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Bette Davis

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.   Description above from the Wikipedia article Bette Davis, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.



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Born:
Apr 5, 1908 In Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
136
First Appeared:
In the movie The Bad Sister 1931-03-29
Latest Project:
Series Little Gloria... Happy at Last 2017
Known For
Poster of Little Gloria... Happy at Last
Poster of Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter
Poster of A Piano for Mrs. Cimino
Poster of A Present with a Future
Filmography

Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter (2018)

Series
as Unknown
10 1 votes

Little Gloria... Happy at Last (2018)

Series
as Unknown

Listen to Me Marlon (2015)

Documentary
Movie
as Herself
7 39 votes

Classic Movie Bloopers: Uncensored (2013)

Comedy
Movie
as Herself (archive footage)
7.5 1 votes

Talking Pictures (2013)

Documentary
Series
as Herself - Archive footage

Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006)

Documentary
Movie
as Herself (archive footage)
8.5 2 votes

The Adventures of Errol Flynn (2005)

Movie
as Queen Elizabeth (archive footage)
7.3 3 votes

Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies (2001)

Documentary
Movie
as Herself (archive footage)
8 1 votes

All About Bette (1994)

TV Movie
Movie
10 2 votes

Wicked Stepmother (1989)

Comedy Fantasy Horror Science Fiction
Movie
as Miranda Pierpoint
7.1 6 votes

Hammer: The Studio That Dripped Blood (1987)

Documentary
Movie
as (archive footage)

The Whales of August (1987)

Drama
Movie
as Libby Strong
7.2 14 votes

As Summers Die (1986)

Drama
Movie
as Hannah Loftin
6.0 2 votes

Murder with Mirrors (1985)

Crime Thriller
Movie
as Carrie Louise Serrocold
7.5 2 votes

Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983)

Documentary Comedy
Movie
as Herself (archive footage)
7.0 1 votes

Right of Way (1983)

Drama
Movie
as Miniature Dwyer
10 1 votes

A Piano for Mrs. Cimino (1982)

Movie
as Esther McDonald Cimino

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)

Comedy Mystery Romance
Movie
as (in "Deception") (archive footage)
6.5 87 votes

Little Gloria... Happy at Last (1982)

TV Movie Drama
Movie
as Alice Gwynne Vanderbilt
9 2 votes

Family Reunion (1981)

TV Movie
Movie
as Elizabeth Winfield
10 1 votes

The Watcher in the Woods (1980)

Fantasy Horror Thriller Science Fiction Mystery Family
Movie
as Mrs. Aylwood
6.4 38 votes

White Mama (1980)

TV Movie Drama
Movie
as Adele Malone
10 1 votes

Skyward (1980)

Movie
as Billie Dupree
8.5 2 votes

Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter (1979)

Drama TV Movie
Movie
as Lucy Mason
10 2 votes

The Dark Secret of Harvest Home (1978)

Horror Mystery Thriller
Series
as Widow Fortune

Death on the Nile: Making of Featurette (1978)

Documentary
Movie
as Marie van Schuyler
6.0 1 votes

Return from Witch Mountain (1978)

Adventure Fantasy Science Fiction Family
Movie
as Letha
5.8 34 votes

Death on the Nile (1978)

Mystery
Movie
as Marie Van Schuyler
6.7 99 votes

The Kennedy Center Honors (1978)

Series
as Unknown

Burnt Offerings (1976)

Horror
Movie
as Aunt Elizabeth
6.6 53 votes

The Disappearance of Aimee (1976)

Drama TV Movie Mystery
Movie
as Minnie Kennedy
10 1 votes

The American Film Institute Salute to ... (1973)

Series
as Unknown

Scream, Pretty Peggy (1973)

Drama Horror Mystery Thriller TV Movie
Movie
as Mrs. Elliott
7.7 3 votes

Madame Sin (1972)

Comedy
Movie
as Madame Sin
8 2 votes

The Judge and Jake Wyler (1972)

Mystery
Movie
as Judge Meredith

The Scopone Game (1972)

Drama Comedy
Movie
as 'A vecchia
7.1 14 votes

Bunny O'Hare (1971)

Action Comedy
Movie
as Bunny O'Hare
6.6 5 votes

Connecting Rooms (1970)

Drama
Movie
as Wanda Fleming
8 2 votes

The Anniversary (1968)

