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This 'n That

Friday, April 21, 2017



By Bette Davis and Michael Herskowitz

Book Number: DB 25983

If you’ve been as captivated as I have been in watching Feud: Betty and Joan, the docudrama exploring the bitter feud between Whatever Happened to Baby Jane co-stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, you just might be interested in reading Davis’s last memoir This ‘n That.  Though Davis doesn’t spend a great deal of time dishing dirt on Crawford, there’s still enough juicy information to satisfy those who are looking for details that were left out of the current TV miniseries. Career-wise, Davis discusses her film and television work from the 1960’s to the mid 1980’s, though her final two performances, in The Whales of August and Wicked Stepmother were not included as they were completed after this memoir’s publication.  She goes into much greater detail about her personal life, from adopting a child with a learning disability to suffering through and eventually leaving an abusive marriage to her arduous recovery from a stroke and a broken hip in 1983.  Davis also discusses one of her greatest non-acting achievements, The Hollywood Canteen, a venue that she helped to open during World War II to give soldiers an opportunity to meet the stars they had grown up seeing in the movies. Learn more about this leading lady of the silver screen by ordering this title online through the book link at the top, by calling NCLBPH and requesting a copy or by downloading the title from BARD. If you’re not a patron of our library and are not eligible for our services, please contact your local public library to obtain a copy of this title.