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  • Published: 27 August 2009
  • ISBN: 9780141931456
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 128

Bette Davis (Great Stars)



The wonderful David Thomson on the sultry siren Bette Davis

'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.

  • Published: 27 August 2009
  • ISBN: 9780141931456
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 128

About the author

David Thomson

David Thomson was born in India in 1914 to Scottish parents, but grew up in Scotland and Derbyshire. After the period described in Woodbrook he developed a career in writing and at the BBC. He died in 1988.

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