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Bette Davis Film Series at LACMA

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

LACMA’s Tribute to Screen Legend, Bette Davis

 

May 3, 2008

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

LOS ANGELES – Last evening at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s (LACMA) Bing theater, the new Bette Davis stamp was officially unveiled by the U. S. Postal Service. TCM host, Robert Osborne, hosted the event which also began the museums month-long-tribute series of films to the actress: Fasten Your Seat Belts: The Essential Bette Davis.

 

On the 100th anniversary of her birth, the Davis commemorative stamp will be the 14th in the Legends of Hollywood Series by the U.S. Postal Service. The stamp is a beautiful portrait of Davis from the classic film, All About Eve (1951).

 

 

LACMA’s film series began with screenings of her Academy Award winning Jezebel (1938) and The Old Maid (1939) with Miriam Hopkins. This was an interesting combination of films and I wonder if it was a conscious effort on the museums part or simply a coincidence. The Old Maid of course co-starred Davis’ long-time nemesis Miriam Hopkins, who also appeared in the original Broadway version of Jezebel (1933-34). Hopkins originally wanted to star in the film version and even owned a piece of the play, however, Warner Bros. made promises that they never kept and she was ultimately pushed out of the film. This was just one of the many reasons for Hopkins dislike for Davis.

  

 

Miriam Hopkins and Bette Davis in The Old Maid

 Miriam Hopkins (l) and Bette Davis (r) in The Old Maid (1939) (© Allan R. Ellenberger)

 

 

Kathryn Cermak, Davis’ long-time companion at the end of her life, also attended the event. After the stamps unveiling, Osborne, in his introduction of Cermak, revealed that she had never seen All About Eve or Jezebel. That is remarkable considering the years she spent with the actress.

 

LACMA’s salute to the legendary Bette Davis continues until May 31 and includes screenings of All About Eve (1950) and Of Human Bondage (1934) (May 3), The Letter (1940) and Beyond the Forest (1949) (May 9), Now, Voyager (1942) and Old Acquaintance (1943) (May 10), The Little Foxes (1941) and Payment on Demand (1951) (May 17), Dark Victory (1939) and Marked Woman (1937) (May 23), The Star (1942) and The Catered Affair (1956) (May 24), and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) and The Nanny (1965) (May 31). All screenings begin at 7:30 p.m.

 

For a complete listing of films, showtimes and ticket prices, please see LACMA’s site for more information.

 

Check out photos from Thursday’s (May 1) Centenial Tribute to Bette Davis at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the Alternative Film Guide:

 

PART ONE PART TWO.

 

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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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