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