April 05, 2010
Happy Birthday to my second favorite actress of all time, Bette Davis! Aside from Barbara Stanwyck, I think Bette was the best actress ever. A quality they both share is their uncanny ability to be great in comedic and dramatic roles. Bette Davis is out of this world amazing in the comedy It's Love I'm After, in which she plays a very hammy actress, and she'll totally break your heart into a million little pieces in Dark Victory (pass the tissues please!) It takes a lot of talent to do both of those things so well, and I doubt anyone did it better than Stany and Bette Davis.
Plus the woman was so plucky. I love watching her later interviews, especially the one with Dick Cavett. Here's one of my favorite clips, where she talks about her worst on-screen kiss (but unfortunately doesn't name names..)
I'm leaning towards watching my favorite Bette Davis movie, Now Voyager, tonight but part of me also wants to watch one I haven't seen yet so I might rent one of her later films from Netflix and celebrate on Wednesday too :)
ps. I've seen a lot of "Happy 100th birthday Bette Davis" things today, but every source I can find online says her birth year was 1908?