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Bette Davis on the Roles of the Sexes

Bette Davis on the Roles of the Sexes


A lost interview with the acting icon reveals how forward-thinking she was on gender.

"I think men have got to change an awful lot. I think somehow they still prefer the little woman," Bette Davis said in a 1963 interview with Shirley Eder. "They're just staying way, way behind and so as a rule I think millions of women are very happy to be by themselves, they're so bored with the whole business of trying to be the little woman, when no such thing really exists anymore. It just simply doesn't."

The interview, part of the "Blank on Blank" series, created by former TV producer and print journalist David Gerlach, and presented by PBS Digital Studios, also touches on how, during Davis's time, a woman's intelligence could be a "hindrance" in Hollywood and how, despite her outspoken honesty, she was able to thrive in the industry.

Listen to the full interview below:

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