Bette Davis

Actor
A strong-willed, independent woman with heavy-cast eyes, clipped New England diction, and distinctive mannerisms, Bette Davis left an indelible - and often parodied - mark on cinema history as being one of Hollywood's ... Read more »
Born: 04/05/1908 in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (102)

Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Wicked Stepmother 1989 (Movie)

Miranda (Actor)

Directed By William Wyler 1988 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Hotel 1983 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Going Hollywood: The War Years 1987 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (03/30/87) 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The Whales of August 1987 (Movie)

Libby Strong (Actor)

Agatha Christie's "Murder With Mirrors" 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Family Reunion 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Watcher in the Woods 1979 (Movie)

Mrs Aylwood (Actor)

Death on the Nile 1978 (Movie)

Mrs Van Schuyler (Actor)

Return From Witch Mountain 1978 (Movie)

Letha Wedge (Actor)

Burnt Offerings 1976 (Movie)

Aunt Elizabeth (Actor)

Lo Scopone Scientifico 1971 (Movie)

Millionairess (Actor)

Bunny O'Hare 1970 (Movie)

Bunny O'Hare (Actor)

The Anniversary 1968 (Movie)

Mrs Taggart (Actor)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (TV Show)

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The Nanny 1965 (Movie)

The Nanny (Actor)

Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte 1964 (Movie)

Charlotte (Actor)

Dead Ringer 1963 (Movie)

Margaret/Edith (Actor)

Where Love Has Gone 1963 (Movie)

Mrs Gerald Hayden (Actor)

The Empty Canvas 1962 (Movie)

Dino's Mother (Actor)

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 1962 (Movie)

Jane Hudson (Actor)

A Pocketful of Miracles 1961 (Movie)

Apple Annie (Actor)

The June Allyson Show 1959 - 1961 (TV Show)

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John Paul Jones 1958 (Movie)

Catherine the Great (Actor)

Suspicion 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

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The Scapegoat 1958 (Movie)

Countess (Actor)

Storm Center 1956 (Movie)

Alicia Hull (Actor)

The Catered Affair 1956 (Movie)

Mrs Tom Hurley (Actor)

The Virgin Queen 1955 (Movie)

Queen Elizabeth (Actor)

The Star 1953 (Movie)

Margaret Elliot (Actor)

Phone Call From a Stranger 1951 (Movie)

Marie Hoke (Actor)

All About Eve 1950 (Movie)

Margo Channing (Actor)

Beyond the Forest 1949 (Movie)

Rosa Moline (Actor)

A Stolen Life 1947 (Movie)

Kate Bosworth/Pat Bosworth (Actor)

Mr. Skeffington 1945 (Movie)

Fanny" Beatrice Trellis Skeffington (Actor)

Thank Your Lucky Stars 1942 (Movie)

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Now, Voyager 1941 (Movie)

Charlotte Vale (Actor)

The Man Who Came to Dinner 1941 (Movie)

Maggie Cutler (Actor)

The Little Foxes 1940 (Movie)

Regina Hubbard Giddens (Actor)

All This, and Heaven Too 1939 (Movie)

Henriette Deluzy Desportes (Actor)

Juarez 1939 (Movie)

Carlota (Actor)

Dark Victory 1938 (Movie)

Judith Traherne (Actor)

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex 1938 (Movie)

Queen Elizabeth I (Actor)

Jezebel 1937 (Movie)

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Kid Galahad 1936 (Movie)

Fluff (Actor)

Marked Woman 1936 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

Satan Met a Lady 1935 (Movie)

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Dangerous 1934 (Movie)

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The Petrified Forest 1934 (Movie)

Gabrielle Maple (Actor)

Three on a Match 1932 (Movie)

Ruth Wescott (Actor)

Bad Sister 1930 (Movie)

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Waterloo Bridge 1930 (Movie)

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20,000 Years in Sing-Sing (Movie)

Fay (Actor)

A Piano For Mrs. Cimino (TV Show)

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Another Man's Poison (Movie)

Janet Frobisher (Actor)

As Summers Die (TV Show)

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Bureau of Missing Persons (Movie)

Norma Phillips/Norma Roberts (Actor)

Crack-Up (Movie)

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Ex-Lady (Movie)

Helen Bauer (Actor)

Fashions of 1934 (Movie)

Lynn Mason (Actor)

Fog over Frisco (Movie)

Arlene Bradford (Actor)

Front Page Woman (Movie)

Ellen Garfield (Actor)

Hollywood Canteen (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Hotel (TV Show)

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Housewife (Movie)

Patricia Barclay (Actor)

In This Our Life (Movie)

Stanley Timberlake (Actor)

