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Bette Davis (1908–1989)


Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born April 5, 1908, in Lowell, Massachusetts. Her parents divorced when she was 10. She and her sister were raised by their mother, Ruthie. Bette demanded attention from birth, which led to her pursuing a career in acting. After graduation from Cushing Academy she was refused admittance to Eva Le Gallienne's Manhattan Civic... See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 22 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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 1972 Lo scopone scientifico
The Millionairess
 1972 Madame Sin
Madame Sin
 1971 Bunny O'Hare
Bunny O'Hare
 1970 Connecting Rooms
Wanda Fleming
 1968 The Anniversary
Mrs. Taggart
 1965 The Nanny
Nanny
 1964 Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Charlotte
 1964 Where Love Has Gone
Mrs. Gerald Hayden
 1964 Dead Ringer
Margaret DeLorca / Edith Phillips
 1963 The Empty Canvas
Dino's mother
 1959 The Scapegoat
Countess
 1956 Storm Center
Alicia Hull
 1956 The Catered Affair
Mrs. Agnes Hurley
 1952 Phone Call from a Stranger
Marie Hoke
 1951 Another Man's Poison
Janet Frobisher
 1951 Payment on Demand
Joyce Ramsey (nee Jackson)
 1948 June Bride
Linda Gilman
 1948 Winter Meeting
Susan Grieve
 1946 Deception
Christine Radcliffe
 1946 A Stolen Life
Kate Bosworth / Patricia Bosworth
 1944 Hollywood Canteen
Bette Davis
 1944 Mr. Skeffington
Fanny Trellis Skeffington
 1943 Old Acquaintance
Kit Marlowe
 1942 In This Our Life
Stanley Timberlake
 1941 The Bride Came C.O.D.
Joan Winfield
 1941 Shining Victory
Nurse (uncredited)
 1940 All This, and Heaven Too
Henriette Deluzy-Desportes
 1940 If I Forget You (Short)
Bette Davis
 1939 Juarez
Carlota
 1938 The Sisters
Louise Elliott Medlin
 1938 Jezebel
Julie
 1937 It's Love I'm After
Joyce
 1937 That Certain Woman
Mary Donnell
 1937 Marked Woman
Mary
 1936 The Golden Arrow
Daisy Appleby
 1935 Special Agent
Julie Gardner
 1935 Front Page Woman
Ellen Garfield
 1935 The Girl from 10th Avenue
Miriam A. Brady
 1935 Bordertown
Marie Roark
 1934 Housewife
Patricia Berkeley
 1934 Fog Over Frisco
Arlene
 1934 Jimmy the Gent
Joan
 1934 Fashions of 1934
Lynn
 1933 Bureau of Missing Persons
Norma Roberts
 1933 Ex-Lady
Helen Bauer
 1933 The Working Man
Jenny
 1933 Parachute Jumper
Patricia 'Alabama' Brent
 1933 Just Around the Corner (Short)
Ginger
 1932 The Dark Horse
Kay Russell
 1932 The Man Who Played God
Grace Blair
 1932 Hell's House
Peggy Gardner
 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: Starred in "Bette Davis in Person", 1973. See more »

Publicity Listings:

7 Biographical Movies | 26 Print Biographies | 8 Portrayals | 4 Interviews | 13 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 44 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Alternate Names:

Betty Davis | Miss Bette Davis

Height:

5' 3" (1.6 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on rival Joan Crawford] She has slept with every male star at MGM except Lassie. See more »

Trivia:

She said that among the jokes told about her, her favorite came from impressionist Charles Pierce who, dressed as her, demanded of the audience, "Someone give me a cigarette". When the request was granted the performer threw it on the floor and shouted "LIT!". See more »

Trademark:

Her large, distinctive eyes See more »

Nickname:

The First Lady of Film See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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