Bette Davis Does it with Dignity

Bette Davis (1908 – 1989)

We celebrate TCM‘s showing of DARK VICTORY with a quick & sassy tribute to Bette Davis…Empress of the Silver Screen. Betty considered her role in DARK VICTORY her favorite.

Who doesn’t like a good Bette Davis movie, quote or anecdote? “From the moment I was six I felt sexy. And let me tell you it was hell, sheer hell, waiting to do something about it.” Bette Davis. There are so many delicious tidbits about BD that I won’t even try to cover the scope of her career, her audacity, her bigger-than-life persona!

In an uber-abridged nutshell, she was born as Ruth Elizabeth Davis in Lowell, Massachusetts. Her father was a patent attorney and her mother was a portrait photographer. Her mother was the one that encouraged Bette to become an actress. Davis started out as a stage actress but moved quickly into a film career. After a rocky start with Universal Studios she was snagged by Warner Bros., which brought her much success. But it did not take long for BD to become the staunch character she is known for…she challenged the male dominant film industry on all sides and with almost everyone, winning the reputation of being difficult. So I’m thinking, when she was not hirable as an actress, she went for endorsements…found this jewel:

She was judicious, she was relentless, she was charming and she IS incomparable! Some still attempt to find a comparison like Susan Hayward, often called the “Bargain Basement Bette Davis”; or Joan Crawford (she is rolling in her grave on that one) or perhaps even Glenda Jackson, but there really was no one like her or ever will be…ever, ever, ever! Not many stars who are alive, even, have websites dedicated to them, but Bette does:
Can’t you hear her screaming: “But cha are Blanche, ya are in that chair”!

Thanks to Ms. Davis for the fabulous movies you have given us! You will be studied for decades and centuries to come.



The only Bette Davis line made famous by another star. The original “What a Dump”: 

She played the QUEEN that she is…thanks for this video Steve Hayes “Tired Old Queen of the Movies” (love how well he inpersonates BD). Follow him on Twitter: @SteveHayesTOQ 

She’s Got Bette Davis Eyes 



Posted on October 20, 2011, in Classics Corner and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I have to say I love Bette Davis. I just started watching her films about 2 years ago. I know.. I know.. shame on me. My most recent viewing was the “The Anniversary”. It’s probably my favorite so far. She’s so deliciously mean!

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