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Bette Davis

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Bette Davis

American actress of film, television and theater add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1908.

Countries: United States (61%), United Kingdom (16%), (4%)

Main connections: Joan Crawford, Henry Fonda, Lillian Gish

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Bette Davis was born in 1908 add something


Her sister, Barbara Harriet "Bobby", was born October 25, 1909 at 55 Ward Street in Somerville, Massachusetts add something


In 1915, Miss Davis' parents separated add something


Frank Coghlan, Jr. - During the 1920s and 1930s, he became a popular child and juvenile actor, appearing in films with Pola Negri, Jack Dempsey, William Haines, Shirley Temple, Mickey Rooney and Bette Davis


John Murray Anderson - In the 1920s and early 1930s, with Robert Milton, he ran an acting school in Manhattan, teaching Lucille Ball and Bette Davis, among others


Miss Bette Davis attended Cushing Academy, a boarding school in Ashburnham, Massachusetts, where she met 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 add something


" After performing in Philadelphia, Washington and Boston, Miss Davis made her Broadway debut in 1929 in "Broken Dishes," went on to perform in "Solid South add something


After appearing in Broadway plays, Miss Davis moved to Hollywood in 1930; but, her early films for Universal Studios were poorly scripted add something


Accompanied by her mother, Bette Davis traveled by train to Hollywood, arriving on December 13, 1930 add something


Warner Bros. - However, in the late 1930s, Bette Davis became the studio's top draw and was even dubbed as "The Fifth Warner Brother


Donald Crisp - Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, he appeared in a wide range of roles alongside some of the era's biggest stars, including Katharine Hepburn in "The Little Minister" , Charles Laughton and Clark Gable in "Mutiny on the Bounty" , Bette Davis and Henry Fonda in "That Certain Woman" , Laurence Olivier in "Wuthering Heights" , Errol Flynn in "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex" and "The Sea Hawk" and Gregory Peck in "The Valley of Decision"


Humphrey Bogart - Bogart performed in "The Bad Sister" with Bette Davis in 1931, in a minor part


Sidney Fox - Fox made her film debut in the 1931 Hobart Henley drama, "The Bad Sister" opposite Conrad Nagel, Humphrey Bogart, Zasu Pitts, and, making her film debut, Bette Davis, who was a half-year younger than Fox. Fox starred as "Madamoiselle Camille L'Espanaye" in the 1932 Robert Florey film, "Murders in the Rue Morgue" opposite Bela Lugosi


She joined Warner Brothers in 1932, establishing a record-holding acting career with numerous critically acclaimed performances add something


Edna Ferber - An early talkie movie remake followed, in 1932, starring Barbara Stanwyck and George Brent, with Bette Davis in a supporting role


Frank Coghlan, Jr. - In 1932, Coghlan appeared in the Bette Davis drama, "Hell's House"


Alfred E. Green - In 1935, Green directed "Dangerous", with Bette Davis in the starring role and winning Best Actress for her performance


Franchot Tone - In 1935, he starred in "Mutiny on the Bounty" , "The Lives of a Bengal Lancer" and "Dangerous" opposite Bette Davis


As early as 1936, Graham Greene summed Bette Davis up: "Even the most inconsiderable film add something


Convinced that her career was being damaged by a succession of mediocre scripts, Miss Davis accepted an offer in 1936 to appear in two films in Britain add something


For her performance in the film she was awarded the Volpi Cup at the 1937 Venice Film Festival add something


In 1937, Miss Davis sued Warner Brothers to free herself from a career-constricting contract add something


Jules C. Stein - In 1937, MCA opened shop in Hollywood and became the agent for such stars as Bette Davis, Betty_Grable, Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, Eddie Cantor, Ingrid Bergman, Frank Sinatra and Jack Benny


Fiorello La Guardia - The case was made into the 1937 movie "Marked Woman", starring Bette Davis


In 1938, after Mr. Nelson had evidence that Miss Davis was in a sexual relationship with Howard Hughes, he filed for a divorce add something


William Wyler - Bette Davis received three Oscar nominations for her screen work under Wyler, and won her second Oscar for her performance in Wyler's 1938 film Jezebel.


