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Actress and playwright, JESSICA SHERR, powerfully channels Bette Davis’ fight for her place in the movie studio system. On the night of the 1939 Oscars, Bette Davis returns home knowing she’s to lose Best Actress to Vivien Leigh’s Scarlett O’Hara because the press has leaked the winners. Miss Davis takes us on the bumpy ride of her tumultuous rise, as the tenacious actress fights her way through the studio system to the top. Jessica’s performance is a unique and thoughtful perspective of Davis in her ongoing challenge to secure the best roles for herself in the male-dominated movie system.
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Jessica Sherr is an actress/writer/producer from San Diego, California. She is a graduate of the Wynn Handman Acting Studio and has studied improv at UCB, The PIT, and The Annoyance Theater. Jessica appears on Season 2 of CLAWS (TNT) and was recently seen on BLUE BLOODS (CBS) opposite Donnie Wahlberg. Her film One, Two, Guess Who is Who directed by Italian director, Lorenzo Faccenda, screened at The London International Filmmaker Festival and has won Best Feature Film at New York Film Awards and Best Foreign Feature at The Los Angeles Independent Film Awards. We Are the Prototypes is an official selection of Dances with Films Festival and will have its world premiere at The Chinese Theaters in Los Angeles. Jessica was the face of FRUIT BY THE FOOT and had a two-year National Campaign for AQUAFRESH. She finished a 6-part industrial for Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
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BDAFS produced by Velvet Fox Productions had its international debut at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013 performing at The Fiddlers Elbow in Scotland. The show was well received and returned to Scotland August 2014 and 2015 to The Prestigious Assembly Rooms gardening 5-Star Reviews. St. James Theater in London got wind of the show and offered BDAFS a special engagement to perform in London. In June 2017, BDAFS had a successful 4-week run at The Athenaeum Theater in Chicago. These performances, among others, has resulted in a steady stream of sensational reviews, including:

 "BDAFS offers us a beautiful window into the past from which we can see not only the beauty of the film days gone by, but the gritty underbelly of an exploitative industry"-Fringe Review

 "Sherr is a tour-de-force"--The Quotidian Times

 BDAFS"is a fascinating look at Davis's life and career." - Chicago Theater and Arts

 "If you'd like to present theater which is artistically substantive, and also accessible and entertaining, I would highly recommend Jessica Sherr's Bette Davis Ain't for Sissies."
- Paul Van Ness, Artistic Director, The Cabot Performing Arts Center

 "Absolutely Wonderful"-The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

 "Terrific Entertainment"- The Beacon PAC

 "Miss Sherr delivered a performance that was worthy of an Oscar this afternoon and yes she had 'Bette Davis Eye's'. A Five Star Performance." - Mark Calvert, The Mumble, International Cultural Surveyors