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“Irresistible revelatoryBursts with film lore gossip countless affairs and family secrets” Publisher’s Weekly starred review “This is a truly riveting read chock full of meticulous details juicy anecdotes and profound insight” Liz Smith “James Spada has certainly done his homework and he charts Davis’s climb to fame with a meticulous attention to detail that his subject would surely appreciate and without ever losing sight of the woman who motivated the actress” Time Out London Best selling author James Spada has written the definitive biography of one of America’s greatest actresses Bette Davis Bette Davis participated in over roles as an actress including the films What Ever Happened to Baby Jane Jezebel Dark Victor. There is a line in Lorrie Moore s story How to Be the Other Woman Slam the door like Bette Davis Offscreen onscreen the woman had attitude and it and she was tremendousThe writing itself well there is a a lot of editorializing a lot of reconstructed scenes as if out of a novel and I found myself having plenty of OH PLEASE moments because of this Still though this baby was a good one

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Wrote a scathing Mommie Dearest style memoir and the disturbing possible reason for her adopted daughter Margot’s mental retardation And perhaps best of all you will get an intimate glimpse into Bette and her working relationships with numerous other Hollywood legends This film star biography explores her feuds with Joan Crawford Miriam Hopkins Helen Hayes and Lillian Gish her affairs with William Wyler and other directors her impossible behavior on sets created by her insecurities the “fire and music” she was able to bring to every role and her fights against sexism for the control of her creative destiny By turns inspiring shocking and poignant Bette Davis More Than a Woman is a captivating film star biography you won’t soon forget. Bette Davis has never been one of my favorite actresses but there s no denying that she was a star This biography of her manages to walk the line and give an even handed account of her good and bad traits There are places where a little too much information is given I don t really care what her sexual adventures were but her personality comes through strong and clear and the book is compelling reading

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Y and Dangerous She won two Academy Awards was the first person to accrue Academy Award nominations and became the first woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute But who was this actress Based on three years of research and over interviews with close family friends and co workers this Hollywood legend biography reveals for the first time the devastating effect on Bette of her father’s desertion her oddly close relationship with her mother her massive self doubts and numerous tempestuous marriages and extramarital affairs Spada exposes the disturbing cover up of the facts surrounding the sudden death of Bette’s second husband Arthur Farnsworth the truth about her relationship with her daughter BD who. My problem with this biography is that the author tries to push a certain narrative down the reader s throat namely of Bette being a temperamental bitch which makes it really hard to sympathize with anything she ever did or said even if she was right In a way this is worse than a book blatantly against its subject because it tries to put certain ideas in your head but in a subtler way I believe the writing style which includes detailed descriptions of places dialogues and people s thoughts and feelings almost as if you were reading a novel contributes to this kind of deception It starts from the very first chapters describing her predecessors women in particular as rebellious and domineering not failing to mention the ancestor who was burned at the stake and who clearly passed on her witchy personality to Bette dwelling on her tantrums and fastidiousness as a child and often insinuating that a streak of madness mental disorder runs in the family If this was not enough according to the author and his PhD in psychology Bette had serious daddy issues which are brought up way too many times to justify her insecurities and problems with the male sex Apparently it also influenced her acting abilities It wouldn t be the last time that Harlow s departure from the Davis family circle would inspire Bette to a brilliant performance PleaseIt goes on blaming Bette for practically everything her sister s nervous breakdowns an actor s suicide in the early 30s who allegedly had an unreuited crush on her her second husband s death the author had access to the coroner s inuest transcript and goes out of his way to prove his thesis that it was all a cover up and that Bette was actually responsible for his death AND the brain damage of her adopted daughterBette is described as a high strung irrational unstable sexually frustrated this is so offensive and sexist woman who fought with EVERYONE just for the sake of fighting which perpetuates the idea that she was just a temperamental bitch and not someone who cared deeply about her work and who had to fight in a man s world in order to have a career The author instead gives us a very unpleasant one dimentional portrayal At a certain point it got so bad that I couldn t help thinking surely in 81 years of existence she must have done ONE nice thing It is just baffling to me how someone could spend 3 years of their life in research access to tons of material and come up with something like this that seems to be focusing only on the negative side of things Some of the sources are laughable interviews with ex husband Sherry his wife fired cooks and nannies Seriously among which BD s book My Mother s Keeper anyone who uses her book as a source is dead to me and Fasten Your Steatbelts by Laurence J uirk possibly the trashiest biography I have ever read What made me realize how biased this book is is the fact that I recognized some of interviews uoted by the author now available online for everyone to hear in which Bette sounded perfectly fine and pleasant and yet the author managed to twist her words and make her sound like the terrible person she wasn tBette Davis was determined and strived for excellency and as a result gave us some of the most powerful performances ever seen on screen How did she accomplish that Can we maybe talk about this She could be difficult I m not denying it but she was so much than that She could be very generous with the people she liked she had a wicked sense of humor and under the hard exterior she was uite down to earth and vulnerable Why do I rarely read about this As she often said she was larger than life and rightly so uoting Margo Channing peace and uiet is for libraries


10 thoughts on “Bette Davis

  1. says:

    James Spada is a superb biographer I've read five Bette Davis biographies and find it impossible to rate one higher than the others Inescapably many details are rehashed across all of them This one I liked not much or less than the others I've read However if I were recommending which ones to include in your c

  2. says:

    One way and a rough one at that to survive 81 years as a tightly wound nervous wreck

  3. says:

    There is a line in Lorrie Moore’s story “How to Be the Other Woman” “Slam the door like Bette Davis”Offscreen on

  4. says:

    Bette Davis fans should be warned about reading this book which includes the most cursory treatment of her film work but a cornucopia of embarassing stories of drunken arguments with 3 of her 4 husbands professional feuding and personal contra

  5. says:

    Bette Davis has always been a favourite I enjoy her movies most specially the ones she did in the forties her most popular time in Hollywood Reading about her childhood family fears her journey through life makes for very interesting reading Not necessarily a likeable person she was extremely difficult a prime diva yet a

  6. says:

    My problem with this biography is that the author tries to push a certain narrative down the reader's throat namely of Bette being a temperamental bitch which makes it really hard to sympathize with anything she ever did or said eve

  7. says:

    An honest review; Bette Davis was a brilliant woman possessed with sensitive acting ability She appeared to have been bi pol

  8. says:

    I am embarrassed to admit how glued to this book I actually was although not for the reasons most would think Never having been much

  9. says:

    Bette Davis has never been one of my favorite actresses but there's no denying that she was a star This biography of her manages to

  10. says:

    A fascinating look at a wonderful actress but sometimes horrible human being I think the author does a good job of trying to remain objective when chronicling the events of his subject's life; he shows how Bette could be cruel jealous and petty but then goes into descriptions that show her humane side such as f

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