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Bette Davis in All About Eve, image via WikipediaBy BOB ANDELMAN
Is Meryl Streep a different breed of Hollywood actress than Bette Davis?
Is ?new? Hollywood? all that different from ?classic? Hollywood?
What is it that made stars such as Bette Davis stand out? Was it really her eyes, as the pop song by Kim Carnes would have us believe? Or was it something else?
I?ve got the questions; I?m assuming my guest today, Richard Schickel, has the answers. He?s the author of a massive new coffee table biography/filmography titled, Bette Davis: Larger Than Life, written with George Perry. He?s also a familiar name to anyone who read a Time magazine film review over the last 40-plus years.
RICHARD SCHICKEL AUDIO EXCERPT: "They usually presented Bette Davis as a person with some kind of problem that was very melodramatically stated and often led to her being found at the end of the picture in a rather tragic situation. They just don't make pictures like that and we don't expect to see actresses in the situations se was more often than not placed in."
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You can LISTEN to this interview with film critic and historian RICHARD SCHICKEL, author of BETTE DAVIS: LARGER THAN LIFE, by clicking the audio player above!
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