Onscreen and in real life Robin had a mixture of confidence and vulnerability that made her slightly frightening and highly loveable at the same time. Best of all she was genuine. She was real.
People ask me how I’m doing, and when I say, “I’m fine,” they nod, assuming I’m holding something back for their benefit. But I’m not. I am fine. I am good. I am all right.
Photos don’t always capture what a film camera sees. And the film camera saw a quality in Davis that made her the equal - if not the better - of all those legendary beauties.
More than any other performer of her era, she made Hollywood glamour feel attainable. We could imagine ourselves being Natalie Wood, but we could also imagine why we might not want to.