Bette Davis

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My summer cultural highlight? An old film where I got lost in Bette Davis’s eyes | Rachel Cooke
A 1943 melodrama offers one of the best portraits of a single woman Hollywood ever drew

Rachel Cooke

04, Sep, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Now, Voyager review – Bette Davis’s sublime, sex-free act of sublimation
A wealthy young woman escapes her tyrannical mother to fall hopelessly in love in this magnificent Hollywood melodrama

Peter Bradshaw

04, Aug, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Bette Davis’s 20 greatest performances – ranked!
To mark the release of a restored version of the classic melodrama Now, Voyager, here is the best of Hollywood’s queen of mean, from screwball romps to wild-eyed chillers

Peter Bradshaw

29, Jul, 2021 @11:00 AM

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My streaming gem: why you should watch The Little Foxes
The latest in our series of writers highlighting underappreciated films is a captivating and prescient drama with a never-better Bette Davis

Rick Burin

21, Oct, 2020 @1:55 PM

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Actresses playing actresses in film – ranked!
On the 70th anniversary of Sunset Boulevard, in which Gloria Swanson plays terrifying silver screen star Norma Desmond, we look at the greatest interpretations of actresses by actresses

Peter Bradshaw

06, Aug, 2020 @11:09 AM

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Rosanna Arquette: ‘I’ve got a reputation as a trouble maker’
The actor and activist, 59, on Harvey Weinstein, Bette Davis and being married four times

Ruth Huntman

18, May, 2019 @1:00 PM

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All About Eve is a perfect feminist film – how did the play get it so wrong?
The barbed 1950 film about complex, ambitious women is as fresh as ever, and the model for The Favourite. But the play’s depiction of the central character is utterly flaccid

Jenny Stevens

19, Feb, 2019 @10:00 AM

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Double trouble: the hard life of the movie doppelganger
From the poor man’s Tom Hardy to a ‘king-sized’ Marilyn Monroe, Hollywood can’t resist cloning its stars. It rarely ends well …

Phil Hoad

04, Oct, 2018 @12:08 PM

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Gillian Anderson to star in West End version of All About Eve
Ivo van Hove directs adaptation of Bette Davis-propelled Hollywood classic

Mark Brown Arts correspondent

21, Sep, 2018 @5:00 AM

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My week as Bette Davis: 'My fierce brows are begging to be raised'
I’m done with being a people-pleaser. What could I learn from whiskey-swigging, kick-ass broad Bette?

Emma Jane Unsworth

03, Feb, 2018 @10:00 AM

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‘Hagsploitation’: horror’s obsession with older women returns
Hollywood horror was once replete with meaty roles for older women. Now the Insidious franchise is resurrecting the tradition – but is this really something to celebrate?

Anne Billson

18, Jan, 2018 @4:03 PM

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The week in TV: Feud: Bette and Joan; Shamed; The League of Gentlemen and more
Feud brilliantly revives the famed enmity between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, Shamed pokes at fresher wounds, and it’s farewell Royston Vasey

Euan Ferguson

24, Dec, 2017 @7:00 AM

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