Bette Davis was one of the greatest acting talents the screen has ever known. She was also one who aroused controversy: her legal battles with Warner Brothers; her four husbands; the shocking book written by her daughter. In this fascinating, in-depth biography Barbara Leaming has had numerous conversations with those closest to Bette Davis - her ...
Bette Davis was one of the greatest acting talents the screen has ever known. She was also one who aroused controversy: her legal battles with Warner Brothers; her four husbands; the shocking book written by her daughter. In this fascinating, in-depth biography Barbara Leaming has had numerous conversations with those closest to Bette Davis - her friends, lovers, associates and family members (including her daughter) - and has also drawn on Davis's personal diaries, scrapbooks and unpublished letters. The result is a fascinating portrait that redefines one of Hollywood's most misunderstood legends.
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After viewing Bette Davis movies I was interested in knowing more about the woman. Her life was like many of the movies she made. I thought this book provided a very unbiased look at her life, and used many of the actresses diaries, scrapbooks, and letters to offer a first hand account of her life. After finishing this book, I was glad that I chose one that was not written by Bette Davis herself since I feel she would have manipulated details to make herself look better. Very good book.
Publishers Weekly, 1993-11-08 Leaming's portrait of Davis, sympathetic yet frank about her horrible treatment of family and friends, is flatly written but insightful. (Dec.)
Publishers Weekly, 1992-04-20 The author of biographies of Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles, Leaming offers a portrait of Bette Davis (1908-1989) that is both sympathetic to the actress and frank about her legendary bitchiness and horrible treatment of family and friends. The star of Jezebel and All About Eve , among other notable films, Davis's presentation of herself over the years in interviews and her two autobiographies was misleading at best, Leaming shows. Using material--including scrapbook-diaries kept by Davis throughout her life, letters and other documents--only recently released, Leaming demonstrates that Davis was deeply affected by her father's abandonment of the family when she was a young child. This, combined with her mother's pampering, created a self-assured, demanding person. Although marred by flat writing, the book is distinguished by its psychological understanding of the subject. Photos not seen by PW. BOMC featured alternate; Reader's Digest Condensed Book selection; author tour. (May)
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