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  • Steve Shilstone
    2019-04-15 15:34

    One way, and a rough one at that, to survive 81 years as a tightly wound nervous wreck.

  • C.S. Burrough
    2019-04-12 15:20

    James Spada is a superb biographer. I've read five Bette Davis biographies and find it impossible to rate one higher than the others. Inescapably, many details are rehashed across all of them. This one I liked, not much more or less than the others I've read. However, if I were recommending which ones to include in your coverage (there are so many), this would make my list.All the fabulous comical caricatures have redefined our memories of this wonderful actress. Just watch her actual films, though, and you'll rediscover that she was nowhere near as over the top as you might have recalled, she had far greater dramatic subtlety and nuance than her impersonators have led us to believe. As a woman she was renowned for being earthier than her professional nemesis Joan Crawford and boasted of that, making her perhaps the more arrogant of the two yet no less adorable. I like to make my own mind up about the subjects of biographies and usually can.That Bette Davis was no saint becomes clear enough after covering a few biographies, that she was no monster either is also clear. She was a fascinating woman and a great, great star.

  • Simone
    2019-04-14 13:44

    Bette Davis has always been a favourite. I enjoy her movies most specially the ones she did in the forties, her most popular time in Hollywood. Reading about her childhood, family, fears, her journey through life, makes for very interesting reading. Not necessarily a likeable person, she was extremely difficult - a prime diva - yet an admirably strong woman who stood up for what she believed in and grasped life with both hands! Seriously ambitious. She was everything I imagined her to be and so much more.

  • Jasmine Woodson
    2019-04-17 16:43

    There is a line in Lorrie Moore’s story “How to Be the Other Woman”: “Slam the door like Bette Davis.”Offscreen, onscreen, the woman had attitude and it (and she) was tremendous.The writing itself, well, there is a a lot of editorializing, a lot of reconstructed scenes as if out of a novel, and I found myself having plenty of OH PLEASE moments because of this. Still, though, this baby was a good one.

  • Judith McKnight
    2019-03-26 14:50

    An honest review; Bette Davis was a brilliant woman possessed with sensitive acting ability. She appeared to have been bi polar and self anesthetize herself with alcohol which only exacerbated this condition.Strong willed and focused, however she appeared to have no insight about how she affected others. Tragic. Well written.Bette Davis was a brilliant woman with great acting ability. She was undoubtedly bi polar. She exacerbated her condition with alcohol which only intensified her mental health.This is a personal tragedy for her, as all tragedian are directly or indirectly responsible for their own downfall. Well written.

  • John Peel
    2019-04-08 14:49

    Bette Davis has never been one of my favorite actresses, but there's no denying that she was a star. This biography of her manages to walk the line and give an even-handed account of her good and bad traits. There are places where a little too much information is given (I don't really care what her sexual adventures were), but her personality comes through strong and clear, and the book is compelling reading.

  • Kristen
    2019-03-22 15:35

    A fascinating look at a wonderful actress - but sometimes horrible human being. I think the author does a good job of trying to remain objective when chronicling the events of his subject's life; he shows how Bette could be cruel, jealous, and petty, but then goes into descriptions that show her more humane side, such as founding and putting countless hours into the Hollywood Canteen and constantly giving to her thankless daughter. This book is a must-read for classic movie fans.

  • Jonni Rich
    2019-04-21 15:41

    Excellently researched autobiography. All about old Hollywood and Bette Davis.

  • Boris Cesnik
    2019-03-28 10:28

    The book was very informative, perfectly readable and absorbing. I appreciate the fact the writer gave all accounts specially of the most controversial episodes in Bette's life in the most impartial way as possible.It's true the writing is not particularly original or stylistically engaging but nevertheless I perfectly enjoyed it from start to finish. More a journalism piece than a emphatic biopic.The task of recounting such a tumultuous life is not to be considered an easy one. The only small flaw (which is definitely excusable) is the lack of many details with regards to so many of her landmark movies. I would expect more behind the scenes for movies such as All About Eve, Baby Jane, Behind the Forest, of Human Bondage, Now Voyager.It's a biopic which duly succeeds in portraying a multi faced woman, wife, daughter, mother, actress, activist and business woman. What I'm now looking for is for a more technical detailed book about her movies (from the first to the last).

  • Susan
    2019-03-31 10:44

    Bette Davis fans should be warned about reading this book, which includes the most cursory treatment of her film work, but a cornucopia of embarassing stories of drunken arguments with 3 of her 4 husbands, professional feuding and personal contrariness.If I must read hundreds of pages describing Davis' fairly appalling behaviour, at the very least I would like some in depth acknowledgement of her extraordinary contribution to the golden era of film.I was filled with great sadness upon finishing this book. I admire and respect the body of work that Davis produced, and found it distressing to be forced to look away from it towards the more salacious material that fills More Than a Woman. Bette deserves better than this.

  • Pauline
    2019-03-30 13:41

    This is a fantastically comprehensive book. The levels of scrutiny, research and detail are very impressive without slowing down the story development. The world of Bette Davis is brought to life through engaging prose and helps to try and understand the psyche of one of Hollywoods more complex characters. I've read a few Bette Davis biogs, but this one is by far the best in terms of detail and evidence.

  • Susan Molloy
    2019-04-17 13:25

    Well-researched and well-written book with an easy writing style, this is an effective work of the life of one of Hollywood’s premiere star actresses. The reader gets a clear look at the influences in Davis’ life that led her to become one of America’s premiere actresses. I recommend this for the Old Hollywood fan.

  • Kim
    2019-04-19 16:36

    I'm so enjoying this in depth look into my silver screen idol's body of work and personal life. It's not an easy read at times, Bette comes off as rather sociopathic at times, and despite the descriptions of her behavior on set or at home, one thing is crystal clear: Ms. Davis was a force to be reckoned with. I can't hate her for taking her world by the tail and doing it her way, good or bad.

  • Silverspringsrr
    2019-03-27 18:38

    The definitive biography of Davis thus far. Spada truly captures the complexities of the legendary star, and manages to expose the dark side of Davis while balancing compassion and objectivity. A must read, even for non-fans.

  • Kelli
    2019-04-17 18:38

    Great readI really enjoyed this book. I felt like the author really attempted to remain neutral on the conflict with her daughter. Very informative.

  • Shawn Thrasher
    2019-04-14 15:29

    A bitter, sad, yet somehow, likable woman.

  • Michelle
    2019-04-21 18:38

    Read in 2011. This is THE Bette Davis bio to read. She was a force of nature and in her own words, "just too much!" Love her.

  • Alex
    2019-03-28 12:22

    Loved this book! Such a complex woman- so inspiring, talented, strong, ahead of her time and also at times terrifying and downright tragic.

  • Michelle Jesky
    2019-03-25 11:49

    Ooooh she was a handful! Bette Davis was a STRONG woman! Great story of her life.

  • Chris
    2019-04-21 17:41

    This is more than just a list of achievements as some biographies are, a real insight into a great actress.