Bette Davis

Author(s): David Thomson

Biography

'She could look demure while behaving like an empress. Blonde, with eyes like pearls too big for her head, she was very striking, but marginally pretty and certainly not beautiful ...But it was her edge that made her memorable - her upstart superiority, her reluctance to pretend deference to others'. Bette Davis was the commanding figure of the great era of Hollywood stardom, with a drive and energy that put her contemporaries in the shade. She played queens, jezebels and bitches, she could out-talk any male co-star, she warred with her studio, Warner Bros, worked like a demon, got through four husbands, was nominated for seven Oscars and - no matter what - never gave up fighting. This is her story.

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David Thomson is, among many other things, author of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, now in its fourth edition. His recent books include a biography of Nicole Kidman, Fan Tan (a novel written in collaboration with Marlon Brando) and The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood. His latest work is the acclaimed Have You Seen...? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films. Born in London, he now lives in San Francisco.

General Fields

  • : 9781846140723
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : Allen Lane
  • : 0.104
  • : August 2009
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : David Thomson
  • : Paperback
  • : 2009
  • : 791.43028092
  • : 120
  • : Biography & autobiography: film, television, music, theatre; Individual actors & performers; Films, cinema
  • : 10 b/w integrated