Bette Davis was an American actress mastering film, television and theatre. Bette is notably regarded as one of the greatest actors in world cinema history, she was renowned for her willingness to play unsympathetic, sardonic characters, her badass personailty and of course, those eyes!
Davis was the co-founder of the Hollywood Canteen, and was the first female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, was the first person to accrue 10 Academy Award nominations for acting, and was the first woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. Today we look back at some of Bette’s legendary life lessons, here are 10 Things Bette Davis taught us:
On old age: “Old age is no place for sissies”
On work life: “Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work”
On life: “The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he’s dead”
“It’s better to be hated for who you are, than to be loved for someone you’re not. It’s a sign of your worth sometimes, if you’re hated by the right people.”
“There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.”
On dreams: “To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy”
On Happiness: “A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything else”
“If you’ve never been hated by your child, you’ve never been a parent”
Bette’s colourful private life, homour, outspoken whit, iconic style, acting presence and larger than life character gained her a loyal following. After suffering with breast cancer Bette died in France in 1989 aged 81 years old, on her tombstone is written: “She did it the hard way” What a gal!