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Mother Goddam: The Story of the Career of Bette Davis

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Index, filmography, list of stage appearances, many photographs. A sympathetic biography of the 10-time Academy Award nominated Hollywood legend, written by Stine with "running commentary" by Davis inserted throughout the text in red ink. "Mother Goddam" is apparently a nickname that Davis called herself.
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published May 1st 1974 by Hawthorn Books, Inc. (first published January 1st 1974)
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Donna
Sep 19, 2012 Donna rated it really liked it
I've always loved this book, it's great to have Davis running commentary. Very entertaining read.
Lee Anne
May 06, 2014 Lee Anne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A standard-issue "and then she made this movie" bio, enlivened by Ms. Davis herself interjecting her opinion of the facts at hand. Much like in her memoir, The Lonely Life, Davis never seems to find herself in the wrong while pretending to be cooperative and just dedicated to her work. I'll bet she was a nightmare. I love her.
Booksrock
Mar 07, 2011 Booksrock rated it it was ok
Bette Davis is fascinating to me, but this book written with her heavy editing offered me little. Talk about an unreliable narrator. I did get the gist of her life up to Baby Jane, but she came near to saintly and was a legend in her own mind as well as the rest of us. No objectivity, but did enjoy hearing about her films.
Cuykendall
Oct 25, 2015 Cuykendall rated it liked it
Reads like an extended publicity release. Marginally entertaining, but if you've read any other decent bio of Bette Davis, there is nothing new to learn here. Virtually nothing about her personal life, just a chronology of her movies, with her comments interspersed.
Christopher Carter
Jul 09, 2014 Christopher Carter rated it really liked it
With Miss Davis adding in her own commentary and corrections where she felt it was warranted I loved and still love this book. This is definitely one to read and keep handy as a true reference guide
Silverspringsrr
Apr 01, 2009 Silverspringsrr rated it really liked it
A chronology of the Davis career, with often hilarious running commentary by Davis herself, added after Stine completed the book.
Cindy
Apr 24, 2010 Cindy rated it it was ok
Shelves: biograhpy
I liked the fact Bette Davis had a chance to comment on the things that were said about her. It gave an interesting insight to the media clippings.
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