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Bette Davis Paperback – August, 2003

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Lawrence Quirk's biography of actress Davis ( Fasten Your Seatbelts: The Passionate Life of Bette Davis, LJ 2/15/90) will probably stand as the definitive work. However, he never met her. Moseley not only met Davis, he was a confidante, and this memoir is based upon their 15-year friendship. Starstruck Englishman Moseley has made a point of not only meeting his favorites but also trying to become their friends. Davis eluded him even after Moseley became a credible figure in show business. Eventually they met, however, and their friendship lasted until a sad break late in Davis's life. Moseley's book complements Quirk's. A very personal tantly, it tempers B.D. Hyman's (Davis's daughter) My Mother's Keeper (Morrow, 1985); Moseley knew both of them and has his own version of events. A nice addition to the Davis literature.
- Rosellen Brewer, Monterey Cty. Free Libs., Seaside, Cal.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A fascinating private glimpse of the legendary tornado that was Bette Davis." -- Liz Smith, New York Daily News
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky; 2nd edition (August 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813190371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813190372
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,562,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
While this book isn't by any means a definitive biography about the legendary Bette Davis - nor does it pretend to be - it's actually more fun to read than many books about Bette, because it reveals many facets of Davis's complex personality and fun tidbits which one doesn't find in other books written about this celebrated lady. Roy Moseley was introduced to the world of Bette Davis movies via his mother - who was a fan - as a boy and grew to admire her so much that he made it a point to know her personally - a feat he accomplished!
There are various anecdotes in the book which are refreshing, surprising and funny: seems Bette was a most contradictory woman who could be extremely unpredictable: honest, caring and lovable one minute and harsh, cynical and monstrous the next. Apparently, like most great stars, geniuses, etc., she was quite insecure and a walking paradox who was fascinating but exhausting to be around!
The book is a valuable read for fans (and there are many) of this great First Lady of the Silver Screen because it reveals the real woman behind the legend. As I have long suspected, Moseley pointedly states that many things Davis said in print about her life were totally worthless as historical facts biograpy-wise, because she tended (as many stars of her era did) to romanticize/whitewash her personal life to the point of rendering it rather dull. And dull definitely is not an adjective one would use to describe this brilliant woman!
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First of all I must say that the only reason why I bought this book is because Google Books wouldn't allow me to preview the whole thing so I was curious to read the last chapters and understand what lead the author to write such an awful and disrespectful memoir about someone he keeps describing as "one of my best friends".

Roy Moseley was always fashinated by celebrities and stardom and after school decided to work in show business, looking for any kind of job that would allow him to approach movie stars. He began as simple dresser, eventually evolving into star-agent. He had been a Davis fan all his life and his biggest dream was to meet her, but unlike other actresses Bette was not so easy to reach since she always refused the glamorous Hollywood life and retired to her beloved East Cost as soon as a movie was completed. He didn't give up and many years later, through various acquaintances, he finally managed to meet her and became a friend of hers for 15 years.

If the first chapters are kind of sweet and the reader might identify with Moseley and his adoration for this legendary woman, it doesn't take much before he reveals his real nature. The more you go on reading the more stalkerish he gets. "All About Roy" would have been a much appropriate title since it's basically all about HIM. He adores name-dropping, claming everybody was a friend of his and often taking credits for things he didn't do (such as arranging meeting and events). He's a real showbiz parasite. This book was originally released in 1989; Bette wasn't pleased by it and thought about sueing him but eventually didn't. In 2003 a new edition came out. "In this revised edition I have added to the story some details I did not feel comfortable telling while the great actress was still living.
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The books is -- sort of -- fun. But, Mr. Moseley is whinnnnnny about being shut out of Bette Davis's life, after he went behind her back to work on a book with an author, without her consent - is this a 'friend'?

Poor Mr. Moseley, with only brushes with Greatness (Davis and others) he is left to write books to bad mouth the dead, to find his fame -- how pathetic.
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