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Bette Davis

Bette Davis

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  • Bette Davis

    • Shirley McMillan
    • 2014-08-16

    To me Bette Davis was the ultimate actress. It seemed so easy for her, so natural and each charactor she played was real. That takes real talent. Thanks TCM.

  • The Best That Has Ever Done It!

    • JC
    • 2014-06-27

    Bette Davis, by far, is my favorite actress. Her strength, her courage, and her talent are remarkable. I can watch her movies and still feel something, especially in Dark Victory. That one gets me every time. If anyone wants to know what real talent is, or are studying to improve their acting skills, I would recommend watching Bette Davis' films. She knew how to do it, and she did it the hard way! My top movies are Dark Victory, Now Voyager, All This and Heaven Too, Of Human Bondage, The Letter, and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?.

  • For a Wonderfuyl Mother on and off Screen

    • Robert Vann
    • 2014-05-11

    Whenever thinking about the life and performances of "The First Lady of American Cinema," Miss Bette Davis, images of a very endearing child-entered mother flood forth. Having just viewed "The Catered Affair," (1956) in which the 48yo plays a rather dowdy mother in New York City to a young Debbie Reynolds who's making her screen debut. In "Old Maid," Miss Davis"plays a selfless mother who puts her child's reputation before her own. In Capra's final film, Miss Davis plays a gin-soaked bag-lady who is transformed by a mob king (Glenn Ford) in order to avoid disappointing her beloved daughter (Ann-Margaret, making her screen debut too). One of the best stories about Bette Davis maternal behaviors was told by Natalie Wood during the presentation of the AFI's first Life Achievement Award to a woman, in 1977. Miss Wood played Miss Davis' daughter in "The Star." When her role called upon her to dive off of a boat into the ocean, Miss Wood, being terrified of being submerged in ocean water, resisted performing the dive. Miss Davis approached the director telling him off, saying that if he wanted a professional swimmer he should have hired Johnny Weissmuller (who played Tarzan)! Unlike many of her contemporaries who became too eager to use their children for publicity stunts, Miss Davis refused in order to preserve and protect her children's childhoods. Adoring becoming a mother, at age 39yo, Bette Davis didn't want to be separated from her daughter or the two children she and Gary Merrill adopted together. Mia Farrow publicly wrote of Bette Davis being a devout mother who was in her element while tending to her children. It seems most fitting to write of Bette Davis' on and off screen roles as an adoring, protective mother on this Mother's Day, 2014.

  • SIMPLY THE BEST

    • JOHN BRIDGER
    • 2014-01-05

    THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER ACTRESS WITH THE INCREDIBLE RANGE OF TALENT AS MS. DAVIS, FROM THE MURDERESS IN THE LETTER, THE CHAMELION IN NOW VOYAGER, THE SWEETHEART IN THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER. SHE COULD CHEW THE SCENERY WITH ONE LOOK OF THOSE EYES, ONE DRAG OF THAT CIGARETTE, ONE FLIP OF THE WRIST.SHE WAS AFORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH. WHENEVER A BETTE DAVIS MOVIE COMES ON I KNOW I WILL BE THOROUGHLY ENTERTAINED. ME AND A FRIEND WERE LOOKING FOR HER GRAVE, SHE SAID LIGHT A CIGARETTE AND USE YOUR GAYDAR . VOILA I IMMEDIATELY FOUND IT. MS. DAVIS WAS SIMPLY THE BEST.

  • A Gloriously Immortalized Soul

    • LawyerDavid
    • 2013-07-30

    If there were such a method of immortalizing one's soul, Bette Davis surely found it. "She did it the hard way," by work, work, working as an actor three-quarters of her life. by maintaining an creative artist-centered life focus. Miss Davis said many times to interviewers on the record and film that she had to make choices that involved making personal-life sacrifices. For those who were nearest and dearest to her, I imagine sharing Bette Davis, their loved one, with we the public, difficult to be well adjusted to. But, for those of us who would have never had the hundreds of opportunities to acquaintance ourselves with the massive collection of performances by Bette Davis, like myself, we'll treasure her extraordinary performance art achievements for as long as we are breathing and aware. My life has been terrifically enriched expressly due to all of the various types of performances of Bette Davis'. With far too many nefarious and destructive people making headlines due to media publicists, it is glorious that Bette Davis deliberately chose to immortalize her boldly straight-forward and constructive soul for the masses to behold generation after generation. Bette Davis wanted to be remembered as a hard working and successful actor. She is in this century and millennium, and was, as well, while she lived throughout the 20th century and the previous millennium.

  • Reflecting Upon Bette Davis' Professionalism

    • Corbin
    • 2013-07-17

    Easy to fall into the vat of belief that we know a person who is famous because so much is made public about them. Interestingly, there was not much public information published about Bette Davis' personal life. The interviews Miss Davis gave were typical to reveal only what she wanted to be made public. Her view was that anyone who allowed their private lives to be invaded when unwanted had no one but themselves to hold accountable. Bette Davis would say that she had no comment or wasn't going to answer any of those types of questions in response to certain invasive questions. However, when watching her numerous interviews that were televised, Bette Davis was extremely candid. Once, she even told Dick Cavett and his massive audience, when asked by the television show's host himself, how she "lost her virginity." Her response to the Cavett was that she got married. With that cackle of a laugh, Davis had a blast with Cavett's blatant question and agreed to become even more blatant. Her choice, you see. The candor of Miss Bette Davis is as famous as she became for her acting skills. Audiences howled with laughter as Miss Davis with a most straight forward style revealed herself by simply being truthful when interviewers least expected her to be so. Today we don't have to guess about who Bette Davis was or what Bette Davis because she was so candid and also because she wrote several autobiographies. There was a whole lot of difference between the real Bette Davis and the array of amazing characters she portrayed. The real Bette Davis stood up and out throughout her 60 year long career. Miss Davis was not afraid to take and stand upon her positions about socially significant topics of her days. By doing so, Bette Davis protected her professional life making sure it was separate from her private life by leaving hardly any space darkened by hidden secrets that much ado could have been made of. Very wise woman and exceedingly brilliant professional.

  • Why Bette Davis Remains the Best

    • Debbie
    • 2013-07-13

    When I listen to or read what reviewers have written as reasons for believing 'who9s best?' as they do leave me wanting for more fact-based data. Here & now I'll provide some:1) Bette Davis became the 1st actor or actress to be nominated 5 consecutive years in a row for Best Actress Oscars & deserved each 1 of them; 2) In 1977, Bette Davis became the 1st woman & actress to receive the American Film Institute's highest award for contributions made to the making of films: its Life Achievement Award. It will not change over time that of all those terrific Hollywood Golden Era actresses, Bette Davis was chosen by many of her most outstanding colleagues to become & forever remain the first female actress to be recognized as having contributed highly significant innovations to many areas within the film making industry. Cicely Tyson, then President of the AFI, pronounced the reasons for Bette Davis' nomination to receive their most prestigious & coveted award; 3) Bette Davis was, for all of the 20th century, the most nominated for Best Actress Oscars, garnering 11 of them (including the write-in for her landmark performance in "Of Human Bondage"); 4) Bette Davis remains the 1 actor (or actress) to amass so much acclaim & recognition in the shortest period of time & among the stiffest competition; 5) When a very young adult, Bette Davis sued Warner Brothers to be freed of something akin to indentured servitude, as well as for better scripts, she started to raise the collective conscience of women & men actors that would become the ground-swell that over-turned the 'studio system' of practically owning actors until they made a definite number of movies (which could take their entire lifetimes!). Davis' dearest of friends, Olivia de Havilland, followed up with Miss Davis' lawsuit and won, so that limits were placed upon how long production companies could control people's acting careers. Davis' films are now among the greatest classics!

  • The Synesthesias of Bette Davis

    • Ben Chaffin
    • 2013-07-11

    For something or someone to perform an act of synesthesia they change one type of emotion, sensation, sense or act (etc.) into another. Many write about how Bette Davis could 'transform herself'. I don't believe Miss Davis was doing that; but rather, was likely channeling one type of energy or emotion into another right before our eyes and recorded on film. It sounds like a magic trick. However, many of us become engage in synesthesias without realizing we're doing it. I think that the main difference between an ordinary guy like me and Bette Davis is that she knew exactly what she was doing and why. Watching Miss Davis DO such switches on film, pausing at the point when she does them, and going back over how she does them, I can see that it appears to be a deliberate acting technique or skill that Miss Davis became a master of. For me, this is what makes her acting style so engaging, I have to concentrate on her maneuvers in order to watch for when she converts one form of emotion, for instance, into something other than emotion. It's difficult to catch Bette Davis' filmed transformations that turn one thing into another. It's definitely well worth scrutinizing her technique and skill at doing so.

  • Still the Best Lady of US Cinema

    • Jean
    • 2013-07-10

    One would imagine that over a period of nearly a hundred years a person's work, not matter what type, would become outdated. Well, that's simply not true for Miss Bette Davis' performances in movies, television shows or any other types of recorded work she appeared in. I can't think of another soul who's films, in particular, are more important today than they were when they were first made and released! I have too many favorites to list; but, I can see that I am not alone since the TCM fan community has chosen the same films that I have and intend to proceed to do now, in order to lend my support to all of you who've already voted and commented. I have one regret, though. I wish I'd been more aware at an early age of Bette Davis' performance excellence, while she was still alive. If there's one person I'd have loved to had a chat with, it would be Miss Davis. As for her films, I watch them quite often: at least one a week. Plus, I am still collecting the other released recordings of her performances and appearances. I feel they are that valuable. Thanks and take care.

  • No One Better Than Bette

    • Tyler Zamora
    • 2013-07-08

    Never has an actress been able to accomplish the amazing feats demonstrated by Bette Davis. Those big eyes gaze into your soul and make you understand her, yet fear her. Whatever part she portrayed, she put 110% into it. When she had to look ugly and disgusting for a role, Davis was more than happy to oblige. She got deep down into the part and slipped into it like an evening gown. What made her the most enduring, was her willingness to play roles that reflected so much of her life. "The Star" for example is very literally Davis' experiences in Hollywood. She understood what it felt like to be called washed up. She clawed her way to the top throughout her whole career. She never gave up and fought for the roles she believed were right for her. She has won two Academy Awards for her roles in "Dangerous" and "Jezebel," along with being nominated eight other times. Proving time and time again that she can make you believe what her character feels, you start to believe that no other actress could do it better. No review could do Davis justice. Her craft must be viewed. She's an actor's actor. She knows what she's doing. She's made me laugh, cry, smile, smirk, and so much more.

  • "I Just Washed My Hair"

    • Chase
    • 2013-06-18

    ...and "I'd [still] love to kiss you," Miss Davis. Of course, that line was performed in "Cabin in the Cotton," while Bette Davis was a young blonde. Who could have imagined that Miss Davis would close her Life Achievement Award acceptance speech with it? But, it was just like her to make of a serious moment in her career room enough for a good sense of humor. I've watched many of the outtakes from the movies Miss Davis performed in; so, I know that she was quite a 'cut-up' character. She could have Errol Flynn on the floor of the set rolling in laughter or the filming crew cracking-up out loud while she's having a costume failure. The more staunch star-struck actors couldn't match her wit on the set. Bette Davis used humor at work to relieve other people's tensions. That was so like her, too. To do whatever it took to get the most out of everyone involved in the movie they all were making together.

  • Educated by Bette Davis

    • Angela
    • 2013-06-17

    Although I've several graduate degrees, I prefer to tell how Bette Davis educated me. First, I read her autobiographical books. A well-rounded lifestyle emerged from those pages that I could follow. Then, I began experiencing Miss Davis' variety of years of great performances. Nothing I'd been taught in academe, by family, in church or throughout society had as much impact upon my world views as the characters Bette Davis became in films. Most especially, her later-life film which Miss Davis made the opportunities to take very important people-empowering stances. I can never thank her enough for teaching me so much about being humane.

  • Living on: Here and Now

    • EJG
    • 2013-06-15

    One of the best gifts movies give is life. I mean, like Bette Davis'. Wherever I watch a movie with Bette Davis in it, I know I am viewing and hearing the real woman through her character role. This year, Miss Bette Davis would be 105yo! One of her best friends, Olivia de Havilland, is now 97yo! I best Miss De Havilland misses Miss Davis. However, fortunately for her, and the rest of us who didn't know Bette Davis personally, there is a treasure chest of recordings on film and tape of various types of Bette Davis. Though recordings are almost more relevant today than they were when they were made. Time has finally caught up to most of what Bette Davis was conveying to us through her work. I say to that, Thank You.

  • Simply: The Best

    • zzziz
    • 2013-06-09

    There has yet to be any woman actor whose achievements, skills and timeless classics measure up to the performances of Miss Bette Davis. If I were an actor, Bette Davis would be the most exemplary role model for me to follow. That is how relevant her variety of performances, writings and appearances still are.

  • A Stolen Life

    • Phyllis Young
    • 2013-05-01

    Loved the movie, first time seeing it 4/30/2013 my male cousin(9 years younger) watched it with me and now he is a TCM/Bette Davis Fan... TCM has been a comfort to me in many, many ways. I was born in 1955 and I feel connected to a lot of the movies you show, it's like I can feel and smell the atmosphere in every story! Thank you

  • Top Notch

    • Rich
    • 2013-04-16

    The top of the top as an actress. She well understood her characters, and as a result was able to give clear, forceful, and convincing performances time after time. She was intelligent, and focused upon the human dimension. There was no half way with Bette. She was totally committed to her art, and it shows. She was fearless in playing unconventional and unappealing parts. Davis shows us still what acting is in its essence....its humanity, its insight, and its full personal involvement. She paid a personal price for it, but she got the hard work of acting done, and done exceedingly well. She's a classic, and will remain so, so long as people retain any interest in the greatest art form of the 20th century...the movies.

  • Bette Davis

    • Dianna
    • 2013-02-28

    The woman was and is a one of kind actess no one then or now and come close to her. She has done some wonderful movies and I still enjoy watching them today. My mother got me on classic movies and I love them still

  • Cream of the Golden Era Crop

    • 63jjerrette
    • 2012-12-26

    Since discovering the human beings learn most and best by engaging in performance art, viewing films has become an important method of gaining knowledge (depending upon the content of the film). Miss Bette Davis obviously made a very clear set of choices when managing her acting career in ways that led to social and cultural changes. Women, for instance, made so many advances that they equaled the types of women Bette Davis played on screen. Putting career first, for any woman before the 1950's was very rarely considered well advised or acceptable. Bette Davis proved otherwise not only by her personal example but also through the characters she played. Miss Davis boldly claimed (to Dick Cavett in 1971) that she was not a "libber" (meaning involved in the Women's Liberation Movement). Yet, there she was, shoulder to shoulder with four Warner Brothers and considered "the 5th Warner Brother" as a result of the great influence she had upon filmmaking. Whether Bette Davis realized it or not, she was a trail blazer for hundreds of thousands of women then, and who knows how many by now! What I can say is thank goodness that Bette Davis had such a strong will and great talent; that she was blatantly outspoken and so very giving to her co-workers. Her films have stood the tests of major critics, awards committees, the international public and various generations of tests of time. The First Lady of American Cinema still reigns with a glorious kind of empowering power.

  • International Classic

    • LarryJoe42
    • 2012-12-24

    There was nothing surprising when I learned how influential Bette Davis' films are to international classic-lovers. What I hadn't recognized was how international film associations had awarded Bette Davis for her Leading Actress achievements. Not one award is for a supporting role. This fact seems most significant to me because it is one thing to be recognized for superior achievements among ones own nation's peers; quite another around the classic-film viewing globe. That broad expanse of awards from around the world is certainly impressive. Even moreso is that Bette Davis' films are now being viewed for the first time by a completely different generation who considers them classics. As some wise filmmaking veteran said (I've forgotten who to quite here) 'if you are seeing a film for the first time it is new'. In this sense, now into the third generation of viewers, Bette Davis' films remain at the top of the list of classics today. I'm very glad about that. Not because great films aren't being currently produced. But rather, because this means there is a lasting kind of immortality to the types of films made starring Bette Davis. Each can be celebrated as a classic which did not need to use hardly any acts of violence to achieve such a long lasting impression. Since there is a culture of violence in the US today, I'm very glad that the films made starring Bette Davis did not help to create it.

  • The Honorable Legacy of Bette Davis

    • Judge_Pierre
    • 2012-12-23

    Few people (relative to the entire world population of all time) leave a legacy that lasts on and on for generations. Bette Davis is a woman who chose to leave quite a remarkable impression upon a myriad of societies through acting in films. The films Miss Davis chose to contribute her abundance of acting talents to are major classic films, with very few exceptions out of a bit over 100. Her acting career began at age 21 on Broadway and ended in 60 years later when she died, in 1989. What she created for humanity was a film corpus loaded with performances of screenplays by major screenwriters; so many Oscar nominated performances that until Meryl Streep's long string of them (Streep admittedly following in Davis' still warm tracks, literally), had been unsurpassed. In fact, the funds from the foundation that Bette Davis made possible, were first awarded to Meryl Streep so that she could attend acting school. Those same funds insured that Streep's remarkable achievements would also receive the first Bette Davis Life Achievement Award from the foundation. The types of films Bette Davis so eagerly contributed more than acting to are primarily nonviolent. No obscentities, graphic violence, depictions of her engaged in doing anything but standing up to the kinds of ignorance and hatred that lead to stereotyping, bigotry and discrimination. If adults who know these classics would find ways to get younger people interested in them, especially older youths who are exposed to so much hackneyed violence on film and other media, perhaps the honorable legacy of films Bette Davis made would help to make a different in the culture of violence.

  • Nothing or the Best

    • belledonna
    • 2012-12-15

    For Bette Davis it was all or nothing when it came to her own acting career. She fought the Warner Brothers' studio system to insure that not only she but others, as well, would have the opportunities to control their own career destinies. The rights to have great scripts instead of drivell. The rights to refuse to act in a film without being held as an indentured servant to the production company that liked to believe it owned actors. Just to mention a few of the key issues. Most of all, Bette Davis was determined to do whatever it took to help make the best classic films possible. If that meant helping others, when she was just a very young adult with 2 Oscars, she would work overtime giving her all, by her peers' accounts--as they describe their experiences with Bette Davis. They were amazed that such a young actor was so skilled and talented and yet so willing to reach out to teach other people on each set. Whenever I watch a film starring Bette Davis I know that she was the main team player who worked diligently to make each player and part of that film the best it could be. If more of us worked like Bette Davis this world would be a far better place.

  • Bette Davis Actress

    • Robin
    • 2012-10-15

    Yes, actress. Compared to today's actresses except for Meryl Streep, Bette is an actress in every sense of the word. She used voice, face, body, clothes hair and whatever else she could to make a role project what it needed to . Not mattering what it did to her, case in point was when she had the top of her head shaved to play Elizabeth I. She was a fearless actress and person. She lived like she acted. Meryl is a great actress, but not quite the caliber or Bette. Nobody is. I fear no one will like her will come this way again....

  • I LOVE BETTE DAVIS!

    • Luke
    • 2011-12-25

    She was a wonderful actress! I'm glad to have discovered her! I hope more of her films and TV appearances are brought to DVD and will be aired on TV.

  • Connecting Rooms--1969-UK

    • Patrick Shea
    • 2011-10-17

    Ms Davis made this film with Michael Redgrave. Why has it never been 'released in the United States!'? TCM should try to obtain a copy for showing.

  • BETTE DAVIS IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • BetteDavis19
    • 2011-10-04

    Bette Davis is my idol. I worship her, she is my favorite old movie actor. She's everything I want to be, and so much more. I love every one of her movies, every one of her decisions in life, the way she speaks, acts, walks, etc. I love her!

  • Glad to See More Bette Davis Movies on TCM

    • Burtons
    • 2011-07-05

    Among the Hollywood "Golden Era" actors and actresses, if I had to choose just one as my favorite, there's no doubt it would be Bette Davis. Here's why: She's an amazing actress; used her career to empower images of women and real women too; was the team leader on many a set according to her contemporaries who so beloved her; used her senior years career portraying characters of women with real contemporary social issues that mattered. In short, she wouldn't do any junk films. Rarely has this type of world loved performer taken her career so seriously without taking herself so seriously. Her humor, as archived on many film clips, left the likes of Errol Flynn and William Wyler laughing on the floor or doubled over. She loved working making some of the top knotch films. More than all of these points, Bette Davis was so benevolent giving and giving of whole self to be the best in her profession during her lifetime. She stood out as a woman among men to become the first woman to receive the highest peer reviewed acting award: AFI's Lifetime Achievement in 1977, right after her favorite director William Wyler. Together, the 4th and 5th people to ever receive this highest honor in US filmmaking, literally were spear heads in changing the quality of films being made so that the bar was raised to a level no one else has yet to reach.

  • The glorious Bette Davis

    • Patrick Shea
    • 2011-06-26

    As her friend Olivia deHaviland said, 'There is no one like her!' As long as her films are preserved, the world can see what we already know.

  • Bette

    • luke
    • 2011-05-28

    Bette Davis is without a doubt one of the greatest actresses in film history. She can play everything from nice ladies like Now, Voyager to a nasty woman in Jezabel. She was the first woman to prove that an actress doesn't have to be the cookie cutter Hollywood beauty and also that it's ok to play unsympathetic characters.

  • The Lady Who Would Be Silver Screen Queen

    • Catherine Evans
    • 2011-04-29

    Were Bette Davis alive to see how her current following is holding a welcoming rececption for her films and other performances, I believe she would be thrilled. Her working 'the hard way' has paid off in the long runs of her movies. I think her characters still make young women recognize their powers; women who've matured realize their beauty; middle age women feel proud of their accomplishments; senior women rise to the key issues of their times; geriatric women keep working doing what they love doing best. At all stages of women's lives, Bette Davis films offer empowering depictions and characterizations of women engaged in both everyday life and making extraordinary social contributions. Although she didn't think highly of her earliest films, today they are smashing hits that reveal what a gifted young actor she was. Thanks for being the indomnible Bette Davis!

  • More rave reviews for Bette Davis

    • Mary
    • 2011-01-26

    Yawn... hum... one more person who worships the ground upon which Bette Davis walks. She is my heroine. She stood her ground professionally and is proof that strong women do sometimes finish ahead. I respect her personally and professionally. I did not know until I read your bio that she was estranged from her daughter. Even that makes me relate to her. Well......this is getting tooooooooo personal.

  • The 1st Lady of US Cinema, Then and Now

    • George Sprouse
    • 2011-01-06

    When Miss Bette Davis was named the "1st Lady of US Cinema" during her 100th birthday celebration in April 2008, I was absolutely delighted. People from my generation, who grew up as children going to the cinema to see her films, knew Miss Davis stood way out among her acting colleagues. To know that Bette Davis films are now being bought, collected, watched and treasured even more so today is apropos considering that she has become the reigning consummate Leading Lady of US Cinema of all time. I don't believe that is likely to change over centuries long after we're gone. Now that her most difficult to view films are coming out on DVD by Warner Brothers Archives, it is feature film feast time with Miss Bette Davis commanding the lead. I'll recommend to youngsters today that if they was to learn what great acting is watch Bette Davis. In fact, I already do so and to my delight again, each person becomes a major fan. She's a classic.

  • The Grand Dame of Cinema....

    • Jaemes
    • 2010-12-18

    ...the Patron Saint of Actors (or what they should aspire to be). What can one say? Simply the most marvelous and stunning of them all. Every film is a joy to watch, whether she be breathtakingly demure and coyly beautiful, an insane or evil shrew, a frumpy old maid-ish wallflower, or a sultry vamp wrapping every man around her finger ....a wonder whom was truly dedicated to her craft. A true actor, in every sense. No wonder she'd battled to be given meatier and better parts (she was being paid, regardless) at the risk of being unpopular...the passion burned deep within her, and she was perfection; both vision and visionary. Sorely missed, and bless TCM for keeping fine performers/performances alive. Viva la Bette!

  • She was oneof the best

    • Ava Kenney
    • 2010-09-18

    She was one of the best stars in hollywood and my favorite star of the silver screen

  • All her movies

    • Rejoyce
    • 2010-08-31

    Greatest Acrtress ever!!

  • Bette Davis - The Crown Jewel of Cinema

    • D.E. Keith
    • 2010-08-06

    Bette Davis is and will always be the crown jewel of cinema. She was and remains a colorful character in her own right through out her life. There isn’t a movie, interview, book, or public appearance that she doesn’t shine like a jewel. I thank God for her, her movies, her talent and her humor - which has enriched my life. No one has ever approached their craft with more intelligence, passion and heart than Bette Davis. She remains one of my biggest hero’s.

  • The Best

    • Georgia Mae Scott
    • 2010-07-31

    Without question - the best actress of all-time. It is an honor and privilege to watch her films (and I do, over and over again). How could one ever tire of that stunning talent? She will never be forgotten.

  • A Beautiful Women

    • diva D
    • 2010-06-09

    I get so tired of discribing her as not beautiful.To me on a lot of her movies she was breathtaking i couldnt take my eyes off of her and her acting was the best ever,I have been a fan of hers for a long time ,and i loved anything she did opposite George Brent,She deserved every award she received ,She was the best.

  • Dead Ringer, Mr. Skeffington, Jezebel, Now Voyager

    • Margaret Trojacek
    • 2010-03-02

    I am one of Bette Davis' most devoted fans. I have been over the last 50 years of my life. She was dynamic, charming, and her role, what ever she may have been playing in, was awesome. I have read everything I can get my hands on and have a rather extensive collection of her works. She will forever be my favorite actress. When I get to heaven, I would hope to see her there and say "thank you for hours and hours of true entertainment". I have many favorites but "Dead Ringer" was a doozzie.

  • Greatest Actress Ever!

    • Christine
    • 2010-01-09

    Bette Davis was the greatest American actress/actor who has ever lived. Maybe even in the world. Although not a great beauty, she was able to overcome that through her acting ability and sexuality in her characters. She had a way with men, in her movies and apparently in real life. I can't believe she doesn't have any 9 or 10's in her ratings. She and her movies will live on forever. I have a cousin who worked as a projectionist in movie theatres all his life and met Miss Davis. He said she was one of the nicest people he ever met. Very much a lady and nice to every one around her.

  • Rating BETTIE DAVIS

    • Cher
    • 2009-12-13

    Are you kidding? Bette Davis is only the best actor that ever lived! I'm trying to build my Bette Davis library now. I wish you'd show more of her movies on your channel.

  • i love bette davis

    • david moro
    • 2009-10-31

    i love bette davis im only 31 years old i sat with my grandmother and watched tcm for hours at first i guess i was boerd but then i got into the movies bad my grandmother passed away but i remember she told me there was a nude statue of betty davis in boston where???and she was born in lowell ma wowwww i am from massachusetts that makes me feel good i love the letter and what ever happened to baby jane betty davis and joan crawford excellent together hush hush sweet charolette was ok and so many other betty davis movies were good i also see they give out a award at boston university in her name whell i love betty davis ill end that here

  • MS. BETTE DAVIS BIGGEST FAN

    • thomasine jackson
    • 2009-10-20

    i have alway's been a fan of ms.davis. i'm 29y/o i use to watch them with my grandmother those were the good day's. i still think she is the best actress of all time. i wish they would show more of her please tcm show more bette. Bette's biggest fan ms.tolee

  • Juarez, Now, Voyager, Mr. Skeffington & Deception

    • NJMB
    • 2009-09-12

    Those are the titles of the 4 classic films that the great actors Bette Davis & Claude Rains made together. There's only one film they are a couple in: Mr. Skeffington. In Deception, Davis & Rains go all out & royally let their emotions rip. Do not know about anyone else, but as for me, seeing the two of them go for broke on the screen together is one of the most thrilling moments in classic acting & film history. Now, Voyager is one of their greatest triumphs. Juarez is a great historically accurate (for the most part) classic movie too. If these 4 with Davis & Rains are so great, imagine how many more are classic & great with Davis & Bogie, Davis & Brent and just Bette Davis. Any wonder why she's The First Lady of American Cinema?

  • Classic Classics of Bette Davis

    • Syntonic
    • 2009-09-11

    There are films called classic and there are classic classics! The films starring Bette Davis & Claude Rains that TCM has just shown are very classy classic classics. I agree with everyone else who has just previously written before me about the same films: they do not get better than these. One thing that can be said for Bette Davis besides the obvious, that she is The First Lady of American Cinema, is that her taste & darned good judgement about what films she would appear in, even with as great a set of acting skills as hers, would not have risen to the top without some of the world's best scripts ever written. The scripts I've just heard are much better than scripts today that it seems sick to compare them at all. What has happened to screenwriting today? Has imagination been stunted or the lexicon degenerated?

  • Wonderful Acting, Keep Playing Bette Davis Films

    • Isaacs
    • 2009-09-10

    The recent movies TCM has been showing by Bette Davis are scorchers. I hope that the network keeps on showing her films. Gosh they are so fine. Her acting is incomparable.

  • Looking Forward to "Now, Voyager" Tonight

    • Mrs.Staples
    • 2009-09-09

    It has been a long time since I last watched Bette Davis, Paul Henreid & Claude Rains working their magic together in this movie. I have always thought of the success of this classic as a group effort; but now, I think of it more as a team one. I know much more about Bette Davis & the ways she used to bring film projects together as if all the participants were part of a team. While it seems like that would be the work of the director, due to the artistic influence that Bette Davis had on each set, it was her gift to create such teams. I think that is the element missing in more of the modern films than not.

  • The More Bette Davis Movies the Better

    • Millford
    • 2009-09-08

    Lately, TCM (and other networks) has been broadcasting more Bette Davis films, especially her classics. I noticed such a qualitative difference between most of the films Miss Davis plays in and those she does not. Is this why her classic stature has only risen over time? Is this why she is called The First Lady of American Cinema? I believe that it could be so. Much was expected of a very young woman who'd already won peer and public acclaim as a great actor. With very high expectations of her, Bette Davis delivered more than what was ever expected because no one could imagine how much she was capable of. That is a matter of heart, work ethics, determination and dedication. These are the kinds of words that define one little lady who did so much with her life. We all get a life. It is what we do with it that counts.

