When Business And Pleasure Don’t Mix: Famous Friends Who Fell Out Over Projects

September 27, 2013  |  

True friends are there for each other through thick and thin, but even the closest of friends cannot work together. These famous friends were once super tight, but then they fell out over projects.

Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes

Friends and fellow Harlem Renaissance writers Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes decided to collaborate together on a project and the result was supposed to be the play, “Mule Bone.” The two were able to work together in the beginning, but some suggested Hughes’ closeness to Louise Thompson, who was hired to do the typing, derailed the project. Hurston, best known for her novel, “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” was reportedly jealous of Hughes and Thompson’s relationship and originally omitted Hughes’ name from the play’s copyright. Although she would later confess that she was sorry for her jealous behavior, their friendship was never repaired.

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