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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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All About Eve
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
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Now, Voyager Charlotte Vale
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 1989 Wicked Stepmother
Miranda Pierpoint
 1987 The Whales of August
Libby Strong
 1980 The Watcher in the Woods
Mrs. Aylwood
 1978 Death on the Nile
Mrs. Van Schuyler
 1976 Burnt Offerings
Aunt Elizabeth
 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
 1964 Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Charlotte Hollis
 1964 Where Love Has Gone
Mrs. Gerald Hayden
 1964 Dead Ringer
Margaret DeLorca / Edith Phillips
 1963 The Empty Canvas
Dino's mother
 1962 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Baby Jane Hudson
 1961 Pocketful of Miracles
Apple Annie
 1959 The Scapegoat
 1959 John Paul Jones
Empress Catherine the Great
 1956 Storm Center
Alicia Hull
 1956 The Catered Affair
Aggie Hurley
 1955 The Virgin Queen
Queen Elizabeth I
 1952 The Star
Margaret Elliot
 1952 Phone Call from a Stranger
Marie Hoke
 1951 Another Man's Poison
Janet Frobisher
 1951 Payment on Demand
Joyce Ramsey (nee Jackson)
 1950 All About Eve
 1949 Beyond the Forest
Rosa Moline
 1948 June Bride
Linda Gilman
 1948 Winter Meeting
Susan Grieve
 1946 Deception
Christine Radcliffe
 1946 A Stolen Life
Kate Bosworth / Patricia Bosworth
 1945 The Corn Is Green
Miss Lilly Moffat
 1944 Hollywood Canteen
Bette Davis
 1944 Mr. Skeffington
Fanny Trellis Skeffington
 1943 Old Acquaintance
Kit Marlowe
 1943 Thank Your Lucky Stars
Bette Davis
 1943 Watch on the Rhine
Sara Muller
 1942 Now, Voyager
Charlotte Vale
 1942 In This Our Life
Stanley Timberlake
 1942 The Man Who Came to Dinner
Maggie Cutler
 1941 The Little Foxes
Regina Giddens
 1941 The Bride Came C.O.D.
Joan Winfield
 1941 Shining Victory
Nurse (uncredited)
 1941 The Great Lie
Maggie Patterson
 1940 The Letter
Leslie Crosbie
 1940 All This, and Heaven Too
Henriette Deluzy-Desportes
 1939 The Old Maid
Charlotte Lovell
 1939 Juarez
Carlota of Mexico
 1939 Dark Victory
Judith Traherne
 1938 The Sisters
Louise Elliott
 1938 Jezebel
Julie Marsden
 1937 It's Love I'm After
Joyce Arden
 1937 That Certain Woman
Mary Donnell
 1937 Kid Galahad
Louise 'Fluff' Phillips
 1937 Marked Woman
Mary Dwight Strauber
 1936 Satan Met a Lady
Valerie Purvis
 1936 The Golden Arrow
Daisy Appleby
 1936 The Petrified Forest
Gabrielle Maple
 1935 Dangerous
Joyce Heath
 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 Of Human Bondage
Mildred Rogers
 1934 Fog Over Frisco
Arlene Bradford
 1934 Jimmy the Gent
Joan Martin
 1934 Fashions of 1934
Lynn Mason
 1934 The Big Shakedown
Norma Nelson
 1933 Bureau of Missing Persons
Norma Roberts
 1933 Ex-Lady
Helen Bauer
 1933 The Working Man
Jenny Hartland / Jane Grey
 1933 Parachute Jumper
Patricia 'Alabama' Brent
 1932 20,000 Years in Sing Sing
Fay Wilson
 1932 Three on a Match
Ruth Wescott
 1932 The Cabin in the Cotton
Madge Norwood
 1932 The Dark Horse
Kay Russell
 1932 So Big!
Miss Dallas O'Mara
 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
 1931 The Bad Sister
Laura Madison
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(9/3/51) Radio: Starred on "Radio Theater" broadcast of "Payment on Demand" with she and Barry Sullivan recreating their original screen roles. See more »

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7 Biographical Movies | 25 Print Biographies | 9 Portrayals | 5 Interviews | 22 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 44 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Betty Davis | Miss Bette Davis


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[on working with Joan Crawford in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)] We were polite to each other - all the social amenities, 'Good morning, Joan' and 'Good Morning, Bette' crap - and thank God we weren't playing roles where we had to like each other. But people forget that our big scenes were alone - just the camera was on me or her. No actresses on earth are as different as we are, all ... See more »


Made her Broadway debut in 1929. See more »


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