  • Bette Davis' Film Activism

    • Jacksons
    • 2009-09-06

    "As Summers Die" a made for TV movie that is the last for Bette Davis is loaded with Civil Rights activism by her. This movie is going to be on TV this month. Because it came up on my search screen, remembering Bette Davis' character in it prompted me to think of Davis' mid to later career activism within her films. She was quite clever about it too. Taking up a different important social issue through each character was her tactic. These movies and films weren't advertised as political or as issue related. Oh but there are, they surely are. Have a look at them. Bette Davis was using her influence to make an impact for social changes.

  • Films of Bette Davis & Humphrey Bogart

    • 1899bogie1957
    • 2009-09-06

    There are more films with both Davis and Bogie in them than are shown on TCM. They begin in the earliest years of both actors' careers. In fact, Bogie made his film debut during "The Petrified Forest." Leslie Howard and Bette Davis co-star in the crime drama in the desert. Dialogue between Howard and Davis is what makes the film a classic. But Bogie's first appearance as a thug (Duke Mantee), with all the obligatory dees and dahs, though brief, made film history ushering in yet another Golden Era actor of stature. There's only one of the Davis & Bogie films in which Bogie has a substatial role: "Marked Woman." Oddly, he plays the DA, the good guy on the right side of the law. Otherwise, Davis was the lead & Bogie played a role in the background.

  • In Praise of TCM Programming Bette Davis

    • Karlton
    • 2009-09-05

    My expectations for TCM's standards of programming are higher than for any other network. Advertising that the station airs classic movies gives me reason enough. Since there are no classic films better than those of Bette Davis, when TCM broadcasts several the quality of classic films on the channel goes way up. This weekend has been pretty bad for watching classics on TCM. Fortunately, I recorded what was broadcast during the week since I didn't have time to watch TV. I was very glad to find a wealth of Bette Davis films on the DVR. Thanks to TCM...

  • Watching Bette Davis with Claude Rains

    • Calvert
    • 2009-09-05

    Since TCM has been showing the classic films of Claude Rains, Bette Davis has appeared in them several times. Watching the two of them acting together is a wonder. I do not think I have ever seen two more well matched actors. Some (clueless) critics have written that the only reason that Bette Davis made such a strong leading lady is because weaker men actors were always or usually cast with her. Ha! Nothing could be further from the truth, unless they consider Claude Rains, Paul Henreid, Leslie Howard, Humphrey Bogart, Warren William, George Arliss, Glenn Ford, Joseph Cotten, Sterling Hayden, Herbert Marshall, James Cagney, Henry Fonda, Vincent Price, etc, weak male actors! I think not...in fact, just the opposite; Claude Rains being the best match Davis ever had on screen.

  • Bette Davis and Claude Rains Together

    • DeshawnRobson
    • 2009-09-04

    I appreciate TCM for turning me on to Claude Rains. Having seen many of Bette Davis' movies, somehow I have missed the three which co-star Claude Rains. Lo and behold, they are probably three of the best. Davis and Rains do have an unique on screen compatibility that I have not seen with Bette Davis and any other male actor. The other men do not have as much acting skill and certainly not nearly as much intensity as Bette Davis. These actors are not inferiors, either. Humphrey Bogart, Henry Fonda, George Brent, Herbert Marshall, Leslie Howard, to name a few, are all great classic actors. I am now of the opinion that Claude Rains is the best of the all because any actor who could be a match for Bette Davis on screen has to be the best.

  • Moments of Being Bette Davis

    • Ashlye
    • 2009-09-04

    Did you ever wonder what it might have been like to be Bette Davis? I mean, after she was known as the queen of Hollywood; after she was only 30 and had 2 Best Actress Oscars and a trophy case filling up with many other acting awards; after, when she walked onto every set, she was expected to be great. At first glance it does seem like a dream come true to only be 30 and have 2 Oscars already. But, afterwards, then ya gotta live up to those trophies that stand in for the highest standards of excellence in a profession. Nothing less than your career depends upon living up to those expectations. The very best aspect of being Bette Davis must have been that she didn't let herself down. That she could and did live up to all and more than what was expected of her. For a tiny woman she had terrifically broad shoulders and carried a heavy weight upon them very very well. Applauding.

  • Bette Davis' Comedies & Humor

    • Joannah
    • 2009-09-03

    Much attention is placed upon the fiery dramatic performances of Bette Davis. Little's written about her comedies & sense of humor. One of Davis' early funny roles is in "Ex-Lady," as Helen Bauer. The pre-code film is a gender romp over living together versus marriage. Then, there's film footage of take outs from that reveal Davis' real sense of humor. During days of intense work, Davis broke them up by cracking people up. All she did was insert an unscripted one-liner & cast & crew roared with laughter. When she had a costume malfunction (!), Davis used it to crack a joke on the set. In "The Man Who Came to Dinner," Davis plays Maggie Cutler who acts like the Eve Arden of slap stick comedy. Her lines are cuttingly comical. With Cagney in "The Bride Came COD," she's a great sport as Cagney treats her to indignities. In "June Bride," Robt. Montgomery & Davis have an older adult gender romp. But, it's "The Anniversary" when Mrs. Taggart turns on the black comedy in full force. So, I argue, "The Scientific Cardplayer" Davis' best dark comedy must be released.

  • 1930-1989 Recorded on Film: Bette Davis

    • Dr_March
    • 2009-09-03

    Before she was recorded on film, Bette Davis was on stage performing. I am one of the grateful many who blesses all of the times Bette Davis was recorded on film (moving or still shots). Owning several original still shots, I have had them framed and hung where Bette Davis' face can remind me each day to perservere and do my best, then when each day is over, lay my worries to rest. I have similar photos framed and hung of several Kennedys, folks also from Massachusetts. They all have a very similar New England sense of being honor bound, forthright, outspoken and work until the day they die. Those are the qualities of character that made an ordinary young woman into "The First Lady of American Cinema." I think they matter to all she left on film for nearly 6 decades.

  • Waiting for "Mr. Skeffington"

    • Marjorie.Campbell
    • 2009-09-02

    There are so many classic films that Bette Davis made. I think of "Mr. Skeffington" as one among the many. One of the reasons seems too simple: the runtime is longer than most of the full feature films that Bette Davis and Claude Rains made, or made together. Another reason is that both lead actors are master classic actors who were so famous for being great at acting that they brought quite a few actors into the profession and devoted time enough to them to teach them acting skills that became invaluable. So, during this movie we get a lot of high quality on screen time for both Davis and Rains. For me these reasons making waiting with great anticipation to watch this film again well worth my time.

  • The Last 26 Appearances by Bette Davis

    • ZZZIZ
    • 2009-09-01

    From 1972 through 1989, Bette Davis made 26 filmed appearances in motion pictures, TV movies & TV episodes. This doesn't count the 27 filmed appearances she made on awards shows, guest appearances, salutes to peers & interviews. So in her final 17 years as an actor, Bette Davis made a grand total of at least 53 known filmed appearances. That averages out to 3 per year & every year she was well into being a senior citizen (from ages 64 through 81). Many of these films are not listed in the filmography attributed to Bette Davis on this website. Interestingly, Bette Davis' television performances are missing at a television network's website (that I presume values televised performances, interviews & appearances since the network engages in them all!). Just thought I'd point that out & that I cannot gain access to any of the pages to contribute these missing parts of Davis' filmography. The links seems broken &/or no one contacts me after I write TCM's contacts. It seems a shame to leave out significant media.

  • Bette and Her Variety of Charlottes

    • Thomas_J
    • 2009-09-01

    Watching "Hush...Hush Sweet Charlotte" was a real treat to great masters of acting: Davis, de Havilland & Moorehead. More than the mere pleasure, doing so had me thinking about the wide variety of characters named Charlotte who Bette Davis seems to have brought to life. Charlotte Hollis is the protagonist of the superb Southern gothic horror. She's nothing like Charlotte Vale of Boston, protagonist of the very popular tour de force romantic drama. Charlotte Lovell, "The Old Maid's" protagonist, bears no resemblance to the former two since she's from a different era and embittered over war's ravages on her family. All three Charlottes, as played by Bette Davis, are now classic characters who cannot be forgotten. Each has a different set of qualities too memorable to cast the lessons learned from aside.

  • Watching Acting Excellence

    • Vic_Kennedy
    • 2009-08-31

    Whenever TCM shows a classic movie with Bette Davis in it I can count on her acting being above reproach. In other words, as an actor Bette Davis remains well worth watching. She taught me what great acting is and I cannot settle for less than her best. Considering what Bette Davis' best is that's quite a tall order. I do not know of anyone who measures up now.

  • Number One

    • Riccardo
    • 2009-08-29

    In regard to acting ability, there's no actress who entered as deeply into their roles....and Davis played many, many roles...a truly huge range. She was in a category by herself. She was a mentor to Meryl Streep...and her influence on the future of acting is considerably greater than any other American actress. Period. She should be much higher rated than indicated on TCM.

  • Bette Davis: Nothing But the Best

    • DGrouix
    • 2009-08-27

    Bette Davis put forth her all into every frame of film she is on. Thank goodness for that since she was such a neat woman and a towering actor. The shadow her acting legacy cast is larger than I can describe. The best part of her life was spent being a great performance artist. To each one of us there will be one that appeals most. Bette Davis is the actor who consistently takes me on a journey where she wants me to go with her characters. I go along wherever Bette Davis wants to take me because I like everything that she wants to show me along the way.

  • Belated Response to 24 Hour Davis Shows

    • Linda.Lee
    • 2009-08-26

    Forgive me for being late responding with thanks for the 24 hours TCM set aside for Bette Davis shows. There was a swell variety of genres that made interesting viewing. I liked most the films I'd never seen before. That is why I would like to request that TCM try really hard to get the rights to broadcast more of Davis' most obscure films. Those would be the ones that aren't on DVD, are out of print, are pre-code or were not necessarily box office sensations when they were first released. There is definitely an anxious audience.

  • Bette Davis and Claude Rains, Together

    • Michelles
    • 2009-08-25

    Recalling her spontaneous response to Dick Cavett's 1971 interview question about the men she'd performed with, Bette Davis made a simple yet profoundly true statement. Davis first mentioned Claude Rains' name, calling him "dear Claude," and continued to remark that the most talented men actors came from Europe while the US was known best for its actresses. The 3 films I think of most that both Davis and Rains were in are, "Now, Voyager," "Mr. Skeffington," and "Deception." Each goes into a completely different character for each film. But the ways Davis and Rains use each other's powerful acting skills are what makes all 3 films superbly acted. I think of Bette Davis and Claude Rains in the same way I think of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton: oh so well matched equals. Thank goodness they were cast together.

  • Anyone But Bette Skeffington

    • SamMcK
    • 2009-08-24

    I have been reading the reviews about Bette Davis and find myself concuring with them in a significant way: Bette Davis was no more into the glamour of show business than Claude Rains or Henry Fonda. That is one of the reasons why Davis' amazing portrayal of Fanny Skeffington, in "Mr. Skeffington," provides evidence of Davis' acting skill. Fanny Skeffington was all about being beautiful and glamourous. Bette Davis was not. In fact, when Davis stood to receive her 1st Oscar for "Dangerous," she wore what looked like a house dress-it didn't even look like a church dress! This was in the mid-1930's, not now when some people deliberately dress down to make political points to reject in social class inequality. Miss Davis wasn't doing this at all. She acted on set and stage, not off of them.

  • Why Bette Davis Remains Extraordinary

    • Zachry
    • 2009-08-23

    Bette Davis began her career in acting when I wasn't even a thought. by the time I was born Davis was 50 years into her profession. I think it's noteworthy that she fascinates me now. Isn't that a type of immortality, like Shakespeare's writing? She says in the recent bio-doc TCM showed about her, "Benevolent," that she felt most rewarded by working; that nothing else lasts. I can intimately relate to Miss Davis' statement. Loves, children, money, friends, our looks, come go & change. But, people who know what social contribution thru work is theirs to make and set out to do it to their best abilities, know themselves. Even when Miss Davis was seriously ill, she worked because working is an essential part of living. Some of us live out life without ever learning this. Bette Davis did. And so, she left her mark in public in places around this Earth. The kind of remarks that won't be soon forgotten. Her work is even more important now.

  • Many thanks for Bette Davis' movies

    • pburnsky56
    • 2009-08-22

    Bette Davis remains the finest actress I know of. That seems extraordinary because there is such a wide array of actors to choose from. I was just dubbing my "Ex-Lady" VHS to DVD when I noticed how remarkable Bette Davis was as a 25 year young woman. Anyone else might have made a real mess of the role of Helen Bauer in relation to Don Peterson (Gene Raymond) because the script is so far ahead of the 1930's. It took a very bright (meaning intellectually smart) woman to play the role just right. I don't know how audiences received the film back then. But know, it is a wonder. The actor who makes it so is Bette Davis.

  • Old, Old, Old Acquaintance

    • Myrone
    • 2009-08-20

    After just watching Miriam Hopkins, actually listening to her, in "Old Acquaintance," I can hardly say how old her voice grew upon me. Listening to her reminded me to listening to the obnoxia of "The Women," (the original). What a relief it was to hear the voice of Bette Davis, in contrast. I hadn't realized until this viewing of the film why I liked Bette Davis as Kit Marlowe and couldn't tolerate Miriam Hopkins as Millie. The different registers of their voices makes all the difference to me. I could listen to Bette Davis 24/7. But spare me any more of Miriam Hopkins, especially when she's playing a woman as a self-centered hysteric. Davis provides great relief with her stabilizing sanity and stability. Thank you Bette Davis for rescuing the film from Hopkins.

  • Remembering Bette Davis

    • Angelahs
    • 2009-08-19

    Last night a group of us watched "Old Acquaitance." Other than the fact that we thoroughly enjoyed the movie, I took note of Bette Davis' superb performance as Kit Marlowe. From what I know about Miss Davis, this character seems to be the one more like her is certain ways. First of all the way Kit dresses reminds me of the simplicity Bette Davis liked as a younger woman. She made a point of dressing down rather than playing into the glamour 'girl' celebrity head trip. Second, from what I've heard her friends say on filmed biographies and what Bette Davis wrote in autobiographies about herself, too, like Kit, she would have liked to be a homemaker who took care of hearth and family, had she not been the great actor, Bette Davis.

  • Bette Davis: An Actor

    • dani_canon
    • 2009-08-18

    When I think of what I know about Bette Davis, thus far, she didn't consider herself to be a "movie star." Whomever coined that phrase must have had in mind celebrities who starred in movies and played the glamour game. I've noticed there's a difference between movie stars and actors. Bette Davis is an actor, not a movie star. Her work was acting. She didn't do, or enjoy doing, the movie star bit. Bette Davis also didn't have a very high opinion about those who behaved as movie stars. It's not accurate to say that those types of show business celebrities were people with whom Davis was in a rivalry. Flat out, Davis didn't like them! Their ways of living because they were in show business was extremely different and so were their work ethic values. Therein lies the rub. Davis admired classic character actors and dismissed those who 'slept' their ways into film roles primarily gain fame. Davis talked and wrote about this many times, including in 1971 during the Dick Cavett interview.

  • Summer Delight in Bette Davis' Movies

    • Tonix
    • 2009-08-17

    As if they arrived right on time, in the dead heat of August, TCM provided the gift of a full 24 hours of Bette Davis related programs. Stuck indoors due to the heat outdoors, all alone with Bette Davis (vicariously). That's what I call pure pleasure. Films made so well, acting so refined, scripts of acumen, music, sets, and so much more to indulge in. Best of all, the lovely diction, attention to every detail and creations of characters by Bette Davis. Hours of delight in the summer of 2009, sometimes near 70 years after Bette Davis' works of fine art were made.

  • Bette Davis Classics

    • EmmaJo
    • 2009-08-17

    There is a main reason that I came to the TCM television stations: Bette Davis. I wanted to watch her classic films and TCM has been the channel to air them the most. I wish it were more often and that the more rare of her movies were paqrt of TCM's programming. But in between the times that I wait for Bette Davis films to appear, I learn quite a bit about the other films I watch; especially from Robert Osborne. Thanks to Turner Broadcasting for the classic movies. They are more important to society than I can express.

  • Classic Film = Classic Actor

    • DW59
    • 2009-08-16

    When Bette Davis made films a large amount of them were classics. That is do to the fact that she is a classic actor; a character actor. The best.

  • Finding Company to Watch Classics With

    • MarjorieAW
    • 2009-08-16

    When I want to watch movies, I almost always choose classic ones. This sends my age group of friends hiking! They're either into the outlandish, graphics-loaded, barely acted movies. They're the ones that have the same monotonous scripts because they're too much like the daily news. If I wanted to see the dregs of society doing crimes, drugs, kidnappings & child abuse I'd just turn on the news, any channel would do. I agree with Bette Davis' philosophy that films ought to be larger than life. I bet she meant exactly what she did: transcended the mundane. Bette Davis' ability to go into characters who are larger than human has little to do with our size & refers to our qualities of character: good or bad. Filmmakers need to study classic films & learn from the masters like Bette Davis.

  • Marvelous Acting, Excellent Films

    • Dot.ty
    • 2009-08-15

    It seems that for me in order for a film to be a classic the acting has to be classic character acting, the script needs to be succinct, and the plot has to resonate with a variety of my feelings and-or thoughts. This sounds for the recipe for a typical Bette Davis classic. Maybe she and I were on similar wave lengths. What she wanted out of a script was an extremely well written story that spoke to every day people like both herself and me. I believe that the reason her films are more popular than ever now is because Davis was always a step ahead of the pack. This time she was a generation ahead because the messages she conveys are still resonating loud and clear with a huge audience of awed admirers.

  • Best Movies by Bette Davis

    • Terrance
    • 2009-08-15

    TCM played a bunch of Bette Davis' films. Not sure if they were all classics or not. It didn't seem so. That didn't matter to me because all of them were so entertaining and varied. I hope that TCM will consider holding a month long presentation of Bette Davis classics since she is, after all, "The First Lady of American Cinema," and undoubtedly the best character actor who's ever working in Hollywood.

  • Group of Classics by Bette Davis

    • My_Mahalo
    • 2009-08-15

    Recently, there were hours of classics being broadcast via satellite. Watching them turned out to be a special treat: they were Bette Davis classics. In each film Bette Davis stood out no matter what type of character she played. Each one was so different from the next. I could feel my mood changing from film to film along with her characters. Now I want to see the same movies and specials again.

  • Delight in a One Hundredth

    • JemimaR
    • 2009-08-14

    I got to thinking about how 24 hours of Bette Davis films went by so fast. Then, realized that I'd probably just watched about 1/100th of Bette Davis' performances on film. While it seemed to go by far too fast, 24 hours was better than none, 6 or 12 hours. I'm looking ahead to the time when TCM programs Bette Davis as the featured actor of the month, all month long. I'm hoping to see some different films than have been repeatedly aired before--not that they aren't great--but more that it's so difficult to locate the ones that haven't already been broadcast. I'll watch anything with Bette Davis that TCM puts on.

  • Splendor in the Summer Dog Days

    • ZZZIZ
    • 2009-08-13

    What better to do in the dog days of summer than to either be in the pool or in the air conditioning watching classic Bette Davis films? We decided to stay up for the whole 24 hours that YCM devoted to Bette Davis; then, spend the rest of the week at the pool (since we weren't interested in the programs that followed). It was a lot of fun to watch Bette Davis in action. She's the kind of actor who seems to transmit energy. It was the best 24 hours of television this summer.

  • Luxuriating in 24 Hours of Bette Davis...

    • Antonias
    • 2009-08-13

    ...and hoping to see many more hours of her films on TCM in the very near future. There are so many to select from that it seems like they could be on more often. The earliest Bette Davis films and later TV movies are hardest to find. It would be great if TCM could make them public. Thanks.

  • Best Programming for a While

    • DavidaH
    • 2009-08-13

    Now that the films of Bette Davis are no longer being aired on TCM, it feels like a big let down. The quality of films has dropped considerably since the programming switched. That usually occurs when a transition is made from character actors to celebrities (which is what TCM has done). The contrast is so stark that it makes the films of Bette Davis all the more noticable as classics in contrast to those that followed. 24 hours couldn't possibly do justice to 60 years and over 100 films, many of which are classsic. Here's hoping that TCM gets back to airing classics, not just old films by celebrities.

  • Enjoyed the Weekend on TCM

    • Amy_Gay
    • 2009-08-12

    It was a delight to watch a full 24 hours of Bette Davis films, even though some of them are not classics. Bette Davis didn't give any poor performances; although, many are classics. Once she because an expert character role actor, it was hard to find anyone who could keep up with her. When TCM showed "Deception," with Davis and Claude Rains, I could definitely tell how terrific both actors were by the early 1940's. It was like watching the best of the US with the best of the US in one movie. I'm so glad that I finally got to watch that one because it is filled with scene after scene of outstanding performances.

  • Bette Davis Films on TCM +

    • 13Donuts
    • 2009-08-11

    Thank goodness some of Bette Davis' films were shown on TCM. I'd begun to wonder if she'd been forgotten by the classics station (since other stations where playing Davis classics more often). Anyway, I hope that people who'd never had the opportunity to watch Davis in role doing character acting got a great feel for what the difference is between classic character acting and method 'acting'. Bette Davis was likely one of the greatest US character actors of all time, if not the top one. This is why so many of her films turned out to remain classics. I hope the more hard to find Davis films will soon be scheduled on TCM.

  • Best Weekend on TCM in Months

    • dddoughboy
    • 2009-08-11

    Just when I was getting discouraged with the programming on TCM, this weekend's broadcasts of true classics invigorated my enthusiasm in the station. This time actual classics (not just old films) were aired. They included a wealth of Wm. Wyler, Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid, Humphrey Bogart, George Brent, Geraldine Fitzgerald (& more) films. I'd like to thank TCM for getting back on track with its broadcasting of classics. It was a very pleasurable weekend as a result. The excellent performances by Bette Davis had the most to do with the higher caliber of entertainment.

  • Bette Davis Weekend

    • Johanna
    • 2009-08-11

    I enjoyed watching Ms. Davis this weekend. She was a great actress and full of life. She once played a twin sister in a movie and I'm hoping that one day that movie will air. I also loved her in the Queen Elizabeth movies with Errol Flynn. I'm hoping to see those in the future. Again, thank you for those great old movies.

  • Variety of Classic Film Choices

    • Noriko
    • 2009-08-10

    This past weekend, August 2009, there were 24 hours (approx.) of the classic films of Bette Davis on TCM. The only one that I thought I hadn't watched was "...Benevolent Volcano," a bio-documentary of the life & acting career of Bette Davis. I had watched it, after all. But, I'd missed the beginning so I didn't know that it was the great Olivia de Havilland who coined the phrase about her good friend, Bette Davis, which became the film's title. After watching the rest of what TCM programmed, this go around, I was impressed with the variety of characters Bette Davis played as well as the selection made by TCM. I hope one day to have access to her rarer films.

  • Wonderful Bette Davis TCM Weekend!

    • Vic_Kennedy
    • 2009-08-09

    Many thanks for TCM's celebrating of the finest American actor we've ever had: Bette Davis. This weekend's selection of her films weren't even her best! Yet, they blow every other film off of the television screen. It was good to finally hear Robert Osborne admit that Miss Davis is the best Hollywood offered during the 20th century. I agree with Mr. Osborne that when considering which of the films TCM aired this weekend to consider among her finest, it could be "The Letter." That is, if TCM hadn't broadcast, "Now, Voyager." I believe professional critics have a a very different view about which films of Bette Davis' are considered her best. When talking with non-professionals, "Now, Voyager" almost always comes up at the very top of the list.

  • MISS BETTE DAVIS

    • Dee
    • 2009-08-08

    I was very young when I first saw a Bette Davis film & even back then I was so mesmerized with her! My fav's are 'Now Voyager'~~~'Dark Victory' & 'All About Eve'~~~~~~~just to mention a few. For me, Bette Davis was & will ALWAYS be A TRUE STAR........I even dated a man who knew how much I admired Miss Davis [ I even broke dates if one of her movies were airing on TV]well he went home , watched the movie & I swear to to you, he memorized some of Miss Davis's lines for me!! I not only was impressed...........I married him!!![TRUE STORY] Well thank~you for letting me share my stories.Have a great day. Dee

  • Looking Forward to Bette Davis on TCM

    • soulforcee
    • 2009-08-06

    At least for a short while, it will seem that Bette Davis is back when TCM broadcasts an array of her movies & biographies. There are people I wish were immortal. Bette Davis is one. She left quite a bit of who she was on film & in texts she wrote herself. They have to be good enough to remember her by. In October 2009, it will be 20 years since Bette Davis died. But for nearly 60 years before she did Bette Davis made an incredible amount of classic art. In fact, I don't know of another actor who made so many classics. May be one day we'll get to watch them all. Doing so would be like going through a gallery of all of Michelangelo's art. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that performance art is valued as highly.

  • Here's to You...

    • retabryant
    • 2009-08-05

    Thanks to TCM, TCM.com, and TCM Classic Union for all of the programming, information and photographs of Bette Davis, my favorite actress. I really do believe Bette Davis is, was, and will be for a real long time, then best character actor of the US of A. Fortunately, Miss Davis also had the opportunity to be on sets and screen several times with the best character actor of the UK: Claude Rains. There's nothing like the two of them together. Imagine if the two of them had played Scarlett and Rhett! Then we'd have had real acting instead of personalities in action (since Leslie Howard of the UK acted circles around Gable). When will folks get it there's a different between being popular and becoming a character that doesn't even resemble oneself? This is what Bette Davis was one of the great masters of.

  • To Bette Davis

    • MacKenzies
    • 2009-08-03

    Dear Miss Davis, Thank you for being so determined to become the best actor you could be. By now, 2009, you must already know you've got your own US postage stamp, many collections of DVDs with lots of your classic films, you've even been named, "The First Lady of American Cinema." You made it big in one of the most fiercely competitive business arenas. Ordinary people like me are still way into your movies: all of them that we can get our hands, or eyes & ears, on. On this film classics website, you are the most written about actor. I wonder if you knew how much influence you had over the empowerment of women in the US? Thank you for blazing such a tough trail, "the hard way," for every person who is empowered by your performances.

  • FAN OF BETTE

    • STEVE
    • 2009-08-03

    THE BEST ACTRESS IN THE WHOLE WORLD! SHE WILL ALWAYS BEAT EVERYONE IN CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD.

  • I LOVE THIS BYTCH OF AN ACTRESS!!!

    • dottaye
    • 2009-08-03

    OF ALL THE ACTRESSES ON MY LIST, BETTE DAVIS IS THE TOP!! I LOVE THIS WOMAN!! ANY MOVIE SHE IS IN, I STOP AND WATCH!! THE MAIN THING I LOVE ABOUT BETTE DAVIS, IS HER WAY OF SHOWING THE " PSYCOLOGICAL RAWNESS OF THE CHARACTER" SHE CAPTURES IT IN ALL HER CHARACTERS SHE PORTRAY. THEIR MANNERISUMS, THEIR APPEARACE. SHE DOES NOT TRY TO SUGARCOAT THEM, SHE "BECOMES" THEM. IT'S LIKE SHE REVEAL THEIR SOULS TO US. ONE OF THE THINGS I LOVE ABOUT BETTE IS HER MOVEMENT FROM ONE AREA TO THE OTHER. THAT, OVER EMPHASISED "DIVA STRUT" SO TO SPEAK. BUT WHEN SHE MOVES, SHE MOVES WITH PURPOSE. I LOVE ALL HER FILMS. MY FAVORITE? "NOW, VOYAGER" OF COURSE! I LOVE DARK VICTORY, BUT IT HURTS ME TO WATCH IT BECAUSE IT MAKES ME CRY EVERY TIME. WHEN SHE GOES UP THEM STAIRS TO DIE, OH LORD! I DIE WITH HER. AND ALSO, ONE INTERESTING THING I NOTICE IN EVERY BETTE DAVIS MOVIE...THE STAIRS. THERE IS ALWAYS SOME GRAND STAIRS. WHEN SHE WAS SHOOTING CLAUDE RAINS, SHE CAME DOWN THE STAIRS, WHEN SHE CAME TO MEET HER BOYFRIENDS IN "MR SKEFFINGTON" SHE CAME DOWN THE STAIRS, WHEN SHE SAID THAT FAMOUS LINE, "FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS, IT'S GONNA BE A BUMPY NIGHT, SHE WAS ON..THE STAIRS. YES, OLE BETTE WAS A GREAT "STAIR ACTRESS" AND I LOVE HER VERY VERY MUCH!!

  • For the Phenomenal Bette Davis

    • DarellShell
    • 2009-08-03

    As a regular viewer of TCM, I love classic films and classic acting. Anything less don't hold my interest as well. Of those rare few who became classic actors, Bette Davis is on the top of my favorites list. During her interviews, Bette Davis comes across as the least pretentious person imaginable. She's gracious to her hosts and the audiences. Her sense of humor is quick witted because she's so bright. About her work, what I like about her acting is how she practically disappears into each character. So when I sit to watch one of her movies and think to myself that I'm going to watch Bette Davis put on an excellent show, that's not what happens once I'm into the movie. She's so good of an actress that I'm not watching her, but rather, I'm experiencing the character she's become. That's what I view as classic acting skill.

  • Wonderful Woman to Watch

    • MartaS
    • 2009-08-02

    I get very weary of the latest not so great movies being made now, unless they include some of the classic actors who are now older people. It's much more appealing to watch Bette Davis movies because they are so well scripted, the acting is real acting, not this new stuff that's ad lib and computer graphics, the whole filmmaking crew, including the sound crew really had to create songs, and the plots don't involve the worst about humanity. Bette Davis films seem to try to rise above the mundane ordinary dregs of life. From the language used to the professionalism of the acting, it's all exquisite when Bette's in it.

