Bette Davis really was something, wasn’t she? Not only was she a tremendous talent and a consummate professional with an extraordinary career that includes Jezebel (1938), All about Eve (1950) and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), but she also, as they say, ‘fought the system’. She fought for better roles for women, she fought for good scripts and good directors, she refused to be the ‘girl next door’, she became the first female President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1941, and in 1942, she and John Garfield created the famous Hollywood Canteen. On top of that, she sued Warner Bros. She talks about it on her 1972 interview with Dick Cavett, which you can watch on YouTube. Fascinating story. The whole interview is an eye-opener and a great insight into 1930s and 1940s Hollywood. She talks about her ‘enormous discipline’ and how that helped her along the way. And, as you can read on her tombstone, she did it the hard way. Hats off.