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Mother Goddam: The Story of the Career of Bette Davis
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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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.
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.
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.