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Bette, Rita and the Rest of My Life [Hardcover]

Gary Merrill , John Cole

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Yankee Books (December 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912769130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912769134
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,754,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This is the autobiography of a determinedly independent man who began to rebel seemingly shortly after he was born in New England in 1915. As actor, lover and occasional hell-raiser, Merrill captivates readers by recounting the details of his life, no less rocky than the Maine coast, his heart's true home. In his youth, he won roles in SRO plays ( Born Yesterday , Brother Rat , etc.); film parts followed, most memorably in the 1950s classic, All About Eve , and an off-screen role as Bette Davis's husband. The marriage lasted nine years before "The Queen" and her equally hard-headed spouse called it quits. Before the divorce, though, they had good times with their children and friends, and exhilarating visits with Hollywood and British luminaries. Merrill also has fond memories of his four-year affair with Rita Hayworth, who shines in a different light here. He voices a protest against "an unbelievable book" by Bette Davis's daughter, B. D. Hyman ( My Mother's Keeper ) as full of unfounded attacks on her mother. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Get To Know Gary Merrill A Whole Lot Better Nov. 5 2012
By Sharyn Ann Tadolini - Published on Amazon.com
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The man who was generally referred to as "Bette Davis' 4th husband, had more going for him than just that! Reading this book makes me wish I had had an opportunity to meet & talk with this well rounded personality. With his layback, sometimes eccentric, spontaneous personality, he lived a rich & colorful life, with two of Holywoods famous talented beauties. But he remained his own person. A highly recommended read, whether you are a Gary Merrill fan, a Bette Davis nut, or both!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Learned little from this! Feb. 26 2008
By Phillip Hecht - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback

I am an enormous fan of Bette Davis and I don't think anything new is revealed here. Having read multiple bios on her plus her own books and interviews I think as much as could ever be expected about her, good or bad has been covered. I feel that books like this , including her daughter's reveal only private moments where nobody is at their best. Also, it seems theses are written to make some bucks and stroke these insecure egos. After all they struck when Bette was ill or dead. Pretty safe if you ask me. Rita could have done a lot better as well.
3.0 out of 5 stars If your bored... Jan. 30 2013
By Dave - Published on Amazon.com
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Gary Merrill's relationship with Bette Davis and Rita Hayworth. Gary's book reveals much more detail about his love and family llife than what he did in movies. Gary gives the impression that making movies was easy and worked more for income than fame. He became involved in progressive politics in the 60's, liked his booz, got along well with his son, and lived to be 75.

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