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      Bette Davis

      Bette Davis

      Highest Rated: 100% The Petrified Forest (1936)

      Lowest Rated: 17% The Catered Affair (1956)

      Birthday: Apr 5, 1908

      Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

      Bette Davis was born Ruth Elizabeth Davis on Apr. 5, 1908 in Lowell, MA, and moved to New York City with her mother and younger sister at age 13. After graduating from prep school, Davis joined George Cukor's Rochester, NY-based stock theater company, through which she accrued parts in productions like "Broadway" and "The Wild Duck" in 1929. That same year, she made her Broadway debut with the play "Broken Dishes." The following year, Davis moved to Hollywood to transition to screen acting; her earliest film roles included "The Bad Sister" (1931) and "Waterloo Bridge" (1931). It was the following year that Davis earned her big break: a role in "The Man Who Would Be God" (1932), which launched her career in earnest. Her next big winner was "Of Human Bondage" (1934), which earned Davis her first Academy Award nomination. Her next nomination and first win came one year later with "Dangerous" (1935). Success followed Davis as she then appeared opposite Humphrey Bogart in "The Petrified Forest" (1936) and in "Marked Woman" (1937), and then won another Oscar for her work in "Jezebel" (1938). The following year was especially fortuitous for Davis, with box office smashes like "Dark Victory" (1939), "The Old Maid" (1939), "Juarez" (1939), and "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex" (1939). Likewise, successful pictures to follow included "The Letter" (1940) and "The Little Foxes" (1941). 1943 saw the death of Davis' then-husband Arthur Farnsworth, which led to a slight hiccup in her productivity. Following this, she endured poor reception to a series of her features, namely "A Stolen Life" (1946) and "Beyond the Forest" (1949). However, it was next that perhaps her most iconic role would find her: that of Margo in "All About Eve" (1950). Successes to follow would include "The Star" (1952), "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" (1962), and the family films "Return from Witch Mountain" (1978) and "Watcher in the Woods" (1980). Davis died at age 81 on Oct. 6, 1989 following a battle with cancer.

      Highest rated movies

      Dead Ringer
      The Little Foxes
      The Letter
      Marked Woman
      Kid Galahad
      The Petrified Forest
      Bordertown
      All About Eve

      Photos

      DEAD RINGER, Bette Davis, 1964 THE LITTLE FOXES, Bette Davis, 1941 (Oscar-nominated set design by Howard Bristol) OF HUMAN BONDAGE, Bette Davis, 1934 JEZEBEL, Bette Davis, 1938 WATCH ON THE RHINE, Bette Davis, 1943 MR. SKEFFINGTON, Bette Davis, 1944 HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN, Bette Davis, 1944 WINTER MEETING, Bette Davis, 1948 THE OLD MAID, Bette Davis, 1939 JEZEBEL, Bette Davis, 1938 MR. SKEFFINGTON, Bette Davis, 1944 THE CORN IS GREEN, Bette Davis, 1945 THE BRIDE CAME C.O.D., James Cagney, Bette Davis, 1941 JUAREZ, Bette Davis, 1939 DARK VICTORY, George Brent, Bette Davis, 1939 JUAREZ, Bette Davis, 1939 THE SISTERS, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, 1938 THE OLD MAID, Bette Davis, George Brent, 1939 THE BRIDE CAME C.O.D., Bette Davis, 1941 DANGEROUS, Bette Davis, 1935

