Actors: Bette Davis as Influencer, Role Model

On Influences:

I think I learned to act from people like James Cagney and Paul Muni. And I’m sure I learned more from Bette Davis than anyone. She has enormous presence, a sense of surprise. She sets you up like a great boxer and BAM! she gives you something else. She does have a certain consistent style, but when you examine her work you find enormous variety of color and intelligence.

George C. Scott on “Some Aspects of Acting,” Time, March 22, 1971