A strong-willed, independent woman with heavy-cast eyes, clipped New England diction, and distinctive mannerisms, Bette Davis left an indelible - and often parodied - mark on cinema history as one of Hollywood’s greatest actresses. Over the course of her sixty year career, Davis made some 100 films, for which she received 10 Academy Award nominations, and twice won the Best Actress trophy. But her sometimes over-the-top affectations, short temper, and noted feuds with Joan Crawford and Warner Brothers studio, hindered her career despite the enormity of her talents.
Corrine Halperin Egan has contributed to the Jefferson Educational Society since April of 2009. Presently, she runs a Great Books discussion group each semester for the Jefferson and delivers four lectures a year on Remarkable American Women.
Corrine was semi-retired, working as a management consultant and coordinator for the Global Issues Forum at Mercyhurst, when Dr. William P. Garvey approached her and asked her to come to work at the Jefferson. Prior to her ‘retirement’, she served as Executive Director of the NWPA Area Labor Management Council. Other positions have included Community Education Coordinator at Mercyhurst, Director of the Erie Branch of the American Cancer Society, Executive Director of the YWCA. She was a founder and Executive Director of COVE, Council on Volunteers for Erie County.
Corrine is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Mercyhurst and also attended University of Michigan. She has served on the Pennsylvania Commission for Women and was President of Temple Anshe Hesed, Erie County Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse and the Women’s Roundtable. Her awards include the Women’s Roundtable’s coveted Woman of the Year award and Outstanding Alumna of Mercyhurst. She was honored as one of the Mercy Center for Women’s Dynamic Women as well as a Pennsylvania‘s Most Influential Woman.
“The Jefferson allows me to use my creativity and background to add to my own knowledge, as well as that of the community,” she noted. “What better way to spend my time and energy.”