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Audio Book Review


BBC Archive Voices
Bette Davis
Interviews 1958 - 1987


Starring: Bette Davis
RRP: £5.49
ISBN: 978 1 408 49741 8
Available 26 September 2011

BBC Archive Voices: Bette Davis - Interviews 1958 - 1987 is part of the BBC Archive Voices series from AudioGO, which presents interviews with key figures in the fields of entertainment, sport, politics and literature. Selected from the archives of BBC radio and television broadcasting, they offer a chance to hear compelling conversations from years ago. Some of the most lively, entertaining and informative encounters in BBC broadcasting, many of these interviews have not been heard since their original transmission...

In interviews ranging from 1958 to 1987, Bette Davis talks about visiting England; her career as a star; the film studio’s attempts to change her name and image, and the Hollywood film system.

My personal favourite interview is an extract taken from a 1975 episode of BBC TV's Parkinson in which she reveals that she may have been responsible for the Academy Award statue's nickname of "Oscar".

For fans of Davis's work and life this is an invaluable collection that lets you into her personal life a little more. While there's nothing particularly shocking or controversial, it's still a good collection of lightweight interviews.


Nick Smithson

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