in about 100 words or less
USA 138m, B&W
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz; Cast: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe, Marilyn Monroe
All About Eve is about the plans and ploys of Eve Harrington, a young wanna-be actress, played by Anne Baxter, who is befriended by Margo Channing, an aging Broadway star played by Bette Davis. Subsequent to becoming Channing’s personal assistant, Baxter begins to model her own life and career after the aging star, with the aim of not only taking over her role, but also her personal life. While Davis’ character eventually comes to understand Anne’s motives, there seems little she can do to stop the process. Davis and Baxter are outstanding as the principal characters, and while the plot seems far-fetched, the gradual transformation of Baxter’s character from eager-eyed young fan to the cunning and unscrupulous starlet is uncannily realistic (Klaus Ming December 2009).