Person Details

Birthday: 1908-04-05 22:48:30

Death: 1989-10-06 22:48:30

Aliases: The First Lady of Film , Ruth Elizabeth Davis , The Fourth Warner Brother , Бетт Дэвис , 베티 데이비스

Gender: Female

Place of birth: Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

Homepage: https://www.bettedavis.com/

Movie Involvements: 111

TV Involvements: 6


Most Famous Work

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.

Most Famous Work

All About Eve
Average
8

All About Eve

(1950) Margo Channing
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Average
8

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

(1962) Baby Jane Hudson
Death on the Nile
Average
7

Death on the Nile

(1978) Marie Van Schuyler
Jezebel
Average
7

Jezebel

(1938) Julie Marsden
Burnt Offerings
Average
7

Burnt Offerings

(1976) Aunt Elizabeth
Now, Voyager
Average
8

Now, Voyager

(1942) Charlotte Vale
The Watcher in the Woods
Average
6

The Watcher in the Woods

(1980) Mrs. Aylwood
The Petrified Forest
Average
7

The Petrified Forest

(1936) Gabrielle Maple

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
2017 Herself (archive footage)
2015 Herself (archive footage)
Herself (archive footage)
2014 Herself - Actress (archive footage)
N/A
2013 Herself (archive footage)
Herself (archive footage)
2009 Herself
2007 N/A
2006 Herself (archive footage)
2005 Queen Elizabeth (archive footage)
2003 Herself (archive footage)
2002 Herself (archive footage)
2001 Herself (archive footage)
1997 Herself (archive footage)
N/A
1996 Herself - Profiled (archive footage)
1994 N/A
1989 Miranda Pierpoint
1988 (archive footage)
1987 Libby Strong
(archive footage)
1986 Hannah Loftin
N/A
1985 Carrie Louise Serrocold
1984 Baby Jane Hudson
1983 Miniature Dwyer
Herself
Herself (archive footage)
1982 Alice Gwynne Vanderbilt
(in "Deception") (archive footage)
Herself
Herself
Esther McDonald Cimino
1981 Elizabeth Winfield
1980 Billie Dupree
Mrs. Aylwood
Adele Malone
1979 Lucy Mason
1978 N/A
Marie Van Schuyler
Letha
Widow Fortune
Marie van Schuyler
1976 Minnie Kennedy
Aunt Elizabeth
1974 N/A
1973 Mrs. Elliott
N/A
1972 Judge Meredith
'A vecchia
Madame Sin
1971 Bunny O'Hare
N/A
1970 Wanda Fleming
1968 Herself - Guest
Mrs. Taggart
1965 N/A
Nanny
N/A
1964 Charlotte Hollis
Mrs. Gerald Hayden
Margaret DeLorca / Edith Phillips
N/A
1963 Dino's Mother
1962 Baby Jane Hudson
N/A
1961 Apple Annie
1959 N/A
Countess
Empress Catherine the Great
1958 Mrs Wilfred Ellis
1957 Mrs. Wilfred Ellis
N/A
Mrs. Beatrice Enter
N/A
1956 N/A
Alicia Hull
Mrs. Agnes Hurley
N/A
1955 N/A
N/A
N/A
Queen Elizabeth I
1953 N/A
N/A
1952 Margaret Elliot
Marie Hoke
1951 N/A
Janet Frobisher
N/A
Joyce Ramsey (nee Jackson)
1950 Margo Channing
Herself - Mystery Guest
1949 Rosa Moline
Herself
1948 Linda Gilman
Dolly Madison
Susan Grieve
1946 Christine Radcliffe
Kate Bosworth / Patricia Bosworth
1945 Miss Lilly Christabel Moffat
1944 Herself
Fanny Trellis
Herself
1943 Mother
Kit Marlowe
Herself
Sara Müller
Herself
N/A
Herself (segment 'Dangerous') (archive footage)
1942 Charlotte Vale
Stanley Timberlake Kingsmill
Maggie Cutler
Herself (uncredited)
1941 Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Regina Giddens
Joan Winfield
Nurse (uncredited)
Maggie Patterson Van Allen
1940 Leslie Crosbie
Herself
Henriette Deluzy-Desportes
Bette Davis
1939 Queen Elizabeth
Charlotte Lovell
Empress Carlotta von Hapsburg
Judith Traherne
Herself
1938 Louise Elliott Medlin
Julie Marsden
Herself
1937 Joyce Arden
Mary Donnell/Mme Al Haines
Louise 'Fluff' Phillips
Bette Davis (uncredited)
Mary Dwight Strauber
Herself
1936 Herself
N/A
Valerie Purvis
Daisy Appleby
Gabrielle Maple
1935 Herself (uncredited)
Joyce Heath
Julie Gardner
Ellen Garfield
Miriam A. Brady
Mrs. Marie Roark
1934 Patricia Berkeley
Mildred Rogers
Arlene Bradford
Joan Martin
Lynn Mason
Norma Nelson
1933 Norma Roberts
Helen Bauer
Jenny Hartland alias Jane Grey
Patricia 'Alabama' Brent
Ginger
1932 Fay Wilson
Ruth Wescott
Madge Norwood
Kay Russell
Malbro
Miss Dallas O'Mara
Grace Blair
Peggy Gardner
Peggy Lowell
1931 Mary Lucy Duffy
Janet Cronin
Margaret Carter
Laura Madison
Mother
Year Character Movie/Tv

Costume & Make-Up

Year Role Movie/Tv
1962 Makeup Artist
Year Role Movie/Tv

Production

Year Role Movie/Tv
1946 Producer
Year Role Movie/Tv

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