Marlon Brando wins an Oscar, and check out the Queen Pixie stylings of Bette Davis

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  1. Heather in Arles

    Wow. Yowza! It is all too much! Marlon running to get his Oscar, his simply sweet speech, the utter bizareness of Ms Davis’ ensemble (for me there are overtones of the evil witch in Cinderella) and yet how she completely owns it…and then the divine Grace…*sigh*

  2. George Kaplan

    Hey, Vickie, don’t insult Pixies, I love them! I don’t know what Bette was trying to be, she looks like she’s wandered in from a version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on acid.
    Oh, look Marlon before he began acting like a joik!
    And, Goll-ee, Grace Kelly! Lisa. Carol. Freemont. 🙂

  3. Poor Bette! At the time, everyone knew why she wore that glitzy skullcap to the Academy Awards. Now, people look at the photos and think it is because she had some unexplainable eccentric moment. She partially shaved her head for her role as Queen Elizabeth I in “The Virgin Queen,” which was being filmed in March 1955 when the Oscars were held. She wore this thing in order to cover her then-hairless state. She probably could have chosen something prettier, but there was a reason for her seemingly off-the-wall head covering!

      • Yep, it was for a role. How very Bette! Sometimes the simplest explanation is the answer. 🙂 She actually shaved her head for a very specific scene in “The Virgin Queen.”

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