Drama Comedy Thriller
Movie
as Mrs. Taggart
6.8 10 votes

The Nanny (1965)

Drama Thriller
Movie
as Nanny
6.4 21 votes

The Hollywood Palace (1964)

Series
as Unknown
9.0 1 votes

Dead Ringer (1964)

Crime Drama Thriller
Movie
as Margaret DeLorca / Edith Phillips
6.8 18 votes

Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

Crime Drama Horror Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Charlotte Hollis
6.8 42 votes

Where Love Has Gone (1964)

Romance
Movie
as Mrs. Gerald Hayden
5 2 votes

The Empty Canvas (1963)

Drama
Movie
as Dino's Mother
7 1 votes

The Virginian (1962)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.0 1 votes

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Drama Thriller
Movie
as Baby Jane Hudson
7.8 159 votes

Pocketful of Miracles (1961)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Apple Annie
7.2 20 votes

John Paul Jones (1959)

Adventure History
Movie
as Empress Catherine the Great
5 1 votes

The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1959)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.0 1 votes

The Scapegoat (1959)

Crime Drama Thriller
Movie
as Countess
8 1 votes

Perry Mason (1957)

Mystery Drama Crime Family
Series
as Unknown
7.9 23 votes

Suspicion (1957)

Drama Mystery
Series
as Mrs. Wilfred Ellis
6.0 1 votes

Telephone Time (1956)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6 1 votes

The Catered Affair (1956)

Comedy Drama Romance
Movie
as Mrs. Agnes Hurley
5.9 7 votes

Storm Center (1956)

Drama
Movie
as Alicia Hull
7 1 votes

The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (1956)

Music
Series
as Unknown

The Virgin Queen (1955)

Drama Romance History
Movie
as Queen Elizabeth I
7.8 4 votes

Gunsmoke (1955)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.7 19 votes

The 20th Century Fox Hour (1955)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)

Mystery Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.8 44 votes

General Electric Theater (1953)

Comedy Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Academy Awards (1953)

Series
as Unknown
6.5 12 votes

Phone Call from a Stranger (1952)

Drama
Movie
as Marie Hoke
6.3 4 votes

The Star (1952)

Drama
Movie
as Margaret Elliot
7.2 11 votes

Payment on Demand (1951)

Drama
Movie
as Joyce Ramsey (nee Jackson)
7.1 5 votes

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951)

Drama Comedy
Series
as Unknown

Another Man's Poison (1951)

Crime Drama Thriller
Movie
as Janet Frobisher
6.3 8 votes

Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

All About Eve (1950)

Drama
Movie
as Margo Channing
8 302 votes

Beyond the Forest (1949)

Drama Thriller
Movie
as Rosa Moline
5.9 9 votes

Winter Meeting (1948)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Susan Grieve

Ford Theatre (1948)

Drama
Series
as Dolly Madison

June Bride (1948)

Comedy
Movie
as Linda Gilman
8.3 2 votes

A Stolen Life (1946)

Drama
Movie
as Kate Bosworth / Patricia Bosworth
7.7 7 votes

Deception (1946)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Christine Radcliffe
5.9 14 votes

The Corn Is Green (1945)

Drama
Movie
as Miss Lilly Moffat
7.3 9 votes

Mr. Skeffington (1944)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Fanny Trellis
6.8 15 votes

Hollywood Canteen (1944)

Comedy Music Romance
Movie
as Herself
6.5 4 votes

Watch on the Rhine (1943)

Drama Thriller
Movie
as Sara Müller
6.2 9 votes

Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)

Comedy Music
Movie
as Herself
6.8 8 votes

A Present with a Future (1943)

Movie
as Mother
6 1 votes

Old Acquaintance (1943)

Drama
Movie
as Kit Marlowe
6 6 votes

Breakdowns of 1942 (1942)

Comedy
Movie
as Herself (uncredited)

The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Maggie Cutler
5.5 11 votes

Now, Voyager (1942)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Charlotte Vale
7.1 29 votes

In This Our Life (1942)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Stanley Timberlake Kingsmill
6.2 13 votes

The Great Lie (1941)

Action Drama Romance
Movie
as Maggie Patterson Van Allen
6.1 11 votes

The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Joan Winfield
7.8 8 votes

The Little Foxes (1941)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Regina Giddens
7.6 27 votes

