All About All About Eve: The Complete Behind-the-Scenes Story of the Bitchiest Film Ever Made!

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To millions of fans, All About Eve represents all that's witty and wonderful in classic Hollywood movies. Its old-fashioned, larger-than-life stars—including Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, and Celeste Holm—found their best roles in Eve and its sophisticated dialogue has entered the lexicon.

But there's much more to know about All About Eve. Sam Staggs has written the definitive account of the making of this fascinating movie and its enormous incluence ...

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Overview

To millions of fans, All About Eve represents all that's witty and wonderful in classic Hollywood movies. Its old-fashioned, larger-than-life stars—including Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, and Celeste Holm—found their best roles in Eve and its sophisticated dialogue has entered the lexicon.

But there's much more to know about All About Eve. Sam Staggs has written the definitive account of the making of this fascinating movie and its enormous incluence on both film and popular culture. Staggs reveals everything about the movie—from the famous European actress Margo Channing was based on to the hot-blooded romance on-set between Bette Davis and costar Gary Merrill, from the jump-start the movie gave Marilyn Monroe's career to the capstone it put on director Joseph L. Mankeiwicz's.

All About "All About Eve" is not only full of rich detail about the movie, the director, and the stars, but also about the audience who loved it when it came out and adore it to this day.

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"This is the best movie book I've ever read. I devoured it in one sitting. Staggs may not have invented the genre, but he's certainly perfected it." —Florence King, author of Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady

"Stagg's gossipy goulash celebrates all of Eve's incarnations, from the original tale...to the Broadway musical Applause...[He] provides thoughtful film analysis and a thrilling final coup: an interview with the real Eve." —People

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312273156
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/23/2001
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 814,224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Sam Staggs

Sam Staggs's first book was MMII: The Return of Marilyn Monroe. He has also written for a number of magazines, including Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest, and Art News. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2004

    Grab a spoon ...

    As an avid fan of 'All About Eve', I was stunned to find that there was a book out there, detailing the making of the film. I ate this book with a spoon -- I simply could not put it down. And I was torn too; I couldn't wait to read what happened next, but also knew that every page I turned meant less pages to come. (I then watched the film again, and felt as though I was watching it for the very first time again.) Sam's writing style is exciting and swift, and his research must have been beyond exhausting. If you are a fan of 'Eve', any of the actors in it, the history of 20th Century Fox, or Hollywood history in general, I HIGHLY recommend this book!

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  • Posted December 1, 2010

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    Fun Look at a Favorite Movie

    I've seen the movie <i> All About Eve </i> an embarrassing number of times, and I've wondered often about how this little gem of classic film came to be. All my questions are answered in Sam Staggs' book -- in fact, he answers questions that had never occurred to me.

    Yes, this book is full of juicy gossip, but that's not the heart of it (just the fun part). Staggs explores everything connected to this movie, from the much debated origins of the original short story "The Wisdom of Eve" to its assorted homages and reinventions everywhere from on Broadway to in porn. He explores much of what went into making the film -- script, acting, directing, editing, costumes, set, music -- and even spends a rather involved chapter digging into assorted interpretations of the text.

    Mostly, this is a fan of the movie telling all he can find out to other fans of the movie, all in a chatty, breezy, very readable style. I stayed up late reading this because it was so much fun and so interesting. While it might delve into too much minutia for a casual reader, it holds treasure for classic movie buffs.

    And I shall never think of Celeste Holm in the same way again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2010

    Tedious

    I was very excited to buy this book when I came across it - it deals with one of my favorite movies. 'All About Eve' deserves a better book than this one. The most effective chapters deal with the development and the filming itself: juicy stories, catty remarks - exactly what one would expect.

    Less effective are the later chapters. All the good material is contained in the initial sections. The book runs out of steam as the author exhaustively treats footnote material, such as the musical 'Applause' which is based on the film, to entire chapters. Even more problematic is an entire chapter (!) centering on his friends' comments about the film culled from a screening in the author's home. The comments are neither illuminating or entertaining, and reveals a grasping for material to create a book rather than a lengthy article or essay, which surely this should have been.

    More than this, though, is the unchecked enthusiasm which enlivens the early chapters quickly degenerates so that the reader is left with the impression of an author who doesn't have the critical distance required to write objectively. I wanted very much to like this book. If you're a fan, you may enjoy this book for what it is. To the casual reader, this will be a long and unrewarding slog. Caveat emptor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

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    Fun and Impressively Thorough The thing that stands out most abo

    Fun and Impressively Thorough
    The thing that stands out most about this book is how amazingly detailed and well researched it is. &quot;All about Eve&quot; is one of the best
    movies to read about because there was so much behind the scenes drama and the people involved in the making the film, both in
    front of the camera and behind it, were such characters. I enjoyed the chapters on the actual filming best because that's where most of the excitement and drama took place but the cultural impact of the film was also interesting to read about. There are places where the book drags because it is so detailed. However, for the most part, it is entertaining, provocative and a real treat for fans of &quot;All About Eve&quot; You'll never view the movie quite the same way again.

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