Bette Davis

Inspired by this article on HuffPo, I decided to feature one of my (many) vintage style icons: Bette Davis! Over the span of her career, she mastered the changing styles like none other.

So gorgeous, and pleasant-looking.

So gorgeous, and pleasant-looking.

Not only smart and incredibly talented, she co-founded the “Hollywood Canteen” during WWII, was the first female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, possessed a killer glare, and a fabulous sense of style. If you want a “crash course” in her basic history, take a gander at her Wikipedia page, then go to a library!

Her career spanned a half-century, and despite her “demanding” nature, she was rewarded professionally with ten Academy Award nominations. One of my favorite of her films is “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane,” partially because she’s so delightfully cruel to Joan, and partially because she was brave enough to look old and ugly (hideous, really) at a time when actresses shunned those parts. (Aside: I think I may be “Baby Jane” for Halloween one year. Would it be completely inappropriate to get a wheelchair-bound companion for the night to play Blanche??)

So amazingly creepy!

So amazingly creepy!

BCJaneDinner

Re: rat for dinner – “What’s the matter, Blanche, you didn’t eat your din din.”

I’m getting ahead of myself though, there are so many fabulous examples of her fashion throughout the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s! Take a look!

Rocking the menswear!

Rocking the menswear!

Sporty!

Sporty!

A movie still, but she definitely commanded attention. The gown has so much fabric, but she doesn't look swallowed.

A movie still, but she definitely commanded attention. The gown has so much fabric, but she doesn’t look swallowed.

LOVE this suit, and the fur shoulders, and her hat! It's all so great!

LOVE this suit, and the fur shoulders, and her hat! It’s all so great!

She is aging so gracefully, and isn't interested in bullshit, obvs.

She is aging so gracefully, and isn’t interested in bullshit, obvs.

Love this dress, and her lovely hat!

Love this dress, and her lovely hat!

So young, and completely gorgeous in this magnificent gown!

So young, and completely gorgeous in this magnificent gown!

Also, recently I saw this clip of Bette making a guest appearance on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show in 1981! She is totally with it, looks incredible (LOVE the outfit), and says she used to hate her face! If Bette Davis hated her own face, that means we all need to chill the hell out and be happy with what we’ve got instead of being miserable until we get old, only to finally realize we are totally gorgous-mazing!

What are your thoughts on Bette? Her life, style, acting? Any interesting personal anecdotes?

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s