The Anniversary, (1968) an adapted stage play, is a wickedly funny Hammer House production that is often overlooked. Davis stars as Mrs Taggart, a wealthy acid tongued matriarch who holds a gathering each year to celebrate her wedding anniversary to her dead husband. Her three sons join her; a father of five, a timid cross-dresser and a secretly engaged youngster. The gathering sees Davis dominate and manipulate her hapless sons with razor sharp wit.
The Anniversary is classic Bette Davis, impeccable delivery of cutting comments, spectacularly powerful screen presence, all...
What can I say about Bette Davis? The icon, the legend. Since aged five, when I first encountered, one rainy afternoon with my mother, the remarkable Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962), I was hooked. That incredible portrayal, in all its grotesque, poignant glory, remains a haunting example of the finest acting I have ever seen.
Bette Davis was the first actor, male or female, to receive ten Academy Award nominations, winning for both Dangerous and Jezebel, and made almost one hundred movie appearances.
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Ruth Elizabeth Davis, more commonly known as Bette Davis, was born April 5, 1908 in Lowell, Massachusetts. She was a precocious, self-absorbed child who discovered her love of acting while watching the play, The Wild Duck (by Henrik Ibsen) when she was a teenager, proclaiming, "Before that performance I wanted to be an actress. When it ended, I had to...
Her hair is Harlow gold, her lips sweet surprise
Her hands are never cold, she's got Better Davis eyes
She'll turn the music on you, you won't have to think twice
She's pure as New York snow, she got Bette Davis eyes
And she'll tease you, she'll unease you
All the better just to please you
She's precocious, and she knows just
What it takes to make a pro blush
She got Greta Garbo's standoff sighs, she's got Bette Davis eyes
She'll let you take her home, it works her appetite
"I wouldn't pee on her if she was on fire" Bette Davis
Bette Davis was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on April 5th 1908. Davis' mother said she demanded attention since the day she was born. Her parents divorced at an early age and she and her sister were raised by their mother. She was denied admittance to the Manhattan Civic Repertory. They consider Davis to be boisterous. She graduated from John Murrary Anderson's Dramatic School where they thought of her as the "star" student. After graduation, Davis appeared in many off broadway plays. In 1930 she was hired by Universal. A...