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Bette Davis as Fanny Trellis Skeffington

The stars of Hollywood’s longest (90+years) and most bitter feud, photographed during a rare truce.

Mary Pickford at home.

Her estate auction a few years back turned up some interesting items:

Little Mary’s nut cups.

Little Mary’s grape cluster-shaped wine decanters. So many. Glug-glug.

Little Mary’s musical liquor bottle. Note the quaint hand-painted drunk on the side. Its top is askew because a plastic piece inside was broken. Did she drop it? Worse, throw it at Buddy or a servant?

It’s a great pity the house couldn’t survive both termites and Pia Zadora. In its day Pickfair hosted as many world-famous visitors as the White House, an unceasing flow of receptions and dinners and film screenings presided over by the king and queen of film society, Doug and Mary.

In 1942, Warners wanted to borrow Irene Dunne from Columbia to play the Yankee heroine of Olive Higgins Prouty’s bestselling novel. Until Bette Davis got wind of it. She campaigned hard for the role and had to convince both Jack Warner and producer Hal Wallis that as a New Englander (and an actress already under contract to Warners,) she was the right person for the role.

Charlotte Vale was a plum part. A repressed Boston spinster who has a nervous breakdown, gets a makeover, and is sent on a Caribbean pleasure cruise. Then she returns home, kills her frosty mother and takes her gold. All this, and cigarettes. Lots and lots of cigarettes.

Davis rode director Irving Rapper hard, fought him the whole way, changed Paul Henreid’s hairstyle, and in nearly every scene restored original dialogue from the Prouty novel that had been altered for the script.

Newcomer Henreid, who years later directed Davis in Dead Ringer (1964,) remembered, “She was the soul of kindness to me all through the shooting, as she was to all the cast. I have never understood these stories of how difficult she was to other cast members. On the contrary, she would fight their battles with the director.”

Now, Voyager emerged an instant, enduring classic and was Davis’s biggest hit, making a profit of $2.3 million for Warners and bringing Davis her fifth straight Oscar nomination.

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