The gloriously written script by the master of the screen, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, made this the best of all of Bette Davis's movies. Her talent develops a personality that is both ruthless yet sensitive, as she plays Margo Channing, a well established stage actress who accepts, then regrets, a young fan, played by Anne Baxter. Through Thelma Ritter's wise cracks, to Margo's personal evaluation in the back seat of a broken down car, you never fall asleep, wonder what else could go wrong. Margo's tantrums, while spoiled as they are, are ear candy, putting her whole strength into every word. George Sanders, playing the arrogant yet tactful Addison DeWit, received the Academy Award for his splendid role. The contempt, spite, betrayal, and pure 100% sacrasim weaves a tapestry of a humorous satire on the lives of people of the theater, which will never be duplicated to a higher level.