Fasten Your Seat Belts: The Passionate Life of Bette Davis

Fasten Your Seat Belts: The Passionate Life of Bette Davis

by Lawrence J. Quirk

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Much has been written about actress Davis, but little has been very revealing, or comprehensive--until now. Davis's autobiography ( The Lonely Life , LJ 9/1/62) was a typically glossy Hollywood caricature, and the update This 'n That (LJ 3/1/87) was more of a reply to her daughter than autobiography. In Whitney Stine's Mother Goddam (1974; Berkley, 1984. pap.) Davis herself answered and often contradicted the text, but this was the public, cigarette-waving Davis. Appearing soon after Davis's death, Quirk's monumental book is actually the culmination of years of research by the celebrity biographer. Though Davis's six-decade film career is discussed, as is her personal life, what is most evident here is the passion of this woman, so often hidden behind an outspoken, and in later life, crusty exterior. This effort may or may not stand as definitive, but right now it's the only one that reveals as much. Highly recommended.-- Rosellen Brewer, Monterey Cty. Free Lib., Seaside, Cal.

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