Posted by: Admin | February 16, 2011

Thoughts on growing older – Bette Davis

from Life @ No. 8 Blog

We’ve all heard the legendary screen star’s pronouncement that old age is no place for sissies, but Bette Davis, who died in aged 1989, at 81,had a lot more to say on the subject of growing older.

I’m with Bette 100% when she said: The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he’s dead.

By 1942, Bette was the highest paid female star in Hollywood. Her career spanned six decades, and she worked right up to her death despite having fought breast cancer and recovering from a stroke in her seventies. The star claimed that she worked “to stay alive” and vowed: I will not retire while I’ve still got my legs and my make-up box.

She clearly believed that that make-up box was a key element in her longevity, proclaiming: Men become much more attractive when they start looking older. But it doesn’t do much for women, though we do have an advantage: make-up.

Bette was married four times, was widowed by one husband and divorced three. Her long and colourful life was the subject of continuous gossip and speculation, not least because of her long-standing feud with fellow actress, Joan Crawford. Bette, however, clearly did not believe in regrets, asserting that To look back is to relax one’s vigil.

Quite.

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