  • The One, The Only, Bette Davis on TCM

    • freddie8
    • 2009-08-02

    At Last! It seems like months since TCM put on a respectable number of Bette Davis films. Whether they are considered Henry Fonda's, such as in "Jezebel," Bette Davis made that film her classic and won her 2nd Oscar for Best Actress of 1938 (the better version of "Gone with the Wind" of 1939 in every respect). "Fashions of 1934," was a big treat since it's nowhere to be bought. "Juarez," "The Private Live of Elizabeth and Essex," "The Old Maid," & "Dark Victory" all Davis classics of 1939, have been welcomed by long time fans & brand new viewers alike. Keep up the great programming, TCM, you can't go wrong with Bette Davis films.

  • Bette Davis & Her Character(s)

    • Mirriam
    • 2009-08-01

    Laura Madison. Margaret Carter. Janet Cronin. Mary Lucy Duffy. Peggy Lowell. Peggy Gardner. Grace Blair. Dallas O'Mara. Malbro. Kay Russell. Madge Norwood. Ruth Wescott. Fay Wilson. Ginger. Pat Brent. Jane Grey. Helen Bauer. Norma Roberts. Norma Nelson. Lynn Mason. Joan Martin. Arlene Bradford. Mildred Rogers. Pat Berkeley. Marie Roark. Miriam Brady. Ellen Garfield. Julie Gardner. Joyce Heath. Gabrielle Maple. Daisy Appleby. Valerie Purvis. Mary Strauber. Fluff Phillips. Mary Donnell. Joyce Arden. Julie Marsden. Louise Elliott. Judith Traherne. Empress Carlotta. Charlotte Vale. Charlotte Lovell. Queen Elizabeth I--the characters Bette Davis played up to 1939! In motion pictures alone, 49 more would follow. 11 would receive Oscar Nominations, 2 would win Oscars. Bette Davis became the first woman to receive the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award, in 1977.

  • Very Nice August Line Up for Bette Davis

    • MMaxey
    • 2009-08-01

    Bless you, TCM, for all of the Bette Davis movies on the program for this month. I have never seen two of the biographies. By now, I have seen close to all of the motion pictures Bette Davis made. I wish I could say I had seen them all. Maybe that is not yet possible because Bette Davis' earliest movies are not being circulated in or by the public. The oldest VHS' of Bette Davis' movies are the hardest to come by. Wouldn't you know it, those are the ones I haven't seen and long to see. "The Man Who Played God," and "Waterloo Bridge," are on my wish list to own of my favorite actress' earliest movies. She was a grand actress and lady.

  • A Queen of Hollywood as Queen Elizabeth I

    • Sharon.Preeves
    • 2009-07-31

    Classics like "...Elizabeth and Essex" offer my students more than words in history books convey. The costumes of 1596, halls of Elizabeth's palace, rooms of her court, even sayings of the period provide an engaging way to gain some perspective of England's history. Bette Davis, know at the time this film was made as the queen of hollywod, is regal as England's queen. For such a young woman, Davis is so convincing as an older woman who's concerned with her appearance as she ages. Vincent Price is so young he's hardly recognizable. Errol Flynn, the weaker of character actors of the main cast, has enough personality to carry the part of Essex. Olivia de Havilland is a good match for Bette Davis as a rival for Essex. Once again, however, it's Bette Davis who does what it takes to look the part and act the role so well that she earns the title of queen.

  • Swell August Schedule for Bette Davis

    • georgies
    • 2009-07-30

    THANK YOU TCM! The wealth of classic reruns of movies by Bette Davis, as well as, documentary biographies about Bette Davis, for August are plentiful. I've seen all of the ones TCM is showing, but I'll watch them again, to be sure. Having to stay indoors during the 'dog days of August' will be filled with film treats starring Bette Davis. There's something quite worthwhile to look forward to. There are no classic films that top the ones made by Bette Davis.

  • Lovely Diction

    • f2008ilmzzz
    • 2009-07-30

    After spending much of my life as a children's church choir director and adult church choir soprano, I have an affinity for unique diction. If Bette Davis doesn't have her very own style of speaking, who does? When she ends a word with the 'd', she also adds a slight 't' sound to it. We were watching the classic VHS version of the October 1966 episode of "Gunsmoke" named "The Jailer," yesterday afternoon (not listed here on TCM's credits to Bette Davis). In that great episode, Bette Davis plays the leading guest role as 'Ma Stone', the matriarch of a family of ex-convicts who kidnap Miss Kitty and Matt Dillon. When Bette Davis tells Miss Kitty that her 'man is going swing from the end of a rope on their gallows', she pronounces the word gallows not ending as if with a 'z' as most people would. Davis' style of saying gallows is with a definite 's'-gallowS. Listening to Bette Davis consistently announciate words with her own style is one of the acting techniques that has drawn me to her perfected performances. I like fine detail.

  • Great Actress

    • Eliza.beth
    • 2009-07-29

    Bette Davis' films are the best Hollywood produced during the 20th century. The award wins and nominations are staggering there are so many. The public following her performances amassed then were box office sensations mid-century. Now, all of Bette Davis' performances are enjoying a resurgence of interest. I am one among the many who enjoy nothing better than an evening with Bette Davis.

  • Have much to learn

    • p.h.oenix
    • 2009-07-29

    Reading many of the reviews on this list I know I have much more to learn about Bette Davis. What I do know is that I like to watch movies that she is in. When Bette Davis is acting out the role of a good woman, she is great; when she is acting out the role of a bad woman she is great too. I can hardly wait for TCM to show more of Bette Davis' movies. Her acting makes many others' seem almost amateur.

  • Pleasure from Classic Films & Actors

    • Melissa_Aaron
    • 2009-07-29

    I can't calculate the hours of pleasure I've gotten from watching classic films. Among the best are those made by Bette Davis. What I like most is the diversity of the characters she has played in a nearly 60 year frame of time. I haven't watched all of her films, movies and other performances that were filmed but I'd like to. I'm counting on TCM to broadcast those that aren't released to the public. Those are the rarest Bette Davis films from the first ones she made to the last ones. It seems like the ones in the middle of her career are much easier to come by in VHS format, if not DVD. So please TCM, keep broadcasting the films by Bette Davis like "Fashions of 1934." They really are a delight to watch.

  • More Bette Davis Movies, Please

    • JClements
    • 2009-07-28

    Now that I'm hooked on the movies that TCM broadcast by Bette Davis, all so different too, I've got the strongest desire for more. Maybe not the same reruns, but the real early and very late movies she made. Not only are Bette Davis' performances better than any I've known, the actors in the classic films with her are usually very good. You know, the original VHS' are now very costly to buy even though they're used. They're in such high demand that the competition to bid on them is fierce. That's only when I can find them. Many are too rare to locate at all. So, TCM, I'm counting on you to air the rarest of rare Bette Davis movies. She's the best.

  • Celebrating Seventy Years of Classics

    • Crickle
    • 2009-07-27

    Since TCM has been recognizing classics from 1939, we have been going through our collection that span the past 70 years. We tried to tally the films of Bette Davis, back to 1939, that are classics. That's when we realized she made 4 classic films in the year 1939 alone! After watching all of them ("Dark Victory," "Juarez," "The Old Maid" & "The Private Lives of Essex and Elizabeth" we counted backward through the years before 1939 & found Bette Davis completed 38 films, with many of them being classic, including 2 for which she won Best Actress Oscars, and around a half dozen that won Bets Actress awards of other significant types. We haven't had the time yet to tally all the classics Bette Davis made from 1940 through 1988. There are too many to list.

  • July 2009, TCM & Bette Davis Classics

    • Ellissa
    • 2009-07-26

    Thanks are due to Robert Osborne for being a virtual encyclopedia of behind-the-scenes facts about the classic films of 1939, this July 2009. I've learned 2 new points of interest: no matter which films & filmmakers of 1939 won awards, ALL of them are superior films to most I've seen made recently. There's nothing like making films for the sake of making great art (instead of big box office numbers, $); both documentaries about Hollywood's greatest year name Bette Davis as "the queen of Hollywood." I knew the 4 classics she'd made in 1939, but had neglected to feel the impact of that fact. I'm floored. Each role she played is so different. Bette Davis must have been a genius, or close to it. Imagining the memorization alone she had to do in 12 months (or less) makes me feel lazy!

  • TCM's Smorgasbord of Bette Davis Classics

    • Myrone
    • 2009-07-25

    This has been a super week on TCM for viewing some of the classic films of Bette Davis! Of course, Miss Davis isn't the only great actor in the films that were broadcast. "Dark Victory" includes George Brent, Humphrey Bogart & Geraldine Fitzgerald at their best. "Juarez" stars Paul Muni in the title role. Miriam Hopkins co-stars in "The Old Maid," with Bette Davis. Plus, there are plenty more supporting actors I haven't listed. The only film missing of the lot from 1939 was "The Private Lives of Essex and Elizabeth," which can boast 5 Oscar nominations & viritually an all star cast (Davis, Flynn, de Havilland, Price & Stephenson on the top of the list). Bette Davis' performances become all the more amazing over time. Especially since each of her 4 roles she performed in the same year are so different. In fact, her characters are nothing alike. Remarkable work that's stood the test of 70 years.

  • Enjoying the Films of Bette Davis

    • Botetourt
    • 2009-07-25

    It has been a delight to watch "The Old Maid" (1939), "Dark Victory," (1939), and "Juarez" (1939): three of the four classics that Bette Davis played the lead in during one year. The other film was a 5 Oscar nominee of 1939, "The Private Live of Essex and Elizabeth." I agree with the commentary by Robert Osborne, made when he introduced "Dark Victory" on TCM just before it was aired. It was an amazing year for Bette Davis, not just the most competitive year in Hollywood. It's not so easy to agree that "Dark Victory" includes the best performance by Bette Davis of the four films. I'm just as fond of her performance in "The Private Lives of Essex and Elizabeth," probably because she had such a remarkable cast working with her. With a stronger charcater acting cast, the lead actors have to really deliver in order from their own performances to stand out.

  • The Juarez's & The US Economy

    • PearyHusky
    • 2009-07-24

    Thanks to TCM for broadcasting "Juarez" this morning. Paul Muni & Bette Davis are a dynamic pair of actors for the parts of Benito & Carlotta. I don't know of part that Bette Davis didn't find & make a way to be ideal for. Robert E. Peary, who discovered the North Pole with Matthew Henson (who actually arrived first), had a motto that seems just right for how I view the works by Bette Davis: "I will find a way or make one." The more I learn about Bette Davis, I realize what an innovator for the filmmaking industry during a critical time period (post-depression & during WWII) when the US economy was on the skids. The film industry rose to the 4th most properous in the nation. I wonder how many US citizens are aware that all sorts of people involved in filmmaking played a major role in sustaining our nations economy?

  • 10 Bette Davis Films Scheduled!

    • Wilmma
    • 2009-07-22

    We were just searching through our DVR for the kind of programs we like (mostly classic films) and found that there are 10 Bette Davis films (at least, some don't show up in the search menu) scheduled within the next 30 days. With the dog days of summer upon us now, having some real classic films to watch is just what we need. Bette Davis films are among the most reliable when it comes to having all the elements that make for great viewing pleasure. I hope that this kind of scheduling becomes more routine than not.

  • Making Characters Come to Life

    • Calvert
    • 2009-07-21

    Several of the characters Bette Davis played were originally invented by Lillian Hellman, a great playwright. My favorite is from "The Little Foxes": Regina Hubbard Giddens. Bette Davis was a classic character actor. Whenever she'd go into character, she was no longer Bette Davis. She'd do whatever it took to embody the women on the page. From those pages of script, Bette Davis translated written words into gestures, accents, eye movements (many times without moving her body in detectable ways), mannerisms, styles of body language, etc. Since Bette Davis became well over 100 characters that are on film, such widely varied ones that kept her from being typecast, she avoided ever playing herself. She said that films should be larger than life, to a live audience that gave her a resounding ovation in agreement. Each of those characters remain to remember remarkable acting skills a woman with a big dream actualized. There's no one else like her.

  • Acting All the Way

    • DGrouix
    • 2009-07-20

    What I admire most about Bette Davis are her determination and dedication. Over the long haul of life those two actions are like secrets to success. Bette Davis set out to be the best at acting, not just good. At 63 years old, Davis said that if she didn't know she could become the best actress she would have found another career. When she sued Warners it was her way of demanding the opportunity to become the best actor. She demanded to at least be allowed to read the best scripts. Davis also said she owed much of her success to great script writers. Had she not stood up to the gigantic production company, Bette Davis may never have become the powerhouse performer she's known best as. In hindsight, it was, after all, her determination to be the best combined with her dedication to the filmmaking industry to make excellent products. Add to those qualities an uncanny instinct for knowing what the public wanted and when.

  • Thankful for the Film of Bette Davis

    • DC_DR
    • 2009-07-20

    Writing about a woman who gives such pleasure to countless world citizens is a daunting task, but one I want to do. I am one among those who has enjoyed the multiple talents of Bette Davis for over 50 years. How to thank an artist of any type for the years of pleasure their work has brought is now an unanswerable question. I can never show my appreciation to Bette Davis (or any other actor, for that matter) not simply because she'd already passed on; but, due to there being a distant relationship between a viewer and performaner. How is it that I've come to feel like I know this amazing person when I never met her? It's the same way I've come to know Leonardo Da Vinci through his paintings or Shakespeare through his plays. Bette Davis left a treasure trove in film that I will enjoy for the rest of my life. I can only thank her here symbolically.

  • Beautiful Bette Davis

    • BeauB
    • 2009-07-19

    "Of Human Bondage" (1935) does count as an Oscar nomination. That means that Bette Davis received 11 Oscar nominations in all, with 5 of them in a row in from 1938-1942. Had she been nominated in 1943, it would have been 7 in a row since she was nominated again for Best Actress in 1944. Her Oscar history only tells a small portion of all the acting awards she received up to the year she died (1989). With the AFI's Lifetime Achievement Award (1977), which usually count as non-competitive Oscars, Bette Davis earned 3, so that takes her total AFI nominations up to 12. It all depends upon what is considered in the tally. Certainly the 1997 Lifetime Achievement Award to the 1st woman, with Wm. Wyler being the 4th man to receive right before her, was the among the highest of Bette Davis' awards. Although, I would also consider the New York Film Critics award for Best Actress of 1950 for "All About Eve" among the highest of Davis' honors.

  • Ruth Elizabeth Davis of Lowell, MA

    • RaphaelFerris
    • 2009-07-19

    With the odds stacked against a girl who was being raised by a single mother, Bette Davis became one of the greatest motion picture actors of all time. All of the Oscars she received and was nominated for were for Best Actress. They include Oscars for "Dangerous" (1935) and "Jezebel" (1938); Oscars nominations for "Dark Victory" (1939), "The Letter" (1940), "The Little Foxes" (1941), "Now, Voyager" (1942) (5 in a row), "Mr. Skeffington" (1944), "All About Eve" (1950), "The Star" (1952) and "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" (1962). Bette Davis became the first woman to receive the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award (1977). The characters Bette Davis played are best know for their fierce independence. Many of them became empowering role models for women.

  • Meryl Streep's TCM Tribute to Bette Davis

    • Botetourt
    • 2009-07-19

    One of the most touching and genuine tributes from a modern actor to the one who inspired her is Meryl Streep's to Bette Davis. Every time TCM plays that one I stop and watch (reading closed captioned). The letter Miss Davis sent to Miss Streep many years ago reveals so much about the kind of person Bette Davis was. Obviously that letter had Miss Davis' intended impact upon Miss Streep. It's amazing that a generation later, Miss Streep became the first recipient of an acting scholarship from the Bette Davis Foundation. What's more fascinating it that Miss Streep also became the first recipient of the Bette Davis Lifetime Achievement Award. Bette Davis was such a giving actress. She's left so much of herself behind for us all. Through her foundation she is the gifted giver who keeps on giving to the profession she dearly treasured being a part of. It's just like Miss Davis to elevate others to become the best they can at what they love doing too. Thank you TCM for having Miss Streep pay tribute to Miss Davis. It is the best of all the tributes you've shown.

  • Immortally Ours: Bette Davis

    • Sandra.S
    • 2009-07-18

    The earliest and late films of Bette Davis' highly acclaimed acting career only frame the central core that is filled with the most choice classics of Hollywood, USA filmmaking history. So many of the different women Bette Davis allowed herself to become on screen can be identified with or provide catharsis to ordinary women like me. Sometimes her characters are strong through life's storms like I want to be. Others do things I've gotten mad enough to fanatasize about doing (and am very glad I never did!). But watching a character of Bette Davis' become the bad gal I'd thought about being and couldn't fulfilled my fanatasies. I've got her autobiographies, her own words in print, no acting in them; own three quarters of all of her performances that remain on film too. Also bought the critical commentaries by professional reviewers, magazine and newspapers articles, and know some from memory. These items still exist and are well preserved because Bette Davis is a national treasure. remains so rare a lady that the public decided to immortalize her in these ways. I would like to have known her.

  • Bette Davis: A Classic Actor

    • ChaseQ
    • 2009-07-18

    Mention Bette Davis' name among academics & the word classic immediately pops up next. If the list of her performances were complete on this site's filmography I'd try to count how many of her performances are classic. I would imagine scores. She still reigns as "The First Lady of American Cinema," among the people I know. It doesn't seem like there's anyone coming close yet to achieving all that she did to earn such recognition. So she's my favorite actor of the classics with Barbara Stanwyck as her runner-up. Style wise, both had a lot in common. Maybe that's why both are at the top of my favorites list.

  • Lifetime of Classics and Awards

    • film_critiquer
    • 2009-07-18

    Bette Davis earned 11 Best Actress Oscar Nominations, 2 competitive wins & the 1st American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award to a woman: 1934 (write in), 1935, won in 1936, 1938, won in 5 in a row 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1950, 1952, 1962, 1977. 1941 Golden Apple, NYFCCA 1950, Cannes 1951, Silver Ribbon 1952, Golden Apple 1963, Golden Laurel 1963, Golden Laurel 1965, Golden Globe 1974, Golden Scroll 1977, Emmy 1979, Crystal Award 1983, Kennedy Center Honoree 1987, Film Society of Lincoln Center 1989, Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award 1989, named "The First Lady of American Cinema" for her 100th birthdate commemoration in April 2008. A commemorative United States Postal stamp of Bette Davis was first released in Boston on September 18th, 2008 in her honor.

  • From a Fan

    • Chris_Crafton
    • 2009-07-17

    I got hooked on Bette Davis films after I saw her in "The Little Foxes" during a film school course. I couldn't believe how focused and intense her style of acting was. After seeing her that time I was a goner. Now that I've seen many of her movies I'm a fan, I have to admit.

  • TCM's Classics & Bette Davis

    • R. E. Tard
    • 2009-07-17

    I'd like to thank the programmers at TCM for not being moved away (too much) from the real classics. I've read many of the requests on the suggestion site and it seems strange to request films in print, that aren't classics, and are easy to rent or buy. Films that Miss Davis appears in aren't necessarily or always classics. I appreciate that TCM limits their programming to those that are (no matter who is playing in them). There's one reason I turn TCM on: to watch classic movies.

  • Pro-Bette Davis

    • Brossard
    • 2009-07-17

    This films by Bette Davis continue to impress me over the years. I suspect that I will always love them. Thanks for airing them TCM. All I could ask you for would be more, especially her earlier, hard to find ones.

  • Juarez!

    • Willy
    • 2009-07-17

    Yes! Looking forward to that one. It will be my first time seeing it, so thanks tcm!

  • Bette review

    • Frances
    • 2009-07-17

    I read that Bette Davis hated Hollywood, why was that? Thanks to Hollywood she was somebody! I don't understand why she was so miserable all the time. Every time I read an interview with her, she always seems so crabby? She never seemed grateful, it's really sad, because she had so many fans. I enjoy some of her movies, but her negativity in life just turns me off. She seems very cold, it's a little sad. Oh well, I guess she was a lot like her movie characters after all.

  • Great Actress

    • Thomas_J
    • 2009-07-17

    I enjoy the films of Bette Davis. Thay are among the best that TCM shows. I hope to see more on TCM.

  • Not worth my time to watch

    • Melissa_Aaron
    • 2009-07-17

    Serious modern film viewers of older films aren't clueless. Some of us are well studied about how the older filmmaking industry operated (and almost as old). There is no secret being kept about how Bette Davis behaved on and off screen. With senses intact viewers can discern between what is considered great acting and what is not. When I make time to watch films and movies, I'm picky. Unlike some younger viewers, I don't have time to watch Bette Davis any more. I didn't enjoy her style of performing then and I dislike her appearances more now.

  • More Showings, Lowered Ratings

    • Oscars
    • 2009-07-17

    Kindly, hasn't TCM noticed that the more you've programmed Davis, the more yours and her ratings drop? With so many great men and women actors to choose from, why oh why does TCM persistently program the Davis dregs? Here are some classic women actors you may want to consider programming in your schedule: Olivia de Havilland, Mary Astor, GREER GARSON, Lauren Bacall, JOAN CRAWFORD, Lillian Gish, IRENE DUNNE, Marlene Dietrich, GRETA GARBO, Rosalind Russell, DAME ELIZABETH TAYLOR, Dame Maggie Smith, INGRID BERGMAN, Talullah Bankhead, RITA HAYWORTH, Judy Garland, ALICE FAYE, Agnes Moorehead, EVE ARDEN, Joan Fontaine, GENE TIERNEY, Vanessa Redgrave, JANE fONDA, Shirley MacLaine, HATTIE MCDANIEL, Ethel Barrymore, LUCILLE BALL, Ginger Rogers, MAE WEST, and if your network programmers need more suggestions, just write my email address.

  • Differences Between a Celebrity & Actor

    • SadieR
    • 2009-07-17

    Without a doubt Bette Davis was a celebrity. Beyond that, the best I can write is that she was in show business. I wouldn't consider her a person with acting ability, skill or talent. Bette was doing imitations of Bette, each time I watch her in a film (when I want to see a better leading actor, instead). It's not that I mind her appearances with the real classic actors who know their crafts far better than she. I'm just not deluded or bedazzled by her celebrity. I know the difference between what good, great and classic acting is and what showing up on a set and imitating oneself is. Miss Davis primarily did that latter. That doesn't mean her presence in films is without some value.

  • Thanks TCM: Enjoy Bette Davis Films Shown

    • freddie8
    • 2009-07-16

    One of the main reason I watch TCM is to get my fix of Bette Davis films, even though I own the ones TCM shows. There's something so rare about their quality. Usually the most stand out aspect of them is the performances by Bette Davis. Nobody has ever acted better.

  • Fan

    • Sharon.Preeves
    • 2009-07-16

    Bring on all of the Bette Davis films, TCM. Our family loves them all. Thanks.

  • A Pleasure

    • m_d
    • 2009-07-15

    One of the rare delights of my life is collecting classic films. The largest collection I have accumulated consists of films, movies and television appearances by Bette Davis. I collect the films that I watch repeatedly and because they are originals, in mint condition, and over 50 years old (in most cases). The films my visitors almost always select to watch are Bette Davis films. They are typically stunned by the quality of her performances. Perhaps they are even more stunned by how attractive a woman Bette Davis was. But they aren't surprised by how many awards she accumulated throughout her fabulous acting career.

  • Big Fan! For Bette Davis

    • WalterW
    • 2009-07-15

    TCM, just keep playing the Bette Davis films and you can't go wrong. They are the best classics of all. Davis is just amazing actress.

  • Salute for an Admirer

    • Crickle
    • 2009-07-15

    With plenty of women and men actors to consider, the one whose works I admire the most are Bette Davis'. In every category, I rank her professional work and public reputation in every category the most well rounded, essential, classic and consummate entertainer. From the beginning to the end of her acting career (which ended when her life did) Bette Davis delivered the most consistently classic performances of all time. It is little wonder that she as the 5th person ever and 1st woman to receive the American Film Institute's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. When she did, her competition was quite accomplished, to her credit. She helped create the film industry during the harshest of economic times in the early to mid-20th century. Her contemporaries knew it then and history knows it now. The contributions to filmmaking Bette Davis contributed went way beyond becoming a master actor. The careers of others she elevated and inspired are countless. Today, her outstanding films, movies, stage, and other types of public performances continue to be quite inspirational. No one has come close to walking as tall in the trail that she blazed.

  • Hail to the Chief!

    • DonnaBelle
    • 2009-07-14

    Ever since Bette Davis was named the 1st lady of American cinema in 2008, for her centennial, I've considered her the commander-in-chief of filmmaking during the hollywood golden era. Women who were career focused during that era, who were had commanding presence, were also considered too 'manly', out of their predetermined place inside a home, and somewhat intimidating. At the age of 30 Bette Davis was so self-confident and on a track towards changing the ways filmmakers did business, she took on the major insitution of Warner Bros. in order to make work conditions better for all actors. Personally, she wanted better scripts and not to be owned by the production company for an indefinite period of time. That kind of fortitude by a woman wasn't uncommon in the 1930's; on the contrary. Strong women were rising into the ranks of becoming equal in power to their men colleagues. The gender change, that power shift in relationships terrified both women and men because it was a revolutionary move. Bette Davis was one of the spear heads, way out there in the public's eye, making that change happen. Her films offer plenty of proof of my point.

  • Queen of hollywood

    • Kenny
    • 2009-07-14

    Bette fan here. She deserves all the attention she gets, she is the best and will always be the queen of hollywood!

  • Bette review

    • Helga
    • 2009-07-13

    She reminds me of my grade 2 teacher! Very intimidating woman! But I guess that was her shtick! She scared the hell out of me in (Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?) I still have nightmares! But I guess that was the point. She is very good at acting crazy and scary. So I am a fan! I think she was the only woman in Hollywood to act in such dominant, manly roles. Go Bette!

  • Review for Bette Davis

    • Vic_Kennedy
    • 2009-07-13

    Versatility as an actress is what she is most noted for. Her accomplishments range from patriotic to becoming the first woman to be recognized by the AFI for her Lifetime Achievements. That honor speaks volumes. I enjoy her films immensely.

  • Always Entertaining

    • Janys
    • 2009-07-12

    The reason I watch TCM whenever Bette Davis films come on is because they're always the best shows on television. Being a fan of many of the classic films and actors, Bette Davis is right there are the top of them and so are her films. Thanks TCM for airing them.

  • Total Talent

    • GeorgiaR
    • 2009-07-11

    There's no film of Bette Davis' that hasn't impressed the heck out of me. She's the most talented and gifted actor of my time.

  • For Bette Davis & Thanks to TCM

    • Auntranett
    • 2009-07-11

    There is no other actor I'd rather see on TCM. I like her earliest throughout her last films equally well. But, I do agree with Sal that Bette Davis had become such a master actor by the time she was middle age that her films by then and from thereafter are all classic performances. Please show her films from 1931 through 1989. Thank you, TCM.

  • Thank You

    • Sal
    • 2009-07-11

    She is great, I like Bette in her later life a little more, I think she was great in the 1960s, she looked fabulous despite her age. I always make sure to watch Bette when you show one of her movies.

  • Bette Davis Is The Best

    • SadieR
    • 2009-07-10

    My favorite actor is Bette Davis. Her range of characters and skill at acting are both remarkable. I'm glad that throughout her tremendous acting career she was awarded for her numerous classic works and was the 1st woman to received the AFI's Lifetime Achievement Award. That seems most appropriate. Please play more Bette Davis films on TCM!

  • July 10th, 2009 Review

    • MarieAndrews
    • 2009-07-10

    Many people speak of immortality. One hundred and 1 years months (plus 3 months) after Bette Davis' birth, around 78 years after she made her film debut (in 1931), and 21 films later (in 1934) when Bette Davis became a sensation in "Of Human Bondage," this public is as involved in the classic films, the meticulous acting, the brassy wit of the real woman, and the humanitarian patriotism of one remarkable American actor. I try imagining 20 years from today and I believe the classic performances of Bette Davis will stand out even moreso than they do now. It seems predictable that this trend will likely grow over time, as well. No 20th century American actor made a more consistently classic vita (filmography) than Bette Davis. She will be immortalized as the 1st lady of American cinema for the long term in human history because of the powerhouse quality of doing great acting.

  • Fan

    • MAXI
    • 2009-07-10

    Bette is it! She is still my favorite movie star. She never fails to amaze me, and she always takes my breath away! TCM, you are the greatest!

  • 1939

    • marjorieaw
    • 2009-07-09

    The year was a great one for Bette Davis with Dark Victory, Juarez, The Old Maid and The Private Lives with Essex and Elizabeth. Davis didn't do junk! She's tops.

  • Jack Warner's Work Horse.

    • Steve S.
    • 2009-07-07

    Just look at Ms. Davis' output in 1939 alone and no one could argue my point. In fact, during Hollywood's greatest year, the quality of Bette Davis' work is greater than most actor's career's.

  • Fan

    • Xanimax
    • 2009-07-06

    My favorite movie star, I really love her and feel a conection with her.

  • Bette Davis. The All Time Queen

    • Edel Gambe
    • 2009-07-03

    Bette Davis was by far the most outstanding actress of the Golden Era. Although obviously not the only one with remarkable talent, she definitely stood the highest in accomplishment and strength of character., combination that placed her at the pinnacle of her game.

  • The old maid

    • Tunin
    • 2009-07-03

    Thanks for keeping Bette's memory alive! She is the best Hollywood actress and will always beat everyone, even Marilyn Monroe! All Marilyn had were looks, poor girl. But Bette was it!!!

  • Bette fan

    • JACKSON
    • 2009-07-03

    I cannot wait to see "Return from Witch Mountain" I have never seen it and when it has to do with Bette, you know it campy and fun!! Thank you TCM!!!

