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Bette Davis. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. She was 54.

By way of context, for those not keeping track: me, I’ll be 59 in May. I’m not sure whether I’m pleased that I think I’m better preserved than famous movie stars of my age or horrified that I’m substantially older than the iconic old hags of the silver screen.

Also, this week I feel about how she looks. We suspect a virus going around Casa del Badger.


Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: February 27, 2019, 9:18 pm

Oh, that must be a photo shot from the Japanese Kabuki movie she made.


I didn’t think she was ‘all that’ even when she was young.

Comment from p2
Time: February 27, 2019, 9:46 pm

swease…. i, too, will be 59 in May and can say without reservation that 58 is the new 108…..

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 27, 2019, 9:48 pm


I’m the youngest person in my social circle — including my work — so I always feel like a whipper snapper. Unless, you know, I catch sight of my face in the bathroom mirror in morning sun.

Comment from Malcolm Kirkpatrick
Time: February 28, 2019, 2:41 am

Happy birthday, Wheeze.
You like banjo, right?
YouTube, The Be Good Tanyas – Waiting Around to Die

Comment from dissent555
Time: February 28, 2019, 3:25 am

Chicken soup, ginger ale and lots (and lots) of sleep. Did mine last month. Good riddance to it.

Then it’s going to be below zero (F) again next week. WTH, it’s gonna be March!!

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: February 28, 2019, 2:30 pm

I’ve got a couple of years on you, Stoaty, six to be exact, and I too am astonished at how fast the years skim by once you’re out of your 20s. Fifteen minutes till the end of a news show was an eternity when I was ten; now it blinks past.

Durned, I never found Bette Davis to be that attractive either. She always had that mildly pop-eyed look. Talented, yes; she was horrifying as Mildred the sociopathic waitress in Of Human Bondage, and sympathetic as the romantic lead in Dark Victory, but there were always more attractive actresses around. Any guy would have preferred Anne Baxter in All About Eve to Bette.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: February 28, 2019, 3:26 pm

Everything a boy needs to know about Bette Davis, in 14 seconds


Comment from Deborah HH
Time: February 28, 2019, 4:08 pm

I always thought Hollywood made a huge mistake when it came to Betty Davis and Joan Crawford. I think they were blackmailing someone.

JavaMan and I are packing to move. I’m so tired I could cry. We are both 67, and too old for this nonsense. I had previously winnowed our possessions, but gah! We still have too much. Culling as I go, now. Prayers for our strength and well-being gratefully accepted.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: February 28, 2019, 5:25 pm

Banjo – did someone say banjo.

Do you know the difference between a banjo and a trampoline?

You take your shoes off before you jump on a trampoline.

(I like bagpipes AND banjos, I need to find a group that plays both at once.)

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 28, 2019, 8:08 pm

My dad like (and played) them both too, Durned. But in his defense, he lost an eardrum as a young man.

If you ever get a chance to watch the miniseries Feud, about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, do it. It was surprisingly compelling.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 28, 2019, 8:08 pm

p.s. he didn’t play them both at once, of course.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: February 28, 2019, 9:44 pm

p.s. he didn’t play them both at once, of course.

Damn, I had an instant image of Stilton Jarlsberg’s photo going too, only with a banjo and pipes.

He could, in theory, if he’d had Uilleann pipes, which I once heard described as an Irish invention allowing you to play the pipes and drink a pint at the same time.
But the tune probably wouldn’t have been at all like Foggy Mountain Breakdown.

Have you seen this guy?

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