This n That Like her famous characters she s tough confident and never minces words This frank no nonsense account features Bette Davis in her best role her own remarkable life on screen and offThe glory days

  • Title: This 'n That
  • Author: Bette Davis Michael Herskowitz
  • ISBN: 9780425106242
  • Page: 200
  • Format: Paperback
  • Like her famous characters, she s tough, confident, and never minces words This frank, no nonsense account features Bette Davis in her best role her own remarkable life on screen and offThe glory days of Hollywood the ups and downs with her husbands and children behind the scenes with Joan Crawford in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane a few choice words aboutLike her famous characters, she s tough, confident, and never minces words This frank, no nonsense account features Bette Davis in her best role her own remarkable life on screen and offThe glory days of Hollywood the ups and downs with her husbands and children behind the scenes with Joan Crawford in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane a few choice words about Ronald Reagan and her inspiring struggle to survive first a mastectomy, and then, nine days later, a crippling stroke PLUS A candid letter to her daughter whose stinging memoir has caused so much controversy.

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    1. What can I say about Bette Davis? I've only really come to appreciate her films as of this past year. My grandma introduced me to her films. I found myself captivated by this actress and definitely look forward to watching more films of hers and hopefully listening to those songs. This book was really a medley of everything that happened after her stroke, as well as talking about her children and their marriages. Very raw and profound, I really enjoyed this book. I recommend it to all film fans [...]

    2. 3.5 stars.I'm not certain I can articulate my feelings on this book that well.Interesting and inherently readable. But given the mythology that has sprung up around one of the grand-dames of cinema, I was expecting something more?Certainly the expected level of bitchiness is there, but it didn't make Me FEEL anything in particular beyond a mild distaste. I was hoping this book would galvanize me in some way, and it failed to do that the way some other biographies have.

    3. In the late eighties, I was sad to think that people who knew Bette Davis would think of her only as she was then. Having suffered a mastectomy and a stroke in tandem, she recovered, but spent the last few years of her life, when she wasn't taking the occasional t.v. movie role, as a skeletal, chain-smoking, braying old bat on "Donahue" and "The Tonight Show" and the like. Some twenty years have passed since then, but this book brought that version of Bette Davis screaming right back.Much like h [...]

    4. Loved it! Sad that she got so old and spindly though. She had once been beautiful. It was very candid.

    5. This book is one of the most boring autobiographies I have ever read. SPOILER ALERT. I learned only one thing really in it. While Ronald Reagan was head of the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) he signed away all residuals from movies for all actors and actresses to this very day - and for the future too. This infuriated Bette Davis - whom she called Reagan "Little Ronnie" - and she also was surprised Reagan reached the Presidency. Otherwise, no stories of her fabled life regarding her romances really [...]

    6. There is a sensational chapter dealing with the filming of the classic b/w horror film from the 1950s: "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane." (If you're a fan of creepy old movie classics, this movie is not to be missed.) Davis was nominated for an Oscar for her insane, over-the-top portrayal of a truly twisted sister. However, her co-star, Joan Crawford, campaigned against her and she does not win the award. Subsequently, to capitalize on "Baby Jane", Hollywood developed "Whatever Happened to Cousin [...]

    7. This is such a sweet, sad, traumatic, laughable book. This book looks at Bette Davis’ life through her own eyes. Bette talks about her relationships good and bad, illnesses, and an overwhelming love for her children. I picked up this book knowing nothing about her personal life, just that I loved some of her films. This book read so much like Davis it was like I could hear her reading the words aloud to me. She is such a strong willed character and is very inspirational. Through the book you c [...]

    8. I love Bette Davis and started reading this on the plane on the way home from vacation. Lots of interesting info about her life that I wasn't aware of but I found the book difficult to read. It was very choppy with a lot of going back and forth whenever something triggered a memory for her. In the foreward it states the book was published exactly as it had been written. I feel it would have been a better read with some editing so the information and time frames would have a better flow.

    9. Fabulously honest, catty and a potted history of Hollywood. Misunderstood, betrayed by her beloved daughter and recovering from strokes this is a stream of consciousness ride through an amazing life. Inspirational and revealing on every page this is a great read whether you were a fan or not.

    10. I thought I would like this book I just didn't realize how much. If anyone enjoys old Hollywood then this is a must read.

    11. 2nd time reading this Davis book. I love her candor and the end reminded me of the outrage I felt reading her daughters dirty tell all mother's keeper.ybe a reread of that is needed as well

    12. This book is an autobiography of Bette Davis. Reading this book makes me want to read My Mother's Keeper by B.D. Hyman. I did enjoy this autobiography a lot.

    13. I love Bette Davis and was excited to read more directly from her lips after watching Feud: Bette and Joan on FX. When the book started out, it kind of seemed like you were right inside her head as her thoughts jumped from person to person to topic to topic. I really enjoyed the chapter from Kathryn, which really got me excited to read her book coming out in September. The end was mainly focused on B.D. and you can easily see how much B.D.'s actions hurt Bette. I am now going back to read The Lo [...]

