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Unearths the complex, self-destructive woman beneath the steely public persona
 
   
BETTE DAVIS (P)
 
Product Details:
Paperback: 192 pages; 5 x 7 3/4 inches
List Price:  $15.95   Your Price: $15.95
ISBN: 1904341489

Description:

Bette Davis (1908-1989) was the great actress of the Golden Age of Cinema. Known for her bullish temper and incomparable candor, she began life as the favorite daughter of a lonely, unfulfilled single mother. Convinced that she lacked beauty, Davis devoted everything to her acting. In classic films such as Jezebel, All About Eve, Dark Victory and Now, Voyager, she distorted herself into grotesque, shocking characters -- always, she insisted, for the good of the role. Off-stage she never achieved the same success, becoming a serial divorcee. By the end of her life, her repertoire had narrowed into excruciating self-imitation. This book unearths the complex, self-destructive woman beneath the steely public persona.


About The Author:

Laura Moser was born in Houston and now works as a film critic, editor and writer based in New York.


Table of Contents:

AN ACTRESS FROM NEW ENGLAND 1908-1930
An Absolute Despot
All Big Eyes and Talent

THE DREAM FACTORY 1931-1934
Hollywood during the Depression
The Warner’s Stable
Of Human Bondage and the Davis Style

THE STAR SYSTEM 1935-1939
Gilded Slavery
The Reward
The Queen of Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD ON THE HOME FRONT 1940-1945
Celluloid Soldiers
The Women’s Picture
The Horrors of Egocentricity on a Marathonic Scale

THE LAST CHANCE 1946-1960
The 18 Best Years of Her Life
From Darkness to Eve
Ten Black Years

BETTE-DAVIS-IS-BETTE-DAVIS-IS BETTE-DAVIS 1960-1989
This Wasted Bernhardt
God’s Joke on Humanity
The Greatest Sadist Movies Ever Had

Notes
Chronology
Selected Filmography
Further Reading
Picture Sources
Index