Bette Davis

Birthday:
04/05/1908
Place of birth:
Lowell, Massachusetts, USA:
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.

Credits

Bette Davis - Größer als das Leben (2017)
as Herself (archive footage)
Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn (2015)
as Herself (archive footage)
Listen to Me Marlon (2015)
as Herself (archive footage)
Marlon Brando, un acteur nommé désir (2014)
as Self - Actress (archive footage)
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014)
Classic Movie Bloopers: Uncensored (2013)
as Herself (archive footage)
Tanaka Kinuyo no tabidachi - Senryôka no nichibei shinzen geijutsu shisetsu (2009)
as Herself (archive footage)
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year (2009)
as Herself
Why Be Good?: Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema (2007)
Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006)
as Herself (archive footage)
The Adventures of Errol Flynn (2005)
as Queen Elizabeth (archive footage)
Complicated Women (2003)
as Herself (archive footage)
Smothered: The Censorship Struggles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (2002)
as Self (archive footage)
Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies (2001)
as Herself (archive footage)
The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender (1997)
as Herself (archive footage)
Frank Capra's American Dream (1997)
Intimate Portrait: Bette Davis (1996)
All About Bette (1994)
Wicked Stepmother (1989)
as Miranda Pierpoint
The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (1988)
as (archive footage)
The Whales of August (1987)
as Libby Strong
Hammer: The Studio That Dripped Blood (1987)
as (archive footage)
As Summers Die (1986)
as Hannah Loftin
Directed by William Wyler (1986)
Murder with Mirrors (1985)
as Carrie Louise Serrocold
Terror in the Aisles (1984)
as Baby Jane Hudson
Right of Way (1983)
as Miniature Dwyer
Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano (1983)
as Herself
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983)
as Herself (archive footage)
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
as (in "Deception") (archive footage)
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Frank Capra (1982)
as Herself
Night of 100 Stars (1982)
as Herself
A Piano for Mrs. Cimino (1982)
as Esther McDonald Cimino
Family Reunion (1981)
as Elizabeth Winfield
Skyward (1980)
as Billie Dupree
The Watcher in the Woods (1980)
as Mrs. Aylwood
White Mama (1980)
as Adele Malone
Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter (1979)
as Lucy Mason
Death on the Nile (1978)
as Marie Van Schuyler
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda (1978)
as Herself
Return from Witch Mountain (1978)
as Letha
Death on the Nile: Making of Featurette (1978)
as Marie van Schuyler
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Bette Davis (1977)
as Herself
The Disappearance of Aimee (1976)
as Minnie Kennedy
Burnt Offerings (1976)
as Aunt Elizabeth
Hello Mother, Goodbye! (1974)
Scream, Pretty Peggy (1973)
as Mrs. Elliott
The Judge and Jake Wyler (1972)
as Judge Meredith
Lo scopone scientifico (1972)
as 'A vecchia
Madame Sin (1972)
as Madame Sin
Bunny O'Hare (1971)
as Bunny O'Hare
Connecting Rooms (1970)
as Wanda Fleming
The Anniversary (1968)
as Mrs. Taggart
Hollywood My Home Town (1965)
The Nanny (1965)
as Nanny
The Love Goddesses (1965)
Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
as Charlotte Hollis
Where Love Has Gone (1964)
as Mrs. Gerald Hayden
Dead Ringer (1964)
as Margaret DeLorca / Edith Phillips
La Noia (1963)
as Dino's Mother
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
as Baby Jane Hudson
Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
as Apple Annie
The Scapegoat (1959)
as Countess
John Paul Jones (1959)
as Empress Catherine the Great
Stranded (1957)
as Mrs. Beatrice Enter
With Malice Toward One (1957)
Storm Center (1956)
as Alicia Hull
