What are the best books about Bette Davis?

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    #1This 'n That

    This 'n That

    This 'n That is an autobiography written by Bette Davis and Michael Herskowitz. Published in 1987, it focuses on the life and career of the Academy Award-winning actress.

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    Carolyn Hill
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "A fantastic autobiography about the great Bette Davis. Her life was really interesting. It was really intriguing to hear about her life through her words. "
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    #2I'd Love to Kiss You: Conversations With Bette Davis

    I'd Love to Kiss You: Conversations With Bette Davis

    "I'd Love to Kiss You" (Conversations with Bette Davis) is a book by Whitney Stine and Bette Davis. Originally published in 1990, I'd Love to Kiss You is a collection of coversations between Whitney Stine and Bette Davis.

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    Ralph Kelly
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "Bette Davis is one of the authors that my wife absolutely adores, this book is not really that familiar to me but that is why I am intrigued with this one. This book is basically a conversation between the two, Stine and Davis, if you like books that goes like that, this is well up to your standards and an incredible read if that format is familiar to you. This is a heart warming book with a lot of praise, this is right up there for a great author."
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    #3My Mother's Keeper

    My Mother's Keeper

    My Mother's Keeper: A Candid Portrait of Bette Davis by her Daughter is a book by B. D. Hyman. Published in 1985, it focuses on the life of Bette Davis as seen through her daughter's perspective.

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    Shreyas Jaiteley
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "This book offers a first hand experience of the world famous actress. The daughter of the star gives tales from her own life about the Hollywood starlet."
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    #4The Girl Who Walked Home Alone: Bette Davis - A Personal Biography

    The Girl Who Walked Home Alone: Bette Davis - A Personal Biography

    The Girl Who Walked Home Alone: A Personal Biography of Bette Davis is a biography written by Charlotte Chandler. Published in 2006, this book focuses on the life of the Academy Award-winning actress.

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    Frances Hall
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Book full of examples of Bette's humor in this book. Interesting look back at the golden age of Hollywood."
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    #5Bette and Joan: The Divine Feud

    Bette and Joan: The Divine Feud

    Bette and Joan: The Divine Feud is a book by Shaun Considine. Originally published in 1989, The Divine Feud is a joint biography of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.

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    Cristina Zamudio
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "A very interesting view point. Since this isn't strictly about Bette Davis, it gives an interesting perspective that I think a biography on her alone would ever give. The writing is superb and it is totally worth the read. I am not a huge hollywood fan, but I do find many biographies fascinating just from the perspective of looking into another person's life to see how they dealt with life's struggles. "
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    #6Bette Davis: Larger than Life

    Bette Davis: Larger than Life
    Bette Davis: Larger than Life is a biography written by Richard Schickel and George Perry. Published in 2009 by Running Press Adult, it focuses on the life of the Academy Award-winning actress.
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    Lauren Jenkins
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I really can't understand why this book was published. Its glorious, glossy cover and format leads one to believe that it will be a photo-heavy "movie star" tribute. Unfortunately, its author, George Perry (Richard Schickel wrote only the preface) doesn't seem to be any fan of Bette Davis, which would seem to be crucial to what presents itself as a tribute book. His writing is poor in the extreme; confusing, humorless, overweening, and sour. He seems to believe that being critical is the best way to display his superiority. I mean, do we really need to hear someone else complain that Bette Davis smoked? I literally slammed the book shut when Perry began complaining that George Brent's character in "The Great Lie," after having been lost in the jungle, didn't discuss his probate will when he returned (!). Mr. Perry, dear, it's the same reason we didn't see him go to the bathroom. We're talking about a MOVIE here. And Perry doesn't seem to like very many of Bette Davis'. I hope Running Press continues this lavish series. The Lana Turner entry (penned by her daughter, Cheryl Crane) is absolutely terrific. And I'll probably buy the Lucille Ball book in the series. But this book, sadly, is a DUD, despite the fine photographs inside (few of which seem to be very rare) I can not recommend it."
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    #7Dark Victory: The Life of Bette Davis

    Dark Victory: The Life of Bette Davis
    Dark Victory: The Life of Bette Davis is a biography written by Ed Sikov. Published in 2007 by Henry Holt and Co., this book focuses on the life of the Academy Award-winning actress.
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    Jerry Hughes
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Dark Victory: The Life of Bette Davis is an autobiography on Bette Davis. It explores her life as an actress and explains her life through a very intimate angle. Great book for Bette Davis fans and is well written and packed with details. "
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    #8The Complete Films of Bette Davis

    The Complete Films of Bette Davis

    The Complete Films of Bette Davis is a book by Gene Ringgold and Lawrence J. Quirk. Published in 1966, The Complete Films of Bette Davis provides a complete list of the films of Bette Davis.

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    Richard Fox
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The Complete Films of Bette Davis (Citadel stars) is a book by Gene Ringgold. It is available from Amazon for $7.84 for a paperback. It covers all the movies that Bette Davis was in. It isn't a complete biography though. A full biography would probably be a better fit for the topic, but this isn't too bad either."
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