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Bette Davis’ Unfiltered Thoughts On Marilyn Monroe In All About Eve

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In a 1977 interview with Stanley Siegel, Davis was asked about working with Monroe on the film and commented, “Oh, I knew she had a long way to go. Definitely, no question, I knew she was going to make it. She was a very ambitious girl, [and] knew what she wanted [and was] very serious about it.” She later added, “I thought she had talent” and noted how the camera loved Monroe as well. For Davis to notice Monroe’s acting ability speaks volumes. Given Davis’ penchant for offering some ugly truths about her co-workers (via Vanity Fair), Monroe certainly fared well in Davis’ memories of their working relationship.

But filming “All About Eve” was not an easy experience for Monroe, in large part because it was her first role of any real substance and screen time. The newcomer was also a bit intimidated at the prospect of filming with Davis, especially given the larger-than-life persona Davis was affecting for her character, Margo Channing. 

Monroe’s nerves got the best of her, so she kept fumbling her lines, which led to multiple takes of her simple scene. After Davis lost her temper, Monroe had to run to the restroom and vomit due to her nervous stress (via Vanguard of Hollywood). The irony is, Bette Davis thought her performance was perfectly fine the entire time.

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