Delphi Harrington Fills a Tall Order: Bette Davis

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Being one of Edward Albee's Three Tall Women, Delphi Harrington certainly had her work cut out for her, passing for that diminutive diva who photographed so larger-than-life on the big screen — Bette Davis. Still, she is managing quite nicely these days in one of the “Series B” offerings in EST Marathon 2010 of one-act plays.


A rickety walk, a gray wig and a throaty theatricality, italically timed, work wonders.

Interviewing Miss Davis by Laura Maria Censabella (who actually lasted 20 minutes in an interview session with the star) is an amusing and moving depiction of La Davis in her fragile but ferocious last years, interviewing a potential personal assistant. Upping the ante and the testiness of the actress, the play is set in 1981 when her heretofore-beloved daughter, BD, wrote “My Mother’s Keeper,” her tell-all.

Ironically, the only time that Harrington meet Davis was at BD’s “sweet 16” birthday party. “I remember Bette hoisting a glass of champagne in the air as a toast and saying, ‘I want you to know, BD, that I never sacrificed a thing for you.’”

— Harry Haun

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