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Bette Davis (Life & Times)by Laura Moser
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The Life & Times series tells the stories of those who have shaped our present and our past, from Beethoven to Curie, Dietrich to Wilde. Offering expert, eminently readable texts by distinguished authors, these beautifully designed books feature chronologies, full indices, and striking color photos and illustrations. Together, they form a superb modern library of biography. Bette Davis was one of the great actresses of the Golden Age of cinema. Notorious for her temper and her candor, she survived years of poverty before making it in Hollywood. Convinced that she lacked beauty, Davis devoted everything to her acting. In classic films like "Jezebel, All About Eve, Dark Victory, and "Now Voyager, she transformed herself into unforgettable characters; but by the end of her career, her repertoire had narrowed into self-imitation. Here, New York critic Laura Moser reveals the complex woman behind the steely legend.
Bette Davis was the great actress of the Golden Age of Cinema, but she was also a complex, self-destructive woman. This text unearths the tragedy beneath the steely public persona.
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.
In Jezebel, Dark Victory, Now, Voyager and All About Eve Bette Davis distorted herself into grotesque, shocking characters - always, she insisted, for the good of the role. This book unmasks the complex, self-destructive woman beneath the steely public persona.
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About the Author
Laura Moser was born in Houston and now works as a critic, editor and writer based in New York.
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