A short statement from Bette Davis, in anticipation of tonight's Presidential Debate (Part Deux)

A short statement from Bette Davis, in anticipation of tonight's Presidential Debate (Part Deux)

(Taking live notes and blogging about the debate immediately after almost gave me an aneurysm, so I will most certainly not be doing that tonight. Instead, I thought I’d share with you a very poignant, and surprisingly apt, little musing from famed actress Bette Davis, cobbled together from various sources. Enjoy!)

“[Mr. Trump]… There is no doubt you have a great potential as a writer of fiction. You have always been a great storyteller. I have often, lo these many years, said to you, “Donald, that is not the way it was. You are imagining things.” (1)

“You constantly inform people that you [started this campaign to help us] understand you and your way of life better. Your goal was not reached. I am now utterly confused as to who you are or what your way of life is.” (1)

“I think men have got to change an awful lot. I think, somehow, they still prefer the little woman. They’re just staying way, way behind . . . As a rule, I think millions of women are very happy to be by themselves. They’re so bored with the whole business of trying to be the little woman, when no such thing really exists anymore. … This world’s gone way beyond it.” (2)

“As a female, I think [intelligence] is a terrible hindrance in business. I think it’s a terrible hindrance for any female to have a lot of intelligence in private life. But I think in business sometimes it’s even worse because there’s deep resentment . . . from the male side of the business. We all work for men, you know, they’re the people in charge, and I think they find women easier who haven’t the ability to think for themselves or stand up for themselves. One can make more enemies as a female with a brain, I think.” (2)

“…you see, there’s a great misconception about the terms temper and temperament. Because anyone without temperament is never going to make it… But temper is a totally different thing. People who can scream and yell and carry on…that’s not temperament, that’s just bad behavior.” (3)

“There are new words now that excuse everybody. Give me the good old days of heroes and villains, the people you can bravo or hiss. There was a truth to them that all the slick credulity of today cannot touch.” (4)

“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.” (5)

“I do not regret one professional enemy I have made. Any actor who doesn’t dare to make an enemy should get out of the business.” (6)

“[Mr. Trump, I shall tell you this now, once and for all. Even if by some circumstance you’re elected president], I will never be below the title.” (7)


Works Cited:

(1) (Letter to daughter B.D. Hyman, text in brackets inserted for purposes of this article.)

(2) (Interview with Shirley Eder, 1963)

(3) (Interview with Bruce Williamson for Playboy Magazine, July 1982)

(4) (Excerpted quote)

(5) (Excerpted quote)

(6) (Excerpted quote)

(7) (Excerpted quote, text in brackets inserted for purposes of this article)

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