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posted by victoriaprother
The Anniversary, (1968) an adapted stage play, is a wickedly funny Hammer House production that is often overlooked. Davis stars as Mrs Taggart, a wealthy acid tongued matriarch who holds a gathering each year to celebrate her wedding anniversary to her dead husband. Her three sons join her; a father of five, a timid cross-dresser and a secretly engaged youngster. The gathering sees Davis dominate and manipulate her hapless sons with razor sharp wit.
The Anniversary is classic Bette Davis, impeccable delivery of cutting comments, spectacularly powerful screen presence, all styled to perfection...
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posted by victoriaprother
The Nanny, 1965, is a British suspense thriller directed by Seth Holt and stars Bette Davis as an apparently devoted and loving nanny, caring for the young boy of an upperclass family, who has recently been discharged from a facility for disturbed children. Predictably, Nanny in no Mary Poppins.
Unlike her other roles, Davis delivers a low key performance whilst maintaining a threatening , chilling screen presence. Her saccharin sweet words mask an underlying stone cold darkness, with a single glance, she sends shivers down the spine.
The movie allows the audience a glimpse into Nanny's troubled...
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posted by AcidBanter
Her hair is Harlow gold, her lips sweet surprise
Her hands are never cold, she's got Better Davis eyes
She'll turn the music on you, you won't have to think twice
She's pure as New York snow, she got Bette Davis eyes

And she'll tease you, she'll unease you
All the better just to please you
She's precocious, and she knows just
What it takes to make a pro blush
She got Greta Garbo's standoff sighs, she's got Bette Davis eyes

She'll let you take her home, it works her appetite
She'll lay you on the throne, she got Bette Davis eyes
She'll take a tumble on you, roll you like you were dice
Until you come out...
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posted by megloveskyle
"I wouldn't pee on her if she was on fire" Bette Davis

Bette Davis was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on April 5th 1908. Davis' mother said she demanded attention since the day she was born. Her parents divorced at an early age and she and her sister were raised by their mother. She was denied admittance to the Manhattan Civic Repertory. They consider Davis to be boisterous. She graduated from John Murrary Anderson's Dramatic School where they thought of her as the "star" student. After graduation, Davis appeared in many off broadway plays. In 1930 she was hired by Universal. A representive...
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posted by AcidBanter
For some reason Fanpop isn't accepting links from blogspot anymore so here's the article and link to original source:

Ruth Elizabeth Davis, more commonly known as Bette Davis, was born April 5, 1908 in Lowell, Massachusetts. She was a precocious, self-absorbed child who discovered her love of acting while watching the play, The Wild Duck (by Henrik Ibsen) when she was a teenager, proclaiming, "Before that performance I wanted to be an actress. When it ended, I had to be an actress... exactly like Peg Entwistle (who played Hedvig in the play). Her doting, generous mother, Ruthie (Bette’s...
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posted by victoriaprother
What can I say about Bette Davis? The icon, the legend. Since aged five, when I first encountered, one rainy afternoon with my mother, the remarkable Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962), I was hooked. That incredible portrayal, in all its grotesque, poignant glory, remains a haunting example of the finest acting I have ever seen.

Bette Davis was the first actor, male or female, to receive ten Academy Award nominations, winning for both Dangerous and Jezebel, and made almost one hundred movie appearances.

Davis was a non-conformist, a pioneer and feminist icon, standing up for people who were...
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