By Ed Sikov
The mythical Hollywood megastar blazes a fiery path during this spell binding portrait of an excellent actress and the films her expertise increased to greatness
She was once tremendous and exasperating in equivalent degree. Jack Warner known as her "an explosive little large with a pointy left." Humphrey Bogart as soon as remarked, "Unless you're very vast she will be able to knock you down." Bette Davis was once a strength of nature—an idiosyncratic expertise who however outlined the phrases "movie star" for greater than part a century and who created a unprecedented physique of labor jam-packed with unforgettable performances.
In Dark Victory, the famous movie critic and biographer Ed Sikov paints the main unique photograph ever introduced of this clever, opinionated, and strange girl who was—in the phrases of an in depth friend—"one of the key occasions of the 20th century." Drawing on new interviews with associates, administrators, and admirers, in addition to archival study and a clean examine the movies, this trendy, intimate biography finds 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 creation and accomplishments of such motion picture milestones as Jezebel, All approximately Eve, and Now, Voyager, in addition to the turbulent lifestyles and intricate character of the actress who made them, Sikov's Dark Victory brings to lifestyles the two-time Academy Award–winning actress's unmistakable monitor type, and exhibits the reader how Davis's artwork used to be her personal darkish victory.
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