Biography

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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 154

Birthday 1908-04-05

Day of Death 1989-10-06

Place of Birth Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

Official Site https://www.bettedavis.com/

Also Known As

  • The First Lady of Film
  • Ruth Elizabeth Davis
  • The Fourth Warner Brother
  • Бетт Дэвис
  • 베티 데이비스

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Hello Mother, Goodbye!(0 episodes) as Mother
2015 Listen to Me Marlon as Herself (archive footage)
2013 Classic Movie Bloopers: Uncensored as Herself (archive footage)
2013 Talking Pictures(1 episode) as Herself (archive footage)
2006 Stardust: The Bette Davis Story as Herself (archive footage)
2005 The Adventures of Errol Flynn as Queen Elizabeth (archive footage)
2003 Complicated Women as Herself (archive footage)
2002 Smothered: The Censorship Struggles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour as Herself (archive footage)
2001 Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies as Herself (archive footage)
1994 All About Bette
1989 Wicked Stepmother as Miranda Pierpoint
1988 The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind as (archive footage)
1987 The Whales of August as Libby Strong
1987 Hammer: The Studio That Dripped Blood as (archive footage)
1986 As Summers Die as Hannah Loftin
1985 Murder with Mirrors as Carrie Louise Serrocold
1983 Right of Way as Miniature Dwyer
1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage as Herself (archive footage)
1982 Little Gloria... Happy at Last(2 episodes) as Alice Gwynne Vanderbilt
1982 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid as (in "Deception") (archive footage)
1982 The American Film Institute Salute to Frank Capra as Herself
1982 Night of 100 Stars as Herself
1982 A Piano for Mrs. Cimino as Esther McDonald Cimino
1981 Family Reunion as Elizabeth Winfield
1980 Skyward as Billie Dupree
1980 The Watcher in the Woods as Mrs. Aylwood
1980 White Mama as Adele Malone
1979 Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter as Lucy Mason
1978 The Kennedy Center Honors(1 episode)
1978 Death on the Nile as Marie Van Schuyler
1978 Return from Witch Mountain as Letha
1978 The Dark Secret of Harvest Home(2 episodes) as Widow Fortune
1978 Death on the Nile: Making of Featurette as Marie van Schuyler
1976 The Disappearance of Aimee as Minnie Kennedy
1976 Burnt Offerings as Aunt Elizabeth
1973 Scream, Pretty Peggy as Mrs. Elliott
1973 The American Film Institute Salute to ...(1 episode)
1972 The Judge and Jake Wyler as Judge Meredith
1972 The Scopone Game as 'A vecchia
1972 Madame Sin as Madame Sin
1971 Bunny O'Hare as Bunny O'Hare
1971 V.I.P. Schaukel(2 episodes)
1970 Connecting Rooms as Wanda Fleming
1968 The Anniversary as Mrs. Taggart
1965 Hollywood My Home Town
1965 The Nanny as Nanny
1964 Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte as Charlotte Hollis
1964 Where Love Has Gone as Mrs. Gerald Hayden
1964 Dead Ringer as Margaret DeLorca / Edith Phillips
1964 The Hollywood Palace(1 episode)
1963 The Empty Canvas as Dino's Mother
1962 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? as Baby Jane Hudson
1962 The Virginian(1 episode)
1961 Pocketful of Miracles as Apple Annie
1959 The DuPont Show with June Allyson(1 episode)
1959 The Scapegoat as Countess
1959 John Paul Jones as Empress Catherine the Great
1957 Suspicion(41 episodes) as Mrs. Wilfred Ellis
1957 Perry Mason(1 episode)
1957 Stranded as Mrs. Beatrice Enter
1956 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show(1 episode)
1956 Storm Center as Alicia Hull
1956 The Catered Affair as Mrs. Agnes Hurley
1956 Telephone Time(1 episode)
1955 The 20th Century Fox Hour(1 episode)
