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Bette Davis (1908–1989)

Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born April 5, 1908, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Ruth Augusta (Favor) and Harlow Morrell Davis, a patent attorney. Her parents divorced when she was 10. She and her sister were raised by their mother. Her early interest was dance. To Bette, dancers led a glamorous life, but then she discovered the stage, and gave up dancing... See full bio »

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 1986 As Summers Die (TV Movie)
Hannah Loftin
 1983 Right of Way (TV Movie)
Mini Dwyer
 1983 Hotel (TV Series)
Laura Trent
- Hotel (1983) ... Laura Trent
 1982 Little Gloria... Happy at Last (TV Movie)
Alice Gwynne Vanderbilt (as Betty Davis)
 1982 A Piano for Mrs. Cimino (TV Movie)
Esther McDonald Cimino
 1981 Family Reunion (TV Movie)
Elizabeth Winfield
 1980 Skyward (TV Movie)
Billie Dupree
 1980 White Mama (TV Movie)
Adele Malone
 1979 Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter (TV Movie)
Lucy Mason
 1978 The Dark Secret of Harvest Home (TV Mini-Series)
Widow Fortune
 1977 Laugh-In (TV Series)
Guest star
- Episode dated 5 November 1977 (1977) ... Guest star
 1976 The Disappearance of Aimee (TV Movie)
Minnie Kennedy
 1974 Hello Mother, Goodbye! (TV Movie)
 1973 Scream, Pretty Peggy (TV Movie)
Mrs. Elliott
 1972 The Judge and Jake Wyler (TV Movie)
Judge Meredith
 1972 The Scopone Game
The Millionairess
 1972 Madame Sin
Madame Sin
 1971 Bunny O'Hare
Bunny O'Hare
 1970 Connecting Rooms
Wanda Fleming
 1970 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
Bessie Grindel
- Touch of Magic (1970) ... Bessie Grindel
 1968 The Anniversary
Mrs. Taggart
 1966 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Etta Stone
- The Jailer (1966) ... Etta Stone (as Miss Bette Davis)
 1965 The Nanny
 1965 The Decorator (TV Short)
 1964 Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
 1964 Where Love Has Gone
Mrs. Gerald Hayden
 1964 Dead Ringer
Margaret DeLorca / Edith Phillips
 1963 The Empty Canvas
Dino's mother
 1963 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Constant Doyle
- The Case of Constant Doyle (1963) ... Constant Doyle
 1962 The Virginian (TV Series)
Celia Miller
- The Accomplice (1962) ... Celia Miller
 1959-1961 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Bettina May / Madame Elizabeth McQueeny / Ella Lindstrom
- The Bettina May Story (1961) ... Bettina May
- The Elizabeth McQueeny Story (1959) ... Madame Elizabeth McQueeny
- The Ella Lindstrom Story (1959) ... Ella Lindstrom
 1959 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
Sarah Whitney
- Dark Morning (1959) ... Sarah Whitney
 1959 The Scapegoat
 1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Miss Fox
- Out There - Darkness (1959) ... Miss Fox
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
Mrs. Wilfred Ellis
- Fraction of a Second (1958) ... Mrs. Wilfred Ellis
 1957-1958 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Christine Marlowe / Miss Burrows
- The Cold Touch (1958) ... Christine Marlowe
- With Malice Toward One (1957) ... Miss Burrows
 1958 Studio 57 (TV Series)
- The Starmaker (1958)
 1957 Telephone Time (TV Series)
Mrs. Beatrice Enter
- Stranded (1957) ... Mrs. Beatrice Enter
 1957 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Irene Wagner
- For Better, for Worse (1957) ... Irene Wagner
 1956 Storm Center
Alicia Hull
 1956 The Catered Affair
Mrs. Agnes Hurley
 1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Marie Hoke
- Crack-Up (1956) ... Marie Hoke
 1952 All Star Revue (TV Series)
Guest Actress
- Episode #2.33 (1952) ... Guest Actress
 1952 Phone Call from a Stranger
Marie Hoke
 1951 Payment on Demand
Joyce Ramsey (nee Jackson)
 1941 Shining Victory
Nurse (uncredited)
 1940 If I Forget You (Short)
Bette Davis
 1939 Juarez
 1938 The Sisters
Louise Elliott
 1938 Jezebel
 1937 It's Love I'm After
 1937 A Day at Santa Anita (Short)
Bette Davis (uncredited)
 1934 Housewife
Patricia Berkeley
 1934 Jimmy the Gent
 1934 Fashions of 1934
Lynn Mason
 1933 Ex-Lady
Helen Bauer
 1933 The Working Man
 1933 Parachute Jumper
Patricia 'Alabama' Brent
 1933 Just Around the Corner (Short)
 1932 The Dark Horse
Kay Russell
 1932 The Man Who Played God
Grace Blair
 1932 The Menace
Peggy Lowell
 1931 Way Back Home
Mary Lucy
 1931 Waterloo Bridge
Janet Cronin
 1931 Seed
Margaret Carter
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Other Works:

Stage Play: The Night of the Iguana. See more »

Publicity Listings:

7 Biographical Movies | 26 Print Biographies | 9 Portrayals | 4 Interviews | 14 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 44 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Betty Davis | Miss Bette Davis


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Personal Quote:

[after having blown the same line several times in Hollywood Canteen (1944), in which she plays herself] I don't know what's wrong with me, but I think I just can't play myself. I don't know how! But, if you give me a drink - give me a cigarette - give me a gun - I'll play any old bag you want me to. I just can't play myself! See more »


LIFE Magazine described her performance in Of Human Bondage (1934) as "probably the best performance ever recorded on the screen by a U.S. actress". See more »


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