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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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 1972 The Scopone Game
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
 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
 1959 The Scapegoat
 1956 Storm Center
Alicia Hull
 1956 The Catered Affair
Mrs. Agnes Hurley
 1952 Phone Call from a Stranger
Marie Hoke
 1951 Payment on Demand
Joyce Ramsey (nee Jackson)
 1941 Shining Victory
Nurse (uncredited)
 1939 Juarez
 1938 The Sisters
Louise Elliott
 1938 Jezebel
 1937 It's Love I'm After
 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
 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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theatrical trailer, Present With a Future: Christmas War Bonds See more »

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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


5' 3" (1.6 m)

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[on Greta Garbo] Oh, Garbo was divine. Soooo beautiful. I worshipped her. When I became a star, I used to have my chauffeur follow her in my car. I always wanted to meet her. See more »


After her first picture, Davis was sitting outside the office of Universal Pictures executive Carl Laemmle Jr. when she overhead him say about her, "She's got as much sex appeal as Slim Summerville. Who wants to get her at the end of the picture?". See more »


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