In a film retrospective that celebrated the films and stars of 1939, "Life" concluded that "'Bette Davis was the most significant actress of her era"', and highlighted "Dark Victory" as one of the most-important films of the year add something


Miss Davis' breathtaking performances were largely responsible for the next three box office sensations of 1939, "The Old Maid" with Miriam Hopkins, "Juarez" with Paul Muni and "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex" with Errol Flynn add something


MCA Inc. - In 1939, MCA's headquarters moved from Chicago to Beverly Hills, California, creating a movie division and beginning to acquire talent agencies and represent established actors such as James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Bette Davis, and Ronald Reagan, whom Wasserman became very close with personally


During the early 1940s, several of Miss Davis' film choices were influenced by the war, such as "Watch on the Rhine" , by Lillian Hellman, and "Thank Your Lucky Stars" , a lighthearted all-star musical cavalcade, with each of the featured stars donating their fee to the Hollywood Canteen add something


Throughout the 1940s and 50's, Miss Davia was American cinema's most celebrated Best Actress add something


Miss Davis declined having recently met Arthur Farnsworth, a New England innkeeper she would marry at Home Ranch, Lake Montezuma, Arizona, in December 1940 add something


Edith Head - As a result she was a favorite among many of the leading female stars of the 1940s and '50s such as Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis, Sophia_Loren, Barbara Stanwyck, Shirley MacLaine, Anne Baxter, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Natalie Wood


Ida Lupino - As a result, her parts improved during the 1940s, and she described herself as "the poor man's Bette Davis" as she acquired the leftover roles that Bette Davis refused


Richard Waring - In 1940 he played opposite Ethel Barrymore in "The Corn is Green" and later with Eva Le Gallienne and was signed to play the role in Hollywood opposite Bette Davis, but entered the army during World War II


Gale Sondergaard - In 1940, she played the role of the exotic and sinister wife in "The Letter", supporting Bette Davis


Horace Francois Bastien Sebastiani de La - The 1940 drama film of the same starred Barbara O'Neil as Fanny, Charles Boyer as de Praslin, and Bette Davis as Henriette Deluzy-Desportes, the governess


Miss Davis performed the leading roles in three films in 1941: "The Great Lie," opposite George Brent add something


In January 1941, Miss Davis became the first woman president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences add something


Greer Garson - Garson starred with Joan Crawford in "When Ladies Meet" in 1941, and that same year became a major box office star with the sentimental Technicolor drama, "Blossoms in the Dust", which brought her the first of five consecutive Best Actress Oscar nominations, tying Bette Davis' 1938-42 record, a record that still stands


Patricia Collinge - In 1941, she played the same part in the motion picture version, which starred Bette Davis


Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Miss Davis spent the early months of 1942 selling war bonds add something


At John Garfield's suggestion of opening a servicemen's club in Hollywood, Bette Davis, with the aid of Jack Warner, Cary Grant and Jule Styne, transformed an old nightclub into the Hollywood Canteen, which opened on October 3, 1942 add something


Shortly thereafter, Miss Davis' close friend, Olivia de Havilland, mounted a similar case, in 1943, and won; thereby ending what is now viewed as a dark period in film-making history as studio monopoly of contract performers add something


In August 1943, Davis' husband, Arthur Farnsworth, collapsed while walking along a Hollywood street and died two days later add something


Joan Lorring - She made "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" in the same year, and, in 1945, appeared opposite Bette Davis in "The Corn Is Green" as Bessie Watty


In 1945, Miss Davis married artist William Grant Sherry, who also, when necessary, worked as a masseur add something


Shura Cherkassky - He appeared at the Hollywood Bowl with conductors such as Sir John Barbirolli and Leopold Stokowski, and he played the sound track for the Bette Davis 1946 film "Deception"


Rudi Fehr - In his obituary, Allen Eyles notes two 1946 films as representative of Fehr's work, "Many of his films were routine, but "A Stolen Life" had the visual intricacy of Bette Davis playing the dual role of two sisters, initially on screen at the same time, and "Humoresque" presented John Garfield as an outstanding violinist, dubbed by Isaac Stern


Peggy Knudsen - She began her film career in 1946 in "A Stolen Life" opposite Bette Davis


Jezebel (film) - The movie was adapted into the March 30, 1946 episode of the 30 minute radio program "Academy *award Theater," with Bette Davis in the title role


In 1947, at the age of 39, Davis gave birth to a daughter, Barbara Davis Sherry and later wrote in her memoir that she became absorbed in motherhood and considered ending her career add something


In 1947, the U.S. Treasury named Bette Davis as the highest paid woman in the country, with her share of the film's profit accounting for most of her earnings add something


