The New York Times reported on December 7, 1938, that Bette Davis’ marriage with Harmon “Oscar” Nelson had ended up in divorce.
The reason for the divorce, though? Davis, the popular actress, ‘read too much’. Yes, you read that right.
The report says that Harmon “usually just sat there while his wife read ‘to an unnecessary degree'”. It adds that Davis thought that her work was more important than her marriage, and that she even insisted on reading books on manuscripts when her husband had guests. It was all so very upsetting for him, so he decided to divorce her.
Davis discussed the emotional gulf that had separated the husband and wife later, and she also addressed an affair with businessman Howard Hughes. Apparently, the “affair” got mentioned in the divorce proceedings, but not on the pages of The New York Times itself.
You can check out the bizarre report for yourself below: