"Aimee Semple McPherson Was Nothing But A Whore!"

Categories: Bette Davis

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Since Kathie Lee Gifford has co-written that Scandalous musical about Aimee Semple McPherson, maybe someone should tell her to add the above little tidbit.

It was uttered with conviction by none other than the immortal Bette Davis.

The two-time Oscar winner is quoted in Elizabeth Fuller's book Me and Jezebel as saying:


"I played the mother of Aimee Semple McPherson.

"One minute [Aimee] was preaching and the next she was whoring around.

"She was nothing but a whore!

"She made Joan Crawford look like Mary Poppins!"


Ouch. I need a faith healer for my eyes after reading that.

But of course, who played Aimee in that very same TV movie (a woman Bette utterly loathed while Joan felt she was the finest of the new breed of actresses)?

It was Joan Crawford herself in the form of pert little Faye Dunaway!

I just got chills.

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10 comments
DDTL10
DDTL10

@mikeymusto I loved the Faye/Bette movie! Another great movie based on Aimee is Angel Baby from 1961.With George Hamilton and Burt Reynolds.

johnsimone
johnsimone

It's sorta like how Diana Scarwid went from playing Christina Crawford in Mommy Dearest to playing Michael Alig's dearest Mommy in Party Monster. With a starring role pit-stop in-between in Psycho III.

JPMcMahon
JPMcMahon

I felt a little chill there too Michael. Crawford was definitely the hottest of them all, if not the sluttiest apparently. Check out Joan in "Grand Hotel". My lord.

jackson30
jackson30

A male whore would be Donald Trump.

dannyboy143
dannyboy143

That large video box image of "The Disappearance of Aimee" is bringing back great memories--I still remember renting it from Blockbuster when I was a kid. Faye vs. Bette is something to see.

keating
keating

"She was nothing but a whore!"

Why aren't the musical's marketing people using this in the campaign?

jackson30
jackson30

And by the way this is the first I'm hearing of Scandalous. Kathie Lee is on Broadway????

jackson30
jackson30

Great tidbit. Bette was a big c word but she spoke the truth.

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