January 14, 2007


From youtube via Lypsinka:

Here's Bette Davis promoting her album "Miss Bette Davis Sings!" on a 1978 episode of "DINAH!" devoted to Miss Davis and her career. Dinah, with ten years experience shilling Chevys behind her, gives it a hard-sell, much to Bette's disdain. Miss Davis then offers a "going along with" version of "I Wish You Love." It's the first time I've seen someone need a cough drop to lip-synch a song.


I wish they could have cut away to some reaction shots from Dinah. I can't imagine the hostess was thinking. A long, seated lip-synch! And when and why did Bette hit upon the glasses look? To cover wrinkles? And that wig is genius! Love this kook in every phase of her incredible career.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was Fabulous! Thanks Girls.

1:41 PM  
Blogger DJ Fruit Loops said...

I have this album

fave tracks are "they're either too young or too old" & "The theme from Now Voyager"

paid a whole 50 cents for it at some dusty old hovel in NYC

1:51 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

Not a fantastic singer, obviously, but she really gets inside the song and understands its meaning. It's more emotive than Nancy Wilson's version, which is vocally flawless, but very "slick" and lounge-y (but also a great listen!).

I think a lot of older actresses were doing the "glasses" thing in the late 70s. I'm not sure who started it, but almost every publicity shot I see of the 40-plus actresses back then, they all have dark-framed glasses (sometimes with half-tinted lenses).

3:30 PM  

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