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Bette Davis (Ruth Elizabeth Davis)

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Biography

Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born April 5, 1908, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Ruth Augusta (Favor) and Harlow Morrell Davis, a patent attorney. Her parents divorced when she was 10. She and her sister were raised by their mother. Her early interest was dance. To Bette, dancers led a glamorous life, but then she discovered the stage, and gave up dancing for acting. To her, it presented much more of a challenge.

After graduation from Cushing Academy, she was refused admittance to Eva Le Gallienne's Manhattan Civic Repertory. Read more...

Actor

Character: Janet Cronin

Waterloo Bridge 1931

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Character: Ruth Wescott

Three on a Match 1932

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Character: Grace Blair

The Man Who Played God 1932

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Character: Miss Dallas O'Mara

So Big! 1932

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Character: Kay Russell

The Dark Horse 1932

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Character: Patricia 'Alabama' Brent

Parachute Jumper 1933

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Character: Lynn Mason

Fashions of 1934 1934

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Character: Norma Nelson

The Big Shakedown 1934

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Character: Patricia Berkeley

Housewife 1934

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Character: Joyce Heath

Dangerous 1935

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Character: Marie Roark

Bordertown 1935

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Character: Gabrielle Maple

The Petrified Forest 1936

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Character: Valerie Purvis

Satan Met a Lady 1936

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Character: Mary Donnell

That Certain Woman 1937

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Character: Judith Traherne

Dark Victory 1939

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Character: Charlotte Lovell

The Old Maid 1939

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Character: Henriette Deluzy-Desportes

All This, and Heaven Too 1940

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Character: Regina Giddens

The Little Foxes 1941

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Character: Joan Winfield

The Bride Came C.O.D. 1941

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Character: Stanley Timberlake

In This Our Life 1942

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Character: Sara Muller

Watch on the Rhine 1943

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Character: Fanny Trellis Skeffington

Mr. Skeffington 1944

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Character: Kate Bosworth / Patricia Bosworth

A Stolen Life 1946

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Character: Christine Radcliffe

Deception 1946

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Character: Rosa Moline

Beyond the Forest 1949

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Character: Herself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role

The 27th Annual Academy Awards 1955

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Character: Alicia Hull

Storm Center 1956

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Character: Empress Catherine the Great

John Paul Jones 1959

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Character: Herself - Presenter: Best Supporting Actor

The 31st Annual Academy Awards 1959

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Character: Actress 'The Star'

Hollywood: The Great Stars 1963

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Character: Mrs. Gerald Hayden

Where Love Has Gone 1964

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Character: Margaret DeLorca / Edith Phillips

Dead Ringer 1964

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Character: Wanda Fleming

Connecting Rooms 1970

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Character: Actress 'Bride Came C.O.D.'

The American Film Institute Salute to James Cagney 1974

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Character: Joyce Heath / Julie Marsden / Charlotte Vale

P.S. I Love You 2007

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Character: Libby Strong

The Whales of August 1987

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Character: Doris Davermont

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid 1982

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Character: Mrs. Wilfred Ellis

Suspicion 1957

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Character: The Millionairess

Lo scopone scientifico 1972

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Character: Mrs. Beatrice Enter

Telephone Time 1956

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Character: Hannah Loftin

As Summers Die 1986

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Character: Dino's mother

The Empty Canvas 1963

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Character: Mrs. Agnes Hurley

The Catered Affair 1956

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Character: Bessie Grindel

It Takes a Thief 1968

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Character: Margaret Elliot

The Star 1952

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Character: Alice Gwynne Vanderbilt

Little Gloria... Happy at Last 1982

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Character: Adele Malone

White Mama 1980

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Character: Mini Dwyer

Right of Way 1983

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Character: Esther McDonald Cimino

A Piano for Mrs. Cimino 1982

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Character: Linda Gilman

June Bride 1948

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Character: Herself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role

The 59th Annual Academy Awards 1987

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