Best Actress 1950, Part 3: Gloria Swanson and Bette Davis

This is a review of the Oscar-nominated performances by Bette Davis in “All about Eve” and Gloria Swanson in “Sunset Boulevard”.

00:00 Introduction
02:59 The writing of “All about Eve” and “Sunset Boulevard”
13:22 Who can play Norma Desmond?
16:10 The career peak of Gloria Swanson
22:32 The casting Margo Channing
27:25 The downfall of Bette Davis’s career
41:30 Gloria Swanson agrees to do a screen test
43:52 Bette Davis working on “All about Eve”
51:10 Sunset Boulevard mixing reality and fiction
54:05 Gloria Swanson joins United Artists
56:42 The fiasco of “Queen Kelly”
1:03:52 The downfall of Gloria Swanson’s career
1:13:09 Gloria Swanson keeps working
1:16:42 How Gloria Swanson shaped Norma Desmond
1:23:25 Gloria Swanson working on “Sunset Boulevard”
1:25:48 The shooting of “All about Eve”
1:27:09 Bette Davis finds new love
1:36:19 Reactions to “Sunset Boulevard” and Gloria Swanson’s performance
1:41:47 Reactions to “All about Eve” and Bette Davis’s performance
1:43:39 Margo Channing or Tallulah Bankhead?
1:46:36 Bette Davis back on top
1:48:40 My Review
1:56:51 The Academy Awards
2:02:40 How were the comebacks of Bette Davis and Gloria Swanson perceived?
2:09:45 The curse of Norma Desmond
2:14:20 The Remainder of Gloria Swanson’s career
2:22:49 Final Thoughts

You can find the reviews of the other Best Actress nominees of 1950 here:

Website of the documentary “Boulevard! A Hollywood Story”:
Review of Bette Davis in “The Star”:
Review of Bette Davis in “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane”:

“Tallulah. My Autobiography” by Tallulah Bankhead
“Sunset Boulevard” by Steven Cohan
“Joseph L. Mankiewicz Interviews” by Brian Dauth
“The Lonely Life” by Bette Davis
“This’n That” by Bette Davis
“Anne Baxter. A Bio-Bibliography” by Karin J. Fowler
“Pictures will Talk. The Life and Films of Joseph L. Mankiewicz” by Kenneth L. Geist
“Gloria Swanson” by Richard M. Hudson and Raymond Lee
“George Cukor. A Double Life” by Patrick McGilligan
“Bette Davis. The Performances That Made Her Great” by Peter McNally
“Bette Davis. Her Film and Stage Career” by Jeffrey Robinson
“Dark Victory. The Life of Bette Davis” by Ed Sikow
“The Life and Times of Billy Wilder” by Ed Sikov
“More than a Woman. An intimate Biography of Bette Davis” by James Spada
“All about ‘All about Eve” by Sam Staggs
“Close-up on Sunset Boulevard” by Sam Staggs
“Vanity Fair’s Tales of Hollywood – Everything about Eve” by Sam Staggs
“Mother Goddam. The Story and Career of Bette Davis” by Whitney Stine
“Swanson on Swanson” by Gloria Swanson
“Gloria Swanson. Ready for her Close-up” by Tricia Welsch

Hanging Out – Bruno E.

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