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Bette Davis

Bette Davis's biography

Bette Davis is 81 years old autobiographer born at Lowell. She was born on Sunday 5th of April 1908. She is often nicknamed as The Fourth Warner BrotherThe First Lady of Film. According to year of birth 1908 she belongs to Greatest Generation. Birthday on 5th of April means she is Aries. Aries is the most active sign of Zodiac, one born with this sign is a very quick learner, aggressive and passionate.She was married 2 times.

She is citizen of United States of America. Her primary profession is to be autobiographer. You can know her also as character actor, stage actor, film actor, television actor, actor. She is recently known as musician.

Bette Davis's dad

Bette Davis's father's name is Harlow Morrell Davis.

Bette Davis's mom

Bette Davis's mother's name is Ruth Augusta 'Ruthie' Favor.

Bette Davis's family

Bette Davis's ex spouses

Gary Merrill

Bette Davis and Gary Merrill have been together since 1950 for 10 years. He is known as actor. Her ex spouse was born on Monday 2nd of August 1915 in Hartford. Her ex spouse died on Monday 5th of March 1990 in Cumberland County. Gary Merrill was 82 years old, when this happened.

William Grant Sherry

Bette Davis and William Grant Sherry have been together since 1945 for 5 years.

Bette Davis's schools

We found 1 school She attended. Name of the school: Cushing Academy.

Detailed informations about her schools

  • Attended Northfield Mount Hermon High School in Norfield, MA.
  • Attended Cushing Academy; a prep school in Ashburnham, MA. An award in her namesake is given annually to one male and one female scholar-athlete for exceptional accomplishment in both fields.

Bette Davis's career

Her main focus is to be autobiographer.

How did Bette Davis die

She died on on Friday 6th of October 1989 when he was 81 years old. Bette Daviss death was caused by metastasized breast cancer. It happend like natural causes.

Awards and competitions

Bette Davis's Awards

  • Nominated for an Academy Award five years in a row,--1939-43. She shares the record for most consecutive nominations with Greer Garson.
  • Attended Cushing Academy; a prep school in Ashburnham, MA. An award in her namesake is given annually to one male and one female scholar-athlete for exceptional accomplishment in both fields.
  • In 1952 she accepted the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role on behalf of Kim Hunter, who wasn't present at the awards ceremony.
  • Awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Picture at 6225 Hollywood Blvd. ; and for Television at 6335 Hollywood Blvd.
  • Was the eighth actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Dangerous (1935) at the 8th Academy Awards on 3/5/1936.
  • The first actor to receive ten Academy Award nominations.
  • In 1982 she was awarded the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the Defense Department's highest civilian award, for founding and running the Hollywood Canteen during World War II.
  • As of 2016, she holds the record of youngest actress to receive seven Academy Award nominations. She earned her seventh Oscar nomination in 1945, at the age of 36, for Mr. Skeffington (1944).
  • The first actor of any gender to earn seven, eight, nine and ten Academy Award nominations in the acting categories.
  • Presented Marlon Brando his Academy Award for Best Actor for On the Waterfront (1954).
  • Was the fifth recipient of the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Was presented with a British Film Institute Life Time Achievement Award in September 1987.

Bette Davis's Rankings

  • In October 1997 she was ranked #15 in "Empire" (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
  • Her performance as Margo Channing in All About Eve (1950) is ranked #5 on "Premiere" magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time in 2006.

