Bette Davis

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  • Birth Name: Ruth Elizabeth Davis
  • Birth Place: Lowell, MA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 04/05/1908, Aries
  • Date of Death: 10/06/1989
  • Profession: Actor
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VIDEO: Out There: Darkness

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Out There: Darkness
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Length: 26:01
Aired: 1/25/1959

A woman (Bette Davis) refuses to lend a man $50 to help his girlfriend. watch

Former Child Star Deanna Durbin Dies at 91

1930s child star Deanna Durbin has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 91.

Durbin's death was initially reported by her son, Peter H. David, in the Deanna Durbin Society newsletter. No specific details were given.

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All About Eve Is All About Brilliant Bitchiness!

DVD Tuesday Fasten your seat belts All About Eve elevates backbiting betrayal and world-class bitchiness to an art formThere are mean girls and then there are grade-A world-class take no prisoners bitches and no one played them better than Bette Davis As All About Eves vain thin-skinned high-handed hard-drinking chain-smoking Margo Channing a veteran Broadway headliner whose star is losing its luster shes an absolute monster of the most entertaining kindThe role revitalized the 41-year-old Davis then-flagging career and she only scored it after Claudette Colbert hurt her back Davis always said she modeled Margo on the legendary hell-raiser Talullah Bankhead but she could have found plenty of inspiration closer to home Addison DeWitt George Sanders Margos nemesis is more than her match Who better than a man who called his autobiography Memoirs of a Professional Cad to play a drama critic whose barbed tongue is dipped in poison Simon Cowell is an amaread more

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Credits

Year Title Description
2008 The Present With a Future TV Show Series, Appearing
2006 Stardust TV Show Series, Subject (person only)
1989 Wicked Stepmother Movie, Actor - Miranda
1987 The Whales Of August Movie, Actor - Libby Strong
1983 Hotel TV Show Series, Actor - Laura Trent (pilot only)

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Susan Sarandon Lauds Bette Davis

She's calm, cool and classy — and not too big for a behind-the-scenes gig. Between making movies and her upcoming guest arc on the new season of Rescue Me (premiering May 30), Susan Sarandon still found time to narrate a revealing documentary on one of the industry's legends, Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (tonight at 8 pm/ET on TCM), and she was gracious enough to chat with TV Guide about the film, fame and Oscar. TV Guide: You know I have to say it: You've got read more

I know the Oscar statuettes ...

Question: I know the Oscar statuettes are about a foot tall and weigh 8 pounds, but what are they made of, and is it true that they got their name because someone said it looked like their Uncle Oscar? That sounds like a made-up story.


Answer: Last part first: The official story is indeed that Margaret Herrick, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' first librarian in 1931 and its executive director from 1943 to 1971 (and for whom the Academy's Los Angeles library, where I've done my share of research, is named), saw one of the statuettes (designed by MGM art director Cedric Gibbons for the first ceremony in 1929) on a desk and exclaimed that it looked just like her Uncle Oscar. Which is sort of alarming in that it implies that her uncle was a bald nudist with a thing for (perhaps compensatory) swords. Many people prefer the slightly ruder version in which Bette Davis sugge read more

My father and I were chatting ...

Question: My father and I were chatting about Clint Eastwood's talent for directing actors to Academy Awards, now I'm wondering which director has directed the most actors to Oscar victories. My father is thinking William Wyler. Is he right?  Answer: Yes, he is: It's William Wyler. He directed 31 actors and actresses in performances that earned them Academy Award nominations. Bette Davis (Jezebel), Fay Bainter (Jezebel), Greer Garson (Mrs. Min read more

I remember seeing a movie, I ...

Question: I remember seeing a movie, I think made in the '60s, about a mother who for some reason is holding her son's fiancée/girlfriend hostage in a basement or cage or something like that. It was extremely suspenseful, but can't remember the title! It's driving me nuts, because I'd like to see it again. Ring any bells?Answer: My vote goes to Die! Die! My Darling! (1965), one of a string of films starring golden-age movie divas as deranged and/or terrorized crones, notably Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), with Joan Crawford and Bette Davis; Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964), with read more

Sir, could you please tell me ...

Question: Sir, could you please tell me who the main stars were on Wagon Train? Thank you.


Answer: Thanks for the respect, Teri (I get so little), but as the old boot-camp admonishment goes, don't call me "sir" — I work for a living!

There are a few answers to that question, the first being the cast list (which I'll run down in a moment) and the second being a list of guest stars, since episodes revolved around one-shot characters who came and went. But any fan of the show would whittle it down to one actor: the opinionated, tough-as-leather Ward Bond.

In the series, which ran on NBC from 1957-62 before jumping to ABC and finishing out its run there in 1965, Bond played Major Seth Adams, who led the train each season from St. Louis to California with assistant wagon master Bill Hawks (Terry Wilson) and cook Charlie Wooster (Frank McGrath) by h read more

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