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Two hands that shook Bette Davis' hand shook each other's today!

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Anne Diamond | 15:33 UK time, Monday, 12 September 2011

The most famous hand I have ever shaken (nervously) was Bette Davis's.

Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Kirk Douglas and Princess Diana come a close second - but Bette Davis was a screen legend like no other, and I grew up with her movies playing on TV every wet summer Saturday afternoon. My mum would say, "There's no such thing as a bad Bette Davis movie" and she was right.

Today I met another who has shaken the great (thin and bony) Bette Davis hand. He is Alec Mills, who was a cameraman on "Death On The Nile".

He said they all lined up to meet her first time, rather like a royal line-up at a movie premiere. The director said simply, "Welcome, Bet!" She brought him up sharp. "My name is Bette Davis, or Miss Davis, thank you."

More stories like that, I hope, on Wednesday when I'm presenting my BBC Radio Berkshire show live from Pinewood studios. Looking forward to it.


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