Bette Davies: More Than A Woman Paperback – 6 Oct 1994
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Spada has certainly done his homework, and charts Davis's climb to fame... without ever losing sight of the woman who motivated the actress. (TIME OUT)
Absorbing and thoroughly documented. (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)
Spanda's irresistable, revelatory biography... bursts with film lore, gossip, countless affairs and family secrets. (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)
Told absorbingly... Spada appears to have gathered every possible fact. (WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD)
Balanced and hugely readable, Bette David tells the complete story of one of the most enduringly popular movie stars.See all Product Description
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More then a Woman deals with the biggest dame of all Bette Davis. From her traumatic childhood when her father walked out and left the family to fend for themselves, to her tricky realationships with her mother and her over-shadowed sister to her extremely succesful film career and unsuccessful marriages. This is a book which is hard to put down about a woman who always did things her way whatever the consequences.
What is really enjoyable about the book is how appealing it is on many different levels. It is the story of a strong woman who refused to comprimise and ultimatly paid the price. It is also the tale of an actress who believed in her work 110% and managed to be treated as an equal by the male-dominated movie industry.
The author deserves great credit in being able to speak to so many family members and friends of Davis which allow the book to show the many sides of this magnificent actress and strong woman who was many years ahead of her time.
The portrait of Ms. Davis that emerges from the pages of this book is a sympathetic one, despite the author's presentation of Ms. Davis as a flesh and blood woman with many issues. It is a biography that will keep the reader turning its pages, as it is so eminently readable. Moreover, the black and white photographs that are included in the book serve to augment the reader's enjoyment. Fans of Bette Davis, as well as those who appreciate well-written biographies and memoirs, will find much to like about this book.
I`m fascinated by names. Contrast 'Bette Davis' with 'Joan Crawford' - reluctant co-stars and each other`s nemesis. Neither was born with those names, but how exactly right they are. Bette Davis could be the rather blowsy, affable waitress at the local diner, sweetly grand, abrupt, smart. Joan Crawford is all crowded consonants, brittle, well-tended, hard and vulnerable.
There`s a lot about Bette and Joan here, and much more besides.
Bette was married several times and had various lovers, from Howard Hughes to William Wyler, though by Hollywood standards of the day (her 'day' lasting from the thirties onward) she was no more promiscuous than most other stars. It`s clear she enjoyed the company of strong men, but couldn`t bear to be dominated by any of them.
She doted on her children, at least most of the time, both biological and adopted, until her brattish daughter Barbara (usually called B.D. and now a born-again minister and, by the sound of it, someone I wouldn`t wish to meet either in heaven or hell) turned against her, even writing her own ungracious memoir of her mother.
You get the lowdown on the making of many of Bette`s films, quite a number of which were fraught with conflict, usually brought about by her intransigence, her dislike of a co-star, or simply her love of/need for confrontation. What is blatantly obvious (and not only from this book) is the sheer emotional vulnerability of some of the stars of old Hollywood, where the studio system had you under contract, and you were always expected to be `on show'.Read more ›
I know Bette Davis wrote an autobiography and I know her daughter wrote a book about her mother, but I decided to buy this book because I knew I would get an unbiased account of what happened and that I would be given a clear picture of both sides. And this is precisely what I did get. I can see Bette's side and her daughter's side.
Bette Davis was quite a character! She knew she had a talent and she stood up for herself even if it meant being suspended from the Studio on no pay. Which is what happened.........often!
And her battles with studio Boss Jack Warner were legendary. [I've just ordered his Biography "My First Hundred Years In Hollywood"] because this book has piqued my interest in him.
This book seems to be very well researched and is as well written as James Spada's other books.
For anyone interested in the Hollywood Studio system and its stars, this is a must read. I recommend this book highly.
He does list other books at the back of this one, books from which he has used quotes and it makes a good shopping list for people like me who want to read more about the golden age of Hollywood and its star players.
I also urge you to check out James Spada's other books.
You won't be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bette Davis, More than a woman proved to be both a fascinating and very insightful peek into the life of this Hollywood legend. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Idea_steve1.
Great book, really well researched and full of non biased informationPublished 3 months ago by julie wells
Bought for my Mum because she likes Hollywood gossip and autos and reviews said very good. My Mum thought it was okay but that was all and would not recommendPublished 16 months ago by MerylStrepp
Really interesting insight into the life of the star and the woman. Lots of film gossip, on set antics and family drama. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Emma B
With such a self centred father it is little wonder that his genes created Bette. How we worship our screen idols without realising their true nature. Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2014 by norman
enjoyed the book, glad that i bought this book and not one of the many others that are out there.Published on 17 Sept. 2013 by jenna