The Catered Affair (1956)
as Mrs. Agnes Hurley
The Virgin Queen (1955)
as Queen Elizabeth I
The Star (1952)
as Margaret Elliot
Phone Call from a Stranger (1952)
as Marie Hoke
Another Man's Poison (1951)
as Janet Frobisher
Payment on Demand (1951)
as Joyce Ramsey (nee Jackson)
All About Eve (1950)
as Margo Channing
Beyond the Forest (1949)
as Rosa Moline
Breakdowns of 1949 (1949)
as Herself
June Bride (1948)
as Linda Gilman
Winter Meeting (1948)
as Susan Grieve
Deception (1946)
as Christine Radcliffe
A Stolen Life (1946)
as Kate Bosworth / Patricia Bosworth
The Corn Is Green (1945)
as Miss Lilly Christabel Moffat
Hollywood Canteen (1944)
as Herself
Mr. Skeffington (1944)
as Fanny Trellis
Breakdowns of 1944 (1944)
as Self
A Present with a Future (1943)
as Mother
Old Acquaintance (1943)
as Kit Marlowe
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
as Herself
Watch on the Rhine (1943)
as Sara Müller
Show-Business at War (1943)
as Herself
Stars on Horseback (1943)
The Voice That Thrilled the World (1943)
as Herself (segment 'Dangerous') (archive footage)
Now, Voyager (1942)
as Charlotte Vale
In This Our Life (1942)
as Stanley Timberlake Kingsmill
The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)
as Maggie Cutler
Breakdowns of 1942 (1942)
as Self
Breakdowns of 1941 (1941)
as Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
The Little Foxes (1941)
as Regina Hubbard Giddens
The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)
as Joan Winfield
Shining Victory (1941)
as Nurse (uncredited)
The Great Lie (1941)
as Maggie Patterson Van Allen
The Letter (1940)
as Leslie Crosbie
Cavalcade of the Academy Awards (1940)
as Herself
All This, and Heaven Too (1940)
as Henriette Deluzy-Desportes
If I Forget You (1940)
as Bette Davis
Breakdowns of 1939 (1940)
as Herself
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
as Queen Elizabeth
The Old Maid (1939)
as Charlotte Lovell
Juarez (1939)
as Empress Carlotta von Hapsburg
Dark Victory (1939)
as Judith Traherne
The Sisters (1938)
as Louise Elliott Medlin
Jezebel (1938)
as Julie Marsden
Breakdowns of 1938 (1938)
as Herself
It's Love I'm After (1937)
as Joyce Arden
That Certain Woman (1937)
as Mary Donnell/Mme Al Haines
Kid Galahad (1937)
as Louise 'Fluff' Phillips
A Day at Santa Anita (1937)
as Bette Davis (uncredited)
Marked Woman (1937)
as Mary Dwight Strauber
Breakdowns of 1937 (1937)
as Herself
Breakdowns of 1936 (1936)
as Herself
Screen Snapshots (Series 16, No. 1) (1936)
Satan Met a Lady (1936)
as Valerie Purvis
The Golden Arrow (1936)
as Daisy Appleby
The Petrified Forest (1936)
as Gabby Maple
A Dream Comes True (1935)
as Herself (uncredited)
Dangerous (1935)
as Joyce Heath
Special Agent (1935)
as Julie Gardner
Front Page Woman (1935)
as Ellen Garfield
The Girl from 10th Avenue (1935)
as Miriam A. Brady
Bordertown (1935)
as Mrs. Marie Roark
Housewife (1934)
as Patricia Berkeley
Of Human Bondage (1934)
as Mildred Rogers
Fog Over Frisco (1934)
as Arlene Bradford
Jimmy the Gent (1934)
as Joan Martin
Fashions of 1934 (1934)
as Lynn Mason
The Big Shakedown (1934)
as Norma Nelson
Bureau of Missing Persons (1933)
as Norma Roberts
Ex-Lady (1933)
as Helen Bauer
The Working Man (1933)
as Jenny Hartland alias Jane Grey
Parachute Jumper (1933)
as Patricia 'Alabama' Brent
Just Around the Corner (1933)
as Ginger
20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)
as Fay Wilson
Three on a Match (1932)
as Ruth Wescott
The Cabin in the Cotton (1932)
as Madge Norwood
The Dark Horse (1932)
as Kay Russell
The Rich Are Always with Us (1932)
as Malbro
So Big! (1932)
as Miss Dallas O'Mara
The Man Who Played God (1932)
as Grace Blair
Hell's House (1932)
as Peggy Gardner
The Menace (1932)
as Peggy Lowell
Way Back Home (1931)
as Mary Lucy Duffy
Waterloo Bridge (1931)
as Janet Cronin
Seed (1931)
as Margaret Carter
The Bad Sister (1931)
as Laura Madison

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