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 add something


Bretaigne Windust - His film directing career included two 1948 Bette Davis vehicles, the melodramatic "Winter Meeting" and the screwball comedy "June Bride"


Jim Davis (actor) - His first major screen role was opposite Bette Davis in the 1948 melodrama "Winter Meeting", a lavish failure for which he was lambasted in the press as being too inexperienced to play the part properly


Warner Bros. - In 1948, Bette Davis, still the studio's top actress and now fed up with Jack Warner, was a big problem for Harry after she and a number of her colleagues left the studio after completing the film "Beyond the Forest"


By 1949, Miss Davis and Mr. Sherry were estranged and Hollywood columnists were writing that Miss Davis' career was at an end add something


She 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" add something


Jezebel (film) - Bette Davis reprised the role on the August 12, 1949 episode of Screen Director's Playhouse


Several of Miss Davis' films of the 1950s were successful add something


With Mr. Sherry's consent, Mr. Merrill adopted B.D., Davis' daughter with Mr. Sherry, and in 1950, Bette Davis and Gary Merrill adopted a baby girl they named Margot add something


On July 3, 1950 Bette Davis' divorce from William Sherry was finalized, and on July 28 she married Gary Merrill add something


Anne Baxter - In 1950, Baxter was chosen to co-star in "All About Eve", largely because of a resemblance to Claudette Colbert, who was originally set to star in the film, but dropped out and was replaced by Bette Davis


Wendy Craig - She began her career in British films at the end of the 1950s, and appeared in films such as "The Servant" and "The Nanny" with Bette Davis, but it was in British sitcoms of the late 1960s and 1970s which led to her becoming a household name, usually playing a scatty middle class housewife


Lillian Gish - She did considerable television work from the early 1950s into the 1980s, and closed her career playing, for the first time, opposite Bette Davis in the 1987 film "The Whales of August"


Barry Sullivan (actor) - Sullivan toured the US with Bette Davis in theatrical readings of the poetry of Carl Sandburg and starred opposite her in the 1951 film "Payment on Demand"


Bette Davis and Gaary Merrill adopted a baby boy, Michael, in 1952, and Miss Davis appeared in a Broadway revue, "Two's_Company_(musical)" directed by Jules Dassin add something


Tina Louise - Her acting debut came in 1952 in the Bette Davis musical revue "Two's_Company_(musical)", followed by roles in other Broadway productions, such as "John Murray Anderson's Almanac", "The Fifth Season", and "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter-" She appeared in such early live television dramas as "Studio One", "Producers' Showcase", and "Appointment with Adventure"


Jules Dassin - In 1952, after Dassin had been out of work for two years, actress Bette Davis hired him to direct her in the Broadway revue "Two's Company"


Ben Bagley - Performed by flame-haired newcomer Beverly Bozeman, this song had originally been written for Bette Davis in a 1952 musical revue, "Two's Company


Lauren Bacall - In 1955, a live television version of Bogart's own breakthrough, The Petrified Forest, was performed as a live installment of Producer's Showcase, a weekly dramatic anthology, featuring Bogart as Duke Mantee, Henry Fonda as Alan, and Bacall as Gabrielle, the part originally played in the 1936 movie by Bette Davis.


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 25 February 1956, on "General Electric Theatre" add something


Leif Erickson - Erickson appeared frequently on television, having been cast with Bette Davis and Sandy Descher in the 1959 episode "Dark Morning" of CBS's anthology series "The DuPont Show with June Allyson"


Sandy Descher - In 1959, she appeared with Bette Davis and Leif Erickson in the episode "Dark Morning" of CBS's anthology series, "The DuPont Show with June Allyson"


As her career continued, her marriage deteriorated until she filed for divorce in 1960 add something


Allan Carr - In Chicago in the 1960s he opened the Civic Theater and financed "The World of Carl Sandburg" starring Bette Davis and Gary Merrill, as well as Eva Le Gallienne in "Mary Stuart", directed by Sir Tyrone Guthrie, and Tennessee Williams' "Garden District" featuring Cathleen Nesbitt and Diana Barrymore


In 1961, Miss Davis opened in the Broadway production "The Night of the Iguana" and left the production after four months due to "chronic illness add something


Frank Capra - Capra's final theatrical film was with Glenn Ford and Bette Davis, named Pocketful of Miracles, a remake of his 1933 film Lady for a Day. In the mid-1960s he worked on pre-production for an adaptation of Martin Caidin's novel Marooned but budgetary constraints made him eventually shelve it.


