Monday, August 3, 2009
Such Good Friends
The friendship between Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland didn't last as long as their feuds with, respectively, Joan Crawford and Joan Fontaine; but it did last far longer than many friendships in Hollywood - particularly between high-maintenance, two-time Academy Award-winning divas.
Despite her eternal identification as the saintly Melanie Hamilton in Gone with the Wind (1939), we give Olivia major props for holding her own as Bette's co-star in three pictures; and as the deliciously bitchy Miriam in Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964), she gives as good as she gets - and walks off with some of the best lines. The classic moment, of course, is when Olivia's Miriam hauls off and slaps the bejesus out of La Davis's hysterical Charlotte.
One wonders how J.C. would have played the scene.