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The Lonely Life Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1990


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (November 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425123502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425123508
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,636,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Bette Davis appeared on an 11/16/62 Jack Paar Program (as seen entirely in THE JACK PAAR COLLECTION), she spoke briefly of her latest film, WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (1962). Then Jack showed the dustjacketed cover of this autobiography and inquired about an incident where Davis had been hospitalized for osteomyelitis of the jaw. She was released after six weeks of what the actress described as "sheer hell." That same day, Walter Winchell erringly reported that Davs had jaw cancer, potentially runious gossip, for studios won't risk hiring an actor who may not be able to complete a picture.

Some serious chat about the harmful effects of gossip columnists followed, then, switching gears, the star showed a great capacity to laugh at herself by teaching Jack, Jonathan Winters and Gisele MacKenzie how to smoke a KENT (Paar's sponsor) like Bette Davis does in THE LETTER (puffpuffpuffpuff... "Petah!").

The bulk of THE LONELY LIFE as expected is Bette, probably speaking on tape, in plain launguage. Unfortunately, significant passages are by her unnamed but not invisible ghost writer, who philosophizes in pedantic polysyllabics on a number of unrelated subjects such as the Cold War, African independence, the Moon Race and British actors. Appropriately, Bette's Hollywood career and family life are her main concerns. She's respectful of nearly everyone mentioned, never damns an enemy beyond a mention of animosity.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JD on April 13, 2013
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Another must have for Bette Davis fans. She was truly her own person and one of a kind. One reads what she sacrificed for her art.
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