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    • Warner Bros. Pictures

    The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex

    1939

    Costume seen on Bette Davis as Queen Elizabeth I

    • Warner Bros. Pictures

    The Story of Mankind

    1957

    Costume seen on Agnes Moorehead as Queen Elizabeth I

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About the Costume

Bette Davis wore this gown in the 1939 film The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex where she portrayed Queen Elizabeth I.  The dress was used again on Agnes Moorehead in the 1959 film The Story of Mankind.  Different jewelry and a different neck ruff were used, but aside from that, the dress remained unchanged.

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About the Costume

Bette Davis wore this gown in the 1939 film The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex where she portrayed Queen Elizabeth I.  The dress was used again on Agnes Moorehead in the 1959 film The Story of Mankind.  Different jewelry and a different neck ruff were used, but aside from that, the dress remained unchanged.

Bette Davis wore this gown in the 1939 film The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex where she portrayed Queen Elizabeth I.  The dress was used again on Agnes Moorehead in the 1959 film The Story of Mankind.  Different jewelry and a different neck ruff were used, but aside from that, the dress remained unchanged.

Credits

Sighting Credit:
  • Katie S.
Photos provided by:
  • Katie S.
  • Gabriela
  • justprosper
Costume Designer:
  • Orry-Kelly

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