r14 Bette would have put her Chesterfield out in your eye, you pedantic idiot.
R13, that's because Susan Sarandon has bulging Bette Davis eyes!
She and Joan were both attractive. Bette was cute, Joan was gorgeous. I don't want to get into a debate about the different levels of attractiveness ("cute," "pretty," "beautiful," etc.) but whatever you call them, they certainly weren't ugly.
Who remembers seeing the ancient, infirm Bette on talk shows in the 80s? She looked awful but her mind was still sharp as a tack and she still smoked cigs.
If Bette had not been such a heavy smoker and drinker, she could have kept her looks much longer than she did. By the end of the forties her soft, rounded features started taking on rough edges. The smoking had given her copious wrinkles around her eyes and mouth, and the drinking had made her face puffy. She was a very attractive woman early on. Just look at films like Jezebel and Now, Voyager, where she really is quite beautiful. Her voice, also, began to harden and take on the craggy quality that is so dear to Davis impersonators. In short, she became a caricature of her early self. Too bad. I still love her, but like with Judy Garland, I wonder what her career might have been like if she hadn't been so self abusive.
Goodness, is that Tammie Brown in the OP's photo?!
Young Bette and young Susan Sarandon - similar look
Warner Bros. bleached their new starlet Bette Davis' hair peroxide blonde in the hope of creating another Jean Harlow, who they lost to MGM after Harlow debuted in Public Enemy for Warners.
My question is: How did Warners let Jean Harlow slip by?
I was watching "Beyond The Forest" (1949) and noticed that she'd still kept her face and figure (even though the movie is kind of lurid camp). But there was a rapid decline in her appearance throughout the 1950's.
I saw BD in an interview once where she commented on how she would have loved to have had plastic surgery, but she was terrified of the actual procedure - not of a botched, or different look . She said she hated the idea of a scalpel cutting into her skin, and it was that reason - not the frozen face / no expression result, that prevented her from going under the knife. Thus we had the haggard, wrinkled Bette. I wouldn't have wanted it any other way .
Joan was more manipulative that Bette. Bette was more strict than Joan.
Bette's movies were better than Joan's but Joan took more risks in her personal life than Bette did.
Personally i prefer Bette but Joan was a big star as well and she had star quality undoubtedly.