[quote]Both Stanwyck and Davis had strong personalities so that argument doesn't hold water, [R65]. To denigrate Hepburn, people pretend that Crawford and Davis and Stanwyck were these wallflowers that gave themselves over to their roles. Davis has as many mannerisms as Hepburn in her roles.
Of course, those old dames had strong personalities. The difference being: Crawford, Davis, Stanwyck could dispense with their personalities to play a character.
Compare Davis' far superior turn in THE CORN IS GREEN to Hepburn's TV movie version. Hepburn brings her jarring New England accent to Wales.
We'll never forget, I'm sure, Davis' latter day TV appearances with cigarette in hand, but we can also watch many of her films and not see Davis at all, only her character. Davis was the most celebrated actress of the twentieth century - she was a STAH! and a Personality - but foremost she was an actress.
Hepburn is deserving of all the denigration she gets.
[quote]And then there's the whole "her Oscars were all political." Yes it was poltics alone that got her four awards and all those nominations.
[quote]The big different between Hepburn and other was that she had family money - and didn't go marrying men who would be financial drains on her. She had more control over her career than other actresses major and minor because she didn't have to take any role just to pay for her husbands or kids.
Yet, she still turned out subpar work.
[quote]The big plus of Hepburn's career is that all through the 50's when the stars were dimming for others in terms of major movies and roles she kept right on plugging away: African Queen, Pat and Mike, Summertime, Rainmaker, Desk Set, Suddenly Last Summer. And while doing stage work as well.
My plaudits to her family's money.
[quote]Bette Davis should have been playing great roles all during the 50's to follow up on the success of All About Eve. She had to place the famous ad in the 60's looking for work to point out the stupidity of the Hollywood "system" that didn't create work for great actresses because they were "too old." "The Star" was campy fun but hardly AAE II.
Yes. Although, Davis did give a few good performances after - BABY JANE, THE VIRGIN QUEEN, SWEET CHARLOTTE - even in films she did only for the money. Davis lowered her stock by "reducing" herself to work to pay the bills. But that's what she had to do: pay the bills.
We get it. Some people like that she wore trousers. She was however an awful actress.
R158 is right. Were we supposed to applaud her 1981 Best Actress win? It was completely undeserved!
Limitations are one thing, every actor has them, but Hepburn had nothing but them - every line barked in the same way in the same accent and no one calling her out on it.
She really is the worst actress that ever lived.