Bette Davis

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Ruth Elizabeth Davis
  • Birth Place: Lowell, Massachusetts, United States
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 04/05/1908, Aries
  • Date of Death: 10/06/1989
  • Profession: Actor
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Bette Davis Fast Facts:
  • Classmate of Lucille Ball at the John Murray Anderson-Robert Milton Dramatics School.
  • Fought the studio contract system by signing with a British film company in 1936 to make two films in London. 
  • Claimed to have coined the name "Oscar" for the Academy Awards, saying she named it after first husband Harmon Oscar Nelson Jr.
  • After her career flagged in the 1940s, made a spectacular comeback in the 1950 film All About Eve.
  • Took out a "job wanted" ad in Variety in 1961. 
  • Had a legendary feud with Joan Crawford, her costar in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
  • Daughter Barbara wrote a "tell-all" book in 1985 about her called My Mother's Keeper. Davis responded two years later with an autobiography called This 'N That.
  • Her epitaph reads, "She did it the hard way."
  • Bette Davis Relationships:
  • Ruth Favor Davis - Mother
  • William Grant Sherry - Ex-husband
  • William Wyler - Ex-significant Other
  • Gary Merrill - Ex-husband
  • Barbara Davis - Sister
  • Margot Merrill - Daughter
  • Arthur Farnsworth - Husband (deceased)
  • Michael Merrill - Son
  • Barbara D. Merrill - Daughter
  • Harmon Oscar Nelson Jr. - Ex-husband
  • Harlow Morrell Davis - Father
  • Bette Davis Awards:
  • 1934 Oscar: Best Actress - Nominee
  • 1941 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1963 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Foreign Actress - Nominee
  • 1963 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
  • 1974 Golden Globe: Cecil B. DeMille Award - Winner
  • 1939 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1952 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1979 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special - Winner
  • 1935 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Winner
  • 1940 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1974 Emmy: Special Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement - Nominee
  • 1942 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1980 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special - Nominee
  • 1938 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Winner
  • 1950 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1951 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
  • 1944 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1962 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1983 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Special - Nominee
  • 1986 César Awards: Honorary César - Winner
  • 1962 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended John Murray Anderson-Robert Milton Dramatics School, New York, New York, United States

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