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Fasten Your Seat Belts: The Passionate Life of Bette Davis e-book

Author:

Lawrence J Quirk

Language:

English

Category:

Memoris

Subcategory:

Arts & Literature

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1555 kb

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Rating:

4.8

Publisher:

William Morrow; First Edition edition (February 22, 1990)

Pages:

464

ISBN:

0688084273

Fasten Your Seat Belts: The Passionate Life of Bette Davis e-book

by Lawrence J Quirk


Fasten Your Seatbelts book. As many know Bette Davis was not one to hold back her feelings and opinions. We are provided with ample evidence of this throughout the book.

Fasten Your Seatbelts book. Fasten Your Seat Belts: The Passionate Life of Bette Davis. 0451169506 (ISBN13: 9780451169501). The zingers just fly. Here’s one when she was in her 70’s acting with Lillian Gish, an actress even older.

Fasten Your Seat Belts: The Passionate Life of Bette Davis Hardcover. As a big Bette Davis fan, I looked forward to reading this biography of her, particularly as it had been written by an individual who had also been a film critic. I was not disappointed. I'd Love to Kiss You: Conversations With Bette Davis Hardcover. The author takes the reader through her early beginnings in Lowell, Massachusetts to her last breath in Paris, France. It is evident that for the author this was a labor of love.

Fasten Your Seat Belts brilliantly explores the life and career of Bette Davis to show us the fascinating original she wa. With a career spanning six decades and more than eighty films, Bette Davis is synonymous with Hollywood legend. From her incandescent performance as Margo Channing in All About Eve, to her terrifying, psychopathic Jane Hudson in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Davis generated electricity wherever she appeared, whatever she did-and not just on the silver screen.

Fasten Your Seat Belts brilliantly explores the life and career of Bette Davis to show us the fascinating original she . As a big Bette Davis fan, I looked forward to reading this biography of her, particularly as it had been written by an individual who had also been a film critic

As a big Bette Davis fan, I looked forward to reading this biography of her, particularly as it had been written by an individual who had also been a film critic.

With a career spanning six decades and more than eighty films, Bette Davis is synonymous with Hollywood legend. From her incandescent performance as Margo Channing in All About Eve, to her terrifying, psychopathic Jane Hudson in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Davis generated electricity wherever she appeared

Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them

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Fasten Your Seat Belts brilliantly explores the life and career of Bette Davis to show us the fascinating original she was. Biographies Artists. Fasten Your Seat Belts brilliantly explores the life and career of Bette Davis to show us the fascinating original she was.

Fasten your seat belts-it’s going to be a bumpy night!  . BETTE DAVIS WAS born Ruth Elizabeth Davis in the mill city of Lowell, Massachusetts, on April 5, 1908.

She would declare her passionate love, wreak murder and vengeance, exorcise epic hurts and jealousies and rages forever-courtesy of revival house screens, television reruns, and a million videocassette recordings. They had called her witch incarnate, force of nature. Batafsil.

The illuminating, comprehensive biography of Bette Davis, one of the most electrifying Hollywood stars ever to grace the silver screen.

With a career spanning six decades and more than eighty films, Bette Davis is synonymous with Hollywood legend. From her incandescent performance as Margo Channing in All About Eve, to her terrifying, psychopathic Jane Hudson in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Davis generated electricity wherever she appeared, whatever she did—and not just on the silver screen. Her personal life was as passionate as her career and was so fiery that it eventually consumed her.In this landmark biography, Lawrence J. Quirk takes us behind the scenes of all of Davis’s movies, from her early unpromising roles, to her commanding presence at the pinnacle of stardom, to her degrading exploitation in horror films at the end of her career. Quirk delves into Davis’s four unhappy marriages, as well as her frosty, manipulative relationships with her three children. Also revealed are her many affairs through the years with leading men, bit players, servicemen during World War II, and, very late in her life, much younger men, who repaid her by using her and deserting her. Intense, volatile, ruled often by her emotions, Bette Davis was described by one critic as "a force of nature that could find no ordinary outlet." Fasten Your Seat Belts brilliantly explores the life and career of Bette Davis to show us the fascinating original she was.