Bette Davis's Nominations

  • She was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actress for work Of Human Bondage in 1934
  • She was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actress
  • She was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actress
  • She was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actress
  • She was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actress
  • She was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actress
  • She was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actress
  • She was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actress
  • She was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actress for work All About Eve in 1951
  • She was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actress
  • She was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actress

What Bette Davis has done for a first time

  • When she first came to Hollywood as a contract player, Universal Pictures wanted to change her name to Bettina Dawes. She informed the studio that she refused to go through life with a name that sounded like "Between the Drawers".
  • After her first picture, she was sitting outside the office of Universal Pictures executive Carl Laemmle Jr. when she overheard him say about her, "She's got as much sex appeal as Slim Summerville. Who wants to get her at the end of the picture?".
  • Kirstie Alley modeled her character Madison "Maddie" Banks for her sitcom Kirstie (2013) after Davis; so much in fact, that on the first seasons fifth episode she donned a Margo Channing style dress.
  • The first actor to receive ten Academy Award nominations.
  • The first actor of any gender to earn seven, eight, nine and ten Academy Award nominations in the acting categories.
  • When she and Celeste Holm first met on the set of All About Eve (1950), she responded to Holm's "Good morning" with, "Oh, shit, good manners". They didn't speak again off camera for the duration of the shoot.

