Q: How did you feel about playing a grandmother? â€¨â€”Brian Heck, New York City
A: Initially, I was suicidal. First youâ€™re the ingenue, next youâ€™re the mom, later youâ€™re the grandmother, and then youâ€™re the corpse. But when I heard that I would be playing opposite Billy Crystal, I leapt in.
Q: Was he a good onscreen husband? â€”Janet H., Augusta, Ga.
A: He made me laugh till I fell on the floor. It was as though we had been married for years! We have been, though not to each other. I think marriage makes us all the same after a long enough time!
Q: What would the Bette of today tell Bette from the â€™70s? â€”Alexandra L., Logan, Utah
A: Red hair is aging! Go blond!
Q: Does your family ever ask you to sing for them at home? â€”Chris Merriman, Houston
A: Never. More likely, they tell me to shut up, and not that nicely.
Q: Who is one celebrity you were nervous to meet? â€¨â€”Tasha Riggins, Concordia, Kan.
A: Bob Dylan. I broke into a nervous sweat and ruined my new blouse.
Online Extra: Which of her past roles is most like the real Bette? â€¨â€” Nancy Rechtman
A: Winnie from Hocus Pocus!