I Know That Song! The One About A Film Legend's Famous Assets

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The legendary Actress who inspired this song was famous for her roles on the big screen and TV.

She was known for her distinctive New England accent - and also for her striking eyes.

Her eyes were so distinctive that they inspired today’s song, but what color were they? Well, her eyes were a deep blue color, which often appeared to look brown when photographed in black and white.  

English novelist Graham Green said of this actress’ appearance: “Even the most inconsiderable film ... seemed temporarily better than they were because of that precise, nervy voice, the pale ash-blond hair, the popping, neurotic eyes, a kind of corrupt and phosphorescent prettiness.” (What a silver tongued devil!)

The song was actually originally written back in 1974 by Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon, who got the idea for the tune after seeing the actress in the movie ‘Now Voyager’.

Nothing came of that version, but it was later revived in 1981 by today’s singer and spent nine weeks at Number 1 and won Grammy Awards for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year.

The song has been covered by the likes of Kylie Minogue and even Taylor Swift back in 2014.

But what did the legendary subject of this song think about today’s version when it came out in the early 80’s?

At the time Bette Davis was 73 years old and wrote letters to today’s singer to thank her for making the actress “a part of modern times.” 

And even though those modern times are now over forty years in the past, her legend lives on, as does today’s song: Bette Davis Eyes...Kim Carnes...I Know That Song!

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