  • big fan

    • maxine
    • 2009-07-03

    she is the best i love her movies and she will always be a legend long live better david

  • love her

    • max
    • 2009-07-03

    she is fab

  • My Kind of Movies

    • MMaxey
    • 2009-06-28

    The older I get the more picky I am about what noise is played in my home. Can't stand commercials, gun fire, swearing, or laugh tracks, for exmaple. So many of this films Bette Davis made offer to me a lot of create musical scores (quite often by Max Steiner), great casts, superb scripts, the best acting ever done. In fact, during the Golden Era most of Davis' movies turned out to be classics. I prefer watching the best. Acting doesn't get finer than Bette Davis'. (Thank you TCM.com for hosting our Disability Center's TCM members' reviews from this shared computer. For some of us it's the first time we've had access to the web or an online group).

  • The Real Thing

    • Tonix
    • 2009-06-28

    The first words that come to my mind when I want to sum up what I think-feel about the films by Bette Davis are "the real thing." I mean, she is. Aren't films so cool? I can write "is" about Bette Davis instead of "was" because she gave us herself, a part of her soul that remains with us, in film. Classic ones at that. Bette Davises only turn up every now and then in a lifetime. She was a very rare talent who was strong enough to deal with the business of Hollywood without getting caught up in the glamor trip. Davis is a real artist on the screen. The characters she creates are just like a work of art by Michelangelo. What's different is hers are on film. But, like all great artists, they leave parts of their souls with their works of art that come alive whenever we engage them. (This post was sent from The Disability Center through our shared and well engineered computer for people with disabilities. Thanx for allowing our participation here).

  • Nobody Does It Better

    • ZZZIZ
    • 2009-06-28

    In the after math of the death of Michael Jackson, I've been pondering the ways many different types of performance artists have influenced US society or even much of the world. Jackson changed Pop music and dance he made such an impact because of being so creatively talented. Long before Jackson changed an aspect of show business, Bette Davis did likewise as an actor. I don't believe that this generation understands the full impact she made upon societies. Her films are as hot as Jackson's "Thriller" album only Davis was far from a one classic wonder. Davis' acting talent was so far above her peers she promoted their careers even when she was younger than they were. Jackson became known as the "King of Pop" just like Bette Davis became know as "The First Lady of American Cinema." There degree of talents are comparable. That's how great an actor she was, is and always will be. (From The Disability Center's PC that's equipped with the assistive technology I need to access this website. Thank you for giving us equal access).

  • Fabulous Classic Films

    • ZZane
    • 2009-06-28

    Of all the classic film actors, Bette Davis is the one I find the most talented, as far as her acting skill goes. How she became so many characters so convincingly blows my mind. This woman worked her heart out from her youngest adult years to her last days on Earth. Each film seems to get better and better, at least those I've already watched. Many of her peers seem aloof, into the glamor and glitz much more than they were into the art and craft of their work. Because of that contrast, I prefer the films of Bette Davis. (Thank you very much for accepting our reviews and other contributions to this website from The Disability Center. We share one accessible computer in order to be online. A fan of TCM).

  • Wonderful Woman Actor

    • Syntonic
    • 2009-06-28

    The influence that Bette Davis has had on my life is profound. Her tenacity, struggle to work with disabilities and never give up provided me with a primary role model. Before then, however, I was impressed by her astonishing acting techniques. I used to believe back then that there wasn't anything Bette Davis couldn't do. Now I know that's true. (My review's sent from The Disability Center's shared accessible computer. Thank you for allowing us to vote and write here).

  • Cream of the Crop

    • PearyHusky
    • 2009-06-28

    Warner Bros. might have been the smaller of the production studios, but it sure had the biggest names in Hollywood. Bette Davis tops that list. Today her films are jam packed with classics. The images of women Davis created empowered gender equality. It's impossible to over-estimate the impact of Bette Davis' work. (My review comes from The Disability Center's shared computer for people who need to use assistive technology to get on the internet. Thank you for understanding).

  • Here's to Bette Davis

    • DGrouix
    • 2009-06-28

    Thinking about a petite 5 foot 2, lean young woman taking on the Warner Brothers' film production company in the 1930's, I have questions. If men actors, way bigger & more privileged, were so tough, then how come not one of them ever tried to put a stop to the abuses of actors by contract? How come all of those tough guys let a young lady go nearly completely bankrupt for their rights, as well? When Bette Davis lost the case, she paid the Warners' lawyers too. She also got exactly what she went after: top knotch scripts. Oscars followed almost immediately. Then again, another genteel lady, Olivia de Havilland, followed Davis' lead to the courts & won. Certainly gives me pause to consider what a brave young lady Bette Davis was & how determined she became to make classics. (Written by a member of The Disability Center, through a PC that's equipped for disabilities. Thanks for allowing my input).

  • International Relevance

    • Mikhhhail
    • 2009-06-28

    The fascinating thing about Bette Davis' depictions of women is how relevant they still are today all around the electronically equipped world. Davis was so far ahead of her generation's imagination about what women could achieve that the world is just catching up to her. Funny that. A person responds to their calling. Performs their life's work to the best of the ability. Turns out she lands a huge impact. Then, decades later the works she left behind are her still making an impact upon societies all over the planet. A tiny woman with large expressive eyes turns out to be a giant in humanity. (Thanks a bunch for allowing our Disability Center's TCM.com members to post from our computer here. Really means alot to us).

  • Serious Skill

    • soulforcee
    • 2009-06-28

    There are so many people in show business now that it is hard to tell them apart. After a while they all begin to act alike and no one stands out anymore. During the Golden Era in Hollywood, Bette Davis actually didn't have to do one thing on a new film project for people who were older than her to feel intimidated by her serious acting skill. Even fellow actors got the on-screen characters acted out by Bette Davis confused with the real woman. She is to this day that convincing whenever she goes into character. (I have posted this review from The Disability Center's computer that is shared by dozens of TCM.com members. Thanks for letting us be part of the ongoing dialogue).

  • More than an Actress

    • Ashlye
    • 2009-06-28

    Besides being an actor in classic films, Bette Davis was one heck of an autobiographer, an impeccable manager of the Hollywood Canteen, a path maker, a mover and shaker and nobody to mess with! Thank heavens that although she lost the contract battle in the 1930's she won the war. What she wanted, better scripts, Bette Davis did achieve getting. Thus, with great scripts she could do some of the finest acting ever. She was fast to credit great films being dependent upon great scripts. That she knew this so young in what's amazing about her. (Sent from The Disability Center via a PC engineered with assistive technology. Thank you TCM.com for allowing me to have a voice and vote here).

  • Homage to Bette Davis

    • Eunice_Campbell
    • 2009-06-28

    One hundred years have passed since Bette Davis was born. It was time for the US to pay homage to an American woman who'd brought such a grand quality of performance art to the world. Among my small treasures is a sheet of first day stamps with Bette Davis' beautiful mid-life image on them. On the 1st day envelop, I chose the one with a color photo of her when she was only 25 years of age and blonde. The caption the USPS placed on this celebratory envelop for the 1st day of release of her stamp says "The First Lady of American Cinema." Although giving Miss Davis that title was long overdue, it was worth waiting for. I wish she'd lived to see it. (Thanks for accepting my review from The Disability Center's shared computer with assistive technology).

  • Versatility Personified

    • My_Mahalo
    • 2009-06-28

    From playing Charlotte Hollis in "Hush ... Hush Sweet Charlotte" to Charlotte Vale in "Now, Voyager" to Hannah Loftin in "As Summers Die" to Mrs. Taggart in "The Anniversary" I can't envision Bette Davis giving a bad performance not matter what kind of character she is. I love every performance of hers I've seen, and that's more than 60 different movies or films. Some of them that I own I watch over and over again because they do something for me. Like "The Corn is Green," playing Miss Moffat, the teacher who's up against a virtual brick wall of opposition to under-classed mining youths becoming literate. Seeing her in character makes me stronger and more sure of myself. (Thanks to TCM.com for permitting this entry from The Disability Center's shared PC that's specially engineered. Thanks to Robert Osborne, my favorite teacher).

  • Beautiful to Watch in Action

    • 1899bogie1957
    • 2009-06-28

    I don't believe there's anyone I enjoy watching perform in classic films moreo than Miss Bette Davis. She is the master actor of her generation and gender. No matter what age she is as a character, through my eyes she's beautiful. My generation is certainly lucky to have her corpus of movies to watch. There's a whole lot more to them than simple-minded obnoxia like we get in most of the movies today. I'm crazy about her voice, figure, b-eautiful eyes, and her huge talent as an actress. May she shine forever. (I'm writing from The Disability Center on a shared computer that's made for people with disabilities, like me. Thanks for this privilege).

  • One of the Best of the Golden Era

    • 15michelangelo64
    • 2009-06-28

    During Hollywood's Golden Era, especially during the late 1930's to early 1950's, Bette Davis was called the Queen of Hollywood. She accepted that honor with grace too. It's obvious from her film work that she wasn't about to drop the ball. During an interview, she said that to survive the business you have to treasure your gift. Bette Davis must have treasured her gift to act. I know I do too. (I've posted this review from a shared computer at The Disability Center because it is equipped with assistive technology for people with disabilities. Thanks for allowing my posts).

  • Bette Davis: A Great One

    • f2008ilmzzz
    • 2009-06-28

    Too many times people forget to be thankful for trail blazers who made the very path they walk so freely upon. Bette Davis paved the way for the filmmaking industry to rise to the 4th most productive business in the nation in the 20th century. When she was the first woman to be awarded the AFI's Lifetime Achievement Award, in 1977, that was as good as saying 'we know what you did for this industry'. Then, the crowd that was honoring her was filled with the cream of the crop of classics. And Bette Davis was at the very top. (Sending thanks to TCM.com for allowing this review to be sent via The Disability Center's accessible computer. I appreciate being part of this group).

  • Greatness in Acting: Bette Davis

    • DavidaH
    • 2009-06-28

    Bette Davis is the actor who inspired me to become a classic film viewer. The movies she made are so far beyond the kind being made now, the scripts are way better (writers then actually used English instead of obscenity), the acting is really acting (not this thing called method acting, which is just being yourself, ad-libbing and all), and so many of the people in classic filmmaking show business seemed to have much more self-respect and decency. It was a more healthy way of entertainment compared to now (with some exceptions). That's the reality though. Films like Miss Davis' used to all be grand designs. Now too few are. We need some new Bette Davises! (This post comes from The Disability Center's handicap equipped computer. I am grateful to be part of TCM.com).

  • Professionalism

    • Officer1802
    • 2009-06-28

    What I admire most about Bette Davis' acting career isn't just that I enjoy watching her films. Her role as a professional was just as important to the success of the films she made as anything else. After reading her books, it's very clear cut to me that her work ethic was so mighty. At a time when women were being pressured into home kitchens, Bette Davis, who would have liked to be a homemaker, she wrote, heard her calling to the big screen like it was a clarion call. Thankfully she listened and obeyed. Her films are among the finest I've ever watched. (Thanks for allowing our Disability Center members to write from our shared computer for disabilies).

  • The Fourth Warner Brother

    • Jameson_Zimmerman
    • 2009-06-28

    Bette Davis has been honored to be given so many different noteworthy titles. My favorite is "The Fourth Warner Brother." Imagine a woman during the mid-20th century being called an equal to a major production company's set of brothers. I honor her for breaking such barriers for all women, including my daughters. Amazingly, Bette Davis selected scripts that depict women in the most empowering light possible, even when she's the antagonist or the bad one who's doing wrong. Every time she plays the wrong doer her character's conscience is somehow revealed so that viewers get the sense that what she's doing is not right. In most of her films and/or movies, Davis' character isn't the antagonist. She's usually funny, endearing, smart, clever, strong-willed, moral and up standing. That's why I love her films.

  • Can't Get Enough of Bette Davis

    • retabryant
    • 2009-06-28

    With her films from the earliest times so hard to come by, I depend upon TCM to broadcast the rarer ones. It's wonderful not to have to watch or hear the more toxic television broadcasts. Bette Davis' acting gets under my skin every time. She's got a way with words like no other actor. She's got the looks to play so many parts. I envy how she could wear such gorgeous clothes. If I had one thing I could change about her films it would be that they were all in color. That way I could have seen her amazing eyes. The few films and movies that are in color are a delight.

  • A Festival of Films for Fans of Classics

    • JemimaR
    • 2009-06-28

    When I consider the whole set of Bette Davis' appearances that are on film they seem like a festival of classics. Which ones aren't classic is more of the question that's easier to answer. There are so many that are classics. Does it take being a certain age for a film or movie to be considered a classic? I hope not because I think that "The Whales of August" (1987) is already a classic starring Bette Davis and Lillian Gish. Miss Davis refused to turn in bad performances.

  • Amazing Actress

    • Auntranett
    • 2009-06-28

    Bette Davis has been known for her work as an actress for nearly a century. In a way, she achieved a kind of immortality. Thankfully she did preserve her talents on film. Where would classic films be without Bette Davis'? I can't imagine because she changed the standards for production companies, directors and actors. I love watching her play the women characters because they offer me encouragement. She was a brave lady that I look up to.

  • Fascinated Fan

    • DavidNeumeyer
    • 2009-06-28

    Bette Davis has a speech style that I love listening to. I can just listen to her show through headsets and get the jest of what her films are about. Later, when I make time to watch the same film, seeing Miss Davis in action is a whole different experience. What attracted me to her films the first time was the type of woman she was playing. Her character was way different that what I expected of a film from the early 1940's. Then, what attracted me was her beauty. It's the kind that radiates from within. I wonder why actors and films are so different now? I prefer the classics.

  • Salute to Bette Davis

    • GrayJohnson
    • 2009-06-28

    There are so many TV movies and regular films by Bette Davis that enthrall me. With well over a hundred to choose from there's hardly a day that goes by that I'm not watching at least one. I wish more of her films and movies were broadcast because it seems like the quality of scripts and acting have degenerated. The classics are what I enjoy and no one has more of them than Bette Davis.

  • Classic Actor

    • LeslyeMould
    • 2009-06-28

    The name of Bette Davis brings up the widest variety of images to mind. Characters of women who are in many types of situations float through my imaginary. As an artist, I have been able to paint some of those images in a composite. While painting I asked myself, "Which one is the real Bette Davis?" The answer that came to me was "None." She was acting. These characters she plays come to life in such a way that it's difficult to separate her creations for film and such with the real woman Ruth Elizabeth Davis, or "Pinky" as her beloved mom called her. Bette Davis' characters became iconoclastic for her following. Thank goodness for her life, influence, and an extremely historic and clasic body of art.

  • Thanks to Bette Davis

    • Carson.M
    • 2009-06-27

    It will take the rest of my life to really examine all of the work of Bette Davis. That is what I am planning to do. This actress' life and films made a world of difference to my life. As a woman with disabilities, what she accomplished with her life gave me hope for my own life. I wouldn't be domineered by men because she showed me a different way of living (in "Ex-Lady" 1932). I wouldn't be afraid to take a stand against a big institution, because she courageously did so. I would learn so much about human relations through her characters, too. I feel indebted to a lady who gave so much of herself for others.

  • Remebering Bette Davis

    • EstherMorgan
    • 2009-06-27

    Bette Davis was just one generation older than I am. When she made her 1st film it was the year I was born. So I grew up when Bette Davis was in our local headlines, on the radio and in the theater. She was the lady I looked up to. An unusually strong and stable person who knew exactly what she wanted to do with her life and was going to do it. Period. I only knew one other woman like Bette Davis: my grandmother. But, unlike my grandmother, Bette Davis succeeded in being larger than life. She became characters who acted out human dramas that had social relevance then, still today and probably in the future too. That makes her a classic, not just her films.

  • A Person Who Changed How Acting's Done

    • Chris_Crafton
    • 2009-06-27

    It seems uncanny to be writing about the remarkable woman who changed the way films were made on the day the world's talking about a remarkable man who changed the way show business was done (referring to Michael Jackson). Yes, I think the impact of Bette Davis' filmmaking has been just as revolutionary as Michael Jackson's music and dancing. Bette Davis was a perfectionist performance artist who expected nothing but the best of everyone on a set. Most especially herself. Miss Davis insisted upon being offered great scripts because she knew without the scenes, the lines, the plot, the whole story being great, she'd be hard pressed to make of hack writing a work of art. Bette Davis taught me to "to ask for the moon," even when I had "the stars,"... of myself.

  • Films of Bette Davis

    • Jacksons
    • 2009-06-27

    From early in the 1930's Bette Davis began to leave her mark in filmmaking history. God bless her, she kept going until she was gone in 1989. For 60 years, a remarkable woman with huge acting talent focused the best of her energies upon making the best films and movies possible. Those that are classic probably equal or out-number those that aren't. Whatever type of appearance Bette Davis made she was she to deliver with great focus and intensity. This made her presence in films, on stage, in movies and on television shows charismatic. Although I'm 60 years her junior, Bette Davis still excites me whether she's young and hot looking or elderly and frail looking. There's just something unique about her persona that grabs me.

  • How Bette Davis Changed My Life

    • Sharon.Preeves
    • 2009-06-27

    When I first learned that I would not be able to be as mobile as I had been used to for over 30 years, it was devastating. After becoming reclusive, I began watching TCM. That's how I was introduced to Bette Davis: through her films on television. Because I'd been a teacher, I studied her autobiographies too. Between getting to know her quality of work and her quality of character, Bette Davis inspired me to push beyond limitations due to disabilities. That's what she did. If she could do it, so could I.

  • A Dream of an Actress

    • freddie8
    • 2009-06-27

    It would be interesting to know how many of the films of Bette Davis are considered classics and by whom? I hardly ever turn on one of her movies or films without thinking how many elements of it are classic. Miss Davis' films and movies bring a great deal of pleasure and food for thought into my life. I can't write that about just any actor. In fact, there's never been one time that I didn't like her performance very much. I can't say that about anyone else.

  • Diversity Sensitive Davis

    • p.h.oenix
    • 2009-06-27

    What makes Bette Davis stand out among her contemporaries is sensitivity to a very wide berth of human diversity. Her work during the period from the 50's through the late 1980's shows how she used her stature to draw attention to serious social issues. Injustices of varous types became topics her movies and films began dealing with. I don't believe that Miss Davis was being political, per se; but rather, person-centered. She realized her audience was filled with all types of people from aa great many cultures. Her autobiographies reveal that was her choice.

  • My Privilege to Review Miss Davis

    • Karlton
    • 2009-06-27

    Surely the work I've achieved in my life can't hold a candle to what Bette Davis achieved during hers. Before they're all gone, I'm going to own every VHS of every performance she's ever done. Each one is excellent, most are classics. Bette Davis didn't do junk. That's why she's the 1st lady of American cinema and may remain so for a very long time due to her "savage" work ethic.

  • Tribute to Bette davis

    • Millford
    • 2009-06-27

    Few performers turn out to be truly great. Bette Davis ranks among them. She's now an actor who performed in many classic films. But, back when she was working, Bette Davis did a whole heap more than acting. So many living actors attribute their careers in acting to her help and influence. When Bette Davis could have basked in the limelight, she chose to be involved with helping co-actors instead. When she could have taken ever so easy parts, she took challenging ones that made her look unattractive (more often than not). When directors didn't see or feel what she could, Bette davis had a way of working with them to get the best film out of their joint efforts. "She did it the hard way."

  • Request to TCM for More Bette Davis Films

    • Dr_March
    • 2009-06-27

    One of the primary reasons that I watch TCM is because of the classics that are broadcast. The variety of them is important to me. I would like to watch the earlier films of Bette Davis since they are rarely, if ever, aired by any television station. Bette Davis' acting quality was so acute, so sublime that each of her films is quite valuable. For one thing, each one has a particular social value since Bette Davis was careful about the films she took a part in. She was smart beyond her years when she made it big as an Oscar-winning actress. Perhaps 80 some years later, it's not surprise she became known as "The First Lady of of American Cinema," during her centennial celebration.

  • The Classics and Bette Davis

    • Corbinn
    • 2009-06-27

    There's such a strong association between classic films, movies, other performances and Bette Davis. Her name and image is frequently brought up in discussions, docuemtaries and biographies about classics. It's no wonder the choice films Bette Davis takes the lead in tend to be classics. Why is that point so important? Films are part of people's lives. I'm a classic film fan so that means actors and their characters have become part of my life. It's not much different from how books, their writers and characters become part of one's life. Bette Davis was extraordinary and still is through every image of her that's on film. I don't have any favorite films of hers yet because I haven't seen them all. But I'm getting closer to that goal.

  • Flowers for Bette Davis

    • Benjaman
    • 2009-06-27

    If I hadn't been young enough to be more like a grandson to Miss Davis, I would have tried my best to meet with her to chat and give her flowers. The films of Bette Davis are relatively new to me. But, I've already watched several dozen that span the full range of her 60 year career as an actor. I must say, Miss Davis has rapidly become one of the wonders of the world to me. She seems to have been way ahead of her generation and era. Social problems that were hardly yet dealt with (in the US) were issues Miss Davis took on through her work. My favorite's are those that are most socially relevant. A little known film called "Storm Center" is of particular interest to me.

  • The Legendary Bette Davis at Work

    • marlenes
    • 2009-06-27

    The photographs I like of Bette Davis show her sitting in an actor's chair with a script in hand smiling and talking with other people on the set. She usually seems to be enjoying herself. From her autobiographies, I've learned that Bette Davis couldn't imagine living without acting. This became especially clear after she had cancer and a stroke. She was concerned first and foremost about getting back in shape for work. Her profession just happened to be acting. I like to think that because Bette Davis insisted on working after she was a person with disabilities that this set a trend for other actors, like Michael J. Fox, to be cast in parts while having obvious disabilities.

  • An On-screen Beauty

    • Winfield
    • 2009-06-27

    Suppose we were all attracted to the same types of people? I found Bette Davis to be very attractive throughout her whole life on-screen. Now some of her characters were deliberately unkempt, very ordinary looking, flat out weird looking, etc. When the character was supposed to be a raving beauty, Bette Davis could deliver that too just like she could turn out a crazed-looking character. She had a beautiful figure especially for such a small woman. Her leanness when she was a very young woman made her look taller than she was. Her self-presentation could make her characters seem meek or wicked, witty or stone. She was never boring, that's for sure.

  • Breaking Barriers

    • Janys
    • 2009-06-27

    I liked to watch Bette Davis' performances because she's very consistent about breaking social barriers. It seems incredible to me that she wanted to take roles that weren't usually glamorous, unless they made fun of it. Bette Davis was the everyday person's actor. Down to earth even when her character was a woman of wealth. Her characters' flaws helped me accept my own.

  • Bette Davis' Legacy

    • Brossard
    • 2009-06-27

    In a word, impeccable. A glance at Bette Davis' (incomplete) filmography on this website reveals a tremendous body of work as well as such rare high quality from the beginning to the end of her career in acting. I feel like a fortunate benefactor who's been left with a treasure trove of one classic after the next, 2, 3, or 4 a year, at times. This is a stunning record of achievements.

  • Impact Upon Women's Lives

    • Irigaray
    • 2009-06-27

    The films of Bette Davis are continuing to influence women's lives today. Bette Davis was among the first few women in the early 1930's who refused to shy away from performing 'wars between the genders' ("Ex-Lady" [1932] is a primary example). Because Bette Davis was extremely work-focused at a time in history when women were being pushed hard to be homemakers, she was viewed as being too dominant. That is ricidulous. Any woman who broke the mold of being in the house baking cookies and pies was treated similarly. Bette Davis was a consumate professional who had a great gift of not taking herself too seriously. Her films' out-takes demonstrate what a terrific sense of humor she had on set, especially when errors were made. She was spontaneously quick witted and very well liked. This is the kind of new woman needed during the first half of the 20th century in order to break free of gender inequality. Thanks to Bette Davis' willingness to take risks in her career, she made a huge impact upon women's lives. (My review's from The Disability Center's shared computer for people who need assistive technology to access the web. Please accept my review for Miss Davis along with my thanks for allowing me to participate).

  • Impressed with Images of Women

    • Cixous
    • 2009-06-27

    Bette Davis was very chosey about what roles she would accept for extra important reasons. One of them was a determination to present women in ways with which women in audiences could relate. Bette Davis exhibited a very strong social conscience. She viewed her more sinister characters as cathartic for women. Others provided models of independence, overcoming adversity and living with disabilities. Issues her films deal with are contemporary as racism, able-ism, age-ism and most typically sexism. These topics sound very heavy. Not nearly all of Bette Davis' films had heavy subjects. Bette Davis was a terrific comedian. Her comedies are just a skillfully acted as her dramas. (This review was made possible by The Disability Center. TCM members with disabilities are able to access this website due to the assistive technology the computer we share is equipped with. Thank you TCM for allowing me to contribute to your website. I am very fond of your programs).

  • Acting Prowess

    • lorilei
    • 2009-06-27

    An actor is just that, an actor. Although, sometimes they can become more than a celebrity or public personality who performs for audiences. Bette Davis did that. She reached out from films and movies with masterful acting skills into each one of us that she touched, moved, impacted upon and changed. Bette Davis used a variety of characters to make points that she wanted to, especially as she got older. Her films are loaded with historical footage. A large portion of them are bonafied classics. That is why she earned so many awards and titles. In short, she was way good at acting. (I've sent this review from a shared computer at The Disability Center. Please understand that we only have one that is accessible for all of TCM's members who write from here. Please leave my review in tact. Thanks for swell programming TCM).

  • Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue-Green

    • Michelles
    • 2009-06-27

    Know for her expressive "Bette Davis Eyes," anyone with knowledge of acting techniques can recognize the incredible skill Bette Davis navigated. Eacxh of her films profitted from her presence not just as the leading actor, but also as a mentor, advisor, shrewd fillmmaker herself with keen instincts. She was rarely wrong when she followed her acting instincts. Today, the best of actors still pay homage to Miss Davis as the woman who paved the way for them. I believe that Miss Davis had every intention of doing so. (My post has come from the only computer at The Disability Center. TCM members and our members share this single computer. Please don't remove my review for Miss Davis. Thank you very much).

  • My Favorite First lady

    • Dee_Ann
    • 2009-06-26

    When Bette Davis was kind of knighted by her US peers as 'The First Lady of US Cinema' I recall feeling jubilant for her. She'd said in an interview years before, that if a person wanted recognition for their work, don't become an actor. On the surface, to people like me who aren't in show business, it seems like actors get a lot of kudos. That wasn't the cast for Miss Davis. She was expected to be the best actor alive and she delivered. Few people can live up to that kind of high expectation without imploding. Bette Davis could because she made great films and had no designs on being a celebrity. (My review comes from The Disability Center's PC. Our members are TCM members who share the only accessible computer in our area that we can use regularly. Please consider leaving my review posted).

  • Resounding Non-Stop Applause

    • Myrone
    • 2009-06-26

    Each time I've watched any of Bette Davis' performances her acting prowess has earned my standing ovation. With over 100 filmed performances of various types to her credit, each one being better than the next, that's quite a few ovations. What I liked most about Miss Davis' public personality as an actor was her integrity. Something she wouldn't compromise for anyone. When she left this planet in 1989 Bette Davis' integrity was still intact and her acting abilities had not diminished in the least. Proof of that is in "The Whales of August," (1987). I will always admire her for working through the hard times. WWII, cancer, stroke disabilties and more. (I've written this review from The Disability Center's handicap-equipped computer. Please don't delete this. Thanks TCM!).

  • What A Blessing: Bette Davis

    • Jakweline
    • 2009-06-26

    There are rare people in my life. Bette Davis has become one of them. When I saw her in "Dark Victory" she became a kind of role model for me because I have a terminal disability. That performance immediately drew my interest towards her films. Frankly, I've been breathless by the end of so many of her classics. When she played a mentally-challenged woman in "Now, Voyager" was one such time. My friends and I sat there at the end of the film in total awe. Through her type of artistry she made me feel more alive. I feel indebted to Miss Davis and so I write here. (My review has been submitted from The Disability Center's computer because it is the only one that is equipped with the essential devices I need to work it. Please do not remove my review. PS: TCM is my favorite channel).

  • In Appreciation

    • madi.son
    • 2009-06-26

    Miss Davis has given Hollywood a good reputation because of her successful career in making film classics, as well as, film history. Naming her classic films is a long exercise: Jezebel, The Letter, Of Human Bondage, The Little Foxes, All About Eve, Hush...Hush Sweet Charlotte, Deception, Watch on the Rhine, Mr. Skeffington, Old Maid, Old Acquaintaince, Dark Victory and so forth. And those are just the films, not the television movies or shows you made with the same excellence. Thank you for giving us so much of your life. (This review's from The Disability Center's handicap accessible computer. Please do not delete my review because it comes from a shared computer for people with disabilities. Thanks a lot).

  • Dear Miss Davis,

    • Linda.Lee
    • 2009-06-26

    Thank you for so many years of entertainment. Watching you perform has been one of the highlights of our family's times spent together. When you said that you believed characters in films should be larger than life, and the live audience applauded so loud, I was at home applauding too. What's the point of acting if all the actor's going to do is be themselves? Your characters have given me and my family so much substance to talk over. Mainly, you've taught my daughters that they can become anyone they want to be. You did! I remember you as 'The First Lady of American Cinema' along with countless others. (My review has been composed on The Disability Center's computer that enables me, a person with disabilities, to access this website. Please do not delete my review. Thanks TCM for your quality programming).

  • Acolades

    • Goldie28
    • 2009-06-26

    Celebrating the work of Bette Davis is nearly the same as honoring her life, they were so braided. What was not intertwined were the 100 plus characters she played with such variation. How could Jane Hudson by compared to Charlotte Vale? Which would be the real Bette Davis of those two? Madame Sin couldn't be compared to Joyce Heath. Julie Marsden is nothing like Janet Frobisher. Regina Hubbard Giiddens isn't anything like Hannah Holt Loftin, and so forth. My point is that Bette Davis was a prolific, talented and highly skillful actor, the likes of which we've yet to witness since. She's a classic.

