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Bette Davis (1908–1989)


Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born April 5, 1908, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Ruth Augusta (Favor) and Harlow Morrell Davis, a patent attorney. Her parents divorced when she was 10. She and her sister were raised by their mother. Her early interest was dance. To Bette, dancers led a glamorous life, but then she discovered the stage, and gave up dancing... See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 23 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

All About Eve
All About Eve Margo Channing
(1950)
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
(1962)
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte Charlotte Hollis
(1964)
Now, Voyager
Now, Voyager Charlotte Vale
(1942)

Filmography

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 1986 As Summers Die (TV Movie)
Hannah Loftin
 1983 Right of Way (TV Movie)
Mini Dwyer
 1983 Hotel (TV Series)
Laura Trent
- Hotel (1983) ... Laura Trent
 1982 Little Gloria... Happy at Last (TV Movie)
Alice Gwynne Vanderbilt (as Betty Davis)
 1982 A Piano for Mrs. Cimino (TV Movie)
Esther McDonald Cimino
 1981 Family Reunion (TV Movie)
Elizabeth Winfield
 1980 Skyward (TV Movie)
Billie Dupree
 1980 White Mama (TV Movie)
Adele Malone
 1976 The Disappearance of Aimee (TV Movie)
Minnie Kennedy
 1974 Hello Mother, Goodbye! (TV Movie)
 1973 Scream, Pretty Peggy (TV Movie)
Mrs. Elliott
 1972 The Judge and Jake Wyler (TV Movie)
Judge Meredith
 1972 Lo scopone scientifico
The Millionairess
 1972 Madame Sin
Madame Sin
 1971 Bunny O'Hare
Bunny O'Hare
 1970 Connecting Rooms
Wanda Fleming
 1970 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
Bessie Grindel
- Touch of Magic (1970) ... Bessie Grindel
 1968 The Anniversary
Mrs. Taggart
 1966 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Etta Stone
- The Jailer (1966) ... Etta Stone (as Miss Bette Davis)
 1965 The Nanny
Nanny
 1965 The Decorator (TV Short)
Liz
 1964 Where Love Has Gone
Mrs. Gerald Hayden
 1963 The Empty Canvas
Dino's mother
 1963 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Constant Doyle
- The Case of Constant Doyle (1963) ... Constant Doyle
 1962 The Virginian (TV Series)
Celia Miller
- The Accomplice (1962) ... Celia Miller
 1959-1961 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Bettina May / Madame Elizabeth McQueeny / Ella Lindstrom
- The Bettina May Story (1961) ... Bettina May
- The Elizabeth McQueeny Story (1959) ... Madame Elizabeth McQueeny
- The Ella Lindstrom Story (1959) ... Ella Lindstrom
 1959 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
Sarah Whitney
- Dark Morning (1959) ... Sarah Whitney
 1959 The Scapegoat
Countess
 1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Miss Fox
- Out There - Darkness (1959) ... Miss Fox
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
Mrs. Wilfred Ellis
- Fraction of a Second (1958) ... Mrs. Wilfred Ellis
 1957-1958 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Christine Marlowe / Miss Burrows
- The Cold Touch (1958) ... Christine Marlowe
- With Malice Toward One (1957) ... Miss Burrows
 1958 Studio 57 (TV Series)
- The Starmaker (1958)
 1957 Telephone Time (TV Series)
Mrs. Beatrice Enter
- Stranded (1957) ... Mrs. Beatrice Enter
 1957 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Irene Wagner
- For Better, for Worse (1957) ... Irene Wagner
 1956 Storm Center
Alicia Hull
 1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Marie Hoke
- Crack-Up (1956) ... Marie Hoke
 1952 All Star Revue (TV Series)
Guest Actress
- Episode #2.33 (1952) ... Guest Actress
 1952 Phone Call from a Stranger
Marie Hoke
 1951 Payment on Demand
Joyce Ramsey (nee Jackson)
 1941 Shining Victory
Nurse (uncredited)
 1940 If I Forget You (Short)
Bette Davis
 1938 The Sisters
Louise Elliott
 1937 It's Love I'm After
Joyce Arden
 1937 A Day at Santa Anita (Short)
Bette Davis (uncredited)
 1934 Housewife
Patricia Berkeley
 1934 Jimmy the Gent
Joan Martin
 1934 Fashions of 1934
Lynn Mason
 1933 Ex-Lady
Helen Bauer
 1933 The Working Man
Jenny Hartland / Jane Grey
 1933 Parachute Jumper
Patricia 'Alabama' Brent
 1933 Just Around the Corner (Short)
Ginger
 1932 The Dark Horse
Kay Russell
 1932 The Man Who Played God
Grace Blair
 1932 The Menace
Peggy Lowell
 1931 Way Back Home
Mary Lucy
 1931 Waterloo Bridge
Janet Cronin
 1931 Seed
Margaret Carter
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "The World of Carl Sandburg" on Broadway. See more »

Publicity Listings:

7 Biographical Movies | 26 Print Biographies | 9 Portrayals | 4 Interviews | 20 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 44 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Alternate Names:

Betty Davis | Miss Bette Davis

Height:

5' 3" (1.6 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on The Star (1952), (1983)] Oh, yes, that was [Joan] Crawford. I wasn't imitating her, of course. It was just that whole approach of hers to the business as regards the importance of glamor and all the off stage things. I adored the script. See more »

Trivia:

She was a lifelong liberal Democrat. She was a solid supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Adlai Stevenson, Lyndon Johnson, and Jimmy Carter. She was also a chairwoman for the Hollywood Democratic Committee and was an honored guest speaker at both the 1940/1944 Democratic National Convention. See more »

Trademark:

Portrayal of strong female characters See more »

Nickname:

The First Lady of Film See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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