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Babette Davis net worth:
$3 Million

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Bette Davis Net Worth $2 Million Dollars

Bette Davis net worth — Bette Davis was an American actress who had a net worth of $2 million dollars. Born Elizabeth Ruth Davis in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1908, her inspiration to become an actress came from Rudolph Valentino’s performance in the 1921 movie “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”. She got her acting start in plays and eventually debuted on Broadway in the 1929 production of “Broken Dishes”. She was encouraged to return to Hollywood after a talent scout detected her in a stage performance of “Solid South”. She would finally join Warner Bros. in 1932 where she appeared in “Dangerous” and won her first Academy Award for Best Actress. In 1936, she broken her contract with Warner Bros. when she consented to parts in two English movies, and Davis left the U.S. for Canada to avoid the legal ramifications. Finally, she lost her bid in a English court to escape her contract with Warner Bros., and she went back to Hollywood, where she continued to work with the film studio. Davis appeared in “Marked Woman”, “Jezebel”, “Dark Victory”, and “The Old Maid”. She became the studio’s most profitable celebrity and continued to earn the best roles, including parts in “All This and Heaven Too” and “The Letter”. She was the 1977 AFI winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, the first woman to get the honor. After filming a TV pilot, Davis was diagnosed with breast cancer and suffered four strokes, leaving her partly paralyzed. She died of cancer on October 6, 1989.


Babette Davis information

Babette Davis information

Birth date: April 5, 1908
Death date: 1989-10-06
Birth place: Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.
Height:1.6 m
Profession:Actress
Education:Cushing Academy
Nationality:American
Spouse:Gary Merrill m. 1950–1960, William Grant Sherry m. 1945–1950, Arthur Farnsworth m. 1940–1943, Harmon Nelson m. 1932–1938
Children:B. D. Hyman, Margot Merrill, Michael Merrill
Parents:Harlow Davis, Ruth Augusta Davis
Siblings:Barbara Davis
Awards:Academy Award for Best Actress, AFI Life Achievement Award, Kennedy Center Honors, Cannes Best Actress Award, Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Honorary César, Volpi Cup for Best Actress, Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year
Nominations:Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Primetime Emmy Award for Special Classification Of Outstanding Program Achievement, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
Movies:What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, All About Eve, Now, Voyager, Dark Victory, Mr. Skeffington, Of Human Bondage, The Letter, Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte, The Little Foxes, Dead Ringer, Old Acquaintance, The Old Maid, All This, and Heaven Too, A Stolen Life, The Great Lie, The Petrified Forest, The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Marked Woman, Pocketful of Miracles, Watch on the Rhine, The Corn Is Green, In This Our Life, The Virgin Queen, Phone Call from a Stranger, The Whales of August, Beyond the Forest, The Catered Affair, Burnt Offerings, The Nanny, The Bride Came C.O.D., The Watcher in the Woods, Bad Sister, Jezebel, The Man Who Played God, The Anniversary, Return from Witch Mountain, Death on the Nile, Wicked Stepmother, Another Man's Poison, June Bride, Hell's House, Payment on Demand, Kid Galahad, It's Love I'm After, Where Love Has Gone, 20, 000 Years in Sing Sing, Three on a Match, The Sisters, Bordertown, Connecting Rooms
TV shows:General Electric Theater, Suspicion, Ford Theatre, The Dark Secret of Harvest Home

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Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wicked Stepmother1989Miranda Pierpoint
The Whales of August1987Libby Strong
As Summers Die1986TV MovieHannah Loftin
Murder with Mirrors1985TV MovieCarrie Louise Serrocold
Right of Way1983TV MovieMini Dwyer
Hotel1983TV SeriesLaura Trent
Little Gloria... Happy at Last1982TV MovieAlice Gwynne Vanderbilt (as Betty Davis)
A Piano for Mrs. Cimino1982TV MovieEsther McDonald Cimino
Family Reunion1981TV MovieElizabeth Winfield
Skyward1980TV MovieBillie Dupree
The Watcher in the Woods1980Mrs. Aylwood
White Mama1980TV MovieAdele Malone
Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter1979TV MovieLucy Mason
Death on the Nile1978Mrs. Van Schuyler
Return from Witch Mountain1978Letha
The Dark Secret of Harvest Home1978TV Mini-SeriesWidow Fortune
Laugh-In1977TV SeriesGuest star
The Disappearance of Aimee1976TV MovieMinnie Kennedy
Burnt Offerings1976Aunt Elizabeth
Hello Mother, Goodbye!1974TV Movie
Scream, Pretty Peggy1973TV MovieMrs. Elliott
The Judge and Jake Wyler1972TV MovieJudge Meredith
The Scopone Game1972The Millionairess
Madame Sin1972Madame Sin
Bunny O'Hare1971Bunny O'Hare
Connecting Rooms1970Wanda Fleming
It Takes a Thief1970TV SeriesBessie Grindel
The Anniversary1968Mrs. Taggart
Gunsmoke1966TV SeriesEtta Stone
The Nanny1965Nanny
The Decorator1965TV ShortLiz
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte1964Charlotte
Where Love Has Gone1964Mrs. Gerald Hayden
Dead Ringer1964Margaret DeLorca / Edith Phillips
The Empty Canvas1963Dino's mother
Perry Mason1963TV SeriesConstant Doyle
The Virginian1962TV SeriesCelia Miller
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?1962Baby Jane Hudson
Wagon Train1959-1961TV SeriesBettina May / Madame Elizabeth McQueeny / Ