Bette Davis Speaks

Bette Davis Speaks

by Boze Hadleigh, Boze Hadleigh
     
 

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Nonfiction Large Print Edition (Bette Davis fans) will purr with delight . . . starred, Booklist Bette Davis was both a box-office superstar and a consummate actress, whose career spanned the early 1930 s and the late 1980 s. Since her death, a new generation of fans has been fascinated by this woman ahead of her time. Unlike the prior biographies, this is a… See more details below

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Nonfiction Large Print Edition (Bette Davis fans) will purr with delight . . . starred, Booklist Bette Davis was both a box-office superstar and a consummate actress, whose career spanned the early 1930 s and the late 1980 s. Since her death, a new generation of fans has been fascinated by this woman ahead of her time. Unlike the prior biographies, this is a book of interviews conducted by the author from the mid 1970 s on. Davis candidly discusses (and dishes) husbands, beaux, costars, rivals, movies and growing old. This is her story in the voice of the woman who always spoke for herself.

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Charles Harmon
Bette Davis fans will purr with delight at the page after page of her very clever, clawing (and cutting) comments about costars and contemporaries that veteran movie-scene reporter Hadleigh elicited in interviews dating from 1975 to the year Davis died, 1989. Hadleigh presents those conversations in straightforward question-and-answer format, which bolsters the illusion of Davis' voice in the mind's ear (hence the title), and readers quickly learn that the legend of her prowess with the put-down is true: "What do you think of Nancy Reagan?" "I never do." And on Joan Crawford: "She did everything by the numbers--even acting." Hadleigh, a world-class interviewer, manages to word his questions so that his own personality and his feelings about Davis both come through: we get an enjoyable sense of him as well as of Davis. At appropriate junctures, Hadleigh also briefly queries many Davis associates (producer David Lewis, costar Peter Lawford, husband-costar Gary Merrill, etc.) about her to complete a funny, revealing, and confrontational Hollywood read that must be reckoned one of the best for the fans in many a year.

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ISBN-13:
9780786208357
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
04/01/1997
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.69(d)

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