Miss D and Me

Life with the Invincible Bette Davis

Author: Kathryn Sermak

Publisher: Hachette Books

ISBN: 0316507822

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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For ten years Kathryn Sermak was at Bette Davis's side--first as an employee, and then as her closest friend--and in Miss D and Me she tells the story of the great star's harrowing but inspiring final years, a story fans have been waiting decades to hear. Miss D and Me is a story of two powerful women, one at the end of her life and the other at the beginning. As Bette Davis aged she was looking for an assistant, but she found something more than that in Kathryn: a loyal and loving buddy, a co-conspirator in her jokes and schemes, and a competent assistant whom she trained never to miss a detail. But Miss D had strict rules for Kathryn about everything from how to eat a salad to how to wear her hair...even the spelling of Kathryn's name was changed (adding the "y") per Miss D's request. Throughout their time together, the two grew incredibly close, and Kathryn had a front-row seat to the larger-than-life Davis's career renaissance in her later years, as well as to the humiliating public betrayal that nearly killed Miss D. The frame of this story is a four-day road trip Kathryn and Davis took from Biarritz to Paris, during which they disentangled their ferocious dependency. Miss D and Me is a window into the world of the unique and formidable Bette Davis, told by the person who perhaps knew her best of all.

Dark Victory

The Life of Bette Davis

Author: Ed Sikov

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780805088632

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 512

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A compelling portrait of a legendary Hollywood star captures the colorful, iconoclastic world of an intelligent, opinionated, and unusual woman who became one of filmdom's most important talents, drawing on interviews, archival research, and a fresh study of her films to reveal Davis's complex personal life and her unique cinematic accomplishments. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

The Lonely Life

An Autobiography

Author: Bette Davis

Publisher: Hachette Books

ISBN: 0316441295

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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Originally published in 1962, The Lonely Life is legendary silver screen actress Bette Davis's lively and riveting account of her life, loves, and marriages--now in ebook for the first time, and updated with an afterword she wrote just before her death. As Davis says in the opening lines of her classic memoir: "I have always been driven by some distant music--a battle hymn, no doubt--for I have been at war from the beginning. I rode into the field with sword gleaming and standard flying. I was going to conquer the world." A bold, unapologetic book by a unique and formidable woman, The Lonely Life details the first fifty-plus years of Davis's life--her Yankee childhood, her rise to stardom in Hollywood, the birth of her beloved children, and the uncompromising choices she made along the way to succeed. The book was updated with new material in the 1980s, bringing the story up to the end of Davis's life--all the heartbreak, all the drama, and all the love she experienced at every stage of her extraordinary life. The Lonely Life proves conclusively that the legendary image of Bette Davis is not a fable but a marvelous reality.

Bette Davis

Larger Than Life

Author: Richard Schickel,George Perry

Publisher: Running Press

ISBN: 9780762436880

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 264

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Traces the life of the motion picture actress, describes her major roles, and offers a look at her relationships with family members and fellow actors.

This 'n That

Author: Bette Davis

Publisher: Hachette Books

ISBN: 0316441260

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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Originally published in 1987, a collection of anecdotes as well as opinions pro and con on a wide range of subjects by legendary actress Bette Davis--now in ebook for the first time! A woman of strong appetites and opinions, Bette Davis minces no words. In frank, no nonsense terms she talks about the stroke that nearly killed her, and inspires us with the story of her subsequent recovery from cancer--a lively and encouraging account shot through with the star's unique blend of spunk and wit. Davis was famous for being as unsparing of herself as she was of others. Among the "others" of this book are President Ronald Reagan, who was a contract player at Warner Bros. when she was; Joan Crawford, her costar in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?; Humphrey Bogart; Marilyn Monroe; Elizabeth Taylor; and Helen Hayes, Bette's costar in her first film after her illness, Murder with Mirrors. She also talks about her deep friendship with her longtime assistant, Kathryn Sermak, who nursed Davis back to health after her stroke and ushered her back into acting when Davis's doctors thought all hope was lost. As Davis says, "If everyone likes you, you're doing your job wrong." This is a unique and controversial book by one of the most incandescent and unconventional acting talents of all time, as magnetic and supremely talented as the lady herself.

