Morgana Shaw stars as Bette Davis in “ALL ABOUT BETTE: An Interlude with Bette Davis.” The one-woman play by award-winning playwright Camilla Carr opens at Four Day Weekend’s Comedy Theater in Downtown Fort Worth May 5. “ALL ABOUT BETTE” performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and selected Sundays at 2 p.m. through June 30.
Bette Davis, age 80 years of Lynx, Ohio, passed away Monday, February 28, 2022. Bette was born September 3, 1941 in Dayton, Ohio to the late Sheldon and Louise (Ponicki) Dabbelt. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Leonard Davis. Bette grew up...
Bette Davis’s 1929 California estate is still for sale, and the current owner hopes he can get millions out of the Hollywood icon’s house. That owner, Canadian entrepreneur Richard Wernham, has the Laguna Beach house on the market for $17 million. He dropped $3 million from its first listing in April. The 68-year-old owner cut the price twice after eight months, and he still can’t unload it. Laguna Beach is south of Los Angeles.
For showtimes for Marked Woman, click here. In 1936, Bette Davis did the unthinkable – she went up against the all-powerful movie studio. Years earlier, Davis read W. Somerset Maugham’s Of Human Bondage and knew that the character of Mildred Rogers was the type of meaty role that she had always wanted to play. However, she continually felt that Warner Brothers was assigning her to unremarkable films.
There’s no denying that Bette Davis is Hollywood royalty. But despite her best efforts at chewing up the scenery, even she couldn’t save the 1976 supernatural horror film “Burnt Offerings.” Based upon Robert Marasco’s 1973 novel of the same name, the dark tale sees New York writer Ben Roth (Oliver Reed), his wife Marian (Karen Black), son David (Lee Montgomery) and elderly aunt Elizabeth (Davis) taking up residence at a leased Long Island mansion one fateful summer. As the season progresses, the house slowly begins to possess each member of the family, using them as sacrifices – burnt offerings, if you will – in order to restore itself to its original grandeur.
Across 26 episodes, Betty Lynn was Thelma Lou on The Andy Griffith Show. Her resume would include theater, the small screen, and film, after she built herself up from dangerous performances abroad and hoping between one call to another she would land another gig with 20th Century Fox. In this competitive environment, Lynn was actually advised to be more selfish to have any hope of getting ahead.
John-Boy was just too much competition for the future Oscar winner. When Jodie Foster was growing up, her big brother Buddy was the family breadwinner, a child star who earned $25,000 starring in commercials and TV shows. But by the time Jodie was three years old, she was already tagging along to auditions, and soon snagging roles out from under her brother.
Bette Davis played one deliciously mean, mad criminal matriarch on an episode of Gunsmoke. And there are some reviewers who consider the Bette Davis episode of Gunsmoke as one of the best-ever on the show. She wanted the ultimate, eye-for-an-eye revenge on Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness). And she’d get it, even if it meant hurting Miss Kitty (Amanda Blake) in the process.
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Born Ruth Elizabeth "Betty" Davis, starlet Bette Davis was not your typical female starlet. The 5-foot-3 dynamo was a chain-smoking trailblazer whose trademark features stood outside the bounds of classic celebrity beauty—and whose independence and focus on career were ahead of their time. She had eyes so distinctive they inspired a 1980s hit; a competitive streak so intense it touched off one of the most famous feuds in Hollywood; and a portfolio boasting 100 films, 10 Oscar nominations, and numerous awards.
The Massachusetts-born, second-best actress of all times - classic Hollywood (after Katharine Hepburn) was also the first female to be 10 times Oscar nominee, as long as a controversial, strong figure of her time.
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Having Bette Davis eyes is not a compliment. At least it’s not if you go by the lyrics of the song made popular by Kim Carnes back in the 1980’s. In fact, the lyrics tend to be a warning against a woman who possesses those eyes, even if she has Harlow hair (gold, as in the color of actress Jean Harlow’s) and Greta Garbo sighs (as in the actress’ well-known affectation). All three actresses were mega stars of a bygone day and not one of them is a particular favorite of mine. Whatever… but I like the song. And it gave me a nice segue for this week’s korner. I fear I may come down with a malady much worse than Bette Davis eyes, that being Reggie Miller ears.
It may be more than 70 years since the All About Eve star called this imposing oceanfront mansion just south of California’s tony Laguna Beach home, but locals still refer to it as The Bette Davis House. The two-time Academy Award winner was at the pinnacle of her formidable career...
When I’m looking at this Bette Davis picture, I feel a sort of a “gold nostalgia”, and I wish I'd be transported in that era of Classic Hollywood when true elegance wasn't the exception, true elegance and beauty were the rules.
Leslie Goddard is a historian with a Ph.D. from Northwestern, a former museum director, an actress, and a storyteller. On Feb. 23, as part of the Levy Lecture Series, and in front of nearly 500 Zoom attendees, she combined all of her professional skills in a solo, one-act piece that she wrote and performed. Watching and listening to “Bette Davis: A Living History,” the audience saw Leslie Goddard become the legendary film star.