(right: Bette when I saw her at the London National Film Theatre in 1972)
“I have been a star for two generations..... In some instances the old films stand up well. This is nothing to do with just my films – if a film was very good when it was first made it is still quite good. If it was a bomb when first released thirty years is not going to make it look better.
I was terribly fortunate only in one thing that in my personal taste I never was one to go in for the “present style” in clothes. I wear basically the same kind of clothes today on the screen and off as when I played a modern part back then. That is really what has hit many of the films, when a woman wore all the mad clothes and they really are ridiculous. It’s because I always basically wore what we call classic clothes today - all the wardrobe for DARK VICTORY you could wear today, with the possible exception of an inch or two in the skirt. I never wore padded shoulders and I very seldom wore hats and I never had crazy hairdos. And that really is what hurt the old films the most.”