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Bette Davis : A Biography

Bette Davis : A Biography

By Barbara Leaming


From Publishers Weekly


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. 

    • Format : Hardback
    • Condition : Out of Print/ Very Good
    • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
    • ISBN : 0-6717-09550
    • Copyright : 1992
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