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Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006)

TV Movie  |  TV-14  |   |  Documentary, Biography  |  3 May 2006 (USA)
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Combining unprecedented access to Davis' vast personal archives with original interviews, this documentary reveals a startling portrait of one of hollywood's most gifted and enigmatic stars.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Herself (archive footage)
Ruthie Davis ...
Herself (archive footage)
Michael Merrill ...
Marion Sherry ...
Vincent Sherman ...
Cecil Clovelly ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Casey Robinson ...
Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Himself as Montgomery Royle (archive footage)
Leo Rosten ...
Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)


A standard biography of the famed actress recounting her childhood, early films and her rise to stardom. Her father abandoned the family when she was quite young and she remained close to her domineering mother. As she became more popular she had many fights with Jack Warner, the head of Warner Brothers studio, but eventually managed to exert greater control over her career. She was nominated for several Oscars. Her private life life included several failed marriages and she was deeply hurt when her daughter, who was her closest companion for several years, wrote a tell-all and unflattering memoir of her life. Written by garykmcd

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This documentary claimed that Bette Davis received her eighth Oscar nomination for her film The Star, but she actually received her ninth nomination for that film. Davis garnered her eighth nod two years earlier for the film All About Eve. See more »


References Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) See more »


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Pretty Strong Documentary on the Legend
29 August 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Extremely entertaining documentary on the life and career of legend Bette Davis features countless interviews with the actress from various shows including 60 Minutes and the Steve Allen Show. The documentary runs 90-minutes and I feel an extra half hour would have helped things because the movie quite often jumps around from her film life to her sexual life. We hear about all five husbands but also how many other actresses, including Joan Crawford, ended up hating her because she would sleep with their husbands or boyfriends. I'm really not sure all of the dirt was needed but it's here. Also on hand is discussing about how difficult she was to work with and how Jack Warner eventually had to sue her to get her to work. We get interviews with James Woods, Jane Fonda, Ellen Burstyn, Gena Rowlands and Samuel Goldwyn, Jr.. Vincent Sherman is also interviewed where he discusses how difficult she made shooting their first film together and when he asked to be let go, according to him, Davis took him back to her house for a sexual night. In the end we pretty much learn that Davis had a very rough life style and it probably ended with her being very lonely. After a series of strokes and the heartbreak of her daughter writing a not-so-friendly book, she eventually went on a tour to great acclaim. No matter how tough her life is, there's no doubt she left us with some great films, which is the documentaries main point to get across.

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