She was always too weird to be a favorite movie star when I was a kid, but now that I am older I can appreciate this broad, and I mean broad in the most positive way, for the strong and unique actress and woman she was. She brings depth and gravitas to all her performances and was no shrinking violet in real life, either. Even studio bosses feared her.
Even though we live in a more liberated time, no one today could touch her, not for drama and certainly not for “crazy”. No one, and I mean no one does crazy like Bette: she shrieks, her eyes bulge and she rips the screen a new one every time. A true original.