E–book [Bette Davis] author James Spada


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 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 listAll coverage there are so many this would make my listAll 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 tremendousThe writing itself well the door like Bette Davis Offscreen onscreen the woman had attitude and it and she was tremendousThe writing itself well 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 ood one 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 rasped life with both hands Seriously ambitious She was everything I imagined her to be and so much 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 conditionStrong willed and focused however she appeared to have no insight about how she affected others Tragic Well writtenBette Davis was a brilliant woman with reat acting ability She was undoubtedly bi polar She exacerbated her condition with alcohol which only intensified her mental healthThis is a personal tragedy for her as all tragedian are directly or indirectly responsible for their own downfall Well written 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 A Secret Kept give an even handed account of herood and bad traits There are places where a little too much information is iven I don t really care what her sexual adventure One way and a rough one at that to survive 81 years as a tightly wound nervous wreck Bette Davis fans shou. “Irresistible revelatoryBursts with film lore ossip countless affairs and family secrets” Publisher’s Weekly starred review “This is a truly riveting read chock full of meticulous details juicy anecdotes and profound insight” Liz Smith “James Spada has certainly done his homework and he charts Davis’s climb to fame with a meticulous attention to detail that his subject would surely appreciate and without ever losing sight of the woman who motivated the actress” Time Out London Best selling author James Spada has written the definitive biography of one of America’s reatest actresses Bette Davis Bette Davis participated in over 100 roles as an actress including the films What Ever Happened to Baby Jane Jezebel Dark Victory. .


Bette Davis

James Spada Ú 6 summary

Ipt and oes out of his way to prove his thesis that it was all a cover up and that Bette was actually responsible for his death AND the brain damage of her adopted daughterBette is described as a high strung irrational unstable sexually frustrated this is so offensive sexist woman who fought with everyone just the sake fought with EVERYONE just for the sake fighting which perpetuates the idea that she was just a temperamental bitch and not someone who cared deeply about her work and who had to fight in a man s world in order to have a career The author instead The Ancient Greeks: Ten Ways They Shaped the Modern World gives us a very unpleasant one dimentional portrayal At a certain point itot so bad that I couldn t help thinking surely in 81 years of existence she must have done ONE nice thing It is just baffling to me how someone could spend 3 years me how someone could spend 3 years their life in research access to tons of material and come up with something like this that seems to be focusing only on the negative side of things Some of the sources are laughable interviews with ex husband Sherry his wife fired cooks and nannies Seriously among which BD s book My Mother s Keeper anyone who uses her book as a source is dead to me and Fasten Your Steatbelts by Lau I am embarrassed to admit how lued to this book I actually was although not for the reasons most would think Never having been much of a fan of any celebrity certainly not of Bette Davis nevertheless I was curious as to how a virtual nobody could have risen to such heights of stardom even to attaining two Oscars and then to have seemingly lost it all Although remembered fondly as a reat actress which may or may not have been true nevertheless Bette Davis was shrewish and miserable for much of her life and through many marriages and abortions Most certainly money fame and celebrity can only buy just so muchand not of what matters most A fascinating look at a wonderful actress but sometimes horrible human being I think the author does a ood 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 oes into descriptions that show her humane side such as founding and putting countless hours into the Hollywood Canteen and constantly iving to her thankless daughter This book is a must read for classic movie fans. Who wrote a scathing Mommie Dearest style memoir and the disturbing possible reason for her adopted daughter Margot’s mental retardation And perhaps best of all you will et an intimate limpse into Bette and her working relationships with numerous other Hollywood legends This film star biography explores her feuds with Joan Crawford Miriam Hopkins Helen Hayes and Lillian Gish; her affairs with William Wyler and other directors her impossible behavior on sets created by her insecurities; the “fire and music” she was able to bring to every role; and her fights against sexism for the control of her creative destiny By turns inspiring shocking and poignant Bette Davis More Than a Woman is a captivating film star biography you won’t soon forg. .
Ld 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 contrarinessIf 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 acknowledgement of her extraordinary contribution to the olden of filmI was filled with reat sadness upon finishing this book I admire and respect The Of Work That body of work that produced and found it to be forced to look away from it towards the salacious material that fills More Than a Woman Bette deserves better than this My problem with this biography is that the author tries to push a certain narrative down the reader s throat namely of Bette being a temperamental bitch which makes it really hard to sympathize with anything she ever did or said even if she was right In a way this is worse than a book blatantly against its subject because it tries to put certain ideas in your head but in a subtler way I believe the writing style which includes detailed descriptions of places dialogues and people s thoughts and feelings almost as if you were reading a novel contributes to this kind of deception It starts from the very first chapters describing her predecessors women in particular as rebellious and domineering not failing to mention the ancestor who was burned at the stake and who clearly passed on her witchy personality to Bette dwelling on her tantrums and fastidiousness as a child and often insinuating that a streak of madness mental disorder runs in the family If this was not enough according to the author and his PhD in psychology Bette had serious daddy issues which are brought up way too many times to justify her insecurities and problems with the male sex Apparently it also influenced her acting abilities It wouldn t be the last time that Harlow s departure from the Davis family circle would inspire Bette to a brilliant performance PleaseIt oes on blaming Bette for practically everything her sister s nervous breakdowns an actor s suicide in the early 30s who allegedly had an unreuited crush on her her second husband s death the author had access to the coroner s inuest transcr. And Dangerous She won two Academy Awards was the first person to accrue 11 Academy Award nominations and became the first woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute But who was this actress Based on three years of research and over 150 interviews with close family friends and co workers this Hollywood legend biography reveals for the first time the devastating effect on Bette of her father’s desertion; her oddly close relationship with her mother; her massive self doubts and numerous tempestuous marriages and extramarital affairs Spada exposes the disturbing cover up of the facts surrounding the sudden death of Bette’s second husband Arthur Farnsworth; the truth about her relationship with her daughter BD.


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    E–book [Bette Davis] author James Spada 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 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 listAll the fabulous comical caricatures have redefined our memories of thi

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    E–book [Bette Davis] author James Spada James Spada Ú 6 summary 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 ha

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    review Bette Davis James Spada Ú 6 summary read & download Ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ú James Spada 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 contrarinessIf I must read hundreds of pages describing Davis' fairly appalling behavio

  5. says: E–book [Bette Davis] author James Spada

    E–book [Bette Davis] author James Spada James Spada Ú 6 summary read & download Ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ú James Spada 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

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    E–book [Bette Davis] author James Spada read & download Ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ú James Spada My problem with this biography is that the author tries to push a certain narrative down the reader's throat namely of Bette being a temperamental bitch which makes it really hard to sympathize with anything she ever did or said even if she was right In a way this is worse than a book blatantly against its subject becaus

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    E–book [Bette Davis] author James Spada James Spada Ú 6 summary 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 conditionStrong willed and focused however she appeared to have no insight about how she affected others Tragic Well writtenBette Davis was a brilliant woman with great acting ability She was undoubtedly bi polar She exacerbated her condition w

  8. says: E–book [Bette Davis] author James Spada

    E–book [Bette Davis] author James Spada I am embarrassed to admit how glued to this book I actually was although not for the reasons most would think Never having been much of a fan of any celebrity certainly not of Bette Davis nevertheless I was curious as to how a virtual nobody

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    review Bette Davis E–book [Bette Davis] author James Spada read & download Ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ú James Spada 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

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