Dangerous Dames: Bette Davis

In honour of her 103rd birthday, The Scarlett Olive salutes the aspects of Bette Davis’ long-running career as a dangerous dame. As the first femaledog “back-biter” in Hollywood talkies, Bette Davis held her own with a commanding presence over costars and often stealing the spotlight from her leading men.

Davis as Leslie Crosby in "The Letter" (1940)

Click the link below to watch the famous scenes from Of Human Bondage (1934) and Cabin in the Cotton (1932).

“Wipe my mouth!” — Mildred Rogers

“I’d like to kiss ya…” — Madge Norwood

Davis with far too much glamour in "Fashions of 1934" (1934)

Although she has a hideous wig and copious amounts of makeup, Fashions of 1934 is actually a diamond in the rough. It is one of the few comedies and one of the only musicals Davis appears in.

Davis won an Oscar as Julie Marsden, "Jezebel" (1938)

Jezebel was Warner Brothers’ predecessor to Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind (1939) onscreen. Bette Davis was originally considered for the role of Scarlett O’Hara along with Errol Flynn as her Rhett Butler. Yuck!

The Letter (1940)

Claude Rains and Bette Davis, "Deception" (1946)

We forgot to mention the name of the film from 1946, it’s called Deception. Not only is it the same cast as Now, Voyager (1942), but the same director, as well. Davis was also pregnant during filming.

Bette Davis as Queen Elizabeth I, "The Private Lives of Elizabeth & Essex" (1939)

Bette Davis, in fact, shaved her hair AND eyebrows in order to properly portray Queen Elizabeth I.

Behind the scenes of "Now Voyager" (1942)

Olivia DeHavilland and Bette Davis "Hush, Hush... Sweet Charlotte" (1964)

If you have further interest in Bette Davis, we highly recommend her first autobiography The Lonely Life. It is primarily available through mom-and-pop stores or via Amazon.com. Be sure to visit her website: www.bettedavis.com

Happy birthday, Bette, we love you.

[All high quality photos were found at www.doctormacro.com]

One thought on “Dangerous Dames: Bette Davis

  1. I have liked your web page very much & I like Bette Davis too, but how could we make people to see more films in the cinema & at home? People who like Cinema & seeing films have to make other people to see films because we could increase fans of films & fans of actors & actresses. So how can we improve the number f the people who go to the cinema & who see films DVD films at home? By increasing this hobbie to them: telling our friends & family members about Cinema, films & DVDs. We can buy DVDs & share them with friends & our families, we can go to the cinema & talk about the films we have seen, we can invite people & friends to the films in the cinema, we can delop this hobbie at the school, in the high-school & in the University. At work, we can talk about Cinema too: “Have you seen this film?”, “Yes”, “No”… “I can lend you this film, which is very good…”.
    Have you seen “The Letter”? Have you seen “Dark Victory”?:) Love from Bárbara

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