ISSUE DATE: Mar. 28, 1938
Ten years ago Bette Davis went to lofty Eva Le Gallienne, looking for a place in her Manhattan Civic Repertory company. Actress Le Gallienne dismissed her saying, “I can see your attitude toward the theatre is not sincere. . . . You are a frivolous little girl.” Three years later, after a year with Universal Pictures, she was dismissed again, for lack of sex appeal. “I can’t imagine any guy giving her a tumble,” pronounced Carl (“Junior”) Laemmle, 23-year-old Hollywood producer-genius.
Last week, had they cared to, Actress Eva Le Gallienne, after a lacklustre season of her own, and Junior Laemmle, out of a job at 30, might have seen Actress Bette Davis, with plenty of sincerity and more than a dash of sex appeal, demonstrate that she is well worth the $3,500-odd a week Warner Brothers now pay her 40 weeks of the year.
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