Compliments to the Scheffs

17 Oct

October 17, 1938

Evening Herald Express

Bette Davis was preening herself in front of a mirror one day on the set of The Sisters, currently showing at Warners Hollywood and Downtown theaters, when Errol Flynn asked her why she was gazing at herself with such approval.

“Well, I like that.” Bette pretended to be put out. “I’m admiring my hairdress—don’t you like it? You should.” Bette replied, “because I copied it exactly from the hairdress worn by Fritzi Scheff in a picture made of her when she was at the peak of her career.”

I sure hope Bette didn’t burst out singing Fritzi’s big hit “Kiss Me Again” to Flynn! Arno would have had to come to his rescue! (Song begins at 1:50)

— Gentleman Tim


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  1. Selene Hutchison-Zuffi

    October 17, 2020 at 9:40 am

    Oh lord..funny as we have her husband belonging in our museum and we do have the music sheet of Kiss me again.
    Her husband was John Fox jr a writer, the first american writer to sell more of a million copy of his book “the trail of the lonesome pine”

    • Gentleman Tim

      October 18, 2020 at 5:21 am

      Cool coincidence, Selene. “The Silver-Tongued Fox” was supposed to be quite an extraordinary entertainer himself, insofar as vocally telling stories with Appalachian accents.…

      • Gentleman Tim

        October 18, 2020 at 5:49 am

        BTW, one of Errol’s wonderfully-talented Hollywood contemporaries, Deanna Durbin, was a big hit with “Kiss Me Again” not long before Bette did her do the Fritzi way she did in The Sisters.

        Anyone know the film Errol and Deanna did together?

        Errol and Deanna?

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