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Bette Davis: A Biography | [Barbara Leaming]

Bette Davis: A Biography

She was the tempestuous, strong-willed woman who ignited the movie screen with her legendary performances in Of Human Bondage, Jezebel, and All About Eve. Off-camera, Bette Davis survived four disastrous marriages and earned a larger-than-life professional reputation as an actress to be reckoned with. In this extraordinary biography, fans and film historians will discover a different, darker side of Bette Davis: a woman beset with scarring personal and professional doubts....
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Publisher's Summary

She was the tempestuous, strong-willed woman who ignited the movie screen with her legendary performances in Of Human Bondage, Jezebel, and All About Eve. Off-camera, Bette Davis survived four disastrous marriages and earned a larger-than-life professional reputation as an actress to be reckoned with. In this extraordinary biography, fans and film historians will discover a different, darker side of Bette Davis: a woman beset with scarring personal and professional doubts, who fought a lifelong battle with alcohol and had an insatiable need to be loved, often at great emotional cost. Obsessive and compulsive, Davis was happy only when she was working, but did not always choose her projects wisely. A legend, a star, a remarkable woman, Bette Davis lived her life as if it were a coveted role she was desperately afraid she might not win.

©1992 Barbara Leaming (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Leaming offers a portrait of Bette Davis that is both sympathetic to the actress and frank about her legendary bitchiness…The book is distinguished by its psychological understanding of the subject." (Publishers Weekly)

“Strong, honest, vivid biography…A rapid but rich full-dress portrait of a matchlessly magnetic actress whose chains of self-centeredness grew ever heavier as she aged… Excellent especially on Davis’ tics and mannerisms and how they undermined her ferocious energy and greater possibilities.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Would you try another book from Barbara Leaming and/or Grace Conlin?

    Yes,if it was about someone who I wanted to read about.This one was done well.


    Would you recommend Bette Davis to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes.Her life was more interesting than I thought it would be,given the era she grew up in.


    Which character – as performed by Grace Conlin – was your favorite?

    I would say her biological daughter.


    Could you see Bette Davis being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

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  • Paula
    HEXHAM, United Kingdom
    9/16/12
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    "Narrated too quickly!"

    I'm afraid that this isn't a normal review as I haven't read the book!

    I found that Grace Conlin spoke so very quickly that I could not enjoy listening to her. I tried slowing it down a bit but then it was too slow. I think listening to a book should be an absorbing and relaxing occupation but this was so fast I had to concentrate like mad and I gave up after about 10 minutes. Shame. Bette Davis was one of my favourite filmstars and I was really looking forward to listening.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    DARLINGTON, United Kingdom
    12/28/12
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    "excellent"

    Little fast however really good book. Would recommend this book if you like true Hollywood royalty.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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