Who’s Afraid of Bette Davis?
Edward Albee told a story about Bette Davis wanting the part of Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf on film, claiming she was his first choice. Albee thought it would be wonderful for Davis to open the film with the line, “What a dump. Who said that, George, ‘What a dump’?”
When, of course, it was Bette Davis in the 1949 King Vidor film, Beyond the Forest, who first spoke the lines in the part of Rosa Moline. We could have had Bette Davis imitating herself in the part of a woman bored with life in a small town and insisting that George, her husband, guess who it was.
Thanks to NYCWeboy (on the Newcritics Site) for reminding me