We've got Revenge (Specifically Madeleine Stowe), The Mentalist, The Good Wife, 30 Rock, Suits, Nicole Kidman, The Newsroom, Robert Downey Jr, Leonardo Dicaprio, Lana Del Rey, and Meryl Streep.
I don’t understand how people can worship celebrities like Joan Crawford or Bette Davis, knowing what they did to their children.
I have no opinion on Joan Crawford, but I feel like Bette Davis’s legacy has been unfairly tainted by BD’s memoir. Prior to its publication, BD had mentioned that she admired Davis as a parent and that she was adopting a similar parenting style with her boys. She then became a born again Christian and wrote My Mother’s Keeper. In it, BD admits she had a happy childhood—her criticisms lay in her adult relationship with her mother. The book was released while Bette was in the hospital after a double mastectomy and a stroke, unable to defend herself. Bette’s son immediately cut off all ties with his sister and denounced the novel as incendiary lies. Even her ex husband Gary Merrill (after a bitter divorce) said that Bette was a wonderful parent.
But even more importantly, it is possible to separate her work from her personal life. Regardless of your opinion of Bette Davis the person, Bette Davis the actress is the undisputed first lady of the screen. Her performances are some of the most riveting, engaging, and bold ever to be recorded on celluloid. Watch her as the explosive Mildred in Of Human Bondage, the heroic Judy in Dark Victory, the romantic Charlotte in Now Voyager, the dramatic Margo in All About Eve… her brilliance transcends her stormy private life.
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