My Mother's Keeper Author:B.D. Hyman We know as Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth I and Essex,the betrayed woman in All About Eve,the lovelorn sprinster in Now, Voyager. Few other actresses have achieved such memorable drama or kept audiences entralled for more than five decades. She is, of course, the incomparable Bette Davis. — This spellbinding book about America's most revered actr... more »ess by the only person who could write it- B.D. Hyman, who tells us whatit's like to grow up the daughter of the world famous star. We see Davis beset by private demons,struggling through her stormy marriage to Gary Merrill, obsessively attached to her to only natural duaghter, ruling household, family and friends with the same capricious strengh that brought her to the pinnacle of her profession.
Hyman is frank is and candid as she descibes a conflicted, complicated mother-daughter relationship. But even when she touches upon the most painful subjects, Hyman writes out of an ever present attempt to understand the real woman,portraying her mother with a perplexed afection and engaging humor. In these fascinating pages Bette Davis emerges as a character as riveting and unforgettable as any of the truimphant roles she has played.« less