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Mother Goddam : Bette Davis

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  87 ratings  ·  7 reviews
With the ruefulness implicit in her title, but also with honesty and a bitchy bonhomie that seldom adorn such Sunset sagas, Bette Davis pictures herself as Mother Goddam, a tamable shrew who never found her Petruchio. Her four marriages suffered inevitably from income-patibility. In 1946, Bette Davis earned more ($328,000) than any other woman in the U.S.; one ex-husband, ...more
Published January 1st 1974 by Hawthorn Books
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Christopher Carter
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
Lee Anne
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.
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.
A chronology of the Davis career, with often hilarious running commentary by Davis herself, added after Stine completed the book.
Very little detail about Davis's life or career. Read a proper bio, like Ed Sikov's Dark Victory.
I've always loved this book, it's great to have Davis running commentary. Very entertaining read.
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