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West Hollywood Artists and Icons: “When Bette Met Mae”

  • City Council Chambers 625 North San Vicente Boulevard West Hollywood, CA, 90069 United States (map)
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The first meeting of West Hollywood resident Bette Davis and screen icon Mae West took place in 1972 at the home of Charles Pollock on Orlando Avenue. It was a cocktail and dinner gathering of only seven people. Bette and Mae discussed their careers, loves, families, hopes and thoughts on work in film, their successes, men, and each other. It revealed a rare and personal glimpse of these strong women.

The evening's conversation was captured on cassette tape and 40 years later that tape was used to dub in the audio portion of a recreation of that evening using actors chosen to visually bring the guests to life while hearing the actual taped words of Bette Davis and Mae West.

The film represents a first effort in history to create video from an authentic live tape recording.
It is a fun, sometimes outrageous, entertaining and very personal historical look at two iconic women; unrehearsed, honest and a funny evening bringing the viewer to the party.

"When Bette Met Mae" is the winner of "Best Documentary" at Hollywood & Vine Film Fest, and "Audience Favorite Film" at the DTLA Film Festival.

This screening of the 65-minute documentary will be followed by a brief discussion/Q&A with Wes Wheadon, the Writer/Director of the film and a panel of people involved in the film.

Free Admission.

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