  • Love for Bette Davis

    • Eliza.beth
    • 2009-06-26

    The films that TCM plays that I like the most are Bette Davis'. All of them. Bette Davis had more iron will determination that anybody I've ever met. There have been many times when her films inspired me or gave me ideas about how to deal with issues. She was most especially a person who encouraged me to go forth with my life with disabilities. But she did that in her films by playing characters who had to overcome adversity.

  • Honoring Bette Davis

    • MyrtleB
    • 2009-06-26

    Composing a review of for Bette Davis, once named the 'Queen of Hollywood', once named, "The First Lady of American Cinema," is like a novice writing about a professional. The best I can do is reveal what her films have meant to me. I learned to be braver than I thought I could be; more versatile than I ever imagined; a film buff! which I never thought I'd be; knowledgable about classic films because she inspired me to not take every film at face value. There are great performances, Bette Davis gave these so many times. There are less than great ones. Bette Davis made classics that will out live me.

  • Favorable Review

    • SamMcK
    • 2009-06-26

    There aren't enough words to express my gratitude to Miss Bette Davis for leaving such a luxury of filmed performances of high quality. So many of her films are classics (I haven't counted). So many of her performances won awards not listed here. So many people's lives were changed for the better because of her impact. Her films offer me hope, entertainment, a role model with disabilities, a standard of professional excellence to strive for and more.

  • A Fan of Bette Davis & TCM

    • DeborahG
    • 2009-06-26

    It's so easy to write a review for Bette Davis because I have nothing but positive remarks. Enjoying her films is one of the highlights of my week. Her acting surpasses nearly everyone, not just during the 'golden era' but even now. Younger actors, script writers, directors, etc., ought to take a good long look at the films Bette Davis helped to make into classics. Thankfully, TCM sometimes airs Bette Davis' films. Other networks have begun to air them even more often than TCM! Maybe TCM has lead the way like Bette Davis did.

  • Love for Bette Davis

    • Judge_Pierre
    • 2009-06-26

    May the first lady of American cinema rest in peace (1908-1989) because when she worked she did it "the hard way." Although 'just' an actress, she came into my life to the rescue when I needed the kind of role model to lift me from despair.

  • Appreciation for Bette Davis & TCM

    • JonBern
    • 2009-06-26

    Of all the screen legends and television actors, Bette Davis stands out as a leader in her field. She changed the way show business was done by studios. Scripts became better due to her influence. Her own acting techniques and talent was remarkable. There were other classic actors who are comparable, of course. But, there is only one 1st Lady of American Cinema: Bette Davis. There's also only one TCM network. Without it we couldn't watch many of the older, better actors and their performances.

  • Best in Show Business Classics

    • film_critiquer
    • 2009-06-26

    I'm very pleased to offer a critique of the performance art works of Miss Bette Davis. From the earliest glimpses of her film performances to her later appearances on television, in both movies and other types of shows, Bette Davis offered the best work done in show business classics. It is heartening to read that many younger viewers are also enjoying the superior quality of her acting ability.

  • My Favorite Actress

    • DonnaBelle
    • 2009-06-26

    Bette Davis became a role model for me when she kept acting after she became a person with disabilities in 1985. Bette Davis had long been an actress whose movies and other kinds of TV show appearances I enjoyed immensely. I liked her way of being playful, not taking offense to being made fun of and actually enjoying it. One TV show had her doing a schtick with a group of actors on a talk show where she did chain smoking with them to an extreme and then they all said "Petah, Petah, Petah." But, Miss Davis never uttered a line to a guy named Peter!

  • Bette Davis Review

    • Ashlye
    • 2009-06-26

    Writing as a person who is blind who's never been able to 'see' Bette Davis, I have a different experience hearing her performances. Her diction is very expressive, clear, easy for me to distinguish and reveals the emotions she is expressing. I like to listen to her performances just about more than anybody else's. I've been able to do a lot more reading by Bette Davis since those autobiographies are available in braile. Miss Davis reveals what goes on behind the scenes and during the scenes of things she's been in. When she was named 'The First Lady of American Cinema' in 2008 for her centennial celebration, I was thrilled. I bought a first day of issue of her stamp with that title inscribed on it to save.

    • DeshawnRobson
    • 2009-06-25

    What I like most about all of the performances by Bette Davis is the sense of her presence in them. Whether she is on a talk or game show, is in a TV movie or theater film, on Broadway on stage or even signing one of her autobiographies Miss Davis is completely there. That is how her film performances come across. Miss Davis is so into character I go there with her. I feel what her character does and learn to think like she does. It is amazing how technical Bette Davis' acting really is. Today, Bette Davis is one of the best in show business. She earned that title in my headline.

  • Post for Bette Davis

    • GrayJohnson
    • 2009-06-24

    Bette Davis is probably my favorite classic woman actor, if I had to pick just one. There are so many. Something extra special about Bette Davis' acting attracts my attention like no other actor can. She's just phenomenal with a great script and director. If I were a director I'd give her a killer script and let her go with it. I'd probably be awed at what she was capable of doing on any set.

  • Bette Davis Review

    • DavidNeumeyer
    • 2009-06-24

    There's no finer "First Lady of American Cinema." Bette Davis earned all of her acolades "the hard way." She didn't take any 'casting couch' short cuts or pull any stunts. She earned her acclaim by working like a trojan woman at the career she loved. That she did so up to the time she died means a great deal to me, a person with disabilities. She overcame hers to keep doing her work and living as she wished. That's what people with disabilities have to do if they want a life.

  • For Bette Davis

    • retabryant
    • 2009-06-24

    Bette Davis is the best of all the actors on this website. I look forward to all of her films whenever they are shown. No one could act like her. No one was as candid and fun to listen to when she was on TV being interveiwed. Here's to Bette Davis. May all of her stuff on media be available forever!

  • For Bette Davis

    • JemimaR
    • 2009-06-24

    One of my all time favourite actresses is Miss Davis. Her acting always seems to be so far beyond others because she puts her whole self into it. I think that the interest that's been generated by her performances now is super. Her films are very clean cut, wholesome, and filled with very interesting topics that so many people can relate to.

  • Review

    • Auntranett
    • 2009-06-24

    Bette Davis is one of my personal favorites of the classic actors. The reason why is because she was so great at being the character. It's a testimony to her that people like me are still watching her films and enjoying them.

  • Grand Dame of Hollywood in Her Day

    • LeslyeMould
    • 2009-06-24

    Today we have her films, thank goodness. There's no one who can act like Bette Davis. My previous message disappeared from this website. I just wanted to pay homage to one of the hardest working women actors whose films are still celebrated as classics.

  • Resurgence of Interest in Bette Davis

    • Jameson_Zimmerman
    • 2009-06-24

    The number of sales of collectible and original VHS' of Bette Davis films, TV movies, and other filmed appearances have risen over the past 4 months. So much so that I am having a time trying to keep up with the reviews I write of those films on the sales website. I've had sellers write me to request that I write reviews because the demand has become great. Curious about why Bette Davis is enjoying a new audience and popularity, I asked buyers what drew them to her work NOW. Apparently the clamor to collect VHS' in mint condition before they become extinct created this phenomenon. Among the top rated VHS' of the golden era to collect are those of Bette Davis'. The new audience is claiming her films and TV movies exceed their expectations, are cathartic, especially for women, and the women buyers believe Bette Davis was a pioneer by being a devout career woman. Her appeal to men is definitely sensual. They claim Bette Davis made smoking a cigarette, for example, an act of eroticism. They like the fact that she wasn't shoving her sexiness in their faces and they have to seek it out. Miss Davis would likely agree with them about that. She said she often thought that a 'slightly exposed shoulder emerging from a long satin nightgown packed sex than two naked bodies in bed'! Smart Lady.

  • Now, Bette

    • Murdochk
    • 2009-06-22

    I love her because of Now, Voyager. She was fabulous in it! It's my all time favourite movie.

  • Bette the best

    • M
    • 2009-06-22

    She was the best!! Don't ever stop playing her movies TCM! Thanks for keeping her mammory alive!

  • Bette who?

    • Molly
    • 2009-06-22

    She wasn't very good looking was she? Every time I see her on screen I just shiver, she seems so cold all the time, she never acted any different. Same over acting in everything I have seen her in.

  • overrated

    • MD
    • 2009-06-22

    but what can you do?

  • Collector & Critic's Comment on Davis

    • DrMD
    • 2009-06-21

    Several years ago I was declared totally and permanently disabled. Like Bette Davis writes about herself in "The Lonely Life," I too live life enraptured, fascinated by everyone and everything. It was then that I began taking interest in becoming a film critic & collector. There had to be something of value I could do with my higher education; some form of expression that I gave away. The life of Bette Davis inspired me. She had already died in October of 1989. Her life inspired me because she too was so dedicated to her vocation that she couldn't imagine life without doing it. Bloody excellent she was at it too. By now, I've collected most of her on-film performances: not just movies or films. What amazed me still about her every filmed appearance is the integrity of her work and the dignity of a lady. There are many more excellent performers whose work I enjoy, collect, and celebrate. I haven't yet found another as consistently dedicated to making her every performance a worthwhile work of art. Some come very close though.

  • Growing Up With Bette Davis

    • MyrtleHoran
    • 2009-06-20

    When I was a little girl, films by Bette Davis were the rage. It was the high point of the weekend to go with a group of girls to watch the movies at the theater. We lived at the right time, at the ripe ages to be influenced by her. Bette Davis could become so many kinds of women. But, she refused to compromise her own values to make a film or movie. When she played Leslie Crosbie, an adulterous murderer, the girls and I didn't become adulterous murderers because Crosbie had. We developed feelings of conscience, we felt her shame, her guilt, her remorse, her undying love, her predicament, her fear, her regrets. We learned not to lie from her because Bette Davis was so good at portraying such emotions and projecting her own values through her characters. As Regina Giddens, Davis taught us to stand up to our families, protect our own interests, not be cow tailed by domineering husbands who put on good acts as if they are being kind or better than us. She taught girls that women could be independent and powerful. She also taught us how to live with disabilities and live well until we die.

  • Supreme Acting by Bette Davis

    • Winfield
    • 2009-06-18

    The new footage found of Bette Davis is superb! Makes me wonder what's in those Hollywood vaults that we haven't seen yet. The film's of her numerous stage performances. When the synopsis writer put that her career was in a slump, that was only her film career. Bette Davis was on stage live quite a few times. Thank heavens someone had the presence of mind to film those stage plays with her performing in them.

  • Love Bette

    • MarieAndrews
    • 2009-06-18

    Bring her on, TCM! There's no one who can crank up the intensity and drama like the woman actor who was the "Queen of Hollywood" (when Mickey Rooney was King!). Just let it rip with the Bette Davis films and you'll have an abundance of viewers tuned in.

  • Miss Bette Davis

    • DrMD
    • 2009-06-18

    When overlooking the list of her accomplishments, Bette Davis must have worked her heart out. Whenever viewing her different types of performances, not just her classic films, there's always an outstanding quality of acting or self-presentation. It was easy to tell she was very serious about taking good care of her career, just as she writes in one of her autobiographies.

  • Too Many Bette Davis Films Unreleased...

    • DeborahG
    • 2009-06-17

    ...especially Bette Davis' older films when she was a very young woman. We've been very forunate to know some of Miss Davis' biographers. When they were finished using the original VHS releases of her earlier films, we were fortunate enough to buy them. There are so many very fine motion pictures from the 1930's that have been listed in too many places as being of inferior quality. While the film material itself may be unrestored quality, who the heck cares as long as you get to see the film? We can't understand why all of the films by Bette Davis aren't already on the open market or at least on the networks. Can TCM do a little brow-beating to get something done about that? I mean, this is the greatest actor of all time's films. If we can't get those, whose can we expect to get? Not complaining, just suggesting.

  • Amazing New Material Found

    • Michelles
    • 2009-06-17

    I'm so glad that more unreleased film footage of Bette Davis has been located! It would be great if they released it to the public or at least to the networks or producers so we can have a gander at it. I'll bet it's great stuff because Bette Davis didn't give bad performances. Even her outtakes, bloopers, are so funny and classy. She seems to have enjoyed making fun of herself.

  • Best American Actress

    • DarellShell
    • 2009-06-17

    Bette Davis got under my skin from the first time I saw a film she had a role in("The Letter"). I have followed her various types of film, stage, movie, written, recording, interviews and TV appearances on other types of shows ever since. The best part of them is they wholesomeness as far as having a very good quality of script. There's none of the degenerate cursing or loud explosions that are unwelcomed. It does seem right that she made it to the top. God Bless Her!

  • The Best Lifetime Film Career

    • Jacksons
    • 2009-06-16

    Of all the great actors Hollywood has produced, Bette Davis managed to develop the finest acting career. There's no getting around that fact. Her complete resume' of all of her performances, not just films, add up to an amazing quality set. If all of them were in one package and for sale, they'd be worth a fortune today.

  • If I were an actor

    • Carson.M
    • 2009-06-16

    I'd want my career in films to be like Bette Davis'. From how hers began, through the decades of how she protected it and painstakingly built it up, to how she carefully chose to bring closure to and for her massive following when she knew she was dying. She always said she'd act for as long as she had high heels and a make-up case. Miss Davis out-did her own estimate of how long her career in films would last. In her last serious dramatic role (in "The Whales of August" 1987), she was wearing practical flat white shoes like Keds and her make-up was undetectable. Miss Davis made films and other appearances until she died rather than fading away. Throughout her life she remained a woman in rapture with whom no man could keep up, much to her regret. Lauren Bacall said, "You can't have it all...," but Bette Davis came terrifically close. Not to having it all, but rather, to giving her all. (Written by her very grateful recipient).

  • "Pinky"

    • Jon Bern
    • 2009-06-16

    Page 12 "The Lonely Life" (1962) by Bette Davis 1908-1989: "At thiry I learned what it means to be responsible for the outcome of the show. You must set the tempo, chart the course. You are a star. If you aim high, the pygmies will jump on your back and tug at your skirts. The people who call you a driving female will come along for the ride. If they weigh you down, you will fight them off. It is then you are called a b_t_h [I removed the i and c from the last word]. I do not regret one enemy I have made. Any actor who does not have an enemy should get out of the business. I worked for my career and I'll protect it as I would my children--every inch of the way. I do not regret the dust I've kicked up. I always fought people my own size and more often than not they were bigger." This autobiography is dedicated to Ruthie, Bette's mom, who called her "Pinky." I've let her own words reveal why I will always admire her.

  • Review for Miss Bette Davis

    • EstherMorgan
    • 2009-06-16

    Early in Miss Davis' acting career it was easy to tell that a fine actress had come to Hollywood. I was born right around the time her first film was released! Decades would pass before Bette Davis' films would mean anything to me since there wasn't a way to watch them back then. By the years when her acting had been perfected, there was finally a movie theater that showed her films. As young women we were astonished at how different a woman's life was on screen than it was in our homes. Acting was made into a noble profession by Bette Davis. The American Film Institute was wise by recognizing her enormous contribution to its industry. A grateful nation of viewers will always remember who the first woman was to receive an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award and why.

  • TCM Favorite

    • freddie8
    • 2009-06-13

    There is no one else like Bette Davis. Her movies are the best ever. I hope TCM plays more of them for those of us who depend upon your network. As a retiree with disabilities movies are a great distraction. The ones made lately don't compare to the classics. There are no more great character actors like Bette Davis. TCM is my favorite network largely because you show Bette Davis classics.

  • The Immortal Bette Davis

    • p.h.oenix
    • 2009-06-13

    Can't imagine TCM without Bette Davis. Can't imagine the last and this century without her ever present vitality. Wouldn't want to try. Eleven Oscar nomintions, 2 competitive, 1 noncompetitive win, hundreds of performances, first woman to be honored with the AFI's Lifetime Achievement Award, Emmy, Golden Globes, international awards, mainly all as Best Actress. Seem like a lot? Nope. Seems like too litte! Now that over half of Bette Davis' performances are classics, it seems like many Oscar worthy performances were not awarded, just nominated. There was rivalrous lobbying being done by another that has come out in bold print and biographical film now. Since TCM has so many other classics to program, my collection of Bette Davis film, biographical, autobiographical and historic original critical materials come in handy. The hard copy printed collectibles give me something enthralling to do when the electricity goes out during a heavy thundrerstorm. I looked forward to retirement to have time to do in-depth research into the life and works of Bette Davis. I've already started writing a book.

  • First Lady of American Cinema 2009

    • Karlton
    • 2009-06-12

    Bette Davis deserves all of the accolades imaginable. What more could she have done but give her all to her craft, friends, co-workers, children, spouses, characters production companies, interviewers and us? Davis found ways to keep giving more, to this day. Her nature was to give of herself. That can't be said about every actor. I imagine her film canon contains more classics than any other actor's. To her credit, being celebrated as a great actor when she was a very young woman didn't go to her head. That was more rare than not in her profession. Being a frank and outspoken woman, her many interviews are filled with keen insights and plenty of humor. Davis became known as a mentor of many actors who was generous with advice and encouragement. Davis' wasn't an push-over. She wasn't hard to work with either. What makes her acting career and legacy uniquely grand is the well-rounded balance she was capable of maintaining throughout her life. She loved being a mother and homemaker, according to her colleagues, autobiographies, biographies, and intimate friends who were very close to her and her family. Her son heads the foundation for actors she left to insure the future of fine acting, and he adored his mother. Meryl Streep was the 1st recipient of a scholarship for acting classes from the Bette Davis Foundation and the Bette Davis Lifetime Achievement Award. Bless your heart, Miss Davis.

  • So Much Pleasure from One Woman's Work

    • Millford
    • 2009-06-12

    Bette Davis is always entertaining in every appearance she makes. When I want to show a film in my home when family's here, there is not question whose it will be: Bette Davis'. Why? My elders are still her fans. Peers my own age aren't as likely to have watched all of her films, so I can turn them on to a new one. The teens and children don't know Bette Davis' films, so when they watch them they are amazed that she was so attractive, so great an actor, so funny in comedies, so sexy when she flirted, and they learn that there's no need for the trashy talk that's on television now. So the films of Bette Davis appeal to everyone in the family without offending anyone. I can't go wrong whenever I count upon Bette Davis to help me entertain a diverse group. Far from it.

  • Why Bette Davis Remains Tops

    • Dr_March
    • 2009-06-12

    To be top in one's field of proficiency takes quite a bit of support from one's colleagues. Miss Davis had that. She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1977 and honored to be the first woman who ever received that honor. The people deciding who are awarded are professionals in the same field. There's no greater honor than to be recognized by your co-workers as the best among them. Almost all of the films of Bette Davis have been preserved because they are recognized as priceless classics. This was an extraordinary mother who gave so much to her son and 2 daughters. Her son remains on the board of her foundation to support upcoming actors. He adored his mother. Miss Davis wrote several autobiographies that are great page turners. During her era she was a role model for women. For many women today Bette Davis still is. Miss Davis' courage to brave breast cancer and a stroke and still come back to make remarkable movies and films proved beyond a doubt that she was indeed worthy of the honors she'd been given throughout her outstanding acting career. There are no films that TCM shows that I enjoy watching more. Thanks TCM!

  • BETTER FAN

    • JACKAY
    • 2009-06-12

    BETTE WAS THE BEST THEN, AND NOW!!! BETTE ON TCM ALWAYS PUTS A BIG SMILE ON MY FACE, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING TCM!

  • Enough of Bete

    • Maxxine
    • 2009-06-12

    I just read that she was a horrible parent, and terrible to her daughter! I could never support someone like Bette. She was so mean and ungrateful to her fans and Hollywood. Why was she so miserable?? All I can do is feel sorry for her. I turn off TCM whenever Bette comes on screen. She repulses me like no other.

  • Bette

    • Pappi
    • 2009-06-12

    She was mediocre at best. I did enjoy her in "Beyond the Forest"

  • Not very appealing

    • Ina
    • 2009-06-12

    I just watched, Now Voyager and let me tell you, it didn't move me one bit. She just always looked frumpy to me, she never became into a beautiful swan, she just isn't very nice to look at. She seems very dominant and cold, but that's just me... and my other five friends thought the same thing.

  • Tremendous Achievements by an Actor

    • Irigaray
    • 2009-06-12

    Of Bette Davis' generation of women actors, I prefer her films due to the ways she chose to portray women. Miss Davis was forthright in her filmed interviews and autobiographies about why she selected certain roles and why she played them they ways she did. I feel that her work had a tremendous social impact that lasts even now, into the 21st century, on how women are viewed. That issue is of utmost importance to me.

  • Acting, Acting, Acting

    • Corbinn
    • 2009-06-11

    Watching Bette Davis in action's like listening to Barbra Streisand sing: too rich an experience to be true. The film's the proof, however. Doesn't matter which of Davis' performances is being watched because they're all great. Some are magnificent. More than not are classic. Others are masterpieces of 20th century cinema. She was a woman who wanted to become the best actor she could and she did. So good, in fact, that no one can ever change the history she made in 1977 when the American Film Academy named her the first woman to recieve their highest honor for Lifetime Achievement. When I consider who the contenders were back then, so many names, faces, characters and films flash through my mind. Of them all, Bette Davis was singled out, with all sorts of good intentions, to be that everlasting figure who was given that honor. Bette Davis made history for women then, before then, and after then. She's still making it now through her legacy of work and charitable foundation. As lover of the arts and a lover of women, I celebrate that the AFI did make the right choice by selecting the woman whose achievements in the performance arts, as an actor, stand as the greatest.

  • "The First Lady of American Cinema"

    • Benjaman
    • 2009-06-11

    By the time I got into Bette Davis' work she had already died, unfortuantely. Now that I've learned so much about her life she seems like my kind of woman. I wouldn't want to be with a woman who didn't have as much of a life going for herself as I did. That Miss Davis surely had: one helluva life! Then, there's her astounding acting ability and career. She'd have given me a long distance run to keep up with her. Heaven's, just look at this incomplete filmography (it doesn't include hundreds of her television appearances or any of her stage performances). I'm not the kind of guy to get hung up on an icon, such as Shakespeare or DaVinci or Davis. But I am awed by the work all three of them achieved in one lifetime. What impresses me most about the films, movies and other types of performances by Bette Davis is how she managed her career so effectively well. Next, is how attractive she is on film...to date. She drives me nuts in the same way that Rita Hayworth does: both are masters of the arts of seduction. Finally, is that she was so far beyond US society that she made through her characters a way for women to become more influential. I feel indebted to any elder that does so much to help change society for the better for generations not yet born. It's a matter of respect.

  • Lovely Lady, Great Actor

    • Marlene
    • 2009-06-11

    The best films that TCM show are those that Bette Davis is in. She's without a doubt the best actor Hollywood produced in the 20th century. Her commitment to making films that would help to elevate the status of women really impresses me. Please keep playing her films, TCM!

  • Big fan

    • Maxx
    • 2009-06-11

    I can't help but be creep-ed out when I see Bette on screen. She wasn't very beautiful, or nice to look at, but I guess that's why I love her! I'm a huge horror movie fan, and I am highly attracted to people with weird looks to them. I guess I love the morbid/weird movies :)

  • Bette

    • Jane
    • 2009-06-11

    She is not my favorite, but I enjoy her. She is no role model for me or my mother and brother, for a role model we have Jackie O!

  • Great Lady

    • Winfield
    • 2009-06-11

    Miss Bette Davis has long been one of my favorites. None of her appearances have ever been anything less than spellbinding entertainment by a lovely lady. How she handled her career and life, as far as the public could know, seemed wonderfully well. Being from New England myself, I understood her brand of humor and sense of ethics. She was (and still is) a role model to my wife, daughters, aunts and mother. I wouldn't want to be with a woman who had less of a fiery spirit, courage, independence, wit, charm and spine.

  • Lifetime Achievement History 1977

    • Janys
    • 2009-06-10

    As Olivia de Havilland said, if anyone deserved to be the 1st woman to receive the AFI's Lifetime Achievement Award, it was the great woman actor, Bette Davis. Of all those that could have been chosen, overwhelmingly, Bette Davis was the favorite. It is because Davis didn't just act. Davis was instrumental in helping to develop the film industry. Then, as the top box office draw, Davis choose to portray women who were role models for women who were seeking more egalitarian lives. Davis refused to portray women in ways that she felt were less than empowering. Since she didn't have the final input in what film editing would be done, some of the most liberating parts of films she played in were cut by producers in order to prevent the loss of supremacists, especially southerners of that era when sexism and racism were rampant in the south. Watching her films, movies and interviews today, it's amazing how far ahead of her era she was. I like her interviews quite a lot.

  • Beautiful Bette: A Timeless Woman Actor

    • Brossard
    • 2009-06-10

    There have been so few really great actors since radio, filmmaking & television began. Bette Davis stood out among her colleagues. Today she stands out as a major woman actor of classic films & movies. From her early years, in, "Cabin in the Cotton," as a cute flirtatous blonde, to a drop-dead gorgeous butterfly in, "Now, Voyager," to a woman actor in a mid-life dilemma, in "All About Eve," to a brave elderly woman dealing with racism in, "As Summers Die," then finally, as a woman with disabilities who learns to overcome bitterness in, "The Whales of August," each role is timeless, a treasure and fills my life with so much pleasure. Thanks TCM for broadcasting the 1st Lady of American Cinema's numerous classic films!

  • BIG FAN OF BETTE

    • JACKSON
    • 2009-06-10

    PLEASE KEEP THE BETTE MOVIES COMING, THERE ARE MANY A FANS. I HAVE BEEN A FAN OF BETTE SINCE I WAS A TEENAGER IN THE 1940'S. THANKYOU TCM, YOU ARE TRULY FABULOUS!

  • Bette

    • Mick
    • 2009-06-10

    Bette looks like Peter Lorre! Peter Lorre wins though because he was actually a GENIUS. I shudder whenever I see Bette on screen, those eyes are so creepy! Sorry Bette fans, she just wasn't that great. She didn't have the triple threat like others did.

  • Not a role model

    • Genie
    • 2009-06-10

    for me or any of my friends! LOL! Audrey Hepburn is a role model. Even in fashion! Today's young people are influenced by people who had style, and Bette had no style at all! She always looked frumpy and fat. Give me Audrey Hepburn, Jean Harlow, and Marilyn Monroe any day!

  • Bette=blah

    • Scarlett
    • 2009-06-10

    She only appeals to older people. The young people like the beautiful girls, like Marilyn Monroe, Eva Gardner, Brigitte Bardot etc... Bette is just so creepy and manly looking. Sorry.

  • Admirable Work, Woman & Role Model

    • Irigaray
    • 2009-06-10

    Time has a way of shedding light upon who & what have made important contributions to society. In mid-2009, it has become abundantly clear to film scholars, who use critical skills to study specific details of films, which filmmakers & performers have had culture changing impact. Bette Davis was a woman actor living in a male domineered society whose work transcended it. Acting was barely considered an honorable profession when Davis was starting to portray women who were independent of men. Through enigmatic characterizations of women, Bette Davis became a liberating role model for women. Davis was always at least a leap ahead of her peers. Her choice to fight Warner Bros. for better scripts insured that the types of women she played would be ones who had the effect of empowering women. Since films were not the only types of public appearances Bette Davis made, her impact upon women was & still is international. By making television, stage, radio & live appearances throughout her entire career, to the day she died, no actor has done more to promote the equality of woman than Bette Davis. With deep gratitude,

  • profound american influence for women

    • H.Cixous
    • 2009-06-09

    social pyschologists have found that humans learn most from performance art. at a critical time period in the history of the women's rights movement, bette davis embodied the new woman the movement needed. in 1932, davis' role in "Ex-Lady" provided her with the opportunity to speak out for women's independence. too few of her contemporaries were as mindful of how their performances would impact the power inequality between women and men. when it wasn't chic to be a powerful woman, a 24 year young woman was. ordinary men and women were influenced by the stage, screen and television performances by bette davis. she became a trend setter who contributed a considerable amount of work to empower women. she didn't call herself a feminist.

  • First Lady of American Cinema

    • lorilei
    • 2009-06-09

    Having left a career legacy of being the 1st woman to receive the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1977, nominated for 11 Best Actress Oscars, winner of 2; 1937 Volpi Cup Award winner for Best Actress in both Kid Galahad & Marked Woman; 1941 & 1953 Golden Apple Award winnner; 1950 NYFCC Award for Best Actress & 1951 Best Actress at Cannes & 1952 Silver Ribbon Award winner, all 3 for "All About Eve," Bette Davis' all time great classic; 1962 Most Popular Female Star; 1963 & 1965 Golden Laurel Award winner; 1974 Golden Globe Cecil B. De Mille Award winner; 1977 Golden Scroll winner; 1979 Emmy winner; 1983 Crystal Award winner; 1989 Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award winner; plus 19 more nominations & 2 stars on Hollywood Blvd.'s Walk of Fame, 1 for films & 1 for television, all add up to 52 years of awards for Best Leading Actor performances during a legendary 60 year acting career. Each of her roles challenge stereotypical images of women during each era of her life. The films of Bette Davis empowered the lives of women during much of the 20th century & continue to do so in the 21st.

  • Bette Davis' Corpus and Achievements

    • Linda.Lee
    • 2009-06-08

    The substance of performance art that Bette Davis contributes to classic, historical & prize winning films, movies, stage plays, television appearances, interviews, autobiographical books & a foundation to support the education & reward the achievements of actors is not only massive, it's down right impressive. One of the best, if not, the best, I've ever studied. What makes Bette Davis' achievements most notable is her keen ability to read. Sounds too simple, I know. However, before a character actor can perform they have to choose or be chosen for a script to read. Bette Davis had an imagination that could read into each script in such a way that she could place herself in it as a character. Then, she could draw the various aspects of that character out of herself. To that effort, I have always had the sense that she gave her all. By so doing during the budding era in the filmmaking industry's development, she became instrumental in its rise to the 4th largest industry in the US during difficult financial times. This woman's performance art and abilities empowered a major industry that flourishes today. She always had that big picture in mind. It was never just about herself, fame, income, or a single film. It was about blazing various trails for show business so that they would be forever wide open to anyone who dared to enter and follow her pathways.

