Her name is Bette Davis. Just like the actress. Spelled the same, too.
Born at the peak of the actress’s career, Davis was named for her father’s favorite star. For the past 55 years, she’s been hearing the same old cracks.
People say, “Are you the Bette Davis?” Or, “Any relation to the actress?” Or just, “How’s Joan Crawford?”
The coordinator of the Office of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Davis came to work at MIT in 1989, the year the screen star died.
“As more time passes that Bette Davis is dead, I thought people will forget about this, but of course,” she says, “they don’t.”
Day after day, over and over, and on and on, people point out to Davis that she has a famous name.
As if she didn’t already know.