For those unlucky enough to be unfamiliar with “All About Eve,” it follows the career trajectory of Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter), seen in the film’s opening scenes receiving a prestigious theater award for her acting. Eve is gentle, humble, and demure, careful to thank all the people who helped her. She was not, however, always so gentle or angelic. We learn through an extended flashback that Eve built her career by infiltrating the life of Margot Channing (Bette Davis), a bitter, hilarious, sarcastic theater superstar nervous about her age. Eve claimed to merely be a fan but soon became Margot’s personal assistant. More and more, Eve took over small facets of Margot’s life, and started asking for favors from Margot’s boyfriend Bill (Gary Merrill), and Margot’s close friend Karen (Celeste Holm). Only the especially bitter, acid-tongued theater critic Addison DeWitt (George Sanders) could see that Eve was a schemer and a con woman.

Frustratingly, “All About Eve” is not available on any streaming services. One can, however, purchase a Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection.

“All About Eve” won six of its 14 Oscar nominations, including for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (for Sanders), Best Screenplay, Best Costumes, and Best Sound Recording. Both Davis and Baxter were nominated for Best Actress but lost to Judy Holliday from “Born Yesterday” (which is, to be fair, an excellent performance). According to THR, Davis was quoted at the time saying “Good, a newcomer won, I couldn’t be more pleased.” By then, Davis had already won two Oscars for her roles in “Dangerous” (1935) and “Jezebel” (1938). Ultimately, Davis would be nominated 11 times.



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