Bette Davis

Author: David Thomson

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429999892

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 144

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"She could look demure while behaving like an empress. Blonde, with eyes like pearls too big for her head, she was very striking, but marginally pretty and certainly not beautiful . . . But it was her edge that made her memorable—her upstart superiority, her reluctance to pretend deference to others." Bette Davis was the commanding figure of the great era of Hollywood stardom, with a drive and energy that put her contemporaries in the shade. She played queens, jezebels, and bitches; she could out-talk any male costar; she warred with her studio, Warner Bros., worked like a demon, got through four husbands, was nominated for seven Oscars, and—no matter what—never gave up fighting. This is her story, from the acclaimed film critic David Thomson.

The Bette Davis Club

Author: Jane Lotter

Publisher: Center Point

ISBN: 9781628999365

Category: Fiction

Page: 500

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"When Margo's niece becomes a runaway bride --taking with her a family heirloom--her mother offers Margo fifty grand to retrieve her spoiled daughter and the invaluable property she stole. Together with the jilted and justifiably crabby fiancé, Margo sets out in a borrowed 1955 red MG on a cross-country chase and finds herself along the way"--

My Mothers Keeper

Author: B. D. Hyman

Publisher: Berkley Pub Group

ISBN: 9780425087770

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 313

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Candidly, but with affection, the daughter of Bette Davis portrays the private side of the tempestuous actress and her marriage to Gary Merrill and recounts her own experiences as the daughter of a world-famous star

Bette & Joan

The Divine Feud

Author: Shaun Considine

Publisher: Graymalkin Media

ISBN: 1631681079

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 415

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This joint biography of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford follows Hollywood's most epic rivalry throughout their careers. They only worked together once, in the classic spine-chiller "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane" and their violent hatred of each other as rival sisters was no act. In real life they fought over as many man as they did film roles. The story of these two dueling divas is hilarious, monstrous, and tragic, and Shaun Considine’s account of it is exhaustive, explosive, and unsparing. “Rip-roaring. A definite ten.” - New York Magazine.

Bette Davis

The Performances That Made Her Great

Author: Peter McNally

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786434996

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 263

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"This volume contains detailed analyses of Bette Davis' top 12 films spanning 1938 to 1987 and The Letter, All About Eve, The Little Foxes, Jezebel, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and The Whales of August. Each film is discussed with examination of itsscript, direction, camerawork and performances, particularly as they relate to Davis's work"--Provided by publisher.

The Girl Who Walked Home Alone

Bette Davis A Personal Biography

Author: Charlotte Chandler

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1847396984

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

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Of Human Bondage, Jezebel, All About Eve, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Just this short list of Bette Davis' films gives an unmistakable sense of the role she played in twentieth-century cinema as one of the finest performers in Hollywood history. Drawing on an extensive series of conversations that took place during the last decade of Bette Davis' life, this biography draws heavily on the actresses own words. Looking back over the decades, from her teenage decision to become an actress to the pain and outrage over her daughter's bitter portrayal of her, Davis speaks with extraordinary candour. She explains how her father's abandonment of her a child reverberated through her four marriages, and discusses the persistent Hollywood legend that she was difficult to work with. Immersing readers in the drama and glamour of movie-making's golden age, The Girl Who Walked Home Alone is a startling portrait of an enduring icon.

Complicated Women

Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood

Author: Mick LaSalle

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1466876972

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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Between 1929 and 1934, women in American cinema were modern! For five short years women in American cinema were modern! They took lovers, had babies out of wedlock, got rid of cheating husbands, enjoyed their sexuality, led unapologetic careers and, in general, acted the way many think women only acted after 1968. Before then, women on screen had come in two varieties - good or bad - sweet ingenue or vamp. Then two stars came along to blast away these common stereotypes. Garbo turned the femme fatale into a woman whose capacity for love and sacrifice made all other human emotions seem pale. Meanwhile, Norma Shearer succeeded in taking the ingenue to a place she'd never been: the bedroom. Garbo and Shearer took the stereotypes and made them complicated. In the wake of these complicated women came others, a deluge of indelible stars - Constance Bennett, Ruth Chatterton, Mae Clarke, Claudette Colbert, Marlene Dietrich, Kay Francis, Ann Harding, Jean Harlow, Miriam Hopkins, Dorothy Mackaill, Barbara Stanywyck, Mae West and Loretta Young all came into their own during the pre-Code era. These women pushed the limits and shaped their images along modern lines. Then, in July 1934, the draconian Production Code became the law in Hollywood and these modern women of the screen were banished, not to be seen again until the code was repealed three decades later. Mick LaSalle, film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, takes readers on a tour of pre-Code films and reveals how this was the true golden age of women's films and how the movies of the pre-Code are still worth watching. The bold, pioneering and complicated women of the pre-Code era are about to take their place in the pantheon of film history, and America is about to reclaim a rich legacy.

