|Bette Davis in Jezebel (1938)|
One of my all time favorite actresses, Bette Davis, was born on April 5, 1908.
I've previously written about my adoration for her, but it's a topic about which I can endlessly discuss. Her sharp and snappy characters, so full of passion and vivacity, were always compelling, even if only in a "love to hate" sort of way. And her unique look, with those unforgettable eyes, had a commanding quality, a strange beauty.
All About Eve is one of my favorite movies. Bette Davis delivers on a perfect performance as Margo Channing. The manner in which she conveys subtle psychological nuances, in counterpoint to her overt "drama queen" campiness, brings about a rich appreciation for the character and her sad situation.
|Bette Davis in All About Eve (1950)|
So, let's take a moment to celebrate the wonderful artistry of this legend of Classic Hollywood.
And here are a few vids:
Scene from All About Eve
Scene from Jezebel
Scene from On Human Bondage
And an homage to "Bette Davis Eyes"