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Bette Davis stamp goes on sale today

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“Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work,” that was the motto of legendary actress and Hollywood grand diva, Bette Davis. The two-time Academy Award winning actress appeared in more than 100 films.

In honor of her vast contribution to entertainment, the U.S. Postal Service is issuing a special 42 cents stamp in honor of Davis. The commemorative Davis stamp is part of the Legends of Hollywood series. Today, it goes on sale at Boston University in Boston. Davis was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on April 5, 1908.

The print of Davis on the stamp is based on her highly acclaimed performance as the aging Broadway star Margo Channing in the movie, “All About Eve” (1950).  Davis won the best actress Oscar for her roles in “Dangerous” (1935) and “Jezebel” (1938). 

Davis continued to act up until her death on October 6, 1989. Along with her enormous body of work, Davis left behind a number of original quotes and quips. Here’s one that probably reflected her feelings about the acting profession, “to fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy.”

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