Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Christmas Album: Bette Davis



Day five of our Christmas visitation to Hollywood Past has us wondering...doesn't being a big star mean that those inane movie still sessions might be a thing of distant memory from those dim, dark ingénue days? Well, this certainly might be one of the thoughts popping into Bette Davis' mind. That, and "Which one of these packages holds a carton of cigarettes?" Or possibly "When can I have another smoke?" Yes, that's our Bette, swaddled and almost unidentifiable for a day as a musher leading a team of co-stars through the divinely desolate wilderness of another character-driven weepie or a ride down the slalom ride of fame for yet another decade.

It would have been fun to hear the conversation that might have flowed between über-photographer and designer Cecil Beaton and the star at this photo session for Vogue magazine. Perhaps Beaton was thinking of Davis when he admonished one and all to "Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary."

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