Bette Davis

Character Actress / Stage Actress / Film Actress / Television Actress / Actress / Musician | * 04/05/1908 († 81, 10/06/1989) | Lowell, Massachusetts (United States of America (USA))
Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) was an American actress with a career spanning more than 50 years and 100 acting credits. She was noted for playing unsympathetic, sardonic characters, and was famous for her performances in a range of film genres, from contemporary crime melodramas to historical films, suspense horror, and occasional comedies, although her greater successes were in romantic dramas. A recipient of two Academy Awards, she was the first thespian to accrue ten nominations. Bette Davis appeared on Broadway in New York, then the 22-year-old Davis moved to Hollywood in 1930. After some unsuccessful films, she had her critical breakthrough playing a vulgar waitress in Of Human Bondage (1934) although, contentiously, she was not among the three nominees for the Academy Award for Best Actress that year. The next year, her performance as a down-and-out actress in Dangerous (1935) did land Davis her first Best Actress nomination, and she won. In 1937, she tried to free herself from her contract with Warner Brothers Studio; although she lost the legal case, it marked ()
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Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) was an American actress of film, television and theater. Noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic characters, she was highly regarded for her performances in a range of film genres; from contemporary crime melodramas to historical and period films and occasional comedies, though her greatest successes were her roles in romantic dramas.After appearing in Broadway plays, Davis moved to Hollywood in 1930, but her early films for Universal Studios were unsuccessful. She joined Warner Bros. in 1932 and established her career with several critically acclaimed performances. In 1937, she attempted to free herself from her contract and although she lost a well-publicized legal case, it marked the beginning of the most successful period of her career. Until the late 1940s, she was one of American cinema's most celebrated leading ladies, known for her forceful and intense style. Davis gained a reputation as a perfectionist who could be highly combative, and confrontations with studio executives, film directors and costars were often reported. Her forthright manner, clipped vocal style and ubiquitous cigarette contributed to a public persona which has often been imitated and satirized.Davis was the co-founder of the Hollywood Canteen, and was the first female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, was the first person to accrue 10 Academy Award nominations for acting, and was the first woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. Her career went through several periods of eclipse, and she admitted that her success had often been at the expense of her personal relationships. Married four times, she was once widowed and thrice divorced, and raised her children as a single parent. Her final years were marred by a long period of ill health, but she continued acting until shortly before her death from breast cancer, with more than 100 films, television and theater roles to her credit. In 1999, Davis was placed second, after Katharine Hepburn, on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest female stars of all time.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Documentaries | Comedies

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Awards & Nominations for Bette Davis

Emmy Awards Laurel Awards New York Film Critics Circle Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress Volpi Cup Donostia Award 2x Academy Award for Best Actress Kennedy Center Honors AFI Life Achievement Award Crystal Award Los Angeles Times Women of the Year Silver Cup Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame 11x Academy Award for Best Actress
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Movies with Bette Davis as Actress(157)

