Bette Davis: Acting and Not Acting her Age

Shingler, Martin (2015) Bette Davis: Acting and Not Acting her Age. In: Women, Celebrity and Cultures of Ageing: Freeze Frame. Palgrave, London, pp. 43-58. ISBN 978-1-137-49512-9

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Abstract

Throughout a long film career, Bette Davis challenged the conventions of both gender and ageing, producing some of the most remarkable and controversial depictions of ageing femininity in films like Mr. Skeffington (1944), All About Eve (1950), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) and The Whales of August (1987). Having triumphed in studio era Hollywood of the 1930s and ‘40s, she refused to retire gracefully in the 1950s and insisted on working throughout the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Consequently, as a visibly ageing woman star, she unsettled one of gendered inequalities at the very heart of Hollywood. An examination of a number of Davis’ most successful films in terms of gender and age provides a fuller understanding of her controversial star image.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Media > Cinema and Film
Divisions: Creative and Cultural Practices Beacon > Media and Cultural Studies Workstream
Faculty of Arts Design and Media > Department of Media
Depositing User: Martin Shingler
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2016 10:24
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2016 10:24
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/6619

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