Eve Harrington

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Eve Harrington [pictured] is the title character of the 1950 drama film All About Eve, directed by Joseph F. Mankiewicz, and produced by Daryl F. Zanuck. It is based on the 1946 short story, “The Wisdom of Eve” by Mary Orr, published in Cosmopolitan magazine.

The film stars Bette Davis as Margo Channing, a highly-respected but ageing Broadway star, and Anne Baxter as Eve Harrington, an ambitious young fan who insinuates herself into Margo’s life as her assistant, all the while scheming to take her place. The story was based on the real life experience of Austrian-British actress Elisabeth Bergner, who found herself in the same position as Margo Channing.

All About Eve was overwhelmingly praised by critics, and a box-office success, becoming the #9 film of 1950. It received a record 14 nominations at the Oscars and won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. It is the only film to have ever received four female acting nominations at the Oscars – for Bancroft, Davis, Celeste Holm, and Thelma Ritter. It is regarded as one of the greatest films of all time.

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