Dark Victory

The Life of Bette Davis by Ed Sikov

  • Published: Aug 02, 2020

The legendary Hollywood star blazes a fiery trail in this enthralling portrait of a brilliant actress and the movies her talent elevated to greatness She was magnificent and exasperating in equal measure. Jack Warner called her "an explosive little... read more

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Details of Dark Victory

Exact title of the book
Dark Victory
Book author
Ed Sikov
ISBN
9781429921954
Publisher
Henry Holt and Co.
Published
Oct 30, 2007
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
496
File size (in PDF)
4464 kB

Some brief overview of book

The legendary Hollywood star blazes a fiery trail in this enthralling portrait of a brilliant actress and the movies her talent elevated to greatness She was magnificent and exasperating in equal measure. Jack Warner called her "an explosive little broad with a sharp left." Humphrey Bogart once remarked, "Unless you're very big she can knock you down." Bette Davis was a force of naturean idiosyncratic talent who nevertheless defined the words "movie star" for more than half a century and who created an extraordinary body of work filled with unforgettable performances. In Dark Victory, the noted film critic and biographer Ed Sikov paints the most detailed picture ever delivered of this intelligent, opinionated, and unusual woman who wasin the words of a close friend"one of the major events of the twentieth century." Drawing on new interviews with friends, directors, and admirers, as well as archival research and a fresh look at the films, this stylish, intimate biography reveals Davis's personal as well as professional life in a way that is both revealing and sympathetic.

With his wise and well-informed take on the production and accomplishments of such movie milestones as Jezebel, All About Eve, and Now, Voyager, as well as the turbulent life and complicated personality of the actress who made them, Sikov's Dark Victory brings to life the two-time Academy Awardwinning actress's unmistakable screen style, and shows the reader how Davis's art was her own dark victory.

About author

critic Ed Sikov is the author of the critically acclaimed On Sunset Boulevard The Life and Times of Billy Wilder and Mr. Strangelove A Biography of Peter Sellers. He has taught at Columbia University, Haverford College, and Colorado College, and lives in New York.

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