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"Stardust: The Bette Davis Story" wins a Creative Arts Emmy Award
10/06/06

Peter Jones won the nonfiction writing award for Turner Classic Movies Stardust: The Bette Davis Story at the 58th annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards this past Saturday.

Stardust: The Bette Davis Story has also been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Non-Fiction Special.

Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Peter Jones and narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon, Stardust: The Bette Davis Story employs an unprecedented body of primary source material to deconstruct Davis tempestuous life and career. In addition to archival interviews with Davis and her most important collaborators, the film has original interviews with Jane Fonda, Ellen Burstyn, Gena Rowlands and James Woods who critique specific scenes from Davis? greatest films.

Jones was the first filmmaker to have received unrestricted access to Davis vast and revealing personal archives. Stardust includes scores of never-before-seen photographs and letters, with annotations in Davis? own handwriting, culled from over 100 of her personal scrapbooks that span the course of her entire life. Warner Bros., where Davis made 50 films in 18 tumultuous years, granted Jones unrestricted access to her entire body of work as well as the studio?s voluminous photo and legal archives.

The documentary made its world premiere on Turner Classic Movies this past May. It was nominated alongside ?All Aboard! Rosie?s Family Cruise, How William Shatner Changed The World, Inside 9/11 and Rome: Engineering An Empire.

Hosted by the Academy of TV Arts and Sciences, the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Sunday, Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. EST. The program will air on NBC.