In 1962 Bette Davis became the first person to secure eleven Academy award nominations for acting add something


While reviewing "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane-" in 2008, Ebert asserted that "no one who has seen the film will "'ever"' forget her add something


Anna Lee - Lee appeared in the 1962 classic "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane-" as next-door neighbour Mrs. Bates alongside Joan Crawford and Bette Davis


In early 1963 while Raymond Burr was recovering from surgery, Bette Davis guest starred in the first of four episodes of "Perry Mason," with Mr. Burr doing only cameo roles add something


Les Tremayne - In 1963 Tremayne appeared in the "Perry Mason" episode, The Case of Constant Doyle, along with special guest attorney Bette Davis


Michael Parks - Parks appeared opposite Bette Davis as Cal Leonard in the 1963 "Perry Mason" episode, "The Case of Constant Doyle


In 1964, Jack Warner spoke of the "magic quality that transformed this sometimes bland and not beautiful little girl into a great artist," and in a 1988 interview, Davis remarked that, unlike many of her contemporaries, she had forged a career without the benefit of beauty add something


Paul Henreid - In 1964, Henreid directed "Dead Ringer", which starred Bette Davis and featured, in a minor role, the director's daughter, Monika


In the early 1970s, Bette Davis was invited to appear in New York, in a stage presentation, "Great Ladies of the American Cinema add something


John Springer, who had arranged her speaking tours of the early 1970s, wrote that despite the accomplishments of many of her contemporaries, Bette Davis was "thee" star of the thirties and into the forties," achieving notability for the variety of her characterizations and her ability to assert herself, even when her material was mediocre add something


Anne Baxter - Baxter returned to Broadway during the 1970s in "Applause", the musical version of "All About Eve", but this time in the "Margo Channing" role played by Bette Davis in the film


George Barrie - Annual Straw Hat *awards - Party by Fabergé June 16, 1970 at the George Barrie Townhouse with Bette Davis


During what is now considered her best television interview, in 1971 with Dick Cavett, 63 year old Bette Davis related her experience self-critically, "I was the most Yankee-est, most modest virgin who ever walked the earth add something


Gary Conway - Conway starred with Bette Davis in the 1972 television movie "The Judge and Jake Wyler"


Allan Arbus - Arbus starred opposite Bette Davis in "Scream, Pretty Peggy" in 1973, and was featured as Gregory LaCava in "W.C. Fields and Me" in 1976


Ray Stricklyn - In 1973 he joined the public relations firm John Springer Associates in Los Angeles and became one of the most influential publicists in Hollywood , working with some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Henry Fonda, Shelley Winters, Janet Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, and Bette Davis


Eileen Heckart - She appeared in the Saturn *award-winning horror film "Burnt Offerings" in 1976 alongside Bette Davis


Robert Marasco - "Burnt Offerings" was adapted into a 1976 film directed by Dan Curtis and starring Bette Davis and Oliver Reed


In 1977, Bette Davis became the first woman to be honored with the AFI Life Achievement award add something


In 1977, Miss Bette Davis, The First Lady of American Cinema, became the first woman to receive the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement award add something


George Kennedy - He was part of an all-star cast in the Agatha Christie mystery "Death on the Nile" in 1978, joining the likes of David Niven, Peter Ustinov, Angela Lansbury and Bette Davis


In 1980, she was awarded the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the United States Department of Defense's highest civilian award, for her work with the Hollywood Canteen add something


Larry Cohen - Cohen finished the 1980s with "Wicked Stepmother" , in which the late Bette Davis made her last appearance


Georgina Hale - Hale had a small role in the 1980 Walt Disney film "The Watcher in the Woods", starring Bette Davis


Kyle Richards - In 1980 she appeared opposite Bette Davis and Lynn-Holly Johnson in the Disney children's horror film "The Watcher in the Woods", playing a terrorized young girl


Carroll Baker - She starred in the 1980 Walt Disney-produced horror film, "The Watcher in the Woods", alongside Bette Davis and played the mother of Dorothy Stratten in "Star 80"


Bette Davis' name became so well-known to a younger audience when Kim Carnes' song "Bette Davis Eyes" 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 add something


Kim Carnes - In 1981, Carnes recorded the Jackie DeShannon and Donna Weiss song "Bette Davis Eyes"


Alexa Kenin - She was featured in several episodes of the "ABC Afterschool Special" and in the 1982 TV film "A Piano for Mrs. Cimino" opposite Bette Davis


