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 Letter
Marked Woman
Kid Galahad
The Petrified Forest
Bordertown
All About Eve
Jezebel

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 18% 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 83% Family Reunion Unknown (Character) - 1981
50% 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 12% Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter Lucy Mason (Character) - 1979
76% 78% Death on the Nile Mrs. Van Schuyler (Character) - 1978
45% 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 10% 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% 72% The Anniversary Mrs. Taggart (Character) - 1968
85% 78% 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 62% The Empty Canvas Dino's mother (Character) - 1964
92% 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 50% The Scapegoat Countess (Character) - 1959
17% 71% The Catered Affair Mrs. Agnes Hurley (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 39% Storm Center Alicia Hull (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 65% The Virgin Queen Queen Elizabeth I (Character) - 1955
38% 60% The Star Margaret Elliot (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 49% Phone Call From a Stranger Marie Hoke (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 60% Another Man's Poison Janet Frobisher (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 57% Payment on Demand Joyce Ramsey (Character) - 1951
99% 94% All About Eve Margo Channing (Character) $10.2K 1950
No Score Yet 68% Beyond the Forest Rosa Moline (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 55% June Bride Linda Gilman (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 41% Winter Meeting Susan Grieve (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 76% A Stolen Life Kate Bosworth/Patricia Bosworth (Character),
Producer
- 1946
No Score Yet 66% Deception Christine Radcliffe (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 75% 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% 64% Watch on the Rhine Sara Muller (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 55% Thank Your Lucky Stars Self - 1943
No Score Yet 76% Old Acquaintance Kit Marlowe (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 77% In This Our Life Stanley Timberlake (Character) - 1942
91% 91% Now, Voyager Charlotte Vale (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 86% The Little Foxes Regina Giddens (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 62% The Bride Came C.O.D. Joan Winfield (Character) - 1941
86% 81% The Man Who Came to Dinner Maggie Cutler (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
80% 51% Juarez Empress Carlotta von Hapsburg (Character) - 1939
78% 64% Elizabeth the Queen Queen Elizabeth (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 76% The Old Maid Charlotte Lovell (Character) - 1939
88% 81% Dark Victory Judith Traherne (Character) - 1939
95% 82% Jezebel Julie (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 58% The Sisters Louise Elliott Medlin (Character) - 1938
100% 70% Marked Woman Mary Dwight Strauber (Character) - 1937
100% 67% Kid Galahad Louise "Fluff" Phillips (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 44% That Certain Woman Mary Donnell (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 83% It's Love I'm After Joyce Arden (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 20% The Golden Arrow Daisy Appleby (Character) - 1936
80% 33% Front Page Woman Ellen Garfield (Character) - 1935
100% 38% Bordertown Mrs. Marie Roark (Character) - 1935
86% 63% Dangerous Joyce Heath (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 17% Special Agent Julie (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 44% The Girl From 10th Avenue Miriam A. Brady (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 30% The Big Shakedown Norma Nelson (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 58% Fashions Lynn Mason (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 14% Housewife Patricia Berkeley (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 68% Jimmy the Gent Miss Joan Martin (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 33% Fog Over Frisco Arlene Bradford (Character) - 1934
86% 69% Of Human Bondage Mildred Rogers (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 38% Ex-Lady Helen Bauer (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 22% Bureau of Missing Persons Norma Roberts (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 64% 20,000 Years in Sing Sing Fay Wilson (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet Parachute Jumper Patricia "Alabama" Brent (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 60% The Working Man Jenny (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 67% Way Back Home Mary Lucy (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 44% The Man Who Played God Grace Blair (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 54% The Dark Horse Kay Russell (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 21% Hell's House Peggy Gardner (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 68% Cabin in the Cotton Madge Norwood (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 52% So Big Miss Dallas O'Mara (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Menace Peggy Lowell (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 72% Three on a Match Ruth Wescott (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Seed Margaret Carter (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 74% Waterloo Bridge Janet Cronin (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 11% Bad Sister Laura Madison (Character) - 1931

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1983 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Laura Trent (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little Gloria... Happy at Last Unknown (Character) 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Reunion Elizabeth Winfield (Character) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Merv Griffin Show Guest 1973
No Score Yet 100% 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 Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1959 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The June Allyson Show Unknown (Character) 1959
No Score Yet 98% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (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