During her speech at the end of the show, Bette Davis says she and Vincent Price had never worked together. Earlier in the show, Price said he worked with Bette in "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex." Indeed, Price played Sir Walter Raleigh and had several pivotal scenes with Davis. See more »
"I've never seen an actress put so much life into her dying." - Henry Fonda
This was probably an hour long episode when it aired on October 18th, 1973, but the copy I watched came in at just about thirty minutes. Bette Davis was honored as 'Woman of the Week' at a time when these roasts wound up being a weekly affair in the early Seventies, losing some of the uniqueness they had when shown as occasional specials. The guest list was somewhat weak with actors like Pat Buttram and Kay Medford on the dais, while celebrity columnist Army Archerd showed up doing some inside Hollywood type of stuff, so if you weren't around back then it would probably be meaningless to most viewers today.
However there were a couple of good presenters on hand like Nipsey Russell with his poetic tributes and self deprecating humor that was good for some laughs, and horror icon Vincent Price got in a few good shots at Miss Davis as well. As usual, the guest of honor took it all in stride with good humor, while offering a pretty good parting shot herself - "...looking at this dais, I can only quote a line from one of my movies - 'What a dump!'"
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