Dealing openly with anti-Semitism and Nazi atrocities, the story spans World War I, Prohibition and the prelimanary volley of World War II. Fanny (Bette Davis) thrives on the adulation of countless suiters before and after she marries Job Skeffington (Claude Rains). Ravaged by age and illness, Fanny clings to Job's promise that "a woman is beautiful only when she is loved."
A young woman escapes the smothering influence of her wealthy and very conservative mother through the help of a psychiatrist and an ocean cruise, where she finds love, which helps her to become her own person.
"Drawing on extensive conversations with Bette Davis during the last decade of her life, Charlotte Chandler gives us a biography in which the great actress speaks for herself. The author also spoke with directors, actors, and others who knew and worked with Davis. Though she owed everything to her mother, Ruthie, Bette Davis remained fascinated all her life by her hard-to-please father, who walked out on his family. She remembered the disappointment - which never left - over her father's lack of interest in her, and she believed that her resentment of him was probably a major factor in her four failed marriages. She spoke happily of her love affairs with Howard Hughes and William Wyler; she recalled her leading men, favorite co-stars, and unloved rivals; and she took great care to refute the persistent Hollywood legend that she was difficult to work with. Alone and ill, she faced her last days with bravery and dignity."
By Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson
Based on the play by W. Somerset Maugham, this film is set on a rubber plantation in Malaya and reveals a woman's reasons for killing a man who was a close family friend. This is one of Davis's most calculating characters.
By Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, Teresa Wright, Richard Carlson, Dan Duryea
Based on the play by Lillian Hellman, this is the story of Regina Giddens, a woman who will stop at nothing to outwit her brothers in running the family business, even if it means sacrificing the health of her husband or the love of her young daughter.
Also available on DVD. The DVD version is loaded with extras: commentary by Bogart biographer Eric Lax; Leonard Maltin hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1936 wtih Newsreel; "Bullets or Ballots" theatrical trailer; musical short "Rhythmitis", cartoon "The Coo Coo Nut Grove"; new featurette: The Petrified Forest: Menace in the Desert; 1/7/1940 Gulf screen theater broadcast starring Bogart, Tyrone Power and Joan Bennett; includes original theatrical trailer.
By Bette Davis, Lillian Gish, Vincent Price, Ann Sothern, Harry Carey Jr., Mary Steenburgen
In one of their last films, Bette Davis and Lillian Gish star as elderly sisters spending a summer at their seaside home in Maine. They remember their youth and lament the changes that have taken place in their lives. Ann Sothern also stars as the sisters’ lifelong friend. Vincent Price plays a Russian fisherman who is Lillian Gish’s romantic interest.
In a decaying Hollywood mansion, Jane Hudson, a former child star, and her sister Blanche, a movie queen forced into retirement after a crippling accident, live in virtual isolation.
Special features: commentary by author and film historian, Charles Busch and film historian John Epperson; three fabulous documentary profiles of the movie and its two immortal stars: Bette and Joan ; "Blind ambition": a new making-of documentary; all about Bette, biographical profile, hosted by Jodie Foster; film profile: Joan Crawford; vintage featurette "Behind the scenes with 'Baby Jane'"; The Andy Williams Show excerpt featuring Bette Davis.