Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night
Margo Channing (Bette Davis) is the queen of Broadway, playing the lead in Aged in Wood, directed by her beau Bill Sampson (Gary Merrill). Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) is a star struck Margo Channing fan. Margo takes Eve under her wing as both an assistant and a protégé.
At first, Eve seems the perfect employee, always ready, willing and eager to meet all of Margo's needs. But after a while, Eve's true colours seep through when she has blackmail material to exchange for favors. What will happen when this devious understudy schemes to take over a part, and in the end, a life?
Release date: October 13, 1950
The film was shot in: New York City, San Francisco, New Haven and Connecticut (all in the USA)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role ->George Sanders
Best Costume Design
Best Director -> Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Best Writing, Screenplay ->Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Best Actress in a Leading Role -> Anne Baxter
Best Actress in a Leading Role -> Bette Davis
Best Actress in a Supporting Role -> Celeste Holm
Best Actress in a Supporting Role ->Thelma Ritter
Best Art Direction
Best Film Editing
Marilyn Monroe kept her distance from fellow actors. “She never understood or accepted our unspoken assumption that she was one of us” director Mankiewicz said in 1972.
The film holds the record for the film with the most female acting nominees (four).
The picture was inspired by Mary Orr’s short story The wisdom of Eve which appeared in Cosmopolitan magazine in 1946 (which is different from the current magazine with the same name).
Bette Davis and Gary Merrill began an affair on the set, much to the embarrassment of the cast and crew.
Celeste Holm detested Davis; they never spoke when the cameras weren’t rolling. Holm considered movies far beneath her more dignified theater career. She once said: “Hollywood is a good place to learn to eat a salad without smearing your lipstick”
The movie ranks first in the Most Academy Award Nominated Films with 14 nominations which has been tied only by Titanic (1997).
In 1970, the story was adapted into a Broadway musical called Applause.
Bette Davis admitted that the movie saved her career from oblivion after a series of unsuccessful movies. She said in a 1983 interview “He (director Joseph L. Mankiewicz) resurrected me from the dead”.
The first dramatization of the story was Mary Orr’s own adaptation for radio in 1949.
Late in 1930 Bette arrived in Hollywood. The studio representative who went to meet her train left without her because he could find no one who looked like a movie star.
April 5, 1908
Ruth Elizabeth Davis
October 6, 1989
Ruth decided on an acting career while still a freshman at high school. Her first professional stage performance was Off-Broadway in The Earth Between (1923).
Bette went to Hollywood in 1930 and made her film debut in 1931 in Bad Sister but she became a star after her appearance in The Man Who Played God (1932). With this success under her belt, she began pushing for stronger and more meaningful roles.
Davis snagged Best Actress Oscar nominations five years in a row-for Jezebel (1938), Dark Victory (1939), The Letter (1940), The Little Foxes (1941), and Now, Voyager (1942).
In the late 40s her career seemed headed for oblivion, but Bette countered with All about Eve (1950). The same happened in the late 50s, and this time she emerged with a couple of horror films, including Whatever happened to Baby Jane? (1962) costarring lifelong enemy Joan Crawford. In the 1970s she turned often to television.
1963 Nominated Actress for: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
1953 Nominated Actress for: The Star (1952)
1951 Nominated Actress for: All About Eve (1950)
1945 Nominated Actress for: Mr. Skeffington (1944)
1943 Nominated Actress for: Now, Voyager (1942)
1942 Nominated Actress for: The Little Foxes (1941)
1941 Nominated Actress for: The Letter (1940)
1940 Nominated Actress for: Dark Victory (1939)
1939 Won Oscar Actress for: Jezebel (1938)
1936 Won Oscar Actress for: Dangerous (1935)
1935 Nominated Actress for: Of Human Bondage (1934)
Barbara Sherry -> My Mother's Keeper (1985)
Bette Davis -> This N That (1987)
Bette Davis -> Bette Davis, The Lonely Life