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Bette Davis Birthday

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

Bette Davis!

 

 

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Tart-tongued and independent, Bette Davis was one of America’s biggest movies stars in the years surrounding World War II. After several supporting roles in the early 1930s, she began getting more notice and bigger roles in such films as Of Human Bondage (1934) and Dangerous (1935, for which she won an Oscar). In 1938 she won another Oscar for Jezebel (with Henry Fonda), and throughout the 1940s and ’50s appeared in mostly dramas and costumers (including a memorable 1955 turn as Elizabeth I in The Virgin Queen). Not a typical screen beauty, Davis made up for it with spunk and flamboyance, and off-screen she earned a reputation as a “difficult” star. During the 1960s her career was revived somewhat by a string of horror movies, including What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?, in which she played opposite fellow screen legend Joan Crawford. Late in her career she made television movies, winning three Emmy awards between 1979 and 1983.

 

Davis’s tombstone reads: “She did it the hard way”… In All About Eve (1950) she utters the famous line, “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!” — Source: Who2 Biography

 

 

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Crypt of Bette Davis at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills

 

 

“The Bold and the Bad and the Bumpy Nights,”

New York Times, March 30, 2008 

 

 

Today is also the birthday of Jim Shippee, a very dear friend of mine. I won’t reveal his age but I believe he is a few years younger than Ms. Davis and not as bitchy.

Happy Birthday Jim!

 

 

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