…….Wonder why BETTE DAVIS didn’t get to put her hands and feet into the wet cement at Grauman’s Chinese until after ALL ABOUT EVE had opened. Bette had been a star for nearly 20 years.
……The Sarah Siddons award which Anne Baxter as Eve wins in All About Eve was fiction, but in 1952, life imitated art when the Sarah Siddons Society was formed to recognise women in the theatre .Bette Davis actually won the award in 1973, and Anne Baxter was the presenter!
Joseph Mankiewicz actually kept the fake Siddons award ( It was made by a Fox prop-man.) Sarah Siddons (1755-1831) was an English stage actress and great tragedienne of the 18th century.
( Some of the facts in Sam Staggs’ great book, ALL ABOUT ALL ABOUT EVE)
THELMA RITTER, as Birdie, is so good in All About Eve, you have to wonder why her character just disappears half way through the film.