Bette Davis Centennial Tribute Photos

by Andre Soares
Bette Davis on Life cover

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in association with the Film Department of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, presented “A Centennial Tribute to Bette Davis” on Thursday, May 1, 2008, in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The event, hosted by film historian and Turner Classic Movies presenter Robert Osborne, featured Bette Davis' memorabilia and film clips, and onstage discussions with, among others, Gena Rowlands, Davis' co-star in the 1978 TV movie Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter; Warner Bros. 1940s leading lady Joan Leslie; Michael Merrill, Davis' son with her All About Eve co-star Gary Merrill; Davis' assistant Kathryn Sermak; and surprise guest Olivia de Havilland, Davis' co-star in It's Love I'm After (1937), The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), In This Our Life (1942) and Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964).

Others present included Barbara Carrera, who appeared in Davis' last film, Wicked Stepmother (1989); actress Carol Kane; Peter Jones, creator of the 2006 TV documentary Stardust: The Bette Davis Story; producer A. C. Lyles; actor Michael York; animator Carl Bell; screenwriter Hal Kanter, who co-wrote the screenplay for the Davis' vehicle Pocketful of Miracles; and actress Francine York, who was the companion of director Vincent Sherman, for whom Davis starred in Old Acquaintance (1943) and Mr. Skeffington (1944).

Photos: Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S. (Joan Leslie at the mike and with Osborne, and Olivia de Havilland photos), Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S. (all other photos)

Robert Forrest, Gena Rowlands, Robert Osborne, Carol Kane
Robert Forrest, Gena Rowlands, Robert Osborne, Carol Kane

Peter Jones, Michael Merrill, Kathryn Sermak, Carol Kane
Peter Jones, Michael Merrill, Kathryn Sermak, Carol Kane

Carl Bell, Hal Kanter
Carl Bell, Hal Kanter

A. C. Lyles, Francine York
A. C. Lyles, Francine York

Gena Rowlands, Robert Osborne
Gena Rowlands, Robert Osborne

Jose Eder, Barbara Carrera, Scott Whiteleather
Hairstylist Jose Eder, Barbara Carrera, Scott Whiteleather of CMG Worldwide

Joan Leslie
Joan Leslie

Los Angeles County Museum of Art website.

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Azmi Güran -

I feel myself so happy to watch the photos of the Hollywood legendaries. Suddenly I also saw the unforgettable great lady I was in love 65 years ago: Joan Leslie. Lady, believe me, I still admire you.

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Phyllis -

Thank you for putting these memorable photos of long-time great actors on the Web, as a tribute to the magnificent Bette Davis, an actress who always cared about her fans and gave her whole heart in every performance from youth to her older years. It was wonderful to see her son, Michael Merrill's photo, as well, since he always honored his mother in life and after her passing.

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Brett Allen Miller -

I remember Bette Davis well! I was working on a game show called Match Maker at NBC. I was around 21 years old and knew very well that she was a legend and very intense as an actress. Bette Davis was to be on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson that night. Ms Davis was sitting in the green room with her assistant, I waited for the assistant to leave then I took the opportunity to stand at the door. We both just stared at each other for a couple of minutes, wow she won the stare down with those Bette Davis eyes, and I left with the image that was timeless.

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Diane Smith -

I'm a longtime Bette Davis fan. I'm glad to have found this website commemorating her centennial. She was born the same year as my mother, we will be celebrating her centennial in October.
I was also born the same year as Bette's daughter B.D. Sad to say but truthfully, I am glad no mention was made of her in this article, for the pain she caused Miss Davis must have been unbearable.
Bette Davis will forever be my favorite actress of all time and I admire her greatly.
Happy Birthday, Darling.
Affectionately
Diane

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