Cinema: Ah, Sweet Misery of Life!

Stolen Hours. Brain tumors can be beautiful. On Hollywood's form sheet, a woman with a brain tumor can be practically certain that she will win the love of a handsome and successful doctor and live out her days in his tender loving care. It happened to Bette Davis in Dark Victory (1939), and now it has happened to Susan Hayward.

Susan was miserable before she got her tumor. All she had was money and the things that supply it or require it: oil wells in Texas, a stately home in England, lots of yachts and a pack of International Setters baying at...

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