Bette Davis

American actress of film, television and theater Bette Davis

Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis 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, although her greatest successes were her roles in romantic dramas.
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At FringeNYC, women artists dominate - The Villager
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Women as diverse as Anne Frank (Carol Lempert's “After Anne Frank”), Jewish mail-order bride “Rachel Calof,” Australian actress Virgie Vivienne (Renee Newman-Storen's “Virgie”) and movie icon Bette Davis (“Bette Davis Ain't For Sissies”) have their say
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Normal Theater this weekend: 'Baby Jane', 'Sunset Boulevard' - WJBC News
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Well, I disagree and here's why – Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in the same movie. And Gloria Swanson, after William Holden tells here she used to be big in pictures, telling us “I am big, it's the pictures that got small”. These are moments meant for
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Now, Voyager (1942)-English Movie starring Bette Davis - Calcutta Tube
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Aug 22, 2011 (Calcutta Tube): Now, Voyager is 1942 English movie directed by Irving Rapper with Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains and others in the cast. Set in the backdrop of Boston, it is a story of self revelation and discovery of a woman,
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Free film screenings in the Hartford area, Aug. 18-24, 2011 - Hartford Courant
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All About Eve — Bette Davis stars in this 1950 comedy about a ruthless up-and-coming actress. Tuesday, 6 pm, Rockville Public Library, 52 Union St., Vernon. August Evening — An aging farm worker sees his life change. Spanish with subtitles
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Free film screenings in the Hartford area, Aug. 18-24, 2011 - Hartford Courant
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All About Eve — Bette Davis stars in this 1950 comedy about a ruthless up-and-coming actress. Tuesday, 6 pm, Rockville Public Library, 52 Union St., Vernon. August Evening — An aging farm worker sees his life change. Spanish with subtitles
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Ann Dvorak Pt.4: Warner Bros. Co-Stars, THREE ON A MATCH - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Could you tell us a little about that film, and about Dvorak's relationship with director Mervyn LeRoy, and fellow players Joan Blondell and Bette Davis? Three on a Match is a compact and gritty pre-Code gem. At sixty-three minutes running time,
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Bette Davis Movie Schedule: THE CORN IS GREEN, JUAREZ, THE LETTER - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Bette Davis has a cameo in John Paul Jones (1959), which happens to be an insufferable bore despite the presence of Robert Stack in the title role, and she plays second banana to Spencer Tracy in the run-of-the-Warners-mill prison drama 20000 Years in
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Opening night - Victoria Times Colonist
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It seems apropos since Tilly fleetingly evoked memories of Bette Davis, who played Margo Channing in All About Eve, amid her mesmerizingly distinctive tour-de-force turn as Martha in Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre's stellar production
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It's not just the eyes that have it - Express Buzz
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I didn't know that Gwyneth could sing till I accidentally heard her sing a song that I hadn't heard since maybe college, Bette Davis Eyes on the net. When I first heard it, the song didn't quite sound like the one that I heard way back
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Revelations: Of old movie bondage - Victoria Advocate
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And I think I've developed a fascination with Bette Davis and Elizabeth Taylor. I always knew them from their aged faces and reputations of grandeur. But in their heyday, and for decades after, they were beautiful, refined, well-educated,
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94-Year-Old Oscar Winner And 48-Year-Old Husband Battle Her Family For Her Money - Gothamist
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Holm, who won an Oscar for her role in Gentleman's Agreement and was nominated for her work in All About Eve (apparently when she greeted Bette Davis on set, Davis said, "Shit! Manners!"), married her fourth husband, Frank, a waiter/aspiring opera
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Peter Falk: A Look Back in Photos - Wall Street Journal (blog)
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Actor Peter Falk starred in films opposite Bette Davis, Frank Sinatra and Gene Barry before playing the crafty lieutenant Frank Columbo. Throughout his wide-ranging career he was nominated for two Oscars and worked with the likes of ... -
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Lucille Ball's Two Least Favorite TV Guest Stars - Village Voice (blog)
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17 2011 at 10:30 AM ​When Bette Davis dropped out of a guest role on The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show, they naturally got Tallulah Bankhead to fit the arm swiveling bill. According to the new book, Lucille Ball FAQ, Tallu came to work intoxicated,
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  • 1989
    Age 80
    A few months before her death in 1989, Davis was one of several actors featured on the cover of Life magazine.
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    She collapsed during the American Cinema Awards in 1989 and later discovered that her cancer had returned.
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  • 1988
    Age 79
    During 1988 and 1989, Davis was fêted for her career achievements, receiving the Kennedy Center Honor, the Legion of Honor from France, the Campione d'Italia from Italy and the Film Society of Lincoln Center Lifetime Achievement Award.
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  • 1983
    Age 74
    In 1983, after filming the pilot episode for the television series Hotel, Davis was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy.
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    In 1983, she was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award.
  • 1981
    Age 72
    Davis' name became well-known to a younger audience when Kim Carnes' song "Bette Davis Eyes" (written by Jackie DeShannon) became a worldwide hit and the best-selling record of 1981 in the U.S., where it stayed at number one on the music charts for more than two months.
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  • 1977
    Age 68
    In 1977 Davis became the first woman to receive the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award.
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  • 1972
    Age 63
    In 1972 she played the lead role in two television films that were each intended as pilots for upcoming series for NBC, Madame Sin with Robert Wagner, and The Judge and Jake Wyler, with Joan Van Ark, but in each case, NBC decided against producing a series.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1962
    Age 53
    A Perry Mason fan, Davis was the first of the guest stars. "The Case of Constant Doyle" began filming on December 12, 1962, and aired January 31, 1963.