Jimmy the Gent (Movie)

Joan Martin (Actor)

June Bride (Movie)

Linda Gilman (Actor)

Madame Sin (TV Show)

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Old Acquaintance (Movie)

Katherine "Kittie" Marlowe (Actor)

Payment on Demand (Movie)

Joyce Ramsey (Actor)

Right of Way (TV Show)

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Scream, Pretty Peggy (TV Show)

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Skyward (TV Show)

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Special Agent (Movie)

Julie Carston (Actor)

That Certain Woman (Movie)

Mary Donnell (Actor)

The Big Shakedown (Movie)

Norma Frank (Actor)

The Cabin in the Cotton (Movie)

Madge (Actor)

The Corn Is Green (Movie)

Miss Lilly Moffat (Actor)

The Dark Horse (Movie)

Kay Russell (Actor)

The Disappearance of Aimee (TV Show)

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The Golden Arrow (Movie)

Daisy Appleby (Actor)

The Great Lie (Movie)

Maggie Van Allen (Actor)

The Judge and Jake Wyler (TV Show)

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The Letter (Movie)

Leslie Crosbie (Actor)

The Man Who Played God (Movie)

Grace Blair (Actor)

The Menace (Movie)

Peggy, Walter's Former Fiancee (Actor)

The Old Maid (Movie)

Charlotte Lovell (Actor)

The Star Maker (TV Show)

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Watch on the Rhine (Movie)

Sara Muller (Actor)

White Mama (TV Show)

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Winter Meeting (Movie)

Susan Grieve (Actor)

Biography

A strong-willed, independent woman with heavy-cast eyes, clipped New England diction, and distinctive mannerisms, Bette Davis left an indelible - and often parodied - mark on cinema history as being one of Hollywood's most important and decorated actresses. Over the course of her storied career, Davis made some 100 films, for which she received 10 Academy Award nominations, and twice won the Best Actress trophy. But her sometimes over-the-top affectations - which no doubt made her a gay subculture icon - hindered her career despite the enormity of her talents. Not a glamorous star, Davis went through a string of forgettable pictures before tackling the rather unsympathetic Mildred in "Of Human Bondage" (1934), which turned her into a star and earned the actress her first Oscar nomination. She won the Academy Award the following year for "Dangerous" (1935) and later earned her second statue for one of her most famous performances in "Jezebel" (1938). By this time, Davis was a big star and went on to a series of box office hits like "Dark Victory" (1939) and "Now, Voyager" (1942). But after the personal tragedy of losing her husband, Arthur Farnsworth, Davis went into serious professional decline, only to resurrect herself with a delectably over-the-top performance in "All About Eve" (1950). Her resurgence was brief, however, as Davis once again was forced to accept a number of mediocre films while going through a number of personal travails. After emerging one last time with her Oscar-nominated turn in "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" (1962), Davis settled into a succession of film and television roles that culminated with her last acclaimed performance in "The Whales of August" (1987). Passing just two years later, Davis was remembered as one of Hollywood's greatest actresses, a legacy forged by an iron will to go her own way.

Relationships

Harlow Morell Davis

Father

Ruth Davis

Mother

Arthur Farnsworth

Husband
Married December 1940 until his death Aug. 25, 1943

B Hyman

Daughter
father William Grant Sherry wrote biography "My Mother's Keeper"

Gary Merrill Actor

Husband

Margot Merrill

Daughter
adopted retarded adoptive father Gary Merrill

Michael Merrill

Son
adopted adoptive father Gary Merrill

Harmon Nelson

Husband

William Sherry

Husband

William Wyler Director

Companion

EDUCATION

Cushing Academy

Ashburnham , Massachusetts

John Murray Anderson's Drama School

New York , New York

Mariarden School of Dancing

Milestones

1989

Last film, "Wicked Stepmother"

1989

Honored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center

1962

Career again revived with starring role opposite Joan Crawford in the horror film, "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?"

1950

Notable career comeback as Margo Channing in "All About Eve"

1949

Career fading; obtained released from her contract at Warner Brothers

1936

Became involved in court case with Warner Brothers because she protested the poor roles she had been given and traveled to England, making a preliminary commitment to act in a British film; eventually lost the case

1934

Lobbied for home studio Warner Brothers to lend her to RKO for the breakthrough role of Mildred in "Of Human Bondage", an adaptation of the Somerset Maugham novel

1931

Film acting debut in "The Bad Sister"

1929

Broadway debut in "Broken Dishes"

1928

Stage debut with Provincetown Players

Placed an ad in "Variety" in the early 1960s noting that she was available for work

Appeared on the exhibitors' poll of top ten boxoffice stars in 1939 and 1940

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