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When Bette Davis got a script for a soapy “women’s film” in 1941, she knew there was only one person who could pull off the role of aristocratic concert pianist Sandra Kovac—and make it believable.
Mary and Bette rewrote many of their scenes, ad libbed lines on set, and turned a piece of fluff into a meaty cat-fight between two of Hollywood’s biggest talents.
Mary Astor grew up with a strict father, who rapped her hands with a ruler and drilled her on the piano for hours a day—an instrument that she grew to hate as a result. But when the role came up—production was shocked and pleased that Mary could not only act the part, but actually convincingly “play” along with the stunning score of Tchaikovksy’s concert in B Minor.
This look is based off of one of the film’s most thrilling scenes—high after performing for a packed house, the illustrious pianist must return to her dressing room—to hash it out with her new husband’s ex fiancée. She wears a pleated ivory chiffon gown, and an embroidered soft pink cape that is both intimidating and feminine. It turns out all of Mary and Bette’s work didn’t go unnoticed—in fact, it won Mary Astor an Oscar.
The Mary Astor doll is made of the finest hard plastic and vinyl and stands 16” tall with fifteen points of articulation. Her rooted saran hair of auburn is styled in an elegant coif that sets off her delicate eyes of pale brown and hand painted features perfectly. Mary stays on her feet with an acrylic base. Limited Edition of 300