April 5, 1908
October 6, 1989
5 ft 3 in | 160 cm
36-27-34 in | 91.5-68-86 cm
47.5 kg | 105 pounds
7 US | 37 EU
Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S., on April 5, 1908, was an American actress.
Young Bette Davis started her acting career on stage in off-Broadway play "The Earth Between" (1923).
She landed her Broadway debut in a play "Broken Dishes" (1929) in role as Elaine Bumpsted.
She made her big screen debut in pre-Code drama movie Bad Sister (1931) in role as Laura Madison.
She got her first break with a role as Grace Blair in pre-Code drama film The Man Who Played God (1932).
Her breakthrough performance came as Julie Marsden in romantic drama movie Jezebel (1938), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
She was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Actress for her roles in films:
Dark Victory (1939) drama in role as Judith Traherne
The Letter (1940) noir in role as Leslie Crosbie
The Little Foxes (1941) drama in role as Regina Hubbard Giddens
Now Voyager (1942) drama in role as Charlotte Vale
Mr. Skeffington (1944) drama romance in role as Frances Beatrice 'Fanny' Trellis Skeffington
All About Eve (1950) drama in role in role as Margo Channing
The Star (1952) drama in role as Margaret Elliot
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) psychological thriller horror in role as Jane Hudson
She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Joyce Heath in drama film Dangerous (1935).
Of Human Bondage (1934) pre-Code drama opposite Leslie Howard
The Petrified Forest (1936) drama crime opposite Humphrey Bogart
Marked Woman (1937) drama crime opposite Humphrey Bogart
The Old Maid (1939) drama opposite Miriam Hopkins
Juarez (1939) drama opposite Paul Muni
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) historical romantic drama opposite Errol Flynn
All This, and Heaven Too (1940) drama opposite Charles Boyer
Old Acquaintance (1943) comedy drama opposite Miriam Hopkins
A Stolen Life (1946) drama opposite Glenn Ford
A Pocketful of Miracles (1961) comedy opposite Glenn Ford
Dead Ringer (1964) thriller opposite Karl Malden
She won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role as Lucy Mason in television drama film Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter (1979).
Attended a spartan boarding school Crestalban in Lanesborough, Berkshires and Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Massachusetts.
She was first woman to receive the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1977.
Was close friends with Ginger Rogers, Henry Fonda and Geraldine Fitzgerald.
Was the highest paid woman in US in 1942.
She was a big fan of Kim Carnes song “Bette Davis Eyes”.
She had three children.
Davis died on October 6, 1989, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, at the age of 81.
She was married to Gary Merrill (1950-1960), William Grant Sherry (1945-1950), Arthur Farnsworth (1940-1943) and Harmon Nelson (1932-1939).
She dated George Brent (1939-1940) and William Wyler (1937-1938).