Nothing personal
As a big Bette Davis fan, I looked forward to reading this biography of her, particularly as it had been written by an individual who had also been a film critic. I was not disappointed. This is a very well researched, extensive book of the life of Bette Davis, her relationships, and her body of work. The author takes the reader through her early beginnings in Lowell, Massachusetts to her last breath in Paris, France. It is evident that for the author this was a labor of love.

Given the author's own connection to the film world, as well as the fact that he, himself, is a big fan of Ms. Davis, much of his writing is peppered with interesting insider information. It is the culmination of an amazing forty three years of research. Being a member of the cognoscenti, the author provides a great deal of colorful background that fleshes out her life, grounding it in the context of the time in which she lived and developed as the great star that she eventually became. He does this through extensive interviews of the people who had played a role in her life, news clippings, film reviews, and his own interviews of Ms. Davis.

The author takes the reader through her relationships, many of which were rocky, with her family, her fellow actors, directors, writers, producers, and studio heads. The author discusses her marriages, of which there were a four, and her lovers. It is, however, when discussing her films, her highs and her lows, that the author's knowledge really comes to the forefront. Having seen most of the films of which he writes, I especially enjoyed and was totally fascinated by all the background information, skullduggery, and behind the scenes hoopla that went on in the making of these films. I will definitely go back and see some of these films again, as they are now couched in a new light.

This fascinating book is, without a doubt, the definitive biography of Bette Davis, warts and all. The author succeeds in painting a three dimensional portrait of a feisty, determined woman, who brooked no nonsense when it came to her craft, but who also had a softer side, wanting to love and be loved. This is a woman who asserted herself and refused to countenance anyone who would try to make her be something that she wasn't. While this may not have made her very popular with those who lived or worked with her, this quality shone through in her films, making her one of the most popular and enduring superstars of all time. Bette Davis eventually became more than the sum of her parts. She became a legend.
Darksinger
I wanted to like this book, I love Bette Davis so much. The writer is just awful, I mean awful. Repetitive, mostly interjects himself into antecdotes, and then spends 1/2 the time writing about virtually every big star of that era was gay. Whether they were or not had zero to do with Bette Davis at all. It didn't matter to me if these stars were gay or not, who cares? Can we talk about Bette Davis?
happy light
If you are looking for an indepth analysis of every movie Bette Davis made, and the personal and business circumstances behind them, then this book is for you. If you are looking for more of a character study of Davis, insights into her personality and psychology and interpersonal relationships, you might to better to look elsewhere. As this book was written by a long time critic, it makes sense that it is so oriented toward the film angle. Some good "dirt" on the old Holywood pantheon---but sometimes the author told me more (esp. about their sexual lives) than I wanted to know.
Conjuril
Bette an extremely interesting and talented individual.
Cordaron
A good job, great service, Thank you
Phobism
This author has a lot of errors and lies in this book. He provides good analysis of her movies but regarding her personal life, he states incorrect information in many areas. The first being Bette's abortion when she was married to Ham Nelson. It is a proven fact that Ham wanted children. Yesterday the author goes on to claim that he and Bette's mother, Ruthie, forced her to have an abortion. This is incorrect. He may have taken Davis' word on that but that's because he's a fan and wants to present her in a saintly way. The truth is that Ham Nelson knew nothing about Bette getting pregnant, much less about her having an abortion. It was she and her mother, mostly at the mother's insistence that she abort the child because if she didn't, her career would be ruined and the mother's meal ticket and gravy train would be derailed. Ham Nelson s only found out about it after the fact. Other sources have proven this as fact.

The author then goes on to state many more errors as fact. There isn't enough room in this review to go into all the inconsistencies and misinformation that is in this book. The fact remains that Davis made her career her God and as she grew older, her gargantuan ego made her many enemies and she came to a sad end with the cancer that ate her up. The author, as I mentioned, goes into great detail about her films and does a good job with that. Otherwise, don't bother with this biography.
Oreavi
The title caught my eye. Although a fan of Bette Davis, I am having a little difficulty getting through this book. TMI regarding sexual information. I do like the way her movies, TV movies and stage performances are noted at the end of the book. It's an okay book. It does pick up in the last chapters.

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