Bette Davis

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Age: 106
Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.
 
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Movie Character Year
2qvuf2eorjpdwowq6dzdtyajnhv Waterloo Bridge Janet Cronin 1931
Popcorn The Menace Peggy Lowell 1932
Pwhtzncj0eyavhl6oedvcqbq4te Fashions of 1934 Lynn Mason 1934
Yfyr2ji6ehmkjucdl7s8uwxkhxx Housewife Patricia Berkeley 1934
T002zmqsrdjqxmb4vdtmkwpp9ph Front Page Woman Ellen Garfield 1935
3awyvztwjbld9chwpsgqgb9bbqi Dangerous Joyce Heath 1935
Gxq6ywtfejacfvpwlpbnkbg4tx8 The Petrified Forest Gabrielle Maple 1936
4clc8pvekt8b8iqydewzyjli2wv The Golden Arrow Daisy Appleby 1936
Mhy5bnebnafc1pe0rqmkvur8kqb Marked Woman Mary Dwight Strauber 1937
E4pc2hqf8zuzerbdmwwd0sp2fqn Juarez Empress Carlotta von Hapsburg 1939
3y8cpuvgyb4vm6bchedyq28iojl The Old Maid Charlotte Lovell 1939
8osdqiqmm0tnrewx4gh0gjnibkx All This, and Heaven Too Henriette Deluzy-Desportes 1940
W2mnzzipeajhz6yq8zzhlxxlrxw The Great Lie Maggie Patterson Van Allen 1941
8yfeuxns0qt5fmwjo9dwtfcmyo6 The Bride Came C.O.D. Joan Winfield 1941
Ifmrktwehxen3ayzgw0dh1nzoaw The Little Foxes Regina Giddens 1941
Jmcahfl4aellevw7lr30utmzzkn In This Our Life Stanley Timberlake Kingsmill 1942
Ivqnjvevpyozc0etcfw9u3zterk Thank Your Lucky Stars Herself 1943
Wbjuycnbydwoknecof36t6ghkx Old Acquaintance Kit Marlowe 1943
N0vdr4cawc1zlp6ep8osziqvt1x Hollywood Canteen Herself 1944
Mlhpyqq8qgfsrkazw90wkdev0xd Deception Christine Radcliffe 1946
Pca57auzcoqnupap2xrxonqexx5 All About Eve Margo Channing 1950
Yf8vcbwqe4cdatkzzauz2044swn Payment on Demand Joyce Ramsey (nee Jackson) 1951
1tmmvkzak7jnbqhsxvtjjmbjhk8 Phone Call from a Stranger Marie Hoke 1952
Yx49uk7idagq8r9eexzrxkqtwej The Scapegoat Countess 1959
9n0urxz1jfefkksi9a9bkgsyhbw Pocketful of Miracles Apple Annie 1961
Jjp9n6mrrggjpxbcnhr04tixvdx What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Baby Jane Hudson 1962
Uahz0igtcinqeiytss9hd09kyjf Dead Ringer Margaret DeLorca / Edith Phillips 1964
B9dq73gjelqrfkzq2ko2mdckcft Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte Charlotte Hollis 1964
Yf4ubp1mecnyvtxxbhlckrzzra9 The Nanny Nanny 1965
Kyeft0drdnzvndl53isuvqligfv The Anniversary Mrs. Taggart 1968
Sarsyu2cua7djlvmvnfbkswmwwl Burnt Offerings Aunt Elizabeth 1976
Wcqk1vqmcdicpwepvxd6sczamte Return From Witch Mountain Letha 1978
L15bv9gvxzephozs4hmsbtitavb Death on the Nile Marie Van Schuyler 1978
7owifzhcpwczyxkmqomycrt5qu2 The Watcher in the Woods Mrs. Aylwood 1980
Prcjtgiwwpckqw3zb0ai6tkgccj Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (in "Deception") (archive footage) 1982