Breakdowns of 1941 (1941)

Comedy
Movie
as Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

All This, and Heaven Too (1940)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Henriette Deluzy-Desportes
5.9 11 votes

The Letter (1940)

Crime Drama Romance
Movie
as Leslie Crosbie
7.3 38 votes

Dark Victory (1939)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Judith Traherne
6.8 29 votes

Juarez (1939)

Drama History Romance
Movie
as Empress Carlotta von Hapsburg
6.8 4 votes

The Old Maid (1939)

Drama
Movie
as Charlotte Lovell
7.8 7 votes

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Queen Elizabeth
7.2 11 votes

Jezebel (1938)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Julie Marsden
7.2 34 votes

The Sisters (1938)

Drama
Movie
as Louise Elliott Medlin

Marked Woman (1937)

Drama Action Thriller Crime
Movie
as Mary Dwight Strauber
7 16 votes

Kid Galahad (1937)

Romance Drama Crime
Movie
as Louise 'Fluff' Phillips
7 12 votes

That Certain Woman (1937)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Mary Donnell/Mme Al Haines
6.5 2 votes

It's Love I'm After (1937)

Comedy
Movie
as Joyce Arden
7.5 3 votes

The Petrified Forest (1936)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Gabrielle Maple
7.1 51 votes

The Golden Arrow (1936)

Family Comedy
Movie
as Daisy Appleby
5.7 3 votes

Satan Met a Lady (1936)

Comedy Drama Mystery
Movie
as Valerie Purvis
6.2 9 votes

Breakdowns of 1936 (1936)

Comedy
Movie
as Herself

Bordertown (1935)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Mrs. Marie Roark
4.6 7 votes

Front Page Woman (1935)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Ellen Garfield
6.8 2 votes

The Girl from 10th Avenue (1935)

Drama
Movie
as Miriam A. Brady
6.9 4 votes

Special Agent (1935)

Drama
Movie
as Julie Gardner
7.3 3 votes

Dangerous (1935)

Drama
Movie
as Joyce Heath
6.7 7 votes

Fashions of 1934 (1934)

Comedy Drama Romance
Movie
as Lynn Mason
5 3 votes

The Big Shakedown (1934)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Norma Nelson
5 5 votes

Jimmy the Gent (1934)

Comedy Crime Drama Romance
Movie
as Miss Joan Martin
7 2 votes

Fog Over Frisco (1934)

Crime Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Arlene Bradford
7 3 votes

Housewife (1934)

Drama
Movie
as Patricia Berkeley
5.3 4 votes

Of Human Bondage (1934)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Mildred Rogers
6.3 24 votes

Just Around the Corner (1933)

Movie
as Ginger
6 1 votes

Parachute Jumper (1933)

Drama
Movie
as Patricia "Alabama" Brent
6 8 votes

Bureau of Missing Persons (1933)

Comedy Crime Drama
Movie
as Norma Roberts
6 2 votes

The Working Man (1933)

Romance Comedy Drama
Movie
as Jenny Hartland
3.5 2 votes

Ex-Lady (1933)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Helen Bauer
5.6 7 votes

The Man Who Played God (1932)

Romance Drama
Movie
as Grace Blair
8.5 3 votes

The Menace (1932)

Mystery Crime Drama
Movie
as Peggy Lowell

The Rich Are Always with Us (1932)

Comedy Drama Romance
Movie
as Malbro
6.8 2 votes

Hell's House (1932)

Drama
Movie
as Peggy Gardner
3.7 3 votes

So Big! (1932)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Miss Dallas O'Mara
4.3 3 votes

The Dark Horse (1932)

Comedy
Movie
as Kay Russell
8.0 1 votes

Three on a Match (1932)

Crime Drama Romance
Movie
as Ruth Wescott
6.1 17 votes

20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Fay Wilson
5.8 9 votes

The Cabin in the Cotton (1932)

Drama
Movie
as Madge Norwood
6 6 votes

The Bad Sister (1931)

Drama
Movie
as Laura Madison
4.8 4 votes

Seed (1931)

Drama
Movie
as Margaret Carter

Waterloo Bridge (1931)

Drama Romance War
Movie
as Janet Cronin
7.3 9 votes

Way Back Home (1931)

Drama
Movie
as Mary Lucy Duffy
0 1 votes