Young Bette Davis

January 25, 2009

This is a young Bette Davis from "The Rich Are Always With Us" which was actually a vehicle for stars George Brent and Ruth Chatterton (who were married at the time but that's another story for another day...)

Personally I think Bette Davis was in her element playing in huge sweeping romantic movies like Dark Victory, Now Voyager and Mr. Skeffington. But I also ADORE her early pre-code movies. Peroxide blonde with beestung lips, it is amazing to see what Bette looked like when she was being groomed for stardom as a platinum blonde it girl. She wasn't the diva of All About Eve, the horror queen of Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte, nor was she the legend that we all know and love today. She was just a young girl hoping to become a great actress in Hollywood.

If you're interested in seeing more of young Bette Davis, these movies are available on DVD: The Petrified Forest (my favorite!), Three on a Match, Marked Woman, Of Human Bondage & Hell's House


Ginger Ingenue said...

THE PETRIFIED FOREST is my favorite too! :)

And I LOVE pre-code, blonde Bettie Davis. So beautiful...and your picture looks just like her! Especially the eyes.

Unknown said...

Thanks so much! The Petrified Forest was on tv today-- I could watch it a million times!

Unknown said...

@Kate GabrielleTesting a reply.