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 19% Wicked Stepmother Miranda Pierpoint (Character) $43.7K 1989
      64% 66% The Whales of August Libby Strong (Character) $127.3K 1987
      No Score Yet 50% As Summers Die Hannah Loftin (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet 50% Murder With Mirrors Carrie Louise Serrocold (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Laura Trent (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet 67% Right of Way Mini Dwyer (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet 80% A Piano for Mrs. Cimino Esther McDonald Cimino (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet 86% Family Reunion Unknown (Character) - 1981
      52% 57% The Watcher in the Woods Mrs. Aylwood (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 100% White Mama Adele Malone (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Skyward Billie Dupree (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 17% Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter Lucy Mason (Character) - 1979
      80% 79% Death on the Nile Mrs. Van Schuyler (Character) - 1978
      50% 39% Return From Witch Mountain Letha (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dark Secret of Harvest Home Widow Fortune (Character) - 1978
      50% 43% Burnt Offerings Aunt Elizabeth (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Disappearance of Aimee Minnie Kennedy (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Scream, Pretty Peggy Mrs. Elliott (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 68% The Scientific Cardplayer The Millionairess (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Judge and Jake Wyler Judge Meredith (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 17% Madame Sin Madame Sin (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 36% Bunny O'Hare Bunny O'Hare (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Connecting Rooms Wanda Fleming (Character) - 1969
      80% 73% The Anniversary Mrs. Taggart (Character) - 1968
      85% 77% The Nanny Nanny (Character) - 1965
      82% 85% Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte Charlotte (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 29% Where Love Has Gone Mrs. Gerald Hayden (Character) - 1964
      100% 79% Dead Ringer Margaret DeLorca/Edith Phillips (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet 67% The Empty Canvas Dino's mother (Character) - 1964
      91% 91% What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Miss Baby Jane Hudson (Character) - 1962
      50% 72% Pocketful of Miracles Apple Annie (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 52% The Scapegoat Countess (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 37% Storm Center Alicia Hull (Character) - 1956
      17% 71% The Catered Affair Mrs. Agnes Hurley (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 65% The Virgin Queen Queen Elizabeth I (Character) - 1955
      25% 59% The Star Margaret Elliot (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 49% Phone Call From a Stranger Marie Hoke (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 63% Another Man's Poison Janet Frobisher (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 59% Payment on Demand Joyce Ramsey (Character) - 1951
      99% 94% All About Eve Margo Channing (Character) $10.2K 1950
      No Score Yet 67% Beyond the Forest Rosa Moline (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 56% June Bride Linda Gilman (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 38% Winter Meeting Susan Grieve (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 75% A Stolen Life Kate Bosworth/Patricia Bosworth (Character),
      Producer
      - 1946
      No Score Yet 66% Deception Christine Radcliffe (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 76% The Corn Is Green Miss Lilly Moffat (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 64% Hollywood Canteen Bette Davis (Character) - 1944
      57% 80% Mr. Skeffington Fanny Trellis Skeffington (Character) - 1944
      80% 63% Watch on the Rhine Sara Muller (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 54% Thank Your Lucky Stars Self - 1943
      No Score Yet 77% Old Acquaintance Kit Marlowe (Character) - 1943
      91% 90% Now, Voyager Charlotte Vale (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 77% In This Our Life Stanley Timberlake (Character) - 1942
      100% 87% The Little Foxes Regina Giddens (Character) - 1941
      86% 81% The Man Who Came to Dinner Maggie Cutler (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 63% The Bride Came C.O.D. Joan Winfield (Character) - 1941
      60% 71% The Great Lie Maggie Patterson Van Allen (Character) - 1941
      100% 82% The Letter Leslie Crosbie (Character) - 1940
      83% 85% All This and Heaven Too Henriette Deluzy-Desportes (Character) - 1940
      83% 49% Juarez Empress Carlotta von Hapsburg (Character) - 1939
      80% 64% Elizabeth the Queen Queen Elizabeth (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 76% The Old Maid Charlotte Lovell (Character) - 1939
      85% 81% Dark Victory Judith Traherne (Character) - 1939
      96% 83% Jezebel Julie (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 56% The Sisters Louise Elliott Medlin (Character) - 1938
      100% 70% Marked Woman Mary Dwight Strauber (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 42% That Certain Woman Mary Donnell (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 82% It's Love I'm After Joyce Arden (Character) - 1937
      100% 67% Kid Galahad Louise "Fluff" Phillips (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 22% Satan Met a Lady Valerie Purvis (Character) - 1936
      100% 80% The Petrified Forest Gabrielle "Gabby" Maple (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 18% The Golden Arrow Daisy Appleby (Character) - 1936
      80% 32% Front Page Woman Ellen Garfield (Character) - 1935
      100% 39% Bordertown Mrs. Marie Roark (Character) - 1935
      86% 64% Dangerous Joyce Heath (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 25% Special Agent Julie (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 42% The Girl From 10th Avenue Miriam A. Brady (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 31% The Big Shakedown Norma Nelson (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet 55% Fashions Lynn Mason (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet 11% Housewife Patricia Berkeley (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet 66% Jimmy the Gent Miss Joan Martin (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet 35% Fog Over Frisco Arlene Bradford (Character) - 1934
      87% 69% Of Human Bondage Mildred Rogers (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet 27% Bureau of Missing Persons Norma Roberts (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet 60% 20,000 Years in Sing Sing Fay Wilson (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet 40% Ex-Lady Helen Bauer (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet 17% Parachute Jumper Patricia "Alabama" Brent (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet 58% The Working Man Jenny (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet 67% Way Back Home Mary Lucy (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 42% The Man Who Played God Grace Blair (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 57% The Dark Horse Kay Russell (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 22% Hell's House Peggy Gardner (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 66% Cabin in the Cotton Madge Norwood (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 50% So Big Miss Dallas O'Mara (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Menace Peggy Lowell (Character) - 1932
      83% 72% Three on a Match Ruth Wescott (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Seed Margaret Carter (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet 73% Waterloo Bridge Janet Cronin (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet 8% Bad Sister Laura Madison (Character) - 1931

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Laura Trent (Guest Star) 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Reunion Elizabeth Winfield (Character) 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Etta Stone (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1952 1960 1962 1964-1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1964-1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Constant Doyle (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virginian Celia Miller (Guest Star) 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Madame Elizabeth McQueeny (Guest Star) 1959 1961
      No Score Yet 85% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Miss Fox (Character) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Showcase 39 Unknown (Character) 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet G.E. Theater Miss Burrows (Character) 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The 20th Century-Fox Hour Unknown (Character) 1956