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Friday, May 14, 2010

From 1972: Episode of "This Is Your Life" with Bette Davis (and Olivia)

From 1972: This is a fun episdode of "This is Your Life", with the spotlight on Bette Davis. The entire program is about 30 minutes long, and has been edited into three parts (below). Olivia, a good friend of Bette's, appears in Part 2.




Part 1 (below) features: Bette along with Robert Wagner and Edith Head discussing costumes for the 1972 telefilm, "Madame Sin". In storms Ralph Edwards and the TV crew, and the reunions begin...

Bette says to William Wyler, "Aren't you a doll for putting yourself through this!?" Wyler says, "She was difficult (as an actress) in the same way I am difficult" Bette's sister, and comedian Benny Baker also appear.



Part 2 (below)features the film editor who worked on Bette's first movie The Bad Sister. (Bette can be heard saying "that was a terrible picture!") Sally Sage, Bette's understudy, also comes to visit.

Then Olivia drops by, and they talk about the first three films they made together (Their last, Hush...Hush isn't mentioned) (3 minutes in). Then, Paul Henried drops by and he and Bette recreate the cigarette scene from Now Voyager. Victor Buono comes in and they talk about Baby Jane.





Part 3 (below) features a Bette impersonator, and then a touching reunion between Bette and her Virgin Queen co-star Jay Robinson, whose drug addiction landed him in jail in the late 1950s.



6 comments:

KC said...

Olivia's hair is cracking me up. It looks like she has a bell on her head!

Tom said...

ha ha ha! I know! 1970s fashion nightmares!

Alex in Movieland said...

this blog loooooks great. :)

Tom said...

Thanks, Alex!

Anonymous said...

i love olivia! and bette

Tom said...

Hi, Anon. Thanks for stopping by!

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