Academy Honors LegendaryÂ Bette Davis with Centennial Tribute
Beverly Hills, CA (RUSHPRNEWS) April 10, 2008â€“ The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in association with the Film Department of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, will present â€œA Centennial Tribute to Bette Davisâ€ on Thursday, May 1, at 8 p.m. in the Academyâ€™s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.Â Hosted by Robert Osborne, the program will honor the legendary actress with an evening featuring clips of her indelible screen performances as well as onstage discussions with several of her colleagues, friends and family, including Joan Leslie, James Woods, Kathryn Sermak, Gena Rowlands, and Davisâ€™s son, Michael Merrill.
In the studio era, Bette Davis was a star in a Hollywood constellation that included Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, Olivia de Havilland and Barbara Stanwyck.Â While she was well known for her expressive eyes and instantly recognizable voice, Davis distinguished herself by excelling at untraditional, often unsympathetic characters in a range of genres, earning in the process the considerable respect of her peers.Â Among her nine Best Actress nominations during that era were an unprecedented five consecutive nominations between 1938 and 1942; she took home OscarsÂ® for her performances in â€œDangerousâ€ in 1935 and â€œJezebelâ€ in 1938.Â She received her 10th and final Academy AwardÂ® nomination in 1962 for her role in â€œWhat Ever Happened to Baby Jane?â€
Her performances in such notable films as â€œOf Human Bondageâ€ (1934), â€œDark Victoryâ€ (1939), â€œThe Letterâ€ (1940), â€œThe Little Foxesâ€ (1941), â€œNow, Voyagerâ€ (1942), â€œWatch on the Rhineâ€ (1943) and â€œAll About Eveâ€ (1950) secured not only her stardom, but her reputation as a versatile and fearless performer.
Davis was an equally strong presence off the screen.Â She was elected the Academyâ€™s first female president in 1941, although her tenure was brief and contentious.Â A staunch supporter of the war effort, Davis was one of the founders of the Hollywood Canteen and an active fund-raiser on the home front.
Tickets for the Academyâ€™s â€œA Centennial Tribute to Bette Davisâ€ may be purchased online at www.oscars.org, in person at the Academy box office or by mail.Â Doors open at 7 p.m.Â All seating is unreserved.Â The Academy is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.Â For more information, call (310) 247-3600.
â€œA Centennial Tribute to Bette Davisâ€ continues with a screening series at LACMAâ€™s Leo S. Bing Theater.Â
Friday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m.
â€œThe Old Maidâ€ (1939)
Saturday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m.
â€œAll About Eveâ€ (1950)
â€œOf Human Bondageâ€ (1934)
Friday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m.
â€œThe Letterâ€ (1940)
â€œBeyond the Forestâ€ (1949)
Saturday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m.
â€œNow, Voyagerâ€ (1942)
â€œOld Acquaintanceâ€ (1943)
Saturday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m.
â€œThe Little Foxesâ€ (1941)
â€œPayment on Demandâ€ (1951)
Friday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m.
â€œDark Victoryâ€ (1939)
â€œMarked Womanâ€ (1937)
Saturday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m.
â€œThe Starâ€ (1952)
â€œThe Catered Affairâ€ (1956)
Saturday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m.
â€œWhat Ever Happened to Baby Jane?â€ (1962)
â€œThe Nannyâ€ (1965)
For more information, call the LACMA box office at (323) 857-6010 or visit www.lacma.org.
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