, based on the 1946 short story "The Wisdom of Eve
", by Mary Orr
The film stars Bette Davis
as Margo Channing, a highly regarded but aging Broadway
star. Anne Baxter
plays Eve Harrington, a willingly helpful young fan who insinuates herself into Channing's life, ultimately threatening Channing's career and her personal relationships. George Sanders
, Celeste Holm
, Hugh Marlowe
, Barbara Bates
, Gary Merrill
and Thelma Ritter
also appear, and the film provided one of Marilyn Monroe
's earliest important roles.
Praised by critics at the time of its release, All About Eve was nominated for 14 Academy Awards
(a feat unmatched until the 1997 film Titanic
) and won six, including Best Picture
Autograph fiends, they're not people. Those are little beasts that run around in packs like coyotes...They're nobody's fans. They're juvenile delinquent, they're mental defective, and nobody's audience. They never see a play or a movie even. They're never indoors long enough.
Suddenly, I've developed a big protective feeling for her. A lamb loose in our big stone jungle.
Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night.
Funny business, a woman's career. The things you drop on your way up the ladder so you can move faster. You forget you'll need them again when you get back to being a woman.
Lloyd, I am not twenty-ish. I am not thirty-ish. Three months ago, I was forty years old. Forty. Four oh - That slipped out. I hadn't quite made up my mind to admit it. Now I suddenly feel as if I've taken all my clothes off.
Bill's thirty-two. He looks thirty-two. He looked it five years ago, he'll look it twenty years from now. I hate men.
[to Bill] This is my house, not a theater. In my house, you're a guest, not a director.
[responding to Karen's disbelief] In this rat race, everybody's guilty till they're proved innocent!
The little witch must have sent out Indian runners, snatching critics out of bars and steam rooms and museums, or wherever they holed up. Well, she won't get away with it, nor will Addison De Witt and his poison pen. If Equity or my lawyer can't or won't do anything about it, I shall personally stuff that pathetic little lost lamb down Mr. De Witt's ugly throat.