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Originally published in 1962, The Lonely Life is legendary silver screen actress Bette Davis' lively and riveting account of her life, loves, and marriages - 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 50-plus years of Davis' 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' 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.

©1962 Bette Davis (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Bette Davis was a legend

I loved that I had the chance to listen the first autobiographical book of Bette Davis. Bette Davis is a legend! Great to her story. I wish they have different voice reading it. She was so annoying and snoopy voice. She is pretending that is Bette Davis and she is very bad doing it. I had very hard time to concentrate with her voice.

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Love Bette Davis

Excellent book about her life. If you are a Davis fan it is a must listen to book.

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Major Disappointment

Not a great read. For someone who loves stories about the great movie giants, this was boring.

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  • RayP
  • 11-05-17

A fascinating life story excellently read

great first half where Davis recounts early career in the Hollywood studio system. The coda is unfortunately a rather tedious self congratulatory round up that adds little.

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  • maura o hanlon
  • 09-16-17

Betty , Bobbi and Mum

What a strong lady Betty was . I missed her when I finished the book .
She loved her work , terrible the way she was treated in the early days ,