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.
Click the link below to watch the famous scenes from Of Human Bondage (1934) and Cabin in the Cotton (1932).
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.
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!
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, in fact, shaved her hair AND eyebrows in order to properly portray Queen Elizabeth I.
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.