  • My Favorite: TCM and Bette Davis Films

    • Oscars
    • 2009-06-08

    Drop everything, Bette Davis is on. Whenever the grand dame of acting is allowed to grace the newtworks bet on it that we'll be there. There's nobody with the commanding presence like Bette Davis. She was honored as the best in the business by her colleagues then. Now she's just as important to every venue where the public can watch her on film. Sure do wish TCM would progam her films and movies that are the hardest to locate. Thanks for the efforts made, TCM.

  • Weekend of the best acting by Bette Davis

    • IamBrenda
    • 2009-06-07

    Between "Jezebel," "The Letter" and "The Little Foxes" our family felt like we'd just spent a weekend with the best actress who's ever made movies. I guess we weren't wrong. America's Film Institute selected Bette Davis to become the first woman awarded for her Lifetime Achievement as an actress. Then we read the long list of all the acting awards she received and was nominated for. Our elders told us what she'd done for WWII GI's to boost their moral and support the US's war efforts. Then we went online to read about The Bette Davis Foundation. She is the gift to humanity who keeps giving to this day. We sure could do with a whole lot more people like her. We won't forget her great works of art, love and kindess.

  • "First Lady of American Cinema"

    • Michelles
    • 2009-06-07

    Bette Davis made more contributions to the history of Hollywood's development, the astonishing rise of the film industry, filmmaking history and social role changes for women than any other actor of the 20th century (or even the 21st). In the community where I love, older films are better ones, by far. Whenever we're lucky enough to find out that Bette Davis' films are programmed, our circle of friends gets together to watch great films. With a Bette Davis film, it's not all about her! She's likely the lead actor, but it's what she brings to the integrity of the entire film project that's so obvious a cut above the rest. When Bette Davis is in the picture everyone else performs better too. She brings out the best of filmmakers. So it's not about just liking her. It's about liking all she brings to each film.

  • Swell Day on TCM for Bette Davis Classics

    • Dee_Ann
    • 2009-06-06

    I'd begun to wonder if TCM had turned into another channel that programmed movies that can be seen 10 times a month on a variety of channels, until today. Thank you for getting back to the real classy classics with the great directors and great actor ever, Bette Davis. It's been a wonderful day to stay inside and revel in the treasure trove of Bette Davis films. Would you mind programming Bette Davis' films that are less well known and harder to locate? Thanks, Dee Ann

  • Beautiful Bette

    • Thomas_J
    • 2009-06-06

    Thanks TCM for beginning to broadcast some of Bette Davis' classics. After watching "The Little Foxes" today, it is still crystal clear that there is no one to take her place. Bette Davis had a unique capacity to be both beautiful and sinister at the same time. A credit to her profession.

  • Set the Bar Sky High

    • Myrone
    • 2009-06-05

    When they made Bette Davis they only made one of her kind. She was the actor who set the standards of what an actor needed to be able to do so high that no one has ever reached it since. When I want to watch the master actor I play a Bette Davis film. Then the rest of my day or night is set straight and goes right. She has that kind of effect upon me to reach for the potential I have within and bring it out for all to see.

  • All Time Favorite

    • Jakweline
    • 2009-06-05

    Tomorrow, June 6th at 6pm can't come fast enough to see Bette Davis playing Julie in "Jezebel." There's only one thing I wish that would make it better (I think): color. I'd love to see Bette Davis as Julie wearing that gorgeous red dress instead of it looking black. I'd also love to see both hers and Henry Fonda's stunningly blue eyes. No matter what Bette Davis film TCM (or another channel) is showing, I'll be watching or recording it. Miss Davis' films are the best mainly because she's the best actor of all time.

  • Becoming a Romantic Classic

    • Noriko
    • 2009-06-04

    The film's a knock out and so is Bette Davis who's starring in it. Hellman's screenplay is a stunner. Wyler's direction must have been ingenuis.

  • Love the Lady's Films

    • Noriko
    • 2009-06-04

    Glad to find this website, TCM. Love your oldies but goodies. Most of all I love watching Bette Davis on your channel. What can I say? She was a brilliant actress. Thank goodness she made so many movies so that it doesn't seem like she's gone. She's the one person I wish we could bring back.

  • The Greatest One

    • madi.son
    • 2009-06-04

    Gosh, it's hard to find the words to write that describe how I view Bette Davis. Even Meryl Streep had a hard time defining Davis' kind of stature as a performer in show business. There are not other films that I enjoy a much as hers. Whenever hers are on a channel, that's what we watch. It doesn't seem to matter how many times we've seen her films, she brings so much to each character. The characters Davis became are so different from film to film. Her films never lack substance or contain smutt. They are just the best. Bette Davis is the greatest of all the actors I've ever seen.

  • A credit to our country

    • vanessam
    • 2009-06-03

    Compared to the vile scripts loaded with profane language, I'll always choose a film by Bette Davis over any other. There's an authentic quality of character in the content of her films. Through so many different types of characters, Bette Davis conveys, to this day, values that were common in the United States. Maybe, with the help of TCM, this country could be turned around in a more nonviolent direction by viewing her films, movies, biographies, television appearances and interviews.

  • Gold, pure gold

    • Eliza.beth
    • 2009-06-02

    I've just finished watching the movies and films Bette Davis played in after she recovered from stroke side effects. The TV movies are impressive. Bette Davis' performances, such as in: "As Summers Die." It's amazing that she was still the same actor who could put on a southern accent better than anyone. What a credit to her whole acting career that Bette Davis defied death long enough to take roles to stand up against racism, ageism, classism and ableism. These were not trivial topics or roles. They aren't the least bit campy either. I believe they're highly collectible since she proves herself to be the greatest actor to the very end of her life, not missing a beat.

  • More Bette, Please

    • MyrtleB
    • 2009-06-01

    I feel like I'm on withdraw from Bette Davis. Sure home TCM decides to program some of her classics soon. They're the best as far as I'm concerned.

  • Number One

    • Dot.ty
    • 2009-06-01

    Of all the great actors (men & women), to date, if I had to pick the best of all time, Bette Davis would be number one. I'd base my rating upon her own contemporaries' of the American Film Institute, who saw fit to honor her with their most prestigious acting award in 1977, the Lifetime Achievment Award. Among all of the great women actors of the 20th century, Bette Davis was deliberately selected as the first woman actor to ever receive the AFI's highest honor. Doing so made a historical benchmark in filmmaking history. In hindsight, since most of Bette Davis' films & movies have already become classics & are likely to be timeless, I believe the AFI would still make the same fine choice. For Bette Davis was more than "The First Lady of American Cinema." She was a survivor, trail-blazer, forthcoming writer, mentor, beloved mother, educator, social-changer, patriot, true friend & a well-rounded national treasure.

  • Unstoppable Living

    • Virginia.K
    • 2009-05-31

    No one can deliver lines quite like Bette Davis. This one's choice: "With all my heart, I still love the man I killed." She drops that line like an emotion shattering bomb. Bette Davis' greatness comes from her techniques & extraordinary acting skills with spoken and body language. When she's a murderer, we can't dislike her. We identify with her regardless of what her character's up to. When she's hurting, we want to be as brave. When she's deadly, we want to empathize with her anyway. When she's outraged, we experience a catharsis through her righteous anger, wishing we were as good at expressing our own. When she's in love, her loyalty, romanticism, and affections are ones we want give and/or get. We loved the real woman's directness, outspoken frankness, clever, fun-loving ability to laugh at herself when others did. We even admired her way of aging and dying with that yankee dignity which wouldn't quit. Through her classic performances she's still with us.

  • Request to TCM for Bette Davis Movies

    • Zachry
    • 2009-05-31

    When is TCM going to be broadcasting more Bette Davis movies? Talk about the best classics, those are hers. Advertise the "essentials," those too are hers. So where oh where has Bette Davis gone on TCM? (Sitting here watching "The Letter," again...since TCM shows so few of her other classics). Thanks for at least putting "The Letter" in your program. Practically all the movies Miss Davis graced with her presence are great.

  • FAN

    • Moordock
    • 2009-05-30

    Where is Bette!!? More Bette movies dudes, she is the best of the best!

  • Not a big fan

    • Ron
    • 2009-05-30

    But I enjoy her. As a gay male she is very appealing.

  • A Letter to Bette Davis

    • Eunice_Campbell
    • 2009-05-30

    Dear Miss Bette Davis, Your films have brought so much pleasure into my home. My family and I have learned many of life's lessons from the characters you have portrayed. My adult daughters learned that a woman could seriously wrangle with 'the big boys' from your wrestlings with the Warners. When you were named the first woman to receive the AFI's Lifetime Achievement Award we were on the sidelines at a television screen ecstatic for you. As your dear friend Olivia de Havilland said that night, no one was more deserving than you. Coming from a great lady like her that was quite a compliment. Thank you for being so brave during your battle with cancer and overcoming stroke side effects. The films, movies and appearances you made during the last three years of your life are treasured by my family. Wherever you are now is where I want to be when the time comes.

  • Still This Century's Best Actress

    • Michelle Greg
    • 2009-05-30

    I know it's not proper to use the word 'actress' for women actors so my headline doesn't reflect ignorance. The word actress made a distinction when Bette Davis was alive. That's how I mean it. Now I'll switch to the egalitarian term 'actor'. Bette Davis will always be officially named by her peers and audiences as, "The First Lady of American Cinema." Like any great artist, she left an incredible list of films that are considered to be of the highest quality in numerous ways. Davis' acting approach and aptitude has never been matched. Besides her skill, the characters she played are still relevant today. Her films are reliably enjoyable, great or classic, powerful, empowering and so fine. I wish TCM woud get busy locating the harder ones to find and broadcast them, please!!!

  • "Yankee Lady's" Living Legacy

    • Isaacs
    • 2009-05-29

    The way I see it, the likes of Bette Davis are not likely to pass my way again in this life. None have surpassed Shakespeare's playrighting; nor Virginia Woolf's various, unique writing styles. It would be hard for me to single out a painter from the great masters of art. That is not the case with actors. There is only one woman who was the 1st to earn the AFI's Lifetime Achievement Award. One, during the 20th century, who won as many awards & nominations for her acting achievements. One that was honored by the Kennedy Center. One WOMAN who is the lead in "All About Eve," with its record 14 nominations and 6 wins, that still ranks in the top 100 all time greats. One who was nominated 5 years in a row for Best Actress. One who was so wise she knew the women she played were setting examples and sending messages throughout the public. One who worked in critically acclaimed films until her death: Bette Davis.

  • Looking forward to "The Letter"

    • SadieG
    • 2009-05-29

    It would be hard to say that Bette Davis plays 'the bad girl' in "The Letter" even though the opening scene shows her committing a murder. Her whole performance throughout the film is so fluid. As in so many different parts, Bette Davis' acting methods and capacity are so ripe by this stage of her career (the beginning of the height), and on beyond this point to the end. Of all the Hollywood & early television greats, Davis is the one who refused to lower her standards for the sake of merely having a role or her name on a marquis. I believe audiences yet to be born will realize how remarkable a career this woman made when it wasn't chic to do so.

  • BETTE DAVIS COULDN'T DUE A BAD FILM....

    • Marilyn Wood
    • 2009-05-27

    i GUESS MY FAVORITES WERE NOW, Voyager, and they could go on and on. She could be bad, good or all the shades of gray inbetween. I can't think of one of her films that wasn't good. There hasn't been another actress like her.

  • None Compare

    • Krystal74
    • 2009-05-27

    Can hardly wait to watch The Letter on Sunday. For some reason I keep missing this one of all the Bette Davis classics. She'll always be the Best Actress no matter what movie she's in. Older, younger, in between it doesn't matter at all. Bette Davis is the best in show business.

  • Here's to Bette Davis!

    • Terrance
    • 2009-05-27

    After watching "Hollywood Canteen" I became a bigger fan than ever. I had no idea that Bette Davis started and ran the Hollywood Canteen. Besides being a great lady actor she was also a great U.S. patriot who served her country proudly. Three cheers for Bette Davis!

  • Fabulous

    • Vic_Kennedy
    • 2009-05-27

    Of all the character actors, Bette Davis remains at the #1 spot on my list of the best. I hope TCM will show more of her films in the near future. It would be extra helpful if TCM would show her most rare films. Thanks TCM!

  • 101 Years: Not Nearly Enough of Davis

    • IamJean
    • 2009-05-24

    The few rare great people need to live on through their works long after their bodies have left. The 21st century viewers, broadcasters & production companies haven't come close to getting the films, movies and other recorded appearances of Bette Davis out into the public. The demand for everything by Bette Davis is sky high. Her films, for example, have found new generations of viewers who can't get all of her films! Upon finding her originally released films, new viewers are floored by how great Bette Davis' films are from the earliest to the last. There's no one else from Hollywood who can yet claim that same level of achievement so consistently for so long. She's our American cinema's first lady, as a result.

  • Finding Early Bette Davis Films

    • LarryJoe42
    • 2009-05-24

    I look forward to watching TCM whenever Bette Davis' films are on. The day's a lot more interesting when she's in it. Since she made so many classic films, why doesn't TCM show a wider variety of them? I'd be a big supporter of that change. Thanks TCM!

  • Where are Bette Davis' early films, TCM?

    • pburnsky56
    • 2009-05-23

    After reading the comments left here, I too am puzzled by the missing early films by Bette Davis from TCM's programming. Those of us who know Bette's most popular films so well don't tire of watching them because they're such great classics. Bette Davis is the immortal American actor on film. Why not bring forth her first film, "Bad Sister," It's Love I'm After," "Waterloo Bridge," "Seed," and her other early films that are never broadcast. Wouldn't doing so being credit to TCM to premiere them? What other network should take the credit for premiering the greatest actor's historical first film?

  • a trooper always worth watching

    • EmmaJo
    • 2009-05-22

    Bette Davis has been, is and will be the foremost US actor of fromthe early mid-1900's to the late 1980's. Her acting techniques & capacity never waiver in the least. Probably the most well scrutinized of all actors, crtics have long been trying to define what she did to make her acting style unique enough to make such a sensation for so long. I think the person quite simply highly valued the gift she had been given. Then decided to take extra good care of it. While tremendously talented performaners like Judy Garland wound up wasting a golden opportunity, Davis had to strength of character to hang tough when the going got rough. I think in show business they call that being a trooper.

  • TCM's programming needs Bette Davis films

    • film_critiquer
    • 2009-05-22

    Please find a way to put more early and later Bette Davis films into your programming. Why not have a Bette Davis month? There are so many of her early films that aren't being seen, let alone bought. Miss Davis is a 20th century American treasure. Gosh, she even helped make the film industry what it is now. Davis wasn't an uppity glamour gloat. She was direct, outspoken, politically patriotic, a social changer and the best doggone actor I've ever had the privilege to spend time with by watching her films and reading her books. She wrote like she spoke: frankly and to the point. I was glad to buy the FDC USPS stamps commemorating her 100th birthdate this year. Now, can we please see ALL of her films?

  • Bette...The Best Ever!

    • Angelahs
    • 2009-05-22

    There's only one first lady of film in America, Bette Davis! She rocks! I just got a whole box of her films, started watching them and couldn't stop. They're SOOOOOO GOOD!!! Doesn't matter if she is young or old, good or bad, or in-between. Bette Davis is, was and always will be the best American woman actor!

  • Bette fan

    • Stefan
    • 2009-05-22

    Oh my god! My friend just told me about this channel, and I can't believe I didn't know about it before! But thanks for being so great, I look forward to catching some Bette movies. I see "The Letter" is coming up! So excited about this!

  • BETTE

    • Tony
    • 2009-05-22

    Anyone who doesn't love Bette is blind!!! She was the best and still is the best. THANK YOU TCM FOR SHOWING HER MOVIES I NEVER MISS THEM.

  • Bette forever!

    • Joey
    • 2009-05-22

    She didn't appeal just to woman! I'm a male and I adore her! All my life being a gay male in the 1960's I enjoyed her and never missed one movie of hers. She will always be the best in my book.

  • I like Bette

    • Jessica
    • 2009-05-22

    She is not one of my favorites but she was good at acting. I am a big fan of old Hollywood beauties, so I like girls like, Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, Lana Turner etc. Bette is the only one I can say I enjoy and not because she was beautiful, lol!

  • BIG FAN

    • Bubbie
    • 2009-05-22

    I have never seen Hollywood Canteen I look forward to enjoying this.

  • What women want(ed) to watch & by whom

    • Antonias
    • 2009-05-21

    Women have close to a century long history of going to movie theaters to watch Bette Davis portray the kinds of women they dreamed of becoming. Brazen, defiantly independent, willing to suffer without complaint, realistic, self-expressive & passionate. Like Humphrey Bogart set trends for men, Bette Davis set them for women. All types of women, of all ages. Her mannerisms, like Bogie's, were copied, mimicked & mocked. Bette Davis fine tuned her techniques of acting to a new level of perfection. Her famous eyes stayed focus upon the prize when all the lines were said & all the scenes were done. A type of immortality that could only be created on film.

  • hard working, romantic, firey, survivor

    • DeborahG
    • 2009-05-20

    Those are among the many different types of characters I like that Miss Bette Davis has portrayed. Of course, there are so many more. As far as the classic era of actors go, she's my favorite. Long may her films be shown by TCM! Thanks in advance for showing the ones that aren't available to the public.

  • The beautiful Bette Davis

    • MartaS
    • 2009-05-19

    "Cabin in the Cotton"-sexy. "The Man Who Played God"-exotic. "Marked Woman"-a knock out. "Ex-Lady"-too cute for words. "The Petrified Forest"-lovely. "Jezebel"-desirable. "Dark Victory"-hot. "All This, and Heaven Too"-dreamboat. "The Letter"-seductive. "The Great Lie"-pretty. "The Little Foxes"-regal. "Now, Voyager"-voluptuous. "Thank Your Lucky Stars"-gorgeous. "Old Acquaintance"-built & how. "Mr. Skeffington"-erotic. "Deception"-sensuous. "All About Eve"-lushious. "Another Man's Poison"-divinely mature.

  • L.A

    • Courtney Love
    • 2009-05-19

    My favorite movie is whatever happened to baby jane? CLASSIC!!!

  • A friend of Bette

    • Weka
    • 2009-05-19

    For those who are afraid of Bette, are you for real!? Just because she wasn't beautiful doesn't mean she wasn't a lady! She was great and will always be better than anyone in Hollywood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • What can I say?

    • Guy
    • 2009-05-19

    She was nothing special to me, but I can see why she's a big gay icon. She was very manly, nothing lady like about her. What can you do though!? Not everyone is a fan of this overrated dame. Let's all be real and realize that MARILYN MONROE is the queen! She had the talent AND the looks! Something Bette could never have. Thanks!

  • Leader of the pack

    • SamMcK
    • 2009-05-19

    TCM, you do a decent job of broadcasting the golden oldies. Although I'm a younger viewer watching films 3-4 generations older, I've become an addict. The main reason I turned into TCM is because of the Bette Davis films on your schedule. I'd been told they were classic by a professor. I watched two, then decided to watch all I can find. To date, I haven't yet watched a Bette Davis film that isn't a classic. Each of her films is a gem, a master class in acting, ahead of the period it was made, and ever so engaging. So much so I can't go back to the films being made now. Thank you TCM. Bless you Bette Davis.

  • Thanks TCM!

    • Judge_Pierre
    • 2009-05-19

    If not for TCM, there wouldn't be nearly as many opportunities for the public to watch films with Bette Davis starring in them. Credit to TCM for making the very high quality of Davis' films more accessible. I've been an admirer of classics too long to mention. Most of the films Bette Davis appears in qualify as classics. So many are even with Robert Osborn calls "essentials." Please show more.

  • New Viewer

    • DonnaBelle
    • 2009-05-18

    Wow! I had no idea Bette Davis did such wonderful acting. "Dark Victory" and "Phone Call from a Stranger" are the first of her films I've seen. They were just broadcast this past week. Since I'm recovering from an accident, I sent my husband out to rent as many of her films as he could get his hands on! I've become a new instant fan.

  • One of the rare few

    • Amy_Gay
    • 2009-05-17

    Back when Bette Davis was our role model, we knew the names and faces of all the actors (women and men). Like new automobile models, I couldn't name them when I saw them now, with only a few exceptions. The main reason I became an admirer of Bette Davis and her performances is because, from the beginning to the end of her career, I could count on her taste in characters and films. There's never been a time when any of her performances left me feeling disappointed. On the contrary. Most of them have never ceased to amaze me. Vanessa Redgrave is the only actor I know of who's approaching Bette Davis' lifetime achievements.

  • The Directors' Dream Actor

    • Mrs.Staples
    • 2009-05-15

    Directors of films Bette Davis had lead roles in consistently rave about her professionalism. They say she was a pleasure to work with, not easy because she offered suggestions to improve productions, not difficult because she followed her directors, even when she disagreed with their ultimate decisions. What caught my fancy about Bette Davis and still does, is the great types of women she took roles to portray. Even when they were 'bad girls' Davis didn't make them out to be good. She drew the line at portraying women as mousy, weakling, victims, subservient to anyone. Women for all times were the types she had the foresight to bring to life. She was more of a woman's actor.

  • Beloved

    • Marjorie.Campbell
    • 2009-05-15

    On the day that the news reported the death of Bette Davis it was hard to believe. She was such an important role model from whom I learned many of life's lessons. Somehow, Bette Davis seemed indestructible. She was the small woman who stood up to the mighty men; a mover and shaker refusing to settle for second best. To be a trail blazer in Hollywood inside one of the world's most powerful industries at that time was nearly more influential that being a US president! Bette Davis was beloved because she led millions of people through a world war, the battle of the sexes and social struggles. She proved that could be done with a darned good sense of humor.

  • More than an actor

    • Melissa_Aaaron
    • 2009-05-15

    The best actor of my generation was Miss Davis. She was the leader of the pack who set the standard for how women needed to behave in order to be treated more fair. That meant alot women and likely scared men a bit. While men were in the war, we women became the majority of the work force that kept this nation running. The film industry helped to keep our economy going. Bette Davis was considered a patriotic leader, not an icon or movie star. The films she stars in reveal what people my age were focused on. Bette Davis stood in for women like me who'd never be public figures. She made the kind of bold social changing statements that we wanted to be said.

  • "Art should be larger than life."

    • IamBrenda
    • 2009-05-14

    I wasn't born when Bette Davis made that statement to a live audience that responded affirmatively. Miss Davis' show business sense was acute. Her acting ability beyond all expectations. Her insight as a business person and actor led her to make performance art 'larger than life'. She was given several enviable titles: "Queen of Hollywood" & "The First Lady of American Cinema," among the most impressive, as well as nearly 50 years apart. The word 'spitfire' was associated to how she played roles. When she didn't do her spitfire, larger than life, acting, those films weren't as highly praised. Davis was expected to stay in that spitfire firm; but, most often didn't.

  • An Actor for All Reasons

    • Ellissa
    • 2009-05-14

    After reading several pages of reviews, they're all interesting. The one I'm following is noteworthy as it names some issues Bette Davis dealt with in films. I've gone through my collection of Davis' films enumerating the social issues her characters tackled. They're so widely varied, especially when including TV episodes & movies. I'm left nearly speechless by how many topics she must've studied in depth. No wonder Bette Davis' books are filled with wise insights. At the very least she read Du Maurier, Hellman & Hammett; then, worked with other geniuses while all of them were inventing filmmaking. She was an actor for all the right reasons.

  • Issues With Which Davis' Characters Dealt

    • Syntonic
    • 2009-05-13

    Mike, gay issues weren't among the ones Davis' roles dealt with. But, when asked by Dick Cavett, in 1971, about gay rights, Davis' said she thought it was fine, "but there was nothing in it for her!" Sexy at 63yo. I'll bet if Davis were here, she'd play roles dealing with GLBT equality. Davis dealt with racism in "As Summers Die"; the right to die, in "Right of Way"; censorship in "Storm Center"; prison reform in "Hell's House"; family greed in "Little Foxes"; classism in "Human Bondage"; ableism in "Whales of August"; child exploitation in "Corn is Green"; gender supremacism way early in "Ex-Lady" & many times thereafter; sexuality frequently saying it was the dumbest reason to get married!

  • GAY ICON

    • Mike
    • 2009-05-12

    She is pure classic Hollywood, I love her to bits!

  • Here's to the 1st Lady of US Cinema

    • Geraldeen
    • 2009-05-12

    Watching Bette Davis films has taught me many lessons about life. Reading Davis' books has opened my heart to what mattered most to her & how family-centered she was even with an extremely demanding career. What I love most about her legacy is the sense of humor she had. Although she took work seriously, Miss Davis was so wise that she knew better than to take herself that seriously. As her body began failing, her mind grew stronger. We got it right naming her the 1st Lady of US Cinema & crowning her the Queen of Hollywood. Her characters will last as long as Shakespeare's.

  • Bette Davis, Legendary Lady

    • Sherry
    • 2009-05-12

    I love Bette Davis!She is the best actress of her era and a "tough lady" too. She overcame a masectomy and stroke within a short amount of time between them and lived as long as she did. She kept doing what she does best. She could adapt well to any character, any role. The other day I saw "Pocketful of Memories" and thought she was so funny as oppossed to her Baby Jane character(which is one of my all time favorite movies,"Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?". From that movie alone came an inspiration for "Shock Rocker" Alice Cooper, he credits his sucess to Bette, such an ifluential actress in many different ways.

  • The Powerhouse Performer's Integrity

    • Joannah
    • 2009-05-11

    To date, mention the name of Bette Davis & people associate it with the powerhouse performances she delivered for 60 years. Maybe it's easy to dismiss that kind of lifetime achievement. But think about this: who else lead such a public, outspoken, patriotic, benevolent artistic life so well that from the beginning of their career to the end the quality of their character was impeccable? Bette Davis elevated being an actor from being associated with immorality to being considered an admirable profession. How? By exerting personal integrity.

  • Consumate Talent

    • 13Donuts
    • 2009-05-10

    Bet it will be a very long time before the consumate talent of Bette Davis appears in the flesh again. What a rare gift she had. To be able to feel her way into characters who she liked conveying to us took a great deal of skill. But, unless she'd been a fully sensitive person, she couldn't have tapped into emotions within herself that didn't exist. The most I study about her, the more secure and self-confident I learn Bette Davis really was. That is the reason why she was able to accomplish so much for the fimmaking industry and for society, as well.

  • TCM: Please Update Davis' Filmography

    • dddoughboy
    • 2009-05-10

    We've tried several times to submit multiple enteries to Bette Davis filmography (since it's soarly lacking). The submission page doesn't work. For instance, Larry King's Feb. 24, 1988 interview of Miss Davis, likely her last, is missing. The Dick Cavett ones, which are superb, from 1970 & 1971, are absent. Numerous film performances by Miss Davis for which she won awards are missing. If someone would help us access the submission page we'd gladly do the work to update Davis' filmography. No wonder TCM shows so few Davis films or just repeats that same ones. Love TCM lots tho!

  • None Compare...yet

    • Mikhhhail
    • 2009-05-09

    Although we're inundated by countless actors today, they've become rather like vehicles: I used to be able to see or listen to the vehicle & know what make & model it was; but now, if had to identify one at a glance, I couldn't. Hollywood has radically changed just as the capitalist auto industry has. Who's the judge which is better? Different is different. What I know is that Bette Davis drew me into films, as well as the screenplays, books & musical scores associated with them. Her influence over me definitely improved my quality of life. I had a standard of excellence towards which to aspire that she set.

  • So Difficult to (Re)View

    • Wilmma
    • 2009-05-08

    A glance at 79yo Bette Davis reveals it's staged to be her last dramatic feature film performance. That made each scene hard to take. Knowing she was terminally unwell, riddled with cancer, in pain & within a 4 star cast of Lillian Gish, Vincent Price & Ann Sothern, it would've been clueless not to wonder if these legendary actors would ever be on film again. Davis had come home to New England, taken a role that's an obvious swan song, starred with major veteran actors to make a film about being elderly to deliver an ultimate end to a regal acting career.

  • Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue

    • Wilmma
    • 2009-05-08

    Hope everybody's going to seeing this gal! Especially at least one color film or photo of the only pair of turqoise eyes I've ever seen. Whenever I watch a Bette Davis B&W film, its feels like I'm missing what everyone on sets got to see when Bette Davis expressed her character thru her eyes. There are key scenes in quite a few films when she doesn't have to move anything but her eyes to say it all. There's still no other actor who's capable of walking all the way through the trail she blazed (razed!). Ms. Davis is a person I want back here & now. With all of her footage, my wish is granted.

  • The Woman I'd Want

    • Officer1802
    • 2009-05-07

    Bette Davis impressed me as the kind of friend, lover, mother, daughter, neighbor, business partner, co-worker, & co-star I'd most want to be with. From her last "Now, Voyager" line, I'd like to be with the woman who knew when she'd reached the stars & didn't ask for the moon too. I realize she was more self-critical of her performance than just about any one else. But, not to the degree of self-destruction. I've the impression she was content enough with what she'd accomplished, but would rather die working to give more. What a trooper.

  • Charlotte Vale: What a Raver

    • ZZane
    • 2009-05-06

    To the claims that Miss Davis wasn't attractive: Yum, I'd gladly be with such a doll; have a gander at "Now, Voyager," when Bette Davis transforms into a raving beauty, Charlotte Vale, with a naturally stacked figure & stricking features. Miss Davis chose not to use her sex appeal, which she kept "Yankee" private. She wasn't about to base her acting career upon mere appearance, knowing, as any smart enough person can, how we all deteriorate with age. When in filmmaking for the long haul, it's dumb to bank on everlasting beauty to land parts! Try being as skilled as Davis was.

  • Fan

    • Guy
    • 2009-05-06

    I lover her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bette

    • Davis
    • 2009-05-06

    Hilarious woman! She wasn't very attractive, but she was good. Yeah, if she had looks she would have taken the world over right???

  • Bette who?

