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And Dangerous She won two Academy Awards was the first person to accrue 11 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 150 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. 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 an admirably strong woman who stood up for what she believed in and grasped life with both hands Seriously ambitious She was everything I imagined her to be and so much Kingdom of Ash Throne of Glass 7 on three years Imagine Me of research and Beyond Temptation over 150 interviews with close family friends and co workers this Hollywood legend biography reveals for the first time the devastating effect Past Due Debt Collection on Bette Die Visioene Van Johanna Brandt of her father’s desertion; her The Neuropsychology of Self Discipline oddly close relationship with her mother; her massive self doubts and numerous tempestuous marriages and extramarital affairs Spada exposes the disturbing cover up Where I’m Calling From of the facts surrounding the sudden death The Accidental Activist of Bette’s second husband Arthur Farnsworth; the truth about her relationship with her daughter BD. Bette Davis has always been a favourite I enjoy her movies most specially the Smoke and Mirrors Short Fiction and Illusions 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 an admirably strong woman who stood up for what she believed in and grasped life with both hands Seriously ambitious She was everything I imagined her to be and so much

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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 100 roles as an actress including the films What Ever Happened to Baby Jane Jezebel Dark Victory. 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 coverage there are so many this would make my listAll the fabulous comical caricatures have redefined our memories of this wonderful actress Just watch her actual films though and you ll rediscover that she was nowhere near as over the top as you might have recalled she had far greater dramatic subtlety and nuance than her impersonators have led us to believe As a woman she was renowned for being earthier than her professional nemesis Joan Crawford and boasted of that making her perhaps the arrogant of the two yet no less adorable I like to make my own mind up about the subjects of biographies and usually canThat Bette Davis was no saint becomes clear enough after covering a few biographies that she was no monster either is also clear She was a fascinating woman and a great great star

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Who 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 forg. 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 of a fan of any celebrity certainly not of Bette Davis nevertheless I was curious as to how a virtual nobody could have risen to such heights of stardom even to attaining two Oscars and then to have seemingly lost it all Although remembered fondly as a great actress which may or may not have been true nevertheless Bette Davis was shrewish and miserable for much of her life and through many marriages and abortions Most certainly money fame and celebrity can only buy just so muchand not of what matters most


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 coverage there are so many this wo

  2. says:

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

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    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

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    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

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    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 Ho

  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 temperament

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

  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 of a fan of any celebrity certainly not of Bette Davis nevertheless I was curious as to how a virtual nobody could have risen to such heights of stardom even to attaining two Oscars and then to have

  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 walk the line and give an even handed account of her good and bad traits There ar

  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 c

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