    14. I should have learned my lesson on actresses' memoirs after reading Katharine Hepburn's. This one is very similar - a bunch of unrelated thoughts that are mostly stories about receiving compliments, picking out thoughtful gifts, and getting awards. Notably, there are also parts where Bette Davis comes off the worse for her era: 1) a section on how wives shouldn't bore husbands about the kids and the wash, 2) a lament that Ron Howard gave the role of a handicapped girl to an actual handicapped gi [...]

    15. B.D.'s follow-up to The Lonely Life is required reading for fans. Hollywood actors can gain acting insight from Davis' easy read.

    16. When this book hit the market, Bette Davis appeared at a Los Angeles book signing. I lived in Seattle with my mother, who called a friend in LA to messenger an employee off to the grueling task of standing in line for the coveted signature of Hollywood's most revered actress Alas, she would only sign copies bought from that store, a reality that was not to unfold as an available option that particular afternoon. But I always appreciated the thought that my mother put into the gift. I still recei [...]

    17. a good page turner that you can read in one afternoon not as "un-juicy" as she says it is going to be; there is plenty of dirt in it. this book came out after her daughter wrote a scathing book about her, so she takes on a lot from that book here and tries to plead, a bit, with her daughter. she even poses with her secretary on the back cover, who it is obvious became a surrogate daughter for her after her real one bailed on her. it seems like she is rubbing this in her daughter's face again, th [...]

    18. I absolutely idolize Bette Davis, and I do even more so now after reading her autobiography. She is candid, vulnerable at times, always thoughtful about what she's revealing, and more than once I wiped tears from my eyes. This book gives the reader the feeling that they're sitting on a porch swing with Ms. Davis, listening to her tell her story and I will definitely reread it again in the future. She was more than a force to be reckoned with in her personal life, as well as her professional life [...]

    19. This is an amusing read, nothing really significant, exactly what the title implies, this n' that. If you want a more comprehensive discussion of Davis' films and life, you need to look elsewhere. I suppose the most interesting part of the book is at the end where Davis talks about finding out that her daughter, B.D had published a book about her. While not as devastatingly unflattering as "Mommie Dearest," the book was embarrassing in part because B.D. included a number of unkind statements Dav [...]

    20. Provided great insight into Bette Davis' life--and by all accounts Ms. Davis was an emotional cripple.She came to rely on her "assistant" named Kath. Poor Kath. The psychology behind a person living with emotional taunts daily from her employer (Davis), is almost too much to take. Here is a line that will give you an idea about what Ms. Davis was like. When she was in the hospital towards the end of her stay, the doctors kept asking her when she was going to leave. "My rather testy reply was, "I [...]

    21. The structure of this autobiography is fairly stream-of-consciousness, with the topic of each of her chapters frequently interrupted by unrelated anecdotes. That said, the anecdotes are typically rather amusing memories of her encounters with other stars, so I can't complain. At the very beginning and certainly at the end, you can tell how upset she was over her daughter's anti-Bette book. All in all, reading this autobiography makes you feel like you're on a lunch date with an older Bette, just [...]

    22. This book was not what i was expecting. Written after her daughter's tell all, life with mother ala Mommie Dearest type bio was published, i truly thought this book was going to be a retaliation, but it was not. Ms. Davis talks a lot about her children in a very loving way. And the book takes a lot of time to discuss how she dealt with her breast cancer and her stroke, which she wanted to be the main topic of her book. It is a very thoughtful piece of writing. Like I said, it was not what I was [...]

    23. This is a nice companion to Bette's first book, "The Lonely Life," which she finished writing just before she did Baby Jane. She discusses her later years, her recovery from severe medical problems, and addresses her daughter's betrayal in writing a tell all book. This book is great for fans of Bette who are already familiar with her life and career, but is not recommended as an introduction to her.

    24. My opinion is most certainly biased, but I thought this book was brilliant! Bette Davis herself is brilliant, too. Being a rather new (yet entirely devoted) Davis fan, I was actually surprised that she had the strength to write this. I mean, I knew Bette was a tough lady, but writing a book right after a HUGE betrayal I think everyone can agree that Bette Davis is spectacular even if her books aren't up on the shelf beside Frankenstein and War and Peace.

    25. Bette Davis' minimally organized but mostly engaging final book is probably best left to her biggest fans. It drifts from recuperation memoir to Hollywood reminiscences both fond and bitchy, ending with a tacked-on rebuttal to her daughter's stinging tell-all book. The Lonely Life is an all-round better (and by design, more comprehensive) autobio, with a few stories therein told repeated here, some oddly altered. But Bette's fans will find this an amusing, revealing, enjoyable quick read.

    26. This book is a must read, as a fan of Betty Davis I could not put it down. It's also a fast read and a very entertaining one. As I read Bette's words, I could hear her voice and see her as she looked in whatever era she was speaking about, since she was on the public eye till her last days. I would recommended this book to all Bette fans and even those who have yet to discover this screen goddesses. So fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night.

    27. When I started this book, thought I would not like it as it seemed to jump around and was hard to follow. Once I got into it, I enjoyed it and felt I learned more about this remarkably strong woman. I feel that autobiographies are better as they are straight from the individual, so there is more feeling and truth about what is being written. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about Bette Davis , the person, not just the movie star legend.

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