    • Wes
    • 2009-05-06

    She always over acts, always. And she's not even pleasant to look at.

  • Pete Lorre was better

    • Max2010
    • 2009-05-06

    There was nothing attractive about this lady. It's tragic really! It's hilarious how some people boast about how great she was. Sorry she wasn't THAT great. She was just an unattractive actress who got far BECAUSE of how unattractive she was. Phew...

  • My All Time Favorite

    • MMaxey
    • 2009-05-05

    For that past 60 years Bette Davis has been the one great actor who never lets me down. Although she didn't like some of her earliest performances, when I lokk at them now I think she was a genuis. What are equally fine are her appearances on television programs as a guest, interviewee, host and a darn good sport, on the spot, at the mercy of comedians. Those of Miss Davis' appearances reveal so much about who the real lady was: frank, great fun, willing to reveal her values, outspoken & benevolent. I never heard her speak badly about a soul.

  • How Did She Achieve So Much?

    • Myrtle
    • 2009-05-05

    It's mind-boggling to review the films of "The First Lady of US Cinema" because her career is jam-packed with Oscar worthy performances from start to finish. The statement on her grave marker, "She did it the hard way," really does define what Miss Bette Davis did as a show business professional (not just an actor or 'leading lady'). There are certainly people who come along whose gifts stand out among the crowds of others. To this day, that's how I view the total body of work that Bette Davis achieved. I say so quite humbly.

  • Fan

    • Sean
    • 2009-05-03

    I like her, I watched a movie the other day with my dad. She was great.

  • Born to Act

    • WalterW
    • 2009-05-02

    An owner of 100+ copies of Bette Davis' performances & having watched them often, I've yet to find one poor performance or lousy film she was a lead in. Fact is, Bette Davis treasured her career as a gift over which she was a manager. Since she loved acting, watching her enjoy what she was born to do best is a pleasure. From the first to her last film, Bette Davis took work serious enough to be the first woman awared the most prestigious honors. But, derived such pleasure acting that she had fun. Earning acclaim meant Davis fulfilled her dream & left her still warm tracks.

  • Everything Little Thing She Does

    • Crickle
    • 2009-05-01

    As the song goes, is "magic." I always have the sense that there's something more than a lady or actor or writer whenever I watch or read everything by Bette Davis. She was more than an entertainer. Miss Davis seems to have succeeded in changing the social roles of women AND men. There's no telling how much she continues to influence her audiences and readers. As for me, she changed my life. To write how is too personal here. The change is permanent and for the better. I wonder how many other people feel a debt of gratitude to Miss Davis?

  • All Time Best of the US

    • SadieR
    • 2009-05-01

    I've been a film student for the last 4 years. During that time, I've been exposed to every era of acting on film. It's evident that Bette Davis is the finest US actor, of all men and women, to date. I'll review her films individually. There's no way to select a favorite since practically all of them are unique. Plus, Miss Davis offered the best performances I've had the pleasure to review. I hope TCM will expand its selection of and air many more Bette Davis' films. SadieR

  • Family Entertainer

    • NJMB
    • 2009-04-30

    When watching Bette Davis films I can include my entire family almost all the time (except for the horrors not suitable for young children). More modern films than not include lousy scripts that seem loaded with obscene words, lousy plots loaded with adults-only content, lousy sountracks loaded with violent gunfire, explosions & more obscenity in the lyrics of 'music'. I can count on everything Bette Davis is filmed in being suitable for family entertainment. Whats more, Miss Davis' performances are incomparably sublime.

  • Delightful Films in a Forest of Errors

    • DavidaH
    • 2009-04-29

    We were watching Bette Davis and Claude Rains in "Mr. Skeffington," a few days ago when the group of us realized that there are no modern films that leave us feeling so emotionally moved, well entertained, treated to the best performances by cast and crew. Much credit is due to Miss Davis for her huge influence over so many different people and parts of the filmmaking industry. As an actor (of any gender) no one has come close to equaling her skill, talent, commitment and positive influence. Thankfully, we have so many of her accomplishments to watch. What mastery!

  • Best of US Cinema & Television

    • Tonix
    • 2009-04-28

    Please consider showing the movies Bette Davis made on television. Some of them are among her best, such as "Family Reunion," Dark Secret of Harvest Home," "Storm Center" & "Strangers: Story of a Mother and Daughter." Tcm does such a splendid job varying its programming most of the time. But, when it comes to the films of Bette Davis, the programming has gotten a bit repetitious. With over 120 fine cinema films & television movies to select from, each one being of superb quality, there's no lack of variety. There's no one better than Bette Davis.

  • Stars on Horseback?

    • Bobby
    • 2009-04-28

    I have never seen that? I look forward to it, anything with Bette Davis is fabulous! Because she makes it fabulous! Keep her memory alive please!

  • BETTE FAN

    • John
    • 2009-04-28

    I LOVE HER! PLEASE KEEP SHOWING HER MOVIES. SHE IS HOLLYWOOD AT IT'S FINEST. WHEN I WAS YOUNG I NEVER MISSED ONE OF HER MOVIES AT THE THEATER, ME AND MY SISTER HAVE ALWAYS BEEN BIG FANS, THANK YOU!

  • Yawn

    • Paris
    • 2009-04-28

    Overrated period.

  • A Sad Case

    • Donald
    • 2009-04-28

    I just saw an interview with Bette Davis on Youtube, damn! She was scary. She was so full of herself and she wasn't even good looking! What an ego that woman had, she hated everyone but herself. It's really sad that she was so miserable, why? Maybe because she was a good actress but not good looking enough? She didn't have a fabulous body either. Damn, poor Bette. Her misery just makes me not like her as much as I'd like to.

  • "The Fifth Warner Brother"

    • 1899bogie1957
    • 2009-04-27

    Much ot her credit as a business woman, Bette Davis wasn't called "The Fifth Warner Brother" by chance. She was more than one of the greatest actors of all time: Bette Davis helped design the architecture of the filmmaking industry. While she could be as demure as Fanny Skeffington, naughty as Jezebel, loyal as an "Old Acquaintance" and trying as Margo Channing, to name 1/30th of the different characters she could play, Bette Davis knew the fine art of her working craft as well as anybody at the helm of any production company. She's nothing short of thee national treasure.

  • A Real Lady

    • Georgia
    • 2009-04-26

    When I was growing up the greatest actress of all was Bette Davis. She set trends we followed, made speaking with near perfect diction chic and also made young ladies think about becoming equal to men. We couldn't wait to see her next film and wouldn't have to wait long either. Compared to actresses and movies today, I realize that Bette Davis was a real lady. She could relate to the characters she played because the most important word about her is "real." When most of the others were trying to be big movie stars, she was working to make good pictures.

  • Learning from a Performance Artist

    • soulforcee
    • 2009-04-25

    Learning about cultural history from watching Bette Davis' films, TV movies, interviews & TV show appearances for 2 scores has been pure pleasure. I know when I participate as an observer there will not be any vulgarity, violence, or annoying loud sound or laugh tracks. I can trust that whatever I switch on to view with Bette Davis in it, the quality of her entire self-presentation will be exemplary. That's important to me because there are others around me who will also be influenced by what I'm observing. People learn best from performance art. It better be good.

  • "June Bride" 1948

    • Cal
    • 2009-04-25

    Just finished watching Bette Davis & Robert Montgomery playing the leads in "June Bride." I had no idea how funny their performances are. Davis plays the 'straight woman' to Montgomery's runaway comedy act. Together, they are dynamite! It's the first time I've seen Bette Davis in her middle age prime being flirtatious and seductive (with Montgomery). Good golly, she was extra good at that too!

  • Can't Get Enough

    • dani_canon
    • 2009-04-24

    No matter how many Bette Davis films I collect and view, I still can't get enough! Each film is so different, each character varies from any other, and yet, Bette Davis' performances are consistently fabulous. Plus, she was very shrewd to grow with the shift to television. I love seeing those famous eyes in color on a "Gunsmoke" episode entitled, "The Jailer."

  • Courageous Choices of Characters

    • DC_DR
    • 2009-04-24

    It seems quite fitting that the epigram on Bette Davis grave plaque reads,"She did it the hard way," since it took great courage to play her choice of characters. Well over 115 of them & counting, they are so widely varied in face, accent, class, demeanor, life circumstances, etc.. Who but Bette Davis ever went so far to portray the variety of characters who were anybody but her real self? Perhaps only Barbara Stanwyck.And now, Johnny Depp.

  • "Thank Your Lucky Stars"

    • zzziz
    • 2009-04-23

    While my header is the title of a film, the film's not the thing; although, Bette Davis' performance as thee star in it is quite clear. My point is how Bette Davis conceived of the idea of the Hollywood Canteen, for WWII GIs to mingle with a large field of famous performers. Then, she organized it. Then, Davis led it with Johnny Garfield. What a break it must've been for a war weary GI to escape reality & mingle with Hollywood's 'stars'. As if Davis wasn't busy enough during the 1940's! Love her number: "Their Either Too Young or Too Old."

  • True artist

    • Nicole
    • 2009-04-23

    She was great, unlike most of the actresses of her day who only looked good! Who ONLY had beauty. Bette was beyond male and female! She was so beyond everyone else, such a great actress and artist.

  • She rules

    • Connie
    • 2009-04-23

    Great actress for sure!

  • Wonderful Actress

    • Brad
    • 2009-04-23

    One of the best Ever

  • Beautiful?

    • Kevin
    • 2009-04-22

    Am I the only dude who thinks so in the early years?

  • Playing Twins Twice: A Stolen Life & Dead Ringer

    • f2008ilmzzz
    • 2009-04-22

    Wasn't it well before 'Patty & Cathy Duke' became TV twins that Bette Davis played twin sisters in "A Stolen Life," & "Dead Ringer"? I'm fascinated by actors who can stay in character while playing two (or more) in the same film. These two films are so different & Bette Davis was a different stages of her life too. So I can't pick a favorite between the 2. What's interesting is how Davis makes me dislike one sister and empathize with the other sister. To me, that's really acting. I stil wonder how these films include scenes with BOTH sisters in the same frames.

  • We are all fans

    • Isabel
    • 2009-04-22

    Let's just all agree that we love Bette because she was Bette. We all have good and bad traits etc... some think she was beautiful, others don't think so. In the end it's her work that matters, and she is a legend!

  • Beyond The Forest

    • BetteFan
    • 2009-04-22

    Here we go with "Now, Voyager" she did so much more than that one movie! I love Bette in the 1940's and 1950's I don't care what anyone says. I don't like Bette because she was gorgeous, because she wasn't! That's just the reality, she was never known to be a great beauty. For beauty we had other actress' that I won't mention here. I love Bette because she was a risk taker and no, she didn't have to be a "beauty" to be good and dominant in the film industry! She was beyond that. I adore her and I can honestly say she wasn't physically "gorgeous" in Now, Voyager.

  • My Kind of Lady

    • 15michelangelo64
    • 2009-04-22

    I'm no sucker for a movie star. The joy of films for me is watching all of the artistry come together. Bette Davis was credited by so many of her colleagues for being a team player. She was in the business to make great films. Those aren't done by one person's iconoclastic presence. From her books, films, interviews, humorous antics on TV shows, I know Bette Davis will always be my kind of lady; and I do mean lady. I wish TCM would get up to speed with its viewers enough to air a better variety of Bette Davis' films.

  • "Now, Voyager" Gorgeous

    • DW59
    • 2009-04-22

    Seems like a dispute (between men) about whether they believe Bette Davis was gorgeous is going on here. I'm gonna agree she was. 1940, "Now, Voyager." She'd have knocked me over with her build, face, facade, voice, hair. Gotta see Bette Davis when her character was supposed to be drop dead gorgeous. Yeah, she could play that role just as well too. I dare all of ya, to watch all of "Now, Voyager" & then say Bette Davis wasn't gorgeous when her character called for her to be. Remember, those flashing B&W eyes were turquoise.

  • Great

    • Frances
    • 2009-04-21

    I don't agree with her being gorgeous, that's taking it too far. But she was an amazing actress! One of the best to ever have lived. She was very convincing in her roles and definitely a risk taker.

  • Bette lives

    • Tony
    • 2009-04-21

    Shut up BRAD!!! BETTE was a genius! Not peter lorre or whatever his name is. No one remembers him like everyone remembers Bette ever so fondly!

  • Response to 1 Reviewer & 1 Hack

    • m_d
    • 2009-04-21

    Just read a "Now, Voyager" review that nails it on point; then, read Brad's hackneyed 1. Bette Davis herself, not her widely varied characters, was breath-takingly gorgeous, face, figure & inside out. She was daring enough to undertake roles of women who weren't attractive or appealing because she portrayed women with whom everyday people could relate or identify. Davis is considered great for perfecting the riskiest parts: of a drunken beggar, blind & elderly while dying, riddled with syphillis, driven mad by a sister & crazed by a cousin. Doing so empowered women's lives.

  • "Acting Should be Larger than Life"

    • PearyHusky
    • 2009-04-21

    That's a direct quote from Bette Davis, to Dick Cavett, in 1971. The audience applauded agreeing. Method Acting is engendering oneself, ad lib, into a character. Brad, which of the 100+ variety of characters Miss Davis dared to depict would you say Bette Davis engendered herself into, meaning portrayed herself? It may be wiser to study topics before commenting publically on it. Either method acting or Bette Davis.

  • Bette Davis a "method actress"??????

    • John
    • 2009-04-21

    Bette Davis was the antithesis to being a method actress. In fact, many times she spoke on the subject and felt method acting was a phony technique. For her acting was hard work and boy did it pay off!!!

  • Bette looks like Peter Lorre

    • Brad
    • 2009-04-21

    Except Peter Lorre is actually a genius! Bette was alright, too much overacting for my taste. She was a method actress so what can you do. I did enjoy her a lot in all about eve.

  • Bette the great

    • Steven
    • 2009-04-20

    Jezebel is so good! It's one of my favorite films. Thanks for showing it. I look forward to videotaping it so I can watch it over and over!

  • Young fan

    • Casey
    • 2009-04-20

    Bette is the best! I am 16 yrs old and even though I wasn't around then, I LOVE HER! I think she is timeless. My dad turned me onto her!

  • "The Whales of August"

    • Goldie28
    • 2009-04-20

    Bette Davis is best know for taking risky parts and being candidly honest. That kind of woman back when both she and I were younger women scared women and men. Women weren't supposed to be outspoken, honest or daring. She broke the mold. "The Whales of August" is Davis' riskiest and most daring film. Going on screen as elderly with disabilities was not done. Period. Isn't it uncanny that the lady known for her expressive eyes said farewell without using them?

  • A Role Model

    • Goldie28
    • 2009-04-20

    I am 80 years of age. When I was a younger woman, Bette Davis was mine and my friends' role model. No matter what kind of character she became, there was a part of them that made us want to be like her. Bette Davis' films have passed the test of time. They are classics. I followed the news about her and cut out clips dating back to the late 30's. She remains the first lady of the cinema to me and always will be. No one else's movies compare.

  • "Satan Met a Lady"

    • Prof_Alice
    • 2009-04-20

    A 1936 farce of Dashiell Hammett's "Maltese Falcon" starring Bette Davis as 'Lady' & Wm. Warren as anyone but a saint. There were 2 versions of "Maltese Falcon": both serious detective dramas; Cortez (1931) & Bogie (1940). Odd that many remember Davis for 'chewing the scenery' when more of her roles are romantic & comedic than not. She's blonde, super lean & cute making men remove hats in front of a lady who holds them at gunpoint. Quite a farce.

  • "Little Foxes"

    • Prof_Alice
    • 2009-04-20

    With a screenplay by Lillian Hellman, that's one of her finest and based upon her own family's greed, how could "Little Foxes" fail? I'll tell: it could've had a different leading lady! Who but Bette Davis could've lead the entire film to 9 Oscar nominations? Who else could've combined energies with director Wm. Wyler like Bette Davis? Who else could've played the role of Regina with unscrupulous corruption & tongue-in-cheek angst? No one else.

  • "All About Margo"

    • Prof_Alice
    • 2009-04-20

    Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actor in a Supporting Role, Costume Design, Sound Recording Oscars for this clean sweep 14 Oscar Nominee. That's what Bette Davis had the charisma, talent & skill to make happen to literally build the best films. That's what she wanted; something much more than simply being a great actor herself. Why'd this film get the title "Eve" instead of "Margo," anyway?

  • BD BD BD!

    • Jaime
    • 2009-04-20

    I just saw my fist Bette movie, it was "All About Eve" She was such a scary bitch in it! She was very good and very convincing! I can see why she has such a bad reputation in real life. I would have been so scared to meet her, ha ha! But she was so good! Thank you for showing her movies.

  • Bette Fan

    • Eli
    • 2009-04-20

    I look forward to "Dark Victor" I have never seen it, and I have already made plans! Friends and I are getting together to watch it, breakfast and all, lol. Thanks for keeping my Bette obsession alive!!!

  • Love for BD

    • Doug
    • 2009-04-20

    Love her so much! Thanks more BETTE!

  • "Liitle Gloria, Happy at Last"

    • OscarF
    • 2009-04-19

    A story about fashion designer & heiress, Gloria Vanderbilt, is quite interesting. Bette Davis plays the role of Alice Vanderbilt, the wealthy family's matriarch. Miss Davis is spot on with her performance & lovely posing as an elegant elderly woman. How'd we ever come to believe that women weren't powerful? Even Angela Lansbury, Glynnis Johns & Maureen Stapleton could not touch Bette Davis' performance.

  • Remarkable Early Feminism

    • Alice95
    • 2009-04-19

    Recently, I bought "Ex-Lady" starring Bette Davis when she was very young & blonde. It was a real surprise to find that she played a very early feminist. Kinda makes ya wonder why it's not being shown.

  • "Dark Secret of Harvest Home"

    • soulforcee
    • 2009-04-18

    On collecting Bette Davis original release VHS': Amazon is the place to go, no eBay. Bootleggers of media run amuck on eBay now, especially DVD sellers who make DVD-Rs and distribute without any license to do so. "Dark Secret of Harvest Home" is a fine example to start with. It was mini-series with Bette Davis playing Widow Fortune. The VHS was cut severely. No DVD or full-length LEGAL version exists, yet. However, eBay has allowed sellers to used their site to commit 3 felonies by making DVD-Rs of the home taped VHS uncut version. A great show with Bette Davis playing a terrific Widow Fortune.

  • VHS

    • Nick
    • 2009-04-17

    Very interesting! VHS you say? Well I never would have thought. I admit I own Bette DVD'S but sometimes VHS'S are kind of expensive on ebay and how will I know if the quality is any good? I'm just glad her movies are available for everyone to enjoy!

  • Never have to miss her

    • f2008ilmzzz
    • 2009-04-17

    More than 75 of Bette Davis' films have been preserved by the Library of Congress. I own more of her films, shows, interviews, guest appearances than that on original VHS releases. DVDs suck! Play them thrice for a high price & they break into graphic blocks. I'm making sure I never have to miss Bette Davis because she's coming with me wherever I live, "God willing & the creek don't rise."

  • BETTE FAN

    • Nick
    • 2009-04-17

    You are right, she does make me sob whenever I see Bette on screen. She was the best actress that has ever lived, EVER. LONG LIVE BETTE!!! The only wrong thing she did was be in a movie with that JOAN CRAWFORD. Either then that she was flawless even though I know that Whatever happened to baby Jane? is a favorite of everyone. It's not one of mine. Wasn't Bette beautiful? She doesn't get enough credit in that department. She was lovely!

  • woohoo!

    • Leila
    • 2009-04-17

    She was crazy and that's why I love her!

  • Her Brave Farewell Performance

    • zzziz
    • 2009-04-16

    "The Whales of August" is the most courageous film that Bette Davis played a leading role in. Typical of her willingness to be seen by audiences as real, elderly, dying & blind when she was famous for her "Bette Davis Eyes," this "First Lady of US Cinema" earned that befitting title "the hard way." Discontent & not interested with beauty pageant, glossy, pretentious parts to the end of her life, Bette Davis sought the most challenging roles of everyday women. The word "star" doesn't fit her well at all. How can a person be a "star" when, through their work, they are reaching for the stars? Each time I view "The Whales..." I'm sobbing when it's over because Bette Davis has given her audience a brave farewell performance. She knew precisely what she was doing by chosing to be sees while dying after recovering from a stroke.

  • 1st Lifetime Achievement Award to an Actress

    • ZZZIZ
    • 2009-04-16

    Olivia de Haviland claimed she owed both of her Oscars to Bette Davis and found it most appropos that Davis was the first woman to ever receive the AFI's Lifetime Achievement Award. After recently viewing the film celebrating the Lifetime Achievements of Bette Davis' brilliant acting career and mentoring of other actors' careers, I am more convinced than ever that Miss Davis was and remains today the finest woman actor and humanitarian on film. There's no one I'd rather witness doing all she continues to do oh so well.

  • New to Bette

    • Nancy
    • 2009-04-15

    She's growing on me, but Marilyn Monroe is my number one favorite lol!

  • love her

    • Angela
    • 2009-04-15

    the best

  • Top of the Top

    • Rich
    • 2009-04-15

    On of the strongest and most versatile actresses in classic Hollywood. Aside from non-applicable singing and dancing, Davis's dramatic power had directly to do with her sharp and intelligent acting skills, and for her commitment to hard work and discipline...and not from her overwhelming good looks. It says a lot that she played great roles through old age. IMO, she got one less Oscar than she deserved...Hepburn and Crawford one more than they deserved.

  • "Another Man's Poison"

    • DW59
    • 2009-04-15

    This 1952 murder mystery stars Bette Davis as Janet Frobisher, a wealthy mystery writer who's about to meet her husband's ruthless business partner, for the first time. He's George Bates (Gary Merrill). At the time this film was made, Davis and Merrill were married and living in the home that is the one Janet Frobisher lives in. Seems Janet's husband suddenly turns up after escaping from prison with a scheme to black mail her. Shortly thereafter, Bates arrives and holds her hostage inside her own home by pretending to be her husband (who the neighbors have never seen before). Part of the sub-plot is that Frobisher's fallen in love with her secretary's fiance'. It's a treat to view Davis playing both the vixen & vamp, as well as the victim. How Davis embodies & conveys so many facets of one character is her forte'. Seeing inside Davis and Merrill's actual home, which they are both obviously quite comfortable moving around in, adds a memorable degree of intimacy. Viewer's are witnessing the real married couple in their real home. However, they are doing anything but playing their real selves. Davis is 44yo, in her middle-age prime, already released from Warner Brothers & free to work with United Artists in order to produce this marvelous film. It is very noir-ish while setting is inside Davis' home. The scenery becomes familiar as a country estate nestled in the countryside of England.

  • All about eve

    • Betty
    • 2009-04-15

    I love it it's great!

  • Over board

    • Charles
    • 2009-04-15

    She was alright. Not much of a looker, actually pretty scary, so I can't consider her a great actress.

  • No one Bette/r (than) Davis

    • ASingerSings
    • 2009-04-14

    For those who w(h)ine about the rave reveiws Bette Davis continues to receive in 2009, here's some cheese to go with it: 1) Bette Davis' history as a benevolent, gentle, kind, warm, loving human being is long, well documented by her peers, and is quite evident in all of the texts she authored herself. 2) The films Bette Davis chose to perform roles in are so widely varied that they transcend all stereotypes of women throughout the ages. 3) The life of Bette Davis has been celebrated by her performing artist peers to date because they still consider her to have set the bar for of what great acting skill consists. 4) We have the Bette Davis Foundation to thank, which she had the foresight to create & leave her hard earned wages to, for the acting career of Meryl Streep (probably nominated for Oscars almost as many times as Bette Davis was by now).

  • Cinema's Finest

    • UofALA
    • 2009-04-14

    Bette Davis, through her mass of films, continues to this day to enrich my life. After reading comments posted here, it's clear I'm not alone. As far as I'm concerned, every time she was nominated for an Oscar (10?, 11?) she easily won. Bette Davis remains cinema's finest actor of all time. Meryl Streep go that right!

  • Wish I'd Known Bette Davis

    • 15michelangelo64
    • 2009-04-12

    Whenever I'm watching one of Bette Davis' films, the feeling of longing to have known her overwhelms me. I admire her life's work. It's still tops.

  • Nobody Can Touch Her Work

    • VAKennedy
    • 2009-04-11

    As far as American actors go, nobody's ever even come close to acting as well as Bette Davis. I'm getting back into her films again after a long break. That's why I realized how great an actor she was. Thank you Bette Davis for being smart enough to make films and also recognize that television movies were the new medium during your time in filmmaking. "Nobody does it better."

  • Nearly 80 films in 8 years? !

    • MOMA
    • 2009-04-10

    I was reading through the filmography of Bette Davis from 1931-1939 and was astounded after counting the number of films in which she performed: nearly 80! That figure doesn't include all of the public footage, interviews, awards cermonies and is probably not a complete list either. When I considered the quality of each performance she turned in, it really floored me. How did she do it all, and so well? Bette Davis must have loved her work to accomplish that kind of productivity in such a short period. I compared her income for one film in the late 30's with Veronica Lake's income for one film: Bette Davis's income was ten times higher (Lake's was $350 a week to Davis' $3,500 a week). Those who believed that beauty & sexual appeal were what the production companies were paying the big bucks for were clearly mistaken. While Bette Davis was a knock out in "Now, Voyager," in particular, she was not intent upon playing roles that made her look drop dead gorgeous. She choose, instead, parts that made her resemble everyday women of each film's depicted period. Far be it from Bette Davis to use glamour or sexual appeal to either land or appear in a part. On the contrary, her work reveals that she deliberately took roles of women who were anything but bombshells. I'd betcha that she saved that part of herself for being in private. Given the roles she took that did accentuate her great figure, gorgeous eyes and beautiful face, ("Deception" being another), I can just imagine what she might have been like when she decided to turn on her passion with a man she loved--especially for Wm. Wyler. However, it's great fun to watch her flirting with a much younger Robert Wagner in "Madame Sin." Nobody did that better~

  • Best In Show (Business)

    • Dani07
    • 2009-04-10

    There's never been a soul to reach for the heaven's in her profession & make it, like Bette Davis. I'll always collect your films until I own every single piece of footage known to humankind that you are on. I'll read every word you've ever said that's been put into print. You're still the Best in Show Business!

  • "Yankee Lady" Leads the Ranks

    • My_Mahalo
    • 2009-04-05

    Miss Davis, as she preferred to be called, rightly deserved to be the first actress to receive the American Film Institute's highest honor: the Lifetime Achievement Award. After playing hundreds of parts, no role stereotype stuck to her. That remains part of her brilliance: she could be anybody on screen. She danced beautifully with Henry Fonda in her Oscar-winning role in "Jezebel" & put on a great comedic dance performance in "Thank Your Lucky Stars." There's even a CD recording of many of the show songs Miss Davis sang. Although song & dance were not her speciality she could perform them well. As a comediene, Davis was a hoot who had great timing & took understated rolea, time & again during comedies (like "The Man Who Came to Dinner," "The Bride Came C.O.D.," "The Anniversary," & even "Wicked Stepmother"). However, high drama was her forte'. Characters she became took on main social issues, such as censorship & "red witch hunts" in "Storm Center," agism in "A Piano for Mrs. Cimino," classism in "Pocketful of Miracles," gender inequality in "Ex-Lady," child slavery & illiteracy in Wales in "The Corn is Green," the right to die in "The Right of Way," to name a few! Although Bette Davis took her career seriously, on set, her sense of humor had a way of making light & laughter out of lines missed, costume malfunctions, & actors being too tired to do another take. I can't conjure up a name of an actor who has yet to equal her achievements. And she did it, "the hard way." Aloha

  • Cream of the Crop

    • Calvert
    • 2009-04-02

    Of Hollywood's Golden Era, there is no actor, man or woman, whose achievements compare to Miss Bette Davis. It is my hope that TCM will consider airing many more of Bette Davis' films so that viewers who are unfamiliar with her work have the opportunity to enjoy the greatest actor of all (thus far). Today's younger people are being fed such lousy scripts (typically) that I feel that if they have the chance to view the cream of the crop they'll never settle for less again. Paul Newman was asked why he had remained faithful to Joanne Woodward. He replied asking why got out for hamburger when there's steak at home. Give the viewers champagne, TCM, then they won't settle for beer!

  • First Lady of American Cinema to Date

    • m_d
    • 2009-04-02

    The vastness of films Bette Davis performed the lead in is staggering. The "Yankee Lady" played quite a few Southern Belles named Charlotte, for example. It's challenging to say what type of character I prefered her to play; they're so different. How can I possibly compare, for example, Charlotte Hollis ("Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte,") with Charlotte Vale, ("Now, Voyager"); or Madame Sin ("Madame Sin") with Julie Marsden ("Jezebel")? I wish TCM (my favorite television network) would show a much more diverse set of Bette Davis' films than are currently being aired & re-aired. With nearly 100 films to select from, it does seem unfortunate not to offer this generation of viewers a wider variety of Miss Davis' films. Individually each film is a treasure, a msterpiece, in its own way. As a collection, the films of Bette Davis provide a sociological history of most of the 20th century in the US, at the very least. Kindly, m_d

  • She was fine

    • Adam
    • 2009-04-01

    But not great. Too much overacting for me, too over the top. Too much mannerisms! Anyway, she's alright, but nothing to get overly passionate about.

  • Great for Nearly 60 Years

    • Grouix
    • 2009-04-01

    No one can touch the 60 year acting career accomplishments of Bette Davis. Even her interviews are superb. Miss Davis' books are also amazingly direct and candid. Why do people still say she only received 2 Oscars when she received 3? The 3rd being the first woman & first actress to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award Oscar (the fifth person ever). Miss Davis' acting award record is remarkable considering she was nominated for Best Actress 5 years in a row and for a grand total of 11 times. Daunting, eh?