as Archive Footage2017 Bette and Joan
as Herself (archive footage)2017 Bette Davis - Größer als das Leben
as Herself (archive footage)2015 Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn
as Herself (archive footage)2015 Listen to Me Marlon
as Self - Actress (archive footage)2014 Marlon Brando: An Actor Named Desire
as Herself (archive footage)2013 Classic Movie Bloopers: Uncensored
as Margo Channing2013 Footsteps on the Ceiling
2009 Endgame
as Self (archive footage)2009 Queer Icon: The Cult of Bette Davis
as Herself (archive footage)2009 The Travels of Kinuyo Tanaka
as Herself (archive footage)2006 Stardust: The Bette Davis Story
as Queen Elizabeth (archive footage)2005 The Adventures of Errol Flynn
as Herself (archive footage)2003 Complicated Women
as Herself (archive footage)2001 Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies
as Self (archive footage)1997 The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender
as Self [Archive Footage]1989 Hairway to the Stars
as Miranda Pierpoint1989 Wicked Stepmother
as (archive footage)1987 Hammer: The Studio That Dripped Blood
as Libby Strong1987 The Whales of August
as Hannah Loftin1986 As Summers Die
as Carrie Louise Serrocold1985 Murder with Mirrors
as Baby Jane Hudson (archive footage) (uncredited)1984 Terror in the Aisles
as Herself (archive footage)1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
as Miniature Dwyer1983 Right of Way
as (archive footage)1982 Showbiz Goes to War
as Esther McDonald Cimino1982 A Piano for Mrs. Cimino
as Self (archive footage)1982 Oops, Those Hollywood Bloopers!
as (in "Deception") (archive footage)1982 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
as Elizabeth Winfield1981 Family Reunion
as Mrs. Aylwood1980 The Watcher in the Woods
as Billie Dupree1980 Skyward
as Adele Malone1980 White Mama
as Marie Van Schuyler1978 Death on the Nile
as Marie van Schuyler1978 Death on the Nile: Making of Featurette
as Minnie Kennedy1976 The Disappearance of Aimee
as Aunt Elizabeth1976 Burnt Offerings
as Mrs. Elliott1973 Scream, Pretty Peggy
as Judge Meredith1972 The Judge and Jake Wyler
as Madame Sin1972 Madame Sin
as 'A vecchia1972 The Scopone Game
as Bunny O'Hare1971 Bunny O'Hare
as Wanda Fleming1970 Connecting Rooms
as Mrs. Taggart1968 The Anniversary
as Nanny1965 The Nanny
as (archive footage)1965 The Love Goddesses
as Mrs. Gerald Hayden1964 Where Love Has Gone
as Margaret DeLorca / Edith Phillips1964 Dead Ringer
as Charlotte Hollis1964 Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte
as Dino's Mother1963 The Empty Canvas
as Baby Jane Hudson1962 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
as Apple Annie1961 Pocketful of Miracles
as Countess1959 The Scapegoat
as Empress Catherine the Great1959 John Paul Jones
as Mrs. Beatrice Enter1957 Stranded
as Alicia Hull1956 Storm Center
as Mrs. Agnes Hurley1956 The Catered Affair
as Queen Elizabeth I1955 The Virgin Queen
as Marie Hoke1952 Phone Call from a Stranger
as Margaret Elliot1952 The Star
as Janet Frobisher1951 Another Man's Poison
as Joyce Ramsey (nee Jackson)1951 Payment on Demand
as Margo Channing1950 All About Eve
as Rosa Moline1949 Beyond the Forest
as Susan Grieve1948 Winter Meeting
as Linda Gilman1948 June Bride
as Christine Radcliffe1946 Deception
as Kate Bosworth / Patricia Bosworth1946 A Stolen Life
as Miss Lilly Christabel Moffat1945 The Corn Is Green
as herself1944 Breakdowns of 1944
as Fanny Trellis1944 Mr. Skeffington
as herself1944 Hollywood Canteen
as herself1943 Thank Your Lucky Stars
as Sara Müller1943 Watch on the Rhine
as Herself (segment 'Dangerous') (archive footage)1943 The Voice That Thrilled the World
as herself1943 Show-Business at War
as Kit Marlowe1943 Old Acquaintance
as Stanley Timberlake Kingsmill1942 In This Our Life
as Charlotte Vale1942 Now, Voyager
as herself1942 Breakdowns of 1942
as Maggie Cutler1942 The Man Who Came to Dinner
as Nurse (uncredited)1941 Shining Victory
as Maggie Patterson Van Allen1941 The Great Lie
as Joan Winfield1941 The Bride Came C.O.D.
as Regina Hubbard Giddens1941 The Little Foxes
as Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)1941 Breakdowns of 1941
as Leslie Crosbie1940 The Letter
as Henriette Deluzy-Desportes1940 All This, and Heaven Too
as herself1940 If I Forget You
as Judith Traherne1939 Dark Victory
as Charlotte Lovell1939 The Old Maid
as Empress Carlotta von Hapsburg1939 Juarez
as Louise Elliott Medlin1938 The Sisters
as Julie Marsden1938 Jezebel
as herself1938 Breakdowns of 1938
as Mary Donnell/Mme Al Haines1937 That Certain Woman
as Louise 'Fluff' Phillips1937 Kid Galahad
as Bette Davis (uncredited)1937 A Day at Santa Anita
as Mary Dwight Strauber1937 Marked Woman
as Joyce Arden1937 It's Love I'm After
as herself1937 Breakdowns of 1937
as herself1936 Breakdowns of 1936
as Valerie Purvis1936 Satan Met a Lady
as Daisy Appleby1936 The Golden Arrow
as Gabby Maple1936 The Petrified Forest
as Mrs. Marie Roark1935 Bordertown
as Ellen Garfield1935 Front Page Woman
as Joyce Heath1935 Dangerous
as Miriam A. Brady1935 The Girl from 10th Avenue
as Julie Gardner1935 Special Agent
as Herself (uncredited)1935 A Dream Comes True
as Joan Martin1934 Jimmy the Gent
as Arlene Bradford1934 Fog Over Frisco
as Lynn Mason1934 Fashions of 1934
as Norma Nelson1934 The Big Shakedown
as Patricia Berkeley1934 Housewife
as Mildred Rogers1934 Of Human Bondage
as Jenny Hartland alias Jane Grey1933 The Working Man
as Patricia 'Alabama' Brent1933 Parachute Jumper
as Helen Bauer1933 Ex-Lady
as Norma Roberts1933 Bureau of Missing Persons
as Peggy Lowell1932 The Menace
as Madge Norwood1932 The Cabin in the Cotton
as Kay Russell1932 The Dark Horse
as Fay Wilson1932 20,000 Years in Sing Sing
as Grace Blair1932 The Man Who Played God
as Ruth Wescott1932 Three on a Match
as Peggy Gardner1932 Hell's House
as Miss Dallas O'Mara1932 So Big!
as Margaret Carter1931 Seed
as Janet Cronin1931 Waterloo Bridge
as Laura Madison1931 The Bad Sister
as Mary Lucy Duffy1931 Way Back Home

