Bette Davis: Hollywood Rebel

The Star

Bette Davis plays a struggling movie star desperate to relaunch her career.

Image from The Star

USA 1952
Dir Stuart Heisler
With Bette Davis, Sterling Hayden, Natalie Wood, Warner Anderson
90min
35mm
Certificate PG
A BFI National Archive print

In a role said to have been based on her nemesis Joan Crawford, Bette Davis plays Margaret, a struggling movie star desperate to relaunch her career despite being caught drink-driving. With the help of her daughter (Wood) and former actor Jim (Hayden), Margaret tries to find work but is unable to function outside of the industry she knows so well. None of Davis’ films in the 50s delivered the box-office success of All About Eve, but The Star did provide her with yet another Oscar® nomination.