Saturday, April 05, 2008

Happy Birthday to...

Bette Davis. This isn't just any birthday. It's her 100th. That woman could turn butter to stone. I'm not sure what that means, but it seems like something that would be difficult to do unless you had the power of the universe behind you. She made dozens and dozens of films and claimed to have given the Academy Award statue the name of Oscar because the little guy's bum looked just like the bum of her husband whose middle name was Oscar.

The week that Clarence Thomas was approved as a associate justice of the Supreme Court, advocates for women's rights were so disturbed, and the cast of Designing Women showed their disgust. At the end of that week's episode, Dixie Carter and Annie Potts dressed as Davis and Joan Crawford in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane at their worst. It was memorable, mainly because Bette Davis was memorable in nearly every role she tackled.

There are a lot of Davis quotes out there, but this one sums up her opinion of herself:

"I'm the nicest goddamn dame that ever lived."


dive said...

She could be truly disturbing but was never less than great.
And what eyes!
Happy 100th, Birthday, Bette!

lynn said...

Ooooh Happy Birthday Bette, i absolutely adore your films!

When i was little, my grandmother used to call me Bette Davis because i was apparently so dramatic. I can't see it myself ;)

Mrs. G. said...

I love,love,love Bette Davis. Clarence Thomas? Not so much.

Maria said...

I don't think there is a Bette Davis movie that I haven't seen or haven't enjoyed.

She was a scene stealer.

Mme Benaut said...

"Bette Davis Eyes". Now that's a song that I remember. What a fabulous actress she was. 100! My goodness; that's amazing too. I thought Bette was incredible in "Baby Jane", even though the movie scared the living daylights out of me.

Shazza said...

Wow...Happy Belated Bette.

I don't know why, but she always scared me.