Bette Davis told Johnny Carson in a 1983 interview on "The Tonight Show" that as an actress, she wanted to be remembered as being a "good worker add something


In 1983, after filming the pilot episode for the television series "Hotel," Bette Davis was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy add something


Anne Baxter - In 1983, Baxter starred in the television series "Hotel", replacing Bette Davis after Davis became ill


Tim Roth - In 1985, he appeared in the television film "Murder with Mirrors" opposite Bette Davis, John Mills and Helen Hayes and in 1984, Roth played an apprentice hitman in Stephen Frears' "The Hit" with Terence Stamp and John Hurt, earning an "Evening Standard *award for Most Promising Newcomer"


Katy Manning - The play is based on a true 1985 story about Bette Davis inviting herself to a fan's house for a night and staying for a month, with Manning playing all the parts


Individual performances continued to receive praise; in 1987, Bill Collins analyzed "The Letter" , and described her performance as "a brilliant, subtle achievement," and wrote, "Bette Davis makes Leslie Crosbie one of the most extraordinary females in movies add something


Lillian Gish - Her last film role was in "The Whales of August" in 1987 at the age of 93, with Vincent Price, Bette Davis and Ann Sothern, in which she and Davis starred as elderly sisters in Maine


Vincent Price - In 1987, he starred with Bette Davis, Lillian_Gish, and Ann Sothern in "The Whales of August", a story of two sisters living in Maine, facing the end of their days


During 1988 and 1989, Miss Davis was fĂȘted 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 add something


A few months before her death in 1989, Bette Davis was one of several actors featured on the cover of "Life" magazine add something


She collapsed during the American Cinema awards in 1989 and later discovered that her cancer had returned add something


"Life Magazine" Spring 1989 add something

Bette Davis died in 1989 add something


Too weak to make the long journey back to the U.S., she traveled to France where she died on October 6, 1989, at 11:20 pm, at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine add something


In 1997, the executors of her estate, Michael Merrill, her son, and Kathryn Sermak, her former assistant, established "The Bette Davis Foundation" which awards college scholarships to promising actors and actresses add something


In a 2000 review for "All About Eve," Roger Ebert noted, "Davis was a character, an icon with a grand style, so even her excesses are realistic add something


In 2006, "Premiere" magazine ranked her portrayal of Margo Channing in the film as "'fifth"' on their list of "100 Greatest Performances of All Time," commenting, "There is something deliciously audacious about her gleeful willingness to play such unattractive emotions as jealousy, bitterness, and neediness add something


The United States Postal Service honored Davis with a commemorative postage stamp in 2008, marking the 100th anniversary of her birth add something


Paula Wilcox - In 2008, Wilcox portrayed Bette Davis in a theatrical play, "Whatever Happened to the Cotton Dress Girl-"


The Great Lie - On April 1, 2008, Warner Home Video released the film in DVD format as part of the box set "The Bette Davis Collection, Volume 3", which includes "All This, and Heaven Too", "In This Our Life", "Watch on the Rhine" and "Deception"


Greta Scacchi - In May 2011, she appeared alongside Anita Dobson in the play "Bette and Joan" at London's Arts Theatre, directed by Bill Alexander, about the personal and professional relationship between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford


Kim Carnes - Carnes made a brief appearance in Paris on January 26, 2013, performing "Bette Davis Eyes"


Today, in 2014, however, each of these Bette Davis films is much more highly valued add something


The Davis-Crawford rivalry is the subject of the 2017 first season of the &FX (FX_(TV_channel)) anthology television series "Feud", subtitled "Bette and Joan" add something


Anthony Crivello - Crivello appeared as film director David Lean in the 2017 FX miniseries "Feud", centered around the rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis


Hedda Hopper - In 2017, in the first season of "Feud", Hopper was played by Judy Davis and received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in the portrayal of the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford


Catherine Zeta-Jones - In 2017, she plays the actress Olivia de Havilland in "Feud", an anthology television series from Ryan Murphy about the rivalry between the actresses Joan Crawford and Bette Davis


Geraldine Page - Page was portrayed by Sarah Paulson in the 2017 anthology television series "Feud", which chronicles the rivalry between actresses Bette Davis and Joan Crawford on the set of "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane-"


Susan Sarandon - In March 2017, Sarandon will portray Bette Davis in the first season of FX (FX_(TV_channel))'s anthology series "Feud"