People: May 13, 1985

Mommie Dearest, roll over.

As My Mother's Keeper hit U.S. bookstores last week, Bette Davis, 77, became the latest Hollywood star to have her domestic skirts lifted by a disaffected daughter. Author B.D. (for Barbara Davis) Hyman, 38, depicts the legendary actress as an emotionally erratic, hard-drinking egomaniac who caters to her public at the expense of her family. Born to Davis during her third marriage (out of four), to Artist William Grant Sherry, Hyman reports that her mother tried in vain to see a copy of the manuscript prior to publication and fought the project furiously in phone calls and...

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