Dark Victory: The Life of Bette Davis

By Ed Sikov

The mythical Hollywood big name blazes a fiery path during this captivating portrait of an excellent actress and the flicks her expertise increased to greatness
She used to be tremendous and exasperating in equivalent degree. Jack Warner known as her "an explosive little huge with a pointy left." Humphrey Bogart as soon as remarked, "Unless you are very mammoth she will knock you down." Bette Davis was once a strength of nature--an idiosyncratic expertise who however outlined the phrases "movie famous person" for greater than part a century and who created a rare physique of labor full of unforgettable performances.
In Dark Victory, the famous movie critic and biographer Ed Sikov paints the main precise photograph ever added of this clever, opinionated, and weird lady who was--in the phrases of a detailed friend--"one of the main occasions of the 20th century." Drawing on new interviews with pals, administrators, and admirers, in addition to archival examine and a clean examine the movies, this trendy, intimate biography unearths Davis's own in addition to expert lifestyles in a fashion that's either revealing and sympathetic. together with his clever and well-informed tackle the construction and accomplishments of such motion picture milestones as Jezebel, All approximately Eve, and Now, Voyager, in addition to the turbulent lifestyles and complex character of the actress who made them, Sikov's Dark Victory brings to existence the two-time Academy Award-winning actress's unmistakable monitor type, and indicates the reader how Davis's paintings used to be her personal darkish victory.

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15. BU, scrapbook 30: quite a few clippings. sixteen. Douglas Churchill, “A apartment Divided,” big apple instances, June 1, 1941. 17. Brady, “Peace involves The Little Foxes. ” 18. USC, Bette Davis criminal records, January eight to December 31, 1941. 19. Lonely lifestyles, p. 207. 20. Rollyson, p. one hundred eighty. 21. Wright, p. 179. 22. USC, criminal records, September five to December 30, 1940: memo dated November 12, 1940. 23. Peters, p. 448. 24. Wallis and Higham, p. ninety seven. 25. USC, the fellow Who got here to Dinner documents, felony dossier. 26. Hanson, AFI Catalog, 1941–1950, pp. 1484–85.

Ruthie stopped me. She sensed the furies boiling and stated, “Let’s now not cross on,” which was once, after all, the only divinely encouraged factor to claim, for the mule in me instantly gave a again kick of the heels and instructed Ham to step at the fuel. We arrived in Yuma. everybody used to be soaked to the outside. . . . I stored muttering, “This is so lousy it’s humorous! ” whilst requested no matter if this used to be my first marriage, I acknowledged, “My 3rd. ” That acquired again to the studio! . . . I wore a two-piece beige road gown that resembled the sands of the Arizona desolate tract after the rain it by no means will get, brown add-ons, and limp gardenias.

26 Bette stored an autograph e-book to check in those that got here behind the scenes in the course of the ny run. the 1st signatory is “Mike Merrill, your ever loving son. ” Others comprise Anita bathrooms, Dakin Williams, Natalie Schafer, B. D. Merrill (“your ever lovin’ daughter”), Glenda Farrell, Kaye Ballard, Teresa Wright, Ann Sheridan, Joan Bennett, Olivia de Havilland, Fredric March, Margot Merrill (who revealed her identify in a legible yet infantile hand), Mike Merrill back, correct lower than Margot, and, in an oversized flourish that dominates the reduce 1/2 one web page, “Love to Bette—Joan Crawford.

Yet then she started to pull out her little brother Michael’s hair. sooner or later, Bette came across Margot status close to the bar flippantly looking at youngster Michael gazing his bleeding palms and crying. there has been damaged glass all around the flooring, Margot having destroyed the barware. starting to worry for Michael’s defense, Bette and Gary took the three-year-old Margot to Presbyterian sanatorium in long island in 1954 for per week of diagnostic assessments, on the finish of which the medical professionals pronounced that Margot used to be mind broken and had an IQ of 60.

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