    In September 1962, Davis placed an advertisement in Variety under the heading of "Situations wanted—women artists," which read, "Mother of three—10, 11 & 15—divorcee.
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  • 1961
    Age 52
    In 1961 Davis opened in the Broadway production The Night of the Iguana to mostly mediocre reviews, and left the production after four months due to "chronic illness."
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  • 1960
    Age 51
    In 1960, Davis, a registered Democrat, appeared at the 1960 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, California, where she met future President John F. Kennedy, whom she greatly admired.
    As her career declined, her marriage continued to deteriorate until she filed for divorce in 1960.
  • 1959
    Age 50
    During the same time, she tried television, appearing in three episodes of the popular NBC western Wagon Train as three different characters in 1959 and 1961; her first appearance on TV had been February 25, 1956, on General Electric Theatre.
  • FORTIES
  • 1952
    Age 43
    Davis and Merrill adopted a baby boy, Michael, in 1952, and Davis appeared in a Broadway revue, Two's Company directed by Jules Dassin.
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  • 1951
    Age 42
    In January 1951 Davis and Merrill adopted a 5-day-old baby girl they named Margot, named after the character Margo Channing.
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  • 1950
    Age 41
    On July 3, 1950, Davis' divorce from William Sherry was finalized, and on July 28 she married Gary Merrill.
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  • 1949
    Age 40
    She also received the San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award as "Best Actress", having been named by them as the "Worst Actress" of 1949 for Beyond the Forest.
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    By 1949, Davis and Sherry were estranged and Hollywood columnists were writing that Davis' career was at an end.
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    Despite the lackluster box office receipts from her more recent films, in 1949, she negotiated a four-film contract with Warner Bros., which paid $10,285 per week and made her the highest-paid woman in the United States.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1948
    Age 39
    In 1948 Davis was cast in the melodrama Winter Meeting; and, although she was initially enthusiastic, she soon learned that Warner had arranged for "softer" lighting to be used to disguise her age.
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  • 1947
    Age 38
    In 1947, at the age of 39, Davis gave birth to a daughter, Barbara Davis Sherry (known as B.D.) and later wrote in her memoir that she became absorbed in motherhood and considered ending her career.
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    In 1947, the U.S. Treasury named Davis as the highest paid woman in the country, with her share of the film's profit accounting for most of her earnings.
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  • 1945
    Age 36
    In 1945, Davis married artist William Grant Sherry, who also, when necessary, worked as a masseur.
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  • 1943
    Age 34
    In August 1943, Davis' husband, Arthur Farnsworth, collapsed while walking along a Hollywood street and died two days later.
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  • 1942
    Age 33
    At John Garfield's suggestion of opening a servicemen's club in Hollywood, Davis—with the aid of Warner, Cary Grant and Jule Styne—transformed an old nightclub into the Hollywood Canteen, which opened on October 3, 1942.
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    Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Davis spent the early months of 1942 selling war bonds.
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  • 1941
    Age 32
    Davis starred in three movies in 1941, the first being The Great Lie, opposite George Brent.
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    In January 1941, Davis became the first female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences but antagonized the committee members with her brash manner and radical proposals.
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  • 1940
    Age 31
    Davis and Farnsworth were married at Home Ranch, in Rimrock, Arizona, in December 1940.
  • 1939
    Age 30
    She appeared in three other box office hits in 1939, The Old Maid with Miriam Hopkins, Juarez with Paul Muni and The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex with Errol Flynn.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1938
    Age 29
    In 1938, Nelson obtained evidence that Davis was engaged in a sexual relationship with Howard Hughes and subsequently filed for divorce citing Davis' "cruel and inhuman manner."
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  • 1937
    Age 28
    For her performance in the film she was awarded the Volpi Cup at the 1937 Venice Film Festival.
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  • 1936
    Age 27
    Convinced that her career was being damaged by a succession of mediocre films, Davis accepted an offer in 1936 to appear in two films in Britain.
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  • 1932
    Age 23
    In 1932 she married Harmon "Ham" Nelson, who was scrutinized by the press; his $100 a week earnings compared unfavorably with Davis's reported $1,000 a week income.
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  • 1931
    Age 22
    A second test was arranged for Davis, for the 1931 film A House Divided.
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  • 1930
    Age 21
    Davis and her mother traveled by train to Hollywood and arrived on December 13, 1930.
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    In 1930, Davis moved to Hollywood to screen test for Universal Studios.
  • 1929
    Age 20
    After performing in Philadelphia, Washington and Boston, she made her Broadway debut in 1929 in Broken Dishes, and followed it with Solid South.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1926
    Age 17
    She attended Cushing Academy, a boarding school in Ashburnham, Massachusetts, where she met her future husband, Harmon O. Nelson, known as "Ham." In 1926, she saw a production of Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck with Blanche Yurka and Peg Entwistle, a well-known Broadway actress who killed herself in 1932 by jumping off the H of the Hollywood Sign.
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  • 1921
    Age 12
    In 1921, Ruth Davis moved to New York City with her daughters, where she worked as a portrait photographer.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1915
    Age 6
    In 1915, Davis's parents separated and Betty and Bobby attended a Spartan boarding school called Crestalban in Lanesborough, which is located in the Berkshires.
  • 1908
    Born
    Ruth Elizabeth Davis, known from early childhood as "Betty," was born on April 5, 1908, at 22 Chester Street, Lowell, Massachusetts, the daughter of Harlow Morrell Davis, a law student from Augusta, Maine, and Ruth Augusta "Ruthie" (née Favór), from Tyngsboro, Massachusetts.
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