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Check library book sales through "Bette Davis Eyes"

Stuart Myitchner

I collect all kinds of things all the time. I don’t consider myself a materialist, but it makes me feel better. relieved. Things accept you for who you are, so it’s easier to get to know them than people.

—Bette Davis (1908-1989)

T.Mystery guests at the Fridays Friends and Foundation of the Library Book Sale might say the same about collecting books. Bette Davis’ first husband, Harmon “Oscar” Nelson, knew from her experience. According to The New York Times dated December 7, 1938, the reason for her divorce was that she “read too much.”Nelson said she had “unnecessarily….it was all very upsetting.” , which probably saved her career, she admitted to Charlotte Chandler in an interview in the 1980s. The Girl Who Came Home Alone: ​​Bette Davis, Personal Biography (Simon and Schuster 2006).

Chandler asks Davis what he thinks of the title based on Groucho Marx’s reason for bringing two girls to a party (“I hate seeing girls go home alone”). When she replied: I want that title. that’s me That’s my life story. The title of “One Girl” means “what garbage‘ he said, examining Joseph Cotten’s apartment. beyond the forest (1949) — emphasis added by Elizabeth Taylor, who played Martha to Richard Burton’s George in Edward Albee’s film Who is Virginia Woolf afraid of?(1966). Bette desperately wanted to play Martha, but the two-time Oscar winner, once Hollywood’s top box-office star, couldn’t compete with Dick and Liz’s mid-’60s media stature.

oh those eyes

The first recorded reactions to Bette Davis’ eyes were simple and to the point. When she was about to be fired by Universal Pictures before making her film, her cinematographer told the studio president that her “lovely eyes” made her bad sister (1931) proved to be her film debut. Fifty years later, Kim Carnes recorded “Bette Davis Eyes,” which became a chart-topping hit in 1981 and was an improvised lyric based on stereotypes (“She’s ferocious and blushes the pros”). I know what it takes to make / Every boy thinks she’s a spy, she’s got Bette Davis eyes”). Davis, who was 73 at the time, loved the song because “it made me look cool to her grandchildren.” Her secret ambition, which she told Chandler, was to become a “femme fatale.” There is a hint in the lyrics.the picture above is bad sister The Wikipedia page indicates that the teasing/anxiety aura was already there.

“She May Roll You”

One of the great stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age can be found in the Old and Unusual section of the Library Book Sale. As her song says, “She’ll take you home,” she’s not a cheap date. “Shake it like a dice until it’s blue.” can you see?

A browser at the next sale can find Bette Davis bookplates in each of the three volumes of Harper’s Magazine, two from 1869 and one from 1891. -The actress who read them thought they were a good addition to her plate. It was a full-page picture of a homely woman entering a formal gathering of As Davis knew, the same question instead of “How to hire her?” ’ was asked by studio execs and many others who couldn’t imagine. As Thomson puts it, “the movie Couldn’t be a star.

Davis as Elizabeth I

The Most Important Connections Between Harper’s The article and famous Bette Davis role was Walter Besant’s “London of the Good Queen Bess”. When the Davis-born actress first expressed interest in the role of Elizabeth, John Ford’s Mary of Scotland, she refused it. Four years later, she won two Oscars for Personal life of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), along with Errol Flynn, in the same year various polls named her “America’s Favorite Star”.she played elizabeth again virgin queen (1955). At the time, the second Queen Elizabeth, who made headlines around the world last week, had been her reigning monarch for three years.according to the girl who went home alonewhen Princess Diana invited “her favorite actress” to tea at Kensington Palace in 1987, Davis told her messenger, “I have never met royalty and it is too late now.” But she sent me a copy of her memoir. This and That“We America admire what you’ve done for the royal family.”

brave librarian

Who but Bette Davis could have gone from Elizabethan times to the red terror hysteria of 1950s America in one fell swoop as a small-town, small-town librarian? Storm CenterAs timely as it was in 1956, the film reveals her refusal to retract the book (communist dream). A key scene published on YouTube shows her defending her right to keep her book in the collection. As can still happen today, when the town council discovered she had been previously associated with an organization that turned out to be on the Communist Party front, she deleted her book and lost her job, leaving the town turned against her instead of supporting her. The film ends with the librarian resurrected and determined not to yield to censorship again. Storm Center It was a critical and financial disappointment, although it won a special prize at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival as “Film of the Year Best Contributing to Freedom of Expression and Tolerance”.

“Come on Voyager”

Given the diversity and scope of Bette Davis’ epic career, it’s no surprise that at some point she’ll rendezvous with Walt Whitman, as happens in one of her signature films. Well, Voyager (1942), a character “far from a pretty girl” reads Walt’s short poem “Unspoken Wishes” and follows the line “Now, Voyager, set sail to seek and find.” Voyage as the stylish Bette Davis, in the words of Walt Whitman.

MeSomewhere in the thousands of books sold this year, including the first editions of Ernest Hemingway, Albert Camus, George Orwell, Raymond Chandler and Albert Einstein, there are several books by or about Walt. It is no exaggeration to say that yawp’ will be heard again at the 19th Annual ‘Song of Myself’ Marathon, the first live group reading in three years. Held at Granite Prospect in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the event kicks off at 3 p.m. this Saturday with 52 readers reading his 52 sections of Whitman’s epic. For more information, visit


The book sale will begin on Friday, September 16th from 10am to noon with previews. The first 25 tickets are $20 per person, the second is $5 per person, and admission to Friends of the Library is free. Numbered tickets will be distributed at the reception desk on the day from 8:00 am. Entry will be in order of the reference number, and the number of people entering the room will be up to 25 at all times. Admission is free from noon on Fridays during the sale on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Hours of operation are noon to 5:30 PM on Friday, 10 AM to 5:30 PM on Saturday, and noon to 5:30 PM on Sunday.