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents(1 episode)
1955 Gunsmoke(1 episode)
1955 The Virgin Queen as Queen Elizabeth I
1953 The Academy Awards(14 episodes)
1953 General Electric Theater(2 episodes)
1952 The Star as Margaret Elliot
1952 Phone Call from a Stranger as Marie Hoke
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame(1 episode)
1951 Another Man's Poison as Janet Frobisher
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars(1 episode)
1951 Payment on Demand as Joyce Ramsey (nee Jackson)
1950 All About Eve as Margo Channing
1949 Beyond the Forest as Rosa Moline
1949 Breakdowns of 1949 as Herself
1948 June Bride as Linda Gilman
1948 Ford Theatre(195 episodes) as Dolly Madison
1948 Winter Meeting as Susan Grieve
1946 Deception as Christine Radcliffe
1946 A Stolen Life as Kate Bosworth / Patricia Bosworth
1945 The Corn Is Green as Miss Lilly Moffat
1944 Hollywood Canteen as Herself
1944 Mr. Skeffington as Fanny Trellis
1944 Breakdowns of 1944 as Herself
1943 A Present with a Future as Mother
1943 Old Acquaintance as Kit Marlowe
1943 Thank Your Lucky Stars as Herself
1943 Watch on the Rhine as Sara Müller
1943 Show-Business at War as Herself
1942 Now, Voyager as Charlotte Vale
1942 In This Our Life as Stanley Timberlake Kingsmill
1942 The Man Who Came to Dinner as Maggie Cutler
1942 Breakdowns of 1942 as Herself (uncredited)
1941 Breakdowns of 1941 as Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
1941 The Little Foxes as Regina Giddens
1941 The Bride Came C.O.D. as Joan Winfield
1941 Shining Victory as Nurse (uncredited)
1941 The Great Lie as Maggie Patterson Van Allen
1940 The Letter as Leslie Crosbie
1940 Cavalcade of the Academy Awards as Herself
1940 All This, and Heaven Too as Henriette Deluzy-Desportes
1940 If I Forget You as Bette Davis
1939 The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex as Queen Elizabeth
1939 The Old Maid as Charlotte Lovell
1939 Juarez as Empress Carlotta von Hapsburg
1939 Dark Victory as Judith Traherne
1939 Breakdowns of 1939 as Herself
1938 The Sisters as Louise Elliott Medlin
1938 Jezebel as Julie Marsden
1938 Breakdowns of 1938 as Herself
1937 It's Love I'm After as Joyce Arden
1937 That Certain Woman as Mary Donnell/Mme Al Haines
1937 Kid Galahad as Louise 'Fluff' Phillips
1937 A Day at Santa Anita as Bette Davis (uncredited)
1937 Marked Woman as Mary Dwight Strauber
1937 Breakdowns of 1937 as Herself
1936 Breakdowns of 1936 as Herself
1936 Satan Met a Lady as Valerie Purvis
1936 The Golden Arrow as Daisy Appleby
1936 The Petrified Forest as Gabrielle Maple
1935 A Dream Comes True as Herself (uncredited)
1935 Dangerous as Joyce Heath
1935 Special Agent as Julie Gardner
1935 Front Page Woman as Ellen Garfield
1935 The Girl from 10th Avenue as Miriam A. Brady
1935 Bordertown as Mrs. Marie Roark
1934 Housewife as Patricia Berkeley
1934 Of Human Bondage as Mildred Rogers
1934 Fog Over Frisco as Arlene Bradford
1934 Jimmy the Gent as Joan Martin
1934 Fashions of 1934 as Lynn Mason
1934 The Big Shakedown as Norma Nelson
1933 Bureau of Missing Persons as Norma Roberts
1933 Ex-Lady as Helen Bauer
1933 The Working Man as Jenny Hartland
1933 Parachute Jumper as Patricia "Alabama" Brent
1933 Just Around the Corner as Ginger
1932 20,000 Years in Sing Sing as Fay Wilson
1932 Three on a Match as Ruth Wescott
1932 The Cabin in the Cotton as Madge Norwood
1932 The Dark Horse as Kay Russell
1932 The Rich Are Always with Us as Malbro
1932 So Big! as Miss Dallas O'Mara
1932 The Man Who Played God as Grace Blair
1932 Hell's House as Peggy Gardner
1932 The Menace as Peggy Lowell
1931 Way Back Home as Mary Lucy Duffy
1931 Waterloo Bridge as Janet Cronin
1931 Seed as Margaret Carter
1931 The Bad Sister as Laura Madison

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