Ed_Mottershead said: "I saw her in The Night of the Iguana shortly after it opened. When she first appeared onstage, there was a roar of applause that lasted so long that she broke character and acknowledged the ovation. At the final curtain call, however, there was an ovation for Margaret Leighton and the applause lessened noticeably when Davis took her call. "Umm Ryan Murphy must have seen this. What Ed Mottershead described is EXACTLY what happens in episode of one Feud: Bette and Joan! Huge applause for Davis, she bows, and then the leading lady gets big applause for the curtain call. EXACTLY as described here.
In addition to the Legendary Ladies evening with Crawford, audio recordings of the evenings with Bette Davis, Myrna Loy and Lana Turner exist, I've heard them all. The audio of the Ladies and John Springer is very good, but the audience members had no microphone, so you have to strain to hear their questions. Davis was pure Bette that night, Jose Quintero was in the audience and praised her acting. Myrna was appearing on Broadway in The Women at the time. Lana was better than one might expect, Carleton Carpenter was in the audience. I've sought the evening with Rosalind Russell for years, but no luck in locating it. Years ago, I contacted John Springer's office to ask if he might release all of the evenings commercially, like he did with Crawford, but could not get past his nasty secretary.
THANK YOU for bumping this thread! I love reading these stories.
Miss Moffat was given another life with Ginger Rogers in 1983. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRsdrYouN_M
I also saw her in The Night of the Iguana---her last Friday evening performance. As Ed M recounts-she received a tremendous hand, when she came on stage. She gave, what I felt, was a very straightforward and professional performance. For me, she was not miscast---but what surprised me was that Margaret Leighton had the bigger role (many of you probably know this) and that Bette's character was offstage for most of Act II, during the dialogue between Shannon and Hannah Jelkes, the character Ms. Leighton played. At the curtain calls, she took hers third to last---Patrick O'Neill, ( Shannon) came next and then Miss Leighton. I was very moved by the play, then saw it a few months later with Shelley Winters as Maxine. She was a little younger and raunchier, but I did not feel it changed my overall experience of the play. . For me, everything centers around the relationship and chemistry of Hannah and Shannon.
Jordan Catalano said: "After Eight's grand daughter was in Bette Davis' 3rd grade school play with her so he saw that a couple of times. According to historical archives, he absolutely hated it."Funny, Jordan. Maybe you and After Eight could remake Whatever Happened To Baby Jane!
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