Davis earned an Oscar nomination for her performance (she lost to Shirley Booth for her work in COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA) in this tough and relentless indictment of Hollywood. However, THE STAR was far too "inside" to spark much interest outside the movie business, so this independently
made picture did poorly at the box office. Davis plays a one-time Oscar-winning actress who has fallen from favor. Having not worked for many years, she is out of money and desperate. When she approaches her erstwhile agent, Anderson, for a loan, he refuses. Davis is forced to sell her personal
belongings at a public auction to pay off her debts. For the last few years, she has helpe...