TV Shows/Series with Bette Davis as Actress(21)

Movies with Bette Davis as Crew(2)

Costume & Make-Up/Makeup Artist1962 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Production/Producer1946 A Stolen Life

Additional Information

Official websites:
Full Name: Bette Davis
Born: Sunday, 04/05 1908 (April) in Lowell, Massachusetts (United States of America (USA))
Died: Friday, 10/06 1989 (October) in Neuilly-sur-Seine (aged: 81)
Zodiac sign: Aries (Chinese zodiac sign: Monkey)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: Cushing Academy
Employer: Warner Bros.
Represented by: Music Corporation of America, Inc.
Record Label: MGM Records
Spouses (current/former): Gary Merrill, William Grant Sherry
Children: B. D. Hyman
Father: Harlow Morrell Davis
Mother: Ruth Augusta 'Ruthie' Favor
Other names for Bette Davis (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"The First Lady of Film"
"Ruth Elizabeth Davis"
"The Fourth Warner Brother"
"Бетт Дэвис"
"베티 데이비스"
"Бетті Девіс"
"Μπέτι Ντέιβις"
"Бети Дейвис"
"Бет Дэвіс"
Bette Davis frequently works together with these people:
Orry-Kelly (44x, Crew)
Jack L. Warner (41x, Crew)
Hal B. Wallis (26x, Crew)
Perc Westmore (23x, Crew)
Max Steiner (22x, Crew)
Humphrey Bogart (21x, Actor)
Olivia de Havilland (20x, Actress)
Leo F. Forbstein (20x, Crew)
George Brent (18x, Actor)
Errol Flynn (17x, Actor)
Darryl F. Zanuck (16x, Crew)
Alfred Hitchcock (13x, Crew)
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