin on their brother-sister relationship.

While Ciccone partly blamed Ritchie for his estranged relationship with his sister, the openly gay Ciccone said in a 2008 "Good Morning America" interview that his view of Madonna really changed after she ambushed him with cameras at their mother's grave for her black and white backstage documentary, "Truth or Dare."

"At one point, if you've seen the 'Truth or Dare' movie, when she's rolling around on my mother's grave that -- that was a turning point for me in my relationship with her," Ciccone said.

A few weeks before the release of her brother's book, Madonna sat down for a candid interview with "Nightline's" Cynthia McFadden, in which she talked about collaborating with other artists on music, adopting her son David, and her insecurities. Watch the full interview HERE.

Mel Gibson vs. Oksana Grigorieva
Oscar winner Mel Gibson has had his fair share of public blowups over the years.

Last year, the 55-year-old actor-director's unleashed a hate-filled rant at his ex-girlfriend, Russian singer Oksana Grigorieva, 41, who is the mother of their 20-month-old daughter Lucia.

In March, Gibson pleaded guilty to a charge of misdemeanor battery against Grigorieva. Instead of jail time, he was sentenced to 36 months of informal probation, community service, a year of domestic violence counseling and $570 in fines.

Stemming from a January 2010 fight, Grigorieva accused the actor of hitting her and their daughter and verbally berating her in several phone calls.

Tapes of some of the phone calls were leaked online.

The couple remains locked in a bitter child custody battle over their daughter. Just last month, The Associated Press reported that the 2nd District Court of Appeals in Los Angeles rejected a bid by Grigorieva to remove his attorneys from the custody case because she consulted with one of their law partners.

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Joan Crawford vs. Christina Crawford
You cannot talk about family feuds without talking about the infamous clash between actress Joan Crawford and her adopted daughter Christina Crawford.

In 1978, Christina Crawford released her shocking tell-all, "Mommie Dearest," about her disturbing childhood living with her mother. In the book, she painted a dark picture of Joan Crawford as an abusive over-bearing mother who allegedly inflicted punishment like a militant disciplinarian -- a stark contrast to the image of the Hollywood icon many grew to love and respect.

The memoir was turned into a movie of the same name starring actress Faye Dunaway in 1981. The film became a cult classic and launched a few phrases into the pop culture lexicon, including "No wire hangers!" from the famous scene where Dunaway, portraying Joan, physically lashes out at her daughter after finding wire hangers in her closet.

Before her death, Crawford pubically denounced her daughter's claims and said they were nothing but lies. Many in Hollywood came to her defense, saying it was in poor taste for a daughter to release such a book.

Christina Crawford, now 72, and her brother Christopher Crawford were taken out of her mother's will before her death for reasons that Joan Crawford said "are well known to them."

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