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The American Film Institute Salute to Bette Davis (1977)

Jane Fonda hosts the AFI Life Achievement Awards ceremony honoring Bette Davis featuring clips from her films and the reminiscences of many co-workers.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bette Davis ... Herself - Honoree
Olivia de Havilland ... Herself
Peter Falk ... Himself
Mia Farrow ... Herself
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Herself
Henry Fonda ... Himself
Jane Fonda ... Herself - Hostess
Lee Grant ... Herself
Lillian Hellman ... Herself - Audience Member
Paul Henreid ... Himself
Celeste Holm ... Herself
Joseph L. Mankiewicz ... Himself
Martin Manulis Martin Manulis ... Himself
Liza Minnelli ... Herself
George Stevens Jr. ... Himself
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On March 1, 1977, Bette Davis became the first woman recipient of the prestigious Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. Host Jane Fonda reminded Bette that it was her birth that made it necessary for Bette to recite her lines to a stand-in rather than to Henry Fonda in "Jezebel;" and Olivia de Havilland good-naturedly complained that Bette "got all the roles I always wanted." Also on hand were mentor-director William Wyler, Mia Farrow, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Henry Fonda, Lee Grant, Paul Henreid, Celeste Holm, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Martin Manulis, Liza Minnelli, George Stevens Jr., Cicely Tyson, Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood. Film clips included "Of Human Bondage," "Dangerous," "Jezebel," "Dark Victory," "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex," "The Letter," "The Little Foxes," "Now, Voyager," "Mr. Skeffington," "Beyond the Forest," "All About Eve," and "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" Written by alfiehitchie

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Bette Davis See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Bette Davis was the fifth recipient of the AFI Award and the first woman to be selected as an honoree. See more »

Quotes

Bette Davis: [Concluding her acceptance speech to the audience] I'd like to kiss yuh, but I just washed my hair.
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Followed by The American Film Institute Salute to Robert Wise (1998) See more »

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Grand Night For A Legend
5 February 2006 | by nnepreviloSee all my reviews

This was a wonderful tribute to Bette Davis, who arrived beaming and looking every inch, THE STAR. I was fortunate to see the show in a rebroadcast on American Movie Classics, I think, or was it PBS? I popped a cassette into my VCR and now I have a great copy. I cherish all the wonderful film clips and comments of all who attended. This is a treasure.

I think this can be purchased from The American Film Institute. I bought the James Cagney tribute directly from them several years ago.

I have long wanted the AFI to honor Doris Day. They wrote me back and informed me that they had offered to honor Miss Day several times, but she declined.


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