  • Her Legend Lives On

    • MAC
    • 2009-04-01

    There was a time, during Hollywood's "Golden Era," when people needed very much to be drawn into very heavy dramas. Such films provided the public with distraction. Of all the actors who could draw people into their characters, Bette Davis was the best. She was the sweet daughter of a diabolical mother ("Now, Voyager"), an adulterous murderer ("The Letter"), the self-sacrificing mother who gave-up her daughter so that she could live a more privileged life ("The Old Maid"), the rebellious Southern debutant who deeply regetted how she'd defied social conventions (Jezebel), both sisters, one greedy & selfish, the other, a genteel romantic artist ("A Stolen Life"), a very amusing, independent young woman uttering feminist lines decades before they were routine ("Ex-Lady), a famous actress whose career & lover were being manipulated out of her grasp by a younger woman ("All About Eve", a Welsh school marm determined to teach coal mining youths ("The Corn is Green"), a pianist during WWII who thought she lost the man she loved overseas, only to find the great cellist after she'd been another man's lover ("Deception")... and so many clueless reviewers claim Bette Davis was typecast as a b...h! Bunk! They haven't watched the bulk of her best films, obviously. After all the are around 100 to view before making such an erroneous assertion.

  • A Pleasure to View & Review

    • Jill Clements
    • 2009-04-01

    Of all the actors there are to view & review, doing so for Bette Davis is the most pleasurable. Her lifetime achievement as the greatest actress from the US set the standard for all actors who follow. Her films are always a delight to view. Too bad the film industry changed from making films as works of art larger than life, as Miss Davis suggested (on Dick Cavettt's show in the 1970's), to making films that reveal how humans have become more degenerate than not. I prefer the older films BY FAR... Jill

  • Greatest US Film Actress of All Time!

    • DCDr
    • 2009-04-01

    Nearly 101 years after her birth, with a beautiful US postage stamp created to commemorate her 100th birthday in 2008, a resume' that includes over 100 choice films that are still being watched and raved about today, Bette Davis has certainly earned the title of "First Lady of American Cinema," that came out with her FDC. Having given so much of herself to the WWII effort to support the moral of GIs, so much of her life to the viewing public, in order to create a truly outstanding and unique career, especially for a woman during her era and Hollywood's "Golden Era," there's no doubt in my mind that her acting skills have exceeded every other actor in the US. Her performances speak volumes to support this claim. They are recorded for proterity, thankfully. 60 years in one profession is hardly heard of now. To have the discipline and fortitude to be a woman amongst dominating men in the studio system, as she was, and became known as the "4th Warner Brother" because of her contributions to the making of Warner Brothers as a production company with which to be reckoned, also lend credence to her peer-recognized and adored stature. Bette Davis has been named other actors' favorite with whom to work. That's because her interest wasn't self-focused, but rather, she was film-focused, cast-focused, in order to create great films. Films profitted from her very presence in them. Bette Davis brought other actors up to her stature, selflessly for the sake of creating great performance art experiences. She's left an acting legacy that no American actor or actress has ever achieved since. (And as it seems here, reviewers didn't realize Bette Davis could dance quite well. She perform hardly at all as a dancer because she prefered not to be in musicals, which weren't taken as seriously as dramatic films).

  • Tribute to "The First Lady of American Cinema"

    • DrMD
    • 2009-03-27

    Few American women actors of Hollywood's "Golden Era" possessed the self-esteem, acting skill, courage, daring, and on-set congeniality to portray characters who were less than appealing, attractive, sexy, man-dominated, subserviant, and apolitical. Fortunately, Bette Davis embodied a unqiue blend of charisma that made conforming to all of those antiquated traits quite unnecessary. Because she did not conform herself into a socially acceptable woman, the legacy of her filmography remains an insurpassable gift of surprises towards which any actor will need to aspire. Of the 100 or so roles Bette Davis elected to play, her corpus reveals that there isn't simply one type of woman. No American performance artist of the 20th century achieved as much liberation for women~ ----------------------------------- Submitted by: DrMD bette.davis1908-1989@hotmail.com

  • The woman you loved to hate

    • dennis novick
    • 2009-03-10

    She always played intelligent women .Usually they were mean and quite often they were cruel to men.Though she was far from beautiful she could play women who were admired and loved.She played in a movie called the actress in which she played an aging self-centered actress saved by the love for a man who loved the sea. the love interest was played by Sterling Hayden who did love the sea and who als wrote novels.Who can ever forget hi in the godfather or on the Gypsy, Eric Robert's first film.

  • You're still loved

    • glenn staton
    • 2009-02-25

    Ms. Davis was a most amazing woman and very beautiful. Always. I wish I had known her. I'm not qualified to 'rate' her.

  • An Amazing Actress

    • Rachel
    • 2009-02-08

    Bette Davis was an extremely great actress who made an outstanding performance in almost every film she played no matter what role. i think she was the best and one of a kind because you really don't see acting like that anymore. I Really enjoy her films because i know they will be good mostly by the way she keeps you interested in the story line. and i really admire her alot. thank you

  • always excellent.

    • jan
    • 2009-01-30

    bette davis never gave a bad performance. her best films were at warners were she starred along flynn, carson, cagney and other impressive male stars.

  • The Queen Bee

    • Laural
    • 2008-11-27

    Bette Davis is the greatest actress that ever lived.She could play any role and play it good.She was nominated 10 times for an academy award and won twice but in my opinion she should have won many more times.My favorite actress and,if you ask me,a very beautiful star.

  • #1

    • Mary Bordwell
    • 2008-10-27

    Who else compares? Fought the movie moguls and won.....for all the women who came after her......Who else compares?

  • A legend of all times

    • Pedro
    • 2008-10-12

    Bette Davis is simply the greatest actress who ever lived. She's probably my favorite screen legend of all time, on and off screen. No one will ever surpass her.

  • Miss Davis

    • Brit
    • 2008-10-06

    Definition of class.

  • Unsurpassed

    • Patty
    • 2008-10-04

    Bette Davis sets the screen ablaze whenever she appears in a film. Best classic movie actress ever. She could play belles though she didn't have the looks of a Vivian Leigh. She brilliantly played Midwesterners, Southerners, well-to-do, slatternly, women of all kinds from all places, though her roots were middle-class New England. This is an actress who had the guts to emotionally bare herself onscreen in every role - and she deservedly garnered glory for her courage and for her heart-stopping talent. No leading lady of her time came close - and I include Katharine Hepburn (who was wonderful but tended to play the same part)and Joan Crawford (terrible actress, great star). Bette Davis won 2 Oscars but deserved quite a few more, for example: "The Letter," "The Little Foxes," "Now, Voyager," "All About Eve," "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane." I can't think of another veteran film actress, with the exception of Meryl Streep, who has her range and depth. Bette Davis is in a class by herself.

  • Most overated actress

    • tristan
    • 2008-09-30

    She thought she was the greatest actress of all time. There was lots of actresses as good if not better than she was. If you weren't up to her standards you were beneath her. From what i've seen of her in biography's and other sources she was arrogant and egotistical.

  • The Greatest and the most original.

    • Joyce
    • 2008-09-14

    Bette Davis is the only actress that was not a conventional beauty that could play any part convincingly and originally. I am a fan of Kay Francis and I love her as being Star of the Month. Bette Davis came along and changed everything and startled the entire industry which makes her films so desirable. I am crazy about her and no one will ever touch her genius and ingenuity.

  • The Greatest Ever

    • Riccardo Bono
    • 2008-08-26

    Among actresses, it's hard to top Bette. She was the hard headed realist who demanded competence not only of herself...but the whole ensemble that makes a film a work of art....and she truly was the consummate artist. Her interpretations were realistic and forthright portrayals...and her understanding of scripts, and character evolution through the duration of the film were tops. There was no 20th century actress that could surpass her.

  • No One Did It Like She Did

    • PR
    • 2008-08-20

    I've read some of the negative comments posted here, as well as the glowing ones, and I have come to the conclusion that all together, they point to the great artist that Bette was. She well understood that her audience expected to be entertained, and whatever she needed to do to accomplish that, she was only too willing to do. You cannot judge stars of her era by today's ridiculous standards. For her time, she tried to be as real as she felt warranted, without losing sight of what she was being paid to do...entertain people. She will always be a legend, because she was larger than life, with her warts and all. Few today will ever rival her status, since they are not, to my way of thinking, true entertainers. Dedication, drive and tenacity were all qualities she had in volumes, and she poured them into everything she did. Her bad films are just as entertaining as her great ones. Just try NOT to watch her in any role, since she commands your attention. To be as continually popular as she is some 20 years after her death is a glowing tribute to a spirited actress, entertainer and celebrity. She will entertain audiences for generations to come, and thanks to TCM for providing a vehicle to allow her current fans to enjoy her, and for making it possible for new ones to discover her. Thanks, Bette...you will always be a star.

  • Bette is a LEGEND!!!

    • Clare Ikeguchi
    • 2008-08-16

    I love all of Bette Davis's movies! She was the most talented and dedicated actress to grace the silver screen. There were so many movies she has done: Jezebel, All This And Heaven Too, The Private Lives of Elizabeth And Essex, The Little Foxes, The Letter, Now, Voyager, Mr. Skeffington, and All About Eve (All my personal favorites)! I love how she portrayed strong and independent women on the screen, and she was like that in real life. She always played her characters so well. I think her and William Wyler did great together in movies. She is most definatly my favorite actress!

  • Best actor of all time

    • Annette Pullen
    • 2008-08-02

    Bette Davis was the greatest actor who ever lived. THere is no one who can even come close either living or dead. She defied the hollywood system in a time when it just was not done in an effort to get better roles for herself. She took roles that were not necessarily acttractive or likeable when other actors shied away from such roles. It was always about her art.

  • I lOVE BETTE!!!!!

    • Jenna
    • 2008-07-10

    Miss Davis is definitly one of my favorite actresses!!! She is such a strong leading lady!! She is such a talented actress! She knows what shes doing!! She could play any type of role, whether it be an unhappy suffering actress who has nothing better to do than get drunk, she could be a peppy rich girl, anything!! I love all of her moies and could watch them oer and over again! All of her hard work and dedication really show in all of her pictures. I think thats why I like her so much!! I dont think she gets as much credit for her movies as she deserves though. Shes great and will be remembered and honored for years!!!

  • One of a kind!

    • Jennifer
    • 2008-07-06

    Bette was a super actress & one tough cookie! She reminds me a lot of my mom, which she also loves Bette, her hero! I would have to say I love most if not all of her movies. She always had a way of making you feel the way she felt in a particular scene & you just had to keep your eyes on her at all times! A true star!

  • "When they made her they broke the mold"

    • Lisa Arrigton
    • 2008-06-26

    i love BETTE DAVIS!i could watch her all day and forever.her expertise is simply exquisite! She is truly all that. Her range of emotion is matched only by her beauty and presence. i can't get enough of her.Thank GOD i haven't seen all her work, I still have the honor and sheer delight to partake of her brillance yet again! I LOVE YOU BET!

  • They dont make them like that anymore!!

    • Elkhound
    • 2008-05-21

    She was so CUTE in her blond and younger days!!

  • the best there is

    • maurice
    • 2008-05-01

    i have been a bette davis fan for years, i am 47 most of her movies i have seen on tv or video, know i have a collection of her on dvd, she is the best actress out there, know and will ever be, she has talent that no actress today could ever take her place, she fought for what she thought was right and stood her own ground thats why there will never be an actress today who could ever take her place on the silver screen or in life its self,

  • The best actress ever!

    • Mary
    • 2008-04-19

    My very favorite actress!Happy 100th Bette,we wish you were here with us still.

  • One of the greatest actresses ever.

    • Joyce
    • 2008-04-19

    She is the queen of movies and will always be the most remembered female actor till the end of time. I love her in everything she has done. She can be funny and serious.

  • The only actress I really love.

    • Joyce
    • 2008-04-18

    I can't help but love this actress. She just makes movie heaven.

  • The queen of overacting.

    • Classic Film Fan
    • 2008-04-14

    She is just too over the top! I have never seen her in anything where I can take her serious. She always overacts and her characters are never believable, she makes me cringe, but I can see why she has fans.

  • Is there a performance in which she acts?

    • Katie
    • 2008-04-07

    I was feeling bit down and out on April 5, 2008, when TCM had an entire day dedicated to Bette Davis and showed all of her films which crack me up -I was laughing so hard I couldn't stop. Is there a Bette Davis movie out there that people can take seriously? People always underestimate the power of actors around that time, and I think it's because Bette Davis is the most popular.

  • Bette is imortal!

    • Patrice Oldani
    • 2008-04-06

    Bette will always be imortal to her fans. The way she pulls you into her movies is remarkable. She empowers women to the end! She will always be missed, but always remembered because we have her movies.

  • Bette is the Best

    • Diana
    • 2008-04-05

    Today is Bette Davis 100 birthday!!! She is the best in my opinion actress ever. she never cared about how she looked on a movie except that is if it looked the part and thats it. they will never be another but there has have someone come close and thats meryl streep who even bette said was.

  • The Greatest

    • Joyce Thomas
    • 2008-04-03

    I love Bette Davis more than any other performer. She is my film idol. I think that James Woods put it best. There is Bette Davis and then the rest. I don't cre how difficult she is. She is marvelous, simply marvelous!!!

  • Facinating

    • Pamela
    • 2008-03-19

    Bette Davis is one of the worlds greatest stars who I personally beleive was one of the most facinating ladies in Hollywood. Under rated now a days by people my age who seem to think film is only good if in colour. Sad but true. Lunatics!!!

  • Beautiful Bette

    • Simoa
    • 2008-03-17

    I have now just discovered the classic movies of Hollywood's Golden Age and the giants that ruled this age. Bette Davis is the magnificent...there are no words to describe her. I have only seen All About Eve, but she absolutley impressed me. I do plan on seeing Of Human Bondage, which the scene where she scrams and wipes her mouth made me gape at her. I had to remain silent, she was incredible! Bette Davis is someone I admire and whose movies I do hope to see. She is an inspiration to a young girl with dreams of becoming a classic actress one day.

  • BETTE DAVIS

    • Angelica
    • 2008-03-03

    One of my favorite lines from Miss Davis movies. I believe it may have been one of her first films in which she had blond hair. I think it might have been from In Human Bondage. She states, "Every time you kissed me, I use to just wipe my mouth, wipe my mouth!" Now that's classic, because as she is saying it, she actually wipes her mouth. I love it. Another line, "Hold on to your hats, it's going to be a bumpy night" (All About Eve).

  • Miss Bette Davis

    • Joyce
    • 2008-02-03

    I think the actor James Woods put it best.There is only one great actress or actor. There is only Bette Davis and the the others are only the rest. You can watch Now Voyager a thousand times and that is still not enough. I liked her inthe movie "In this our Life" which is one of my favorites. In Jezebel she is like no other . Her acting skills in "Of Human Bondage" are beyond words. There is only one real actress. Miss Bette Davis.

  • The Greatest

    • juanita
    • 2008-01-22

    There has never been an actress like Bette Davis. She made each role come to life none other.

  • One of the Greats

    • JAM
    • 2008-01-22

    She's rivaled only by Meryl Streep in her acting versatility.

  • Bette Davis, and the DVDs.

    • Mike
    • 2008-01-16

    In retrospect, what I wrote was, if anything, childish. My personal opinion of Miss Davis should not have been posted where the public has immediate access to it, and I do apologize for those who were insulted by my words. As for Warner Home Video, they are, of course, the leading DVD distributors, and are making the best effort of getting rare titles on DVD, but it's just frustrating for fans of other stars and films to watch Bette (and other stars) get constantly released on DVD. For instance, she was on the second James Cagney boxed set (The Bride Came C.O.D.), on the first Forbidden Hollywood Collection (Waterloo Bridge), on the second as well (Three on a Match, and is also on the cover of the second set), and now she is also getting her third boxed set? It was insulting for Shearer fans to purchase the original Forbidden Hollywood collection, and see Norma's infamously shapeless legs on there, but go home without any new Norma DVDs. While the Bette Davis name can obviously move more titles, I think they should solely let her own DVD sets and let the other stars grace the 'Forbidden Hollywood' collection, among others sets as well. But I'm still going to ask my question, why so much Bette Davis?

  • "She wasn't even that good of an actress"?

    • John Klintworth
    • 2008-01-14

    While everyone is of course entitled to their opinion, the reason there is yet another DVD boxed set of Bette Davis movies, is, despite your opinion, because this actress was and is internationally recognized as one of the greatest film actors ever. And perhaps because there is a new boxed set as April 5, 2008 marks the centenary of her birth. I do hope that your favourite actors and movies get the attention you'd like, Mike.

  • Why another boxed set?

    • Mike
    • 2008-01-12

    This Warner Home Video hype of Bette Davis (and the more famous Warner Brothers stars in general) is just getting on my last nerve. They released the Crawford/Davis collections together back in '05, but it took them three years to get off their asses and release another Crawford set, while Bette has had DVDs galore. She’s been on the James Cagney set, and both Forbidden Hollywood Collections. It isn't just Crawford, there's little of Clark Gable, Norma Shearer, Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow, Greta Garbo, Kay Francis (also a Warner star, but it's likely you'll never find a Francis movie on DVD from WHV) from Warner. Not only that, but Warner Home Video is also careless about their packaging of MGM DVDs, look at the special features on the 'Midsummer Night's Dream' DVD compared to that on 'Romeo and Juliet' –why own a catalog if you’re going to be so stingy with the releases. AND when is Warner going to sell the pre 1930 MGM catalog to Kino or Milestone so we can finally get some silents on DVD. (I remember when they claimed they were releasing Lillian Gish’s ‘The Scarlet Letter’ on DVD –ha, some beautiful packaging from the studio that didn’t keep their word! ) Warner Home Video needs to relax with these ridiculous Davis DVDS and start releasing movies from stars that actually matter. She wasn't even that good of an actress. There's a big difference between Bette Davis playing 'Charlotte Vale' and Bette Davis playing Bette Davis playing 'Charlotte Vale'. Oh and when are they going to acknowledge the fact that Kay Francis was their Queen of the Lot when Davis was just a B-picture loser?

  • Greatest Actress!

    • Cindy
    • 2007-12-27

    If it wasnt for the airing of "Jezebel"on TCM several months ago I would have never seen Mrs. Davis great acting abilities!Ever since then I have seen more of the movies she made and all I have to say is that I love them! She was a great actress and wish todays actors were that passionate with their roles!

  • I saw Dark Victory last night....

    • maggie
    • 2007-12-22

    and it was AWESOME. Every time I see that movie I am amazed at the talent of Bette Davis. There will never be another actress to compare.

  • Bette

    • BerryCreamy
    • 2007-12-08

    Man, no other actress - past or present can compare to Bette Davis. She was one of the greatest actresses in Cinema History. And she had the characteristics every woman only dreamed of having at that time: talent, free-spirited and strong-willed. If you want to see the best of Bette, try seeing “All About Eve”, "Dark Victory" and “Jezebel” which – in my opinion – are her best performances. Bette is great – and will remain great for a long time.

  • The Queen of Hollywood

    • gavinci
    • 2007-11-10

    There never has been and probably never will be another actress so skilled, headstrong and versatile as Ms Davis. A true legend!

  • One of a Kind

    • Tina
    • 2007-10-11

    There aren't enought adjectives to describe this incredible woman, a true American treasure. I recently treated my self a boxed set of her most memorable films.

  • POPEYE THE MAGNIFICENT!!

    • JBNIII
    • 2007-09-23

    No other actress comes close to reaching the depth, range and versatility of Bette Davis. She is still the best actress we have had to date!!!

  • Why Bette Davis Is Great

    • Celeste Marshall
    • 2007-09-16

    Bette Davis happens to be, in my opinion, the greatest actress to ever grace the silver screen. She could play any type of character from shy to cunning with such conviction that it was scary. She happens to be my all-time favorite actor. I have seen every movie she made and wish she were still around to make more. They don't make actresses like that anymore! She was in a class by herself!

  • Bette Davis

    • jOYCE
    • 2007-09-04

    The greatest of the greatest. I could watch her all day and everyday.

  • The Greatest Actress

    • ML
    • 2007-08-24

    Miss Davis was the greatest actress in hollywood history. She was a true icon.

  • Goodness...what an actress

    • Brando4ever
    • 2007-08-18

    Miss Davis is such a wonderful, powerful actress!!!!!! Enough said!!!!

  • The best

    • LaGail
    • 2007-08-01

    She was a great actress. I really loved her movies. When I was in nursing school I got real hooked on watching her old flims. I hope TCM will play more of her. No other actress can top her..

  • THE QUEEN HER SELF

    • TANYA CONYERS
    • 2007-07-18

    WHAT ELSE CAN I SAY ABOUT SUCH A GREAT LADY SHE IS THE QUEEN AND ALWAYS WILL WHOLE THAT TITLE

  • My HERO

    • April
    • 2007-07-18

    I just love her. I have always had a strange obsession with her. Perhaps it is because she shares my birthday 05/04/80. She draws you into her soul in all of her movies yet she is a strong female who demands respect.

  • The Queen of Hollywood

    • Ronnie
    • 2007-05-09

    I love everything she has done, she is without question the best actress to ever live. I was only two years old when she passed away, but she is such a huge part of my life now. I could never love any actress more then her. She overcame so much and she did it the hard way.

  • This movie should get 4 stars

    • christina
    • 2007-04-16

    i love this indearing movie and i hope i get it on a video one of these days and bette davis always gives a great movie performs And I love the fact how she looks in the movie that she is in, Knowing how the person she plays she plays is beautiful of awful looking and I love all her movies thats she has done in the past. love always christina R franco

  • Good Movie

    • debbie crawford
    • 2007-03-21

    I love any movie with B Davis in it, she was the movies. Great talent.

  • Full of Fire and Music.

    • Chris Farmer
    • 2007-02-08

    The title is taken from All About Eve which is Bette's best film. There has never been an actress with so much force. She could make you feel any emotion she wanted because she was a huge ball of emotion herself. Bette has given the screen some of the best female performances ever. If you want to see her at her best see All About Eve, Now Voyager, The Letter, Dark Victory, and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane.

  • The best film actor ever?

    • John Klintworth
    • 2007-02-05

    Next year, 2008, will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bette Davis, an actor with a career to celebrate. I first saw her as a child watching the late show, "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte" and it has taken many years to get to know her work, I have seen 44 of her films so far, and I think only Meryl Streep can compare in range and quality of film characterizations. I am hoping that TCM will show more of her very early films because the world deserves as much Bette Davis as it can get!

  • Just awesome; have admired her for years.

    • Mark
    • 2007-02-04

    She was not afraid to push the envelope. And in her time, that was more than brave.

  • I Love Bette Davis

    • (Gemini) Brad
    • 2007-01-23

    Bete Davis Is The Best !

  • Bette Davis is the best!

    • leatha
    • 2006-12-21

    The best actress I've ever seen.

  • The Greatest Actress Ever!

    • D
    • 2006-12-11

    No one will ever surpass Miss Davis in talent or in the legacy left behind. A sensitve woman who was not just sexy but sensual and dynamic. One of a kind!

  • Bette Davis

    • Loretta Bond
    • 2006-10-17

    I have always been a fan of black and white movies. I can sit and watch them all day. I love it when Bette Davis movies are on. She is one of a kind. Bette is one of the best actresses of all time. She can play any part and the great thing about Bette is while you are watching her movie, you believe she really is the person she is playing. I love Bette Davis and I love Turner Classic movies. Nothing is better than being cuddled up in front of the T.V. and watching Bette on TCM. Thanks, Loretta Bond

  • Bette is superb and brilliant!!!

    • randy
    • 2006-10-11

    Of course, Bette is the greatest. Not only a super actress but the studio glammed her up quite a bit. I've always found her to be a very beautiful woman. When she is on the screen, there is nowhere else to look. I love to watch interviews with her because you never know what she'll say. She deserves a standing ovation for opening the Hollywood Canteen during WW2. Check these lesser known Bette movies out: In This, Our Life; Old Acquaintance; Deception; and Dead Ringer. Bette will live forever on film and video!!

  • Bette Davis

    • Holly
    • 2006-09-25

    Powerhouse actress. One of the best.

  • The Greatest Actress Ever born

    • Joyce
    • 2006-09-17

    Thank you for Stardust and Bette Davis in May. I am still watching the tapes I made of her every film. I love her more than any other by a long shot.

  • Greater than great Bette Davis

    • Joyce Thomas
    • 2006-09-17

    In May Bette Davis was the star of the month. Stardust, her biography spelled out why. I have never admired an actress as I do Bette Davis. She is incomparable. I taped all of her films. I never get enough of her. She is the only actress that draws all of your attention no matter how many times she is seen. As Robert Wagner said, She was and still is the only one doing that stuff. I get a thrill out of seeing her . She shines above the rest. There are no words to describe her. Please show her more and more and more. I love her. She makes me happy just to see her on film. If only I could have met her, just once.

  • The Great Bette Davis

    • o.a.c.
    • 2006-09-12

    She was the best ever.Don't know if any actress of this generation could compare. Pairing her with Paul Muni in "Bordertown" was a favorite of mine.

  • Miss Bette Davis

    • Nicole
    • 2006-08-01

    Bette Davis is by far one of the best actresses that has ever lived. She would change everything about herself just so that she would match the character exactly. She was beautiful and very, very talented. I first saw her in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex when I was real young, even then I knew that she had something special, that no one else had. I will always remember her and her movies.

  • One of the best actresses EVER!

    • Bette-Elizabeth
    • 2006-07-14

    For a long time i really didnt understand why my parents named me after her, It was always odd having such an old fashioned southern Name in New York City, but After Bette Davis eyes came out I was the most popular girl in school. I love her and she will always be my favorite actress.

  • bette davis

    • machelle
    • 2006-06-22

    please please please , have a day when you play all bette davis movies.you do know she was one of the best actresses ever.

  • New found love for Bette.

    • L Jones
    • 2006-06-09

    I have always like a lot of Bette Davis' movies. I have recently learned to appreciate her even more. Having experienced more and more of her movies (I have started seeking out movies with Bette in them - no matter how small the role), I appreciate how versatile she really was. She could do it all!

  • An Earth Angel

    • Teresa J Wood
    • 2006-06-02

    I sure would like it if TCM would run some of the other's : Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte

  • please play more bette davis

    • susan wallace
    • 2006-06-01

    my favorite actress. i love bette

  • The Best Actress EVER

    • MB
    • 2006-05-30

    Bette was a character actress waiting to get out of a leading actress's body. If the character she played demanded that she look homely or bandaged up, she never seemed to mind. She also could give the illusion of being beautiful, if that was what the part demanded. I have always felt that she was totally honest in every portrayal. Bravo to Bette!

  • Bette was the ULTIMATE!!!

    • m. whalen
    • 2006-05-01

    Bette fought her way !! She knew what she wanted. She knew how to ACT!! She did it the hard way!!!

  • There will never be another like Bette

    • Ben
    • 2006-04-25

    The first movie I had ever seen of Bette was All about Eve, though I hadn't rented it to watch her, I wanted to see the early work of Marilyn Monroe. I was amazed how Bette lured me in to her world of Margo I completely forgot about Marilyn, after that I wanted more. Ironically I went to rent my next Bette Davis movie called "Beyond the Forest" I had not known at the time that it was known as one of her worst pictures, I loved it... and though I still haven't seen all her work one day I will, I have posters, pictures, biographies and though she is not known for her sex appeal she was indeed an extremely beatiful actress.

  • One of the greatest actresses ever

    • Carrie
    • 2006-04-25

    I have read her biography by Barbara Leaming and I know she made many mistakes in her life. But who didn't? And I'm not the one to judge her. I can only judge her range as an actress. And she was a marvelous actress. I don't remember the first film in which I've seen her in, it was in 1995 when I was 7. I liked her from the very beginning but I was capable of understanding her magnificent acting some years later. She was superb in the roles of heroines and antagonists. I will always remember her as a great actress who really knew how to fight for her rights as an actor.

  • Bette Davis

    • Donna
    • 2006-04-24

    The first time I saw Bette Davis believe it or not was in Of Human Bondage. I was about 10 years old. Had no interest in movies and had no idea who this actress even was. Her performance as Mildred captivated me. I was in awe of her from that moment on and have been a fan of old movies since and particularly Bette Davis movies. I loved her performances in All About Eve, Dark Victory, Watch On The Rhine, The Little Foxes, Jezabel but Of Human Bondage still remains the favorite.

  • Bette Davis Perhaps the greatest actress

    • jodi nixon
    • 2006-04-20

    I recently saw one of Bette's first movies, On human bondage. It was great seeing her in something I've never seen before. This actors range and ability to make you feel what the charector is feeling is extrodinary. I can watch her films over and over and keep seeing something new. There seem to be fewer and fewer old movie fans. I just thought it would be fun to communicate with a few people who love Bette Davis films as much as I.

  • Bette Davis

    • Ame
    • 2006-02-24

    Bette Davis was a wonderful actress of the 1930's through the 1950's. She made many memorable pictures such as Mr. Skeffington, The Letter, A Stolen Life, and All About Eve. I'm a huge Bette Davis fan, so I have to include one of my favorite quotes made by her character Margo Channing: "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night."

  • You Can't Get Much Better...

    • SwingDancingRed
    • 2006-02-14

    Absolutely one of my all-time favorite actresses.

  • Best Actress of a Lifetime.

    • toti santiago
    • 2006-02-02

    Guess I am stuck in the 30's, 40's and 50's movieland without regrets, since this is the era where Bette Davis reigned supreme. Altough I have to see All About Eve in full entirety, my head spins to this day why she didn't win an Oscar for the role of a lifetime and best remembered. They gave it strangely that year to Judy Holiday. Even without the magical lines, she is still Margo Channing personified. She is the only actress who exposes my true emotions on performances in Of Human BOndage, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane and surprisingly, Piano For Mrs. Cimino. Frankness and dedication to her craft is just one of her formidable qualities that will be best remembered. Truly, she is the greatest Best Actress that will never be repeated again.

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