Bette Davis's quotes

  • [when told by director Robert Aldrich that the studios wanted Joan Crawford as her co-star for Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)] I wouldn't piss on Joan Crawford if she were on fire.
  • [in 1982] Acting should be bigger than life. Scripts should be bigger than life. It should ALL be bigger than life.
  • Getting old is not for sissies.
  • I see - she's the original good time that was had by all.
  • Until you're known in my profession as a monster, you're not a star.
  • At 50, I thought proudly, 'Here we are, half century!' Being 60 was fairly frightening. You want to know how I spent my 70th birthday? I put on a completely black face, a fuzzy black afro wig, wore black clothes, and hung a black wreath on my door.
  • I went back to work because someone had to pay for the groceries.
  • I'm the nicest goddamn dame that ever lived.
  • [on rival Joan Crawford] She has slept with every male star at MGM except Lassie.
  • Gay Liberation? I ain't against it, it's just that there's nothing in it for me.
  • Success only breeds a new goal.
  • What a fool I was to come to Hollywood where they only understand platinum blondes and where legs are more important than talent.
  • I have never known the great actor who... didn't plan eventually to direct or produce. If he has no such dream, he is usually bitter, ungratified and eventually alcoholic.
  • There was more good acting at Hollywood parties than ever appeared on the screen.
  • The male ego, with few exceptions, is elephantine to start with.
  • To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy.
  • I'd marry again if I found a man who had fifteen million dollars, would sign over half to me, and guarantee that he'd be dead within a year.
  • An affair now and then is good for a marriage. It adds spice, stops it from getting boring. I ought to know.
  • [referring to her parents' divorce when she was 7] Of course I replaced my father. I became my own father and everyone else's.
  • I will never be below the title.
  • If you want a thing well done, get a couple of old broads to do it.
  • Today everyone is a star - they're all billed as 'starring' or 'also starring'. In my day, we earned that recognition.
  • [referring to her fourth husband, Gary Merrill] Gary was a macho man, but none of my husbands was ever man enough to become Mr. Bette Davis.
  • Why am I so good at playing bitches? I think it's because I'm not a bitch. Maybe that's why [Joan Crawford] always plays ladies.
  • [when told not to speak ill of the dead] Just because someone is dead does not mean they have changed!
  • [on sex] God's biggest joke on human beings.
  • [commenting about her mother, an aspiring actress] I had to be the monster for both of us.
  • If Hollywood didn't work out, I was prepared to be the best secretary in the world.
  • I have been uncompromising, peppery, intractable, monomaniacal, tactless, volatile and offtimes disagreeable. I suppose I'm larger than life.
  • [Joan Crawford] and I have never been warm friends. We are not simpatico. I admire her, and yet I feel uncomfortable with her. To me, she is the personification of the Movie Star. I have always felt her greatest performance is Crawford being Crawford.
  • Beyond the Forest (1949) was a terrible movie! It had the longest death scene ever seen on the screen.
  • I was a person who couldn't make divorce work. For me, there's nothing lonelier than a turned-down toilet seat.
  • [before taking her final flight in 1989] I want to die with my high heels on, still in action.
  • I always had the will to win. I felt it baking cookies. They had to be the best cookies anyone baked.
  • When I die, they'll probably auction off my false eyelashes.
  • My favorite person to work with was Claude Rains.
  • [on John Wayne] I certainly would have given anything to have worked with John Wayne. He's the most attractive man who ever walked the earth, I think.
  • [on Errol Flynn] He was just beautiful . . . Errol. He himself openly said, "I don't know really anything about acting," and I admire his honesty because he's absolutely right.
  • [on director Lindsay Anderson] I think he's a very talented man, but I think he's a difficult man to work with. He really prefers theatre and not film, and that's a little depressing, I must say.
  • [on Errol Flynn] He was not an actor of enormous talent -- he would have admitted that himself -- but in all those swashbuckling things he was beautiful.
  • [during tension on the set of The Whales of August (1987) about her esteemed costar Lillian Gish] She ought to know about close-ups! Jesus, she was around when they invented them!
  • On work: This became a credo of mine...attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
  • On desire: From the moment I was six I felt sexy. And let me tell you it was hell, sheer hell, waiting to do something about it.
  • On sexual politics: I am a woman meant for a man, but I never found a man who could compete.
  • On experience: Old age ain't no place for sissies.
  • The weak are the most treacherous of us all. They come to the strong and drain them. They are bottomless. They are insatiable. They are always parched and always bitter. They are everyone's concern and like vampires they suck our life's blood.
  • You can't tell me that any man who has really loved a woman, or vice versa, can really be friends again after a divorce. And kidding about it is like tying a pink ribbon on a machine gun.
  • [After hearing that Joan Crawford cried copiously over "Dark Victory"] Joan always cries a lot. Her tear ducts must be very close to her bladder.
  • "I am returning to the stage, to refine my craft." That's what Hollywood actors always say. But that's a bunch of BS. No one leaves movies for the stage unless they can't get work; and I'm no exception.
  • When I was filming Dangerous in 1935, I had a crush on my costar, Franchot Tone. Everything about him reflected his elegance, from his name to his manners. He had a great deal going for him, including Miss Joan Crawford.
  • I don't take the movies seriously, and anyone who does is in for a headache.
  • [on the making of Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)]: I can't tell you what I went through during those weeks that shooting stopped, waiting for Crawford to get well. It was sheer torture.
  • [on Greta Garbo] Oh, Garbo was divine. Soooo beautiful. I worshipped her. When I became a star, I used to have my chauffeur follow her in my car. I always wanted to meet her.
  • [when asked if she and Joan Crawford were ever up for the same role] We were two different types entirely. I can't think of a single part I played that Joan could do. Not one. Can you?
  • [on The Unforgiven (1960) Oh yes, I had a chance to go to Mexico, to play 'Burt Lancaster's mother. I turned it down. I'll be damned if I play Burt Lancaster's mother after thirty years in the business.
  • [on Cool Hand Luke (1967)] Warner Brothers asked me to play Paul Newman's mother in Cool Hand Luke. They offered me $25,000 for one day's work. I said 'No.' I would have been on and off the screen in three minutes. That would be a cheat to the audience.
  • [on Elizabeth Taylor's declining to have Davis as her co-star in A Little Night Music (1977)] She is such a fool. One would think that after all her years in the business she would want to work with a professional.
  • [on her second husband, Arthur Farnsworth] Farney was a real charmer, but an alcoholic who was tied to his mother's apron strings... and what a mother. Christ, what a cold bitch.
  • [When asked by Johnny Carson about who she was inspired by] No-one, but that I always envied Katherine Hepburn's looks.
  • I don't think of myself as a character actress. That's become a phrase that means you've had it.
  • [on The Star (1952)] Oh, yes, that was [Joan] Crawford. I wasn't imitating her, of course. It was just that whole approach of hers to the business as regards the importance of glamor and all the off stage things. I adored the script.
  • [on Miriam Hopkins] She was a real bitch.

Bette Davis's body shape

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