Picks and Pans Review: New in Paperback

updated 02/11/1991 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/11/1991 01:00AM

>THE LONELY LIFE

First published in 1962, this autobiography of movie star deluxe Bette Davis has been reissued with five new chapters written by Davis just prior to her death in 1989. She gives a full and colorful accounting of her early film career and her fight for better roles, but the Lowell, Mass.-born star becomes a tight-lipped Yankee when discussing her personal life.

Readers should consult one of the unauthorized Davis bios to get the lowdown on her marriages and affairs (here Davis admits to no affairs, except one with George Brent). As for the new chapters, they are little more than lists of the movies she made and the awards she won in her final years, and they lack the brio of the earlier chapters. (Berkley, $4.95)

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