joan jones

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Robert called me. Then Olivia called me. She just did not want to play a villainess. I begged her to reconsider. “Livvie, you must,” I said. “You would be wonderful in this.” The next day, she told Aldrich she had reread the script, had talked to me, and would take the part. Which meant that she had to leave for the United States almost immediately. When her plane landed in California at two or three o’clock in the morning - the Paris flights always get in at peculiar times - I was at the airport to meet her.

- Bette Davis in This ‘N That, 1989, p. 143

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KITTY: here, read [the letter]. this is from my mother. can you see what she says? I’m dead to her. she says I’ll never see my daughter again. there are people who won’t get back any part of their sons, and their brothers, and their husbands. they won’t get back anything from the life before. but you have children. you have a home. you have so much more than most. you’re wanted, you’re needed. everything is n o t  o v e r.