All About Eve, 1950

Bette Davis is Margo Channing, a woman trying to continue her successful career as a stage actress. However, she hires Eve to help her out. Eve, played by Anne Baxter, decides she must take advantage of every opportunity if she’s going to become a big star.

Celeste Holm is lovely as her friend Karen. One of Marilyn Monroe’s early roles was in this film as Miss Casswell. I loved Thelma Ritter as Birdie as well.

The screenplay was written by Joseph L Mankiewicz. He adapted the story from Mary Orr’s “The Wisdom of Eve.” Those writers went to work with fireworks in their pens. This film is where the famous line, “Fasten your seatbelts; it’s going to be a bumpy night,” is from.

This film was nominated for fourteen Oscars and walked away with six wins. It won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Joseph L. Mankiewicz won Best Director and Best Writing of a Screenplay. Thomas Moulton won Best Sound, Recording. George Sanders won Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Edith Head and Charles Le Maire won the Oscar for Best Costume Design, Black and White.

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