Fasten Your Seat Belts: The Passionate Life of Bette Davis

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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.

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Lawrence J. Quirk is a long-time Rat Pack fan who knew the fabulous five in their hey-day in Las Vegas. One of the country's foremost film historians, he has written numerous books and has been a film critic, writer, and editor for many publications. He lives in New York City.

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Much has been written about actress Davis, but little has been very revealing, or comprehensive--until now. Davis's autobiography ( The Lonely Life , LJ 9/1/62) was a typically glossy Hollywood caricature, and the update This 'n That (LJ 3/1/87) was more of a reply to her daughter than autobiography. In Whitney Stine's Mother Goddam (1974; Berkley, 1984. pap.) Davis herself answered and often contradicted the text, but this was the public, cigarette-waving Davis. Appearing soon after Davis's death, Quirk's monumental book is actually the culmination of years of research by the celebrity biographer. Though Davis's six-decade film career is discussed, as is her personal life, what is most evident here is the passion of this woman, so often hidden behind an outspoken, and in later life, crusty exterior. This effort may or may not stand as definitive, but right now it's the only one that reveals as much. Highly recommended.
- Rosellen Brewer, Monterey Cty. Free Lib., Seaside, Cal.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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