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All About Eve is a 1950 drama film, written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, based on the short story "The Wisdom of Eve", by Mary Orr. It features Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Thelma Ritter, Hugh Marlowe, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill and Marilyn Monroe.

The film stars Bette Davis as Margo Channing, a highly regarded but aging Broadway actress. 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. Gary Merrill, George Sanders, Hugh Marlowe, Celeste Holm 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 and won six, including Best Picture. Widely regarded as a classic in cinema history, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1990, and appeared on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 best American films of the 20th century.


Margo Channing (played by Bette Davis), is an intelligent woman, and one of the greatest, best-known stars on Broadway. Despite her unmatched success, Margo is beginning to show her age when she encounters a young woman named Eve (played by Anne Baxter), putting Margo's fame to the test. Eve claims to be her biggest fan, and an aspiring actress from San Francisco, but her real intentions are to slowly worm her way into Margo's life, eventually becoming her secretary. Gradually, it is revealed Eve is more scheming and duplicitous than she seems, and rather than being an actual fan, she has a tumultuous plan to overthrow Margo and steal everything she has, including her boyfriend and career. Margo ignores the warnings of Eve’s devious plans from her cynical maid (played by Thelma Ritter).

Eve begins working to supplant Margo, taking the role of her understudy and, with the help of Margo's best friend, Karen (Celeste Holm), causes Margo to miss a performance so she herself can play Margo's role onstage. Eve gives such a good performance that her own career as a theatre star begins to take off. At the end of the film, after Eve wins a Best Actress Award for a recent play, she encounters an apparently besotted young fan who had snuck into her apartment. It is implied that the cycle of fans overthrowing their own idols, or successful celebrities, will continue.

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