Happy birthday Ruth Elizabeth Davis aka Bette Davis!! ♥♥♥♥
(April 5, 1908 - October 6, 1989)
I think it’s a terrible hindrance for any female to have a lot of intelligence in private life. But I think in business, sometimes it’s even worse because there’s deep resentment. No question about it. From the male side of business. We all work for men. They’re the people in charge and I think they find women easier who haven’t the ability to think for themselves or stand up for themselves. One can make more enemies as a female with a brain, I think. No question about that, among the opposite sex. But I don’t think in business it matters whether you’re a man or a woman if you can do your job and have a brain.
My first memory of Bette Davis is of a powerful image burning on a small screen. When I was a girl, in the sixties, I’d come home from school and I’d turn on the old movie channel and plunk down on the couch with my girlfriends and take lessons from Bette Davis on how to scare the hell out of a man! Some thirty years later when I received the first annual Bette Davis lifetime achievement award at Boston University, I was very very very honored. For me, Bette Davis stood out from other actresses because of her signal audacity. The audacity I’m talking about is the bravery of her work. Bette Davis seemed willing. She even had an appetite for parts that were conventionally unappealing. She changed the requirement that actresses in the movies invariably be likable or attractive. She lifted the veil of appropriate behavior in women to expose what was scary, unexpected or ugly. In other words, to do what was appropriate for the character. - Meryl Streep
Bette Davis was so important to me as a young actress. At the age of 17 starting out in Gaslight, she was my inspiration. Her performance as Mildred in Of Human Bondage was my reference point. In her home Bette has a pillow and with it the embroidery says ‘old age is not for sissies’. For Bette Davis youth, middle age, no time of life is a place for sissies. She is an original. There has never been anyone, before or since, who could touch her. - Angela Lansbury
The great lesson I learned from Bette was her absolute dedication to getting everything just right. She used to spend hours studying the character she was going to play, then hours in make-up ensuring that her physical appearance was right for the part. I have always tried to put the same amount of work into everything I’ve done. - Olivia de Havilland
Classical Hollywood cinema, or the classical Hollywood narrative, are terms used in film history which designate both a visual and sound style for making motion pictures and a mode of production used in the American film industry between 1927 and 1963. This period is often referred to as the “golden age of Hollywood”. An identifiable cinematic form emerged during this period called classical Hollywood style. [x]