The Golden Age of Hollywood


Release: October 5, 2009

“Until you’re known in my profession as a monster, you’re not a star,” Bette Davis once said. Let’s just say in Hollywood she was considered the ultimate star. The Academy Award-winning actress was one of the movies’ most riveting and volatile personalities both on and off the screen. She comes to life in the pages of this lavish, fully illustrated tribute produced in conjunction with her estate.

Bette Davis remains one of the most acclaimed and well-known stars in the history of film. Breaking new ground for women, she was a fighter who took on the Hollywood establishment at the drop of a dime. She reveled in lifelong feuds (such as with arch nemesis and co-star Joan Crawford). She was a mother, wife, and friend. She was also a no-nonsense New Englander who happened to have more talent than the movies seemed able to contain. Her personality leapt off the screen and earned her an unprecedented number of high-profile nominations and awards for her work in films like Jezebel, Dark Victory, All About Eve, and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? As the epitaph on Davis’s tombstone reads, “She did it the hard way.” Through a biography, comprehensive filmography, and hundreds of rare photos, readers will find out why.

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Im buying this book, not only for me, but for my mom, Bette Davis is her hero! She loves Bette! I find in All About Eve, I see my mom in certain scenes. She was one tough cookie, but hard for her to trust men...sad! Wonderful actress & got what she wanted & fought hard to get it....and got it! Thanks for the tip!!!
Whew! I was so relieved to see this wasn't a David Bret book (shudder)!

I've read Bette & Joan: The Divine Feud, The Girl Who Walked Home Alone and This n'That. I wonder if this has anything new to offer?
I got this book the other day. It's a really great quality book. It's not a biography more like a 'films of' book. There were only a couple of photos that were new to me but I love it.
This looks like a great book - I'm going to see if the library has it and check it out as soon as possible!
I think reading a cross section of biographies on a person is great, because they all have a somewhat different slant and content, and it's a good way to get a feel for someone, and draw your own conclusions. I'm a bit of a biography addict, and much prefer them to fiction.

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