Me and Jezebel

When Bette Davis Came for Dinner--and Stayed

Author: Elizabeth Fuller

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 1624886302

Category: Humor

Page: 170

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The intimate, funny, and true story of a Hollywood legend coming face-to-face with her most ardent fan. On May 28, 1985, star-struck Elizabeth Fuller's dream came true when the legendary Bette Davis came to dinner at her Connecticut home. Four weeks later, as the hotel strike in New York dragged on, she was still there. Here is Elizabeth Fuller's warm, candidly funny day-to-day account of trying to please the irascible queen of Hollywood in so adverse a condition as ordinary life--it's a Bette Davis no fan would expect: attending a neighborhood seance, river rafting, signing autographs at McDonald's, and remaining every inch the superstar while riding shotgun in a rusty Toyota. She was explosive, intimidating, demanding...and always entertaining. She conquered suburbia, took over the Fuller's home and changed their life forever. For Bette Davis, playing herself was a breeze. For Elizabeth Fuller, it was the performance of a lifetime.

Mommie Dearest

Author: Christina Crawford

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 150404908X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 394

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A special edition of the “shocking” #1 New York Times bestseller with an exclusive new preface by the author (Los Angeles Times). When Christina Crawford’s harrowing chronicle of child abuse was first published in 1978, it brought global attention to the previously closeted subject. It also shed light on the guarded world of Hollywood and stripped away the façade of Christina’s relentless, alcoholic abuser: her adoptive mother, movie star Joan Crawford. Christina was a young girl shown off to the world as a fortunate little princess. But at home, her lonely, controlling, even ruthless mother made her life a nightmare. A fierce battle of wills, their relationship could be characterized as an ultimately successful, for Christina, struggle for independence. She endured and survived, becoming the voice of so many other victims who suffered in silence, and giving them the courage to forge a productive life out of chaos. This ebook edition features an exclusive new preface by the author, plus rare photographs from her personal collection and one hundred pages of revealing material not found in the original manuscript.

Bette Davis

A Biography

Author: Peter Noble

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 231

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Bette Davis

Author: Grace May Carter

Publisher: New Word City

ISBN: 1640190740

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 390

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In a career that spanned six decades, two Academy Awards, and ten Oscar nominations, Bette Davis became one of the greatest screen legends of all time. But, as her epitaph says, "She did it the hard way." She was in constant battles with co-stars, directors, and studios and struggled with addictions to alcohol and cigarettes. She had four stormy marriages and even her three children brought pain and controversy - one wrote a scathing tell-all book, another had a severe mental disability, and a third was the subject of a prolonged custody battle. But in her iconic film roles - including All About Eve and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane - Davis transcended her troubles to leave an indelible mark on American cinema. Possessing none of the glamorous beauty of Greta Garbo, she had something more powerful and lasting: a restless, incandescent energy that made her mesmerizing to watch on the big screen. Here is Davis's story - her famous feud with Joan Crawford, skirmishes with Errol Flynn, affairs with Howard Hughes and William Wyler - and enough drama, confrontation, and heartache to fill several lifetimes. But she never regretted a single moment. "Being hysterical is like having an orgasm," Davis once cracked. "It's good for you."

More Than a Woman

An Intimate Biography of Bette Davis

Author: James Spada

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 9780553568684

Category: Motion picture actors and actresses

Page: 704

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A painstakingly researched biography offers new information about the star's turbulent life, her rocky marriages and affairs, and her troubled relationship with her daughter. By the author of Peter Lawford: The Man Who Kept the Secrets. Reissue.

Bette Davis

The Performances That Made Her Great

Author: Peter McNally

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786434996

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 263

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"This volume contains detailed analyses of Bette Davis' top 12 films spanning 1938 to 1987 and The Letter, All About Eve, The Little Foxes, Jezebel, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and The Whales of August. Each film is discussed with examination of itsscript, direction, camerawork and performances, particularly as they relate to Davis's work"--Provided by publisher.