Universal Pictures He likes his women like a fine wine — aged. He bedded Rita Hayworth and Elizabeth Taylor at the end of their careers, befriended year-old Brooke Astor, and had phone foreplay with the legendary Bette Davis, who was 20 years his senior. She was in her mids, and playing his mother. They spent every evening together over unending cocktails. Langella still managed to maintain a relationship with the actress for over two decades.
After too many diva-like scenes, Langella called their friendship off in Bancroft passed away in Though they were from different worlds — she was White House royalty originally from Southhampton, he was a poor Jersey kid from Bayonne — they hit it off. Perhaps because of her lofty reputation, Langella made himself a fool around her. One time, he recited an odd incident that occurred at the theater with Bancroft, when a supposed FBI agent pulled a gun on them.
It occurred to him moments later that a gun to the head might elicit painful memories for the widow. And boy did she live by the motto. Langella and Davis met in the s through their mutual agent, Robbie Lantz. Davis had watched a few of his movies, and she liked what she saw. But nothing ever progressed past the phone, because Davis always canceled when they made dinner plans.
A decade later, before her death in , Langella ran into her while staying at a Los Angeles hotel. He heard that seductively harsh voice command: He spent every evening downstairs getting drunk.
The scene had taken place nearly 80 years before. The two became fast friends in the late s. Though the two were never involved, he does speak about the effect the elderly woman had on men of all ages. After the end of his relationship with Whoopi Goldberg, Langella was set up on a date with the year-old, violet-eyed icon. As he sat beside her, she took two pills, slipped off her caftan and invited him to spend the night. No more of this s—t.
It may have sounded nuts the two hardly knew each other , but Langella was hooked. I knew that when I leaned in to kiss her, but still I kissed her. He never saw her again before hearing of her death in