Her fans were extremely important to her. I don’t know whether it comes across sometimes because of some of the things people say about how tough she was and what a perfectionist she was. If they came up to her and asked for an autograph, no problem, she would give it. She used to say to me: “Mike, without my fans I’m nothing.”
Bette Davis & Irving Rapper on the set of Now, Voyager (1942)
At the London Palladium, a woman asked, “Miss Davis, have you ever had your face lifted?” I asked her to come down to the stage. In the far recesses of the theater, a lady started walking down the aisle. It was a long walk and she looked petrified. I guess she thought I might hit her. When she arrived, I walked to the edge of the stage, knelt down with my face out over the footlights so she could see me clearly, and said, “Don’t you think I’d look better if I had had a facelift?”
Bette Davis in “Now, Voyager”, 1942.
Great shot of Bette Davis emoting for a radio program in the 1940s.
Birthday Remembrance: Bette Davis (5 April 1908 - 6 October 1989), here seen on the set of Now, Voyager