In December 1938, band leader Harmon Nelson was granted a divorce from Bette Davis. "She reads," Nelson told the court, "to an unnecessary degree. She refused to put down a book even when company was present. On innumerable occasions, she absented herself from the room to pursue her everlasting reading."
[Davis drew her stage name from Honore de Balzac's 1840 novel Cousin Bette. (Bette Midler was named after Bette Davis; her mother didn't realize Davis pronounced her name 'Betty'.)]