Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Perry Mason and the Case of the Difficult Diva

In 1963, Raymond Burr had to endure painful dental surgery. Unfortunately, this was going to cause a problem with the shooting schedule. How would CBS deal with the situation? By enlisting some big names to take Mr. Burr's place. The biggest name they could get was an amazing choice- Bette Davis!

Playing a lawyer named Constant Doyle, Ms. Davis brought gravitas and glamour to the show, despite the fact that her career had seen better days. This amazing "get" was due to the fact that Miss Davis was considered to be a difficult person to work with. Her tenure on the show lasted just one episode.