93. "All About Eve" (1950)
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"Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy night!" That's just one of
the iconic lines uttered by Bette Davis in "All About Eve," the 1951 Academy
Award winner for Best Picture. For my money, Davis' portrayal of aging Broadway
star Margo Channing was the most outstanding performance of her career. As Eve
Harrington, the young woman who desperately wants everything that Margo has (and
I mean everything!), Anne Baxter also gave a career-changing performance.
Written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, "All About Eve" is one of the most
incisive behind-the-scenes look at the creative, dramatic and backstabbing world
of the theater.
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Nominated for 14 Oscars, it's the only film ever to receive four female
acting nominations: for Davis and Baxter as well as for Celeste Holm as Margo's
best friend and Thelma Ritter as the first person to be suspicious of Eve's
obsessive interest in Margo. The film also starred Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe
and George Sanders, who won an Oscar for playing acerbic theater critic Addison
DeWitt. Marilyn Monroe made an impression in her small but
memorable role as Miss Caswell, "a graduate of the Copacabana School of Dramatic
Art." "All About Eve" is funny and moving, and a master class on acting.
Definitely a film not to be missed! — Danny Miller (Anne
Baxter and Bette Davis in "All About Eve"/©Hulton Archive/Getty