Bette Davis Eyes
This made for television movie, based on the Agatha Christie mystery They Do It with Mirrors, featured Helen Hayes, in her last film, as Miss Marple and Bette Davis as her friend Carrie. When Miss Marple investigates why her friend’s health is failing, a dead body shows up, and the two old friends need to solve the mystery quickly.
"Both Anne Baxter and Bette Davis were nominated for best actress in this film. Neither won, but Bette Davis' leading role as Margo Channing is considered her greatest career performance and her most memorable, signature role. The screen play by Joseph L. Mankiewicz was based on a radio play by Mary Orr and tells the story of an ambitious young actress who tries to build a career by worming her way into the life of the great Broadway star Margo. When Margo finally understands the extent of Eve's treachery Davis gets to utter her most famous line,'Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night.'"
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 costar; 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."
"In this book the leading lady and woman ahead of her time speaks for herself in more than a dozen interviews conducted by journalist and author Boze Hadleigh."
"'Until you're known in my profession as a monster, you're not a star,' Bette Davis once said. Let's just say in Hollywood she was considered the ultimate star. The Academy Award-winning actress was one of the movies' most riveting and volatile personalities both on and off the screen. She comes to life in the pages of this lavish, fully illustrated tribute produced in conjunction with her estate.
"Bette Davis remains one of the most acclaimed and well-known stars in the history of film. Breaking new ground for women, she was a fighter who took on the Hollywood establishment at the drop of a dime. She reveled in lifelong feuds (such as with arch nemesis and co-star Joan Crawford). She was a mother, wife, and friend. She was also a no-nonsense New Englander who happened to have more talent than the movies seemed able to contain.
"Her personality leapt off the screen and earned her an unprecedented number of high-profile nominations and awards for her work in films like Jezebel, Dark Victory, All About Eve, and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? As the epitaph on Davis's tombstone reads, 'She did it the hard way.' Through a biography, comprehensive filmography, and hundreds of rare photos, readers will find out why."
Davis stars as a glamorous and somewhat frivolous socialite who matures and falls in love with her doctor while dying from a brain tumor. Geraldine Fitzgerald is wonderful as her best friend. Humphrey Bogart and Ronald Reagan also have small parts in this film. Have a box of tissues handy.
"Drawing on new interviews with friends, directors, and admirers, as well as archival research and a fresh look at the films, this stylish, intimate biography reveals Davis's personal as well as professional life in a way that is both revealing and sympathetic. With his wise and well-informed take on the production and accomplishments of such movie milestones as Jezebel, All About Eve, and Now, Voyager, as well as the turbulent life and complicated personality of the actress who made them, Sikov's Dark Victory brings to life the two-time Academy Award-winning actress's unmistakable screen style, and shows the reader how Davis's art was her own dark victory."
The story concerns two twin sisters: unmarried Edith with no money, no future and widow Margaret who has fabulous wealth - all because of her marriage to the man she stole from Edith years ago. Seeking revenge, Edith kills Margaret and takes her place. But new friends and new surroundings may expose her masquerade.
"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." (Library Journal)
Bette Davis stars as Stanley Timberlake, the kind of villainess audiences love to hate. Jilting her fiance, she runs off with her sister's husband, drives him to booze & suicide, then tries to tear apart the romance that's blossomed between her sister & her former flame.
Julie Marsden, a headstrong and unconventional beauty in pre-Civil War New Orleans, lashes out in revenge when she is scorned by the man she loves.
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."
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.
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.
A rundown diner bakes in the Arizona heat. Inside, fugitive killer Duke Mantee sweats out a manhunt, holding disillusioned writer Alan Squier, young waitress Gabby Maple, and a handful of others hostage. Based on the play by Robert E. Sherwood.
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.
This period drama sets the tumultuous on-again, off-again affair between Queen Elizabeth I and the second Earl of Essex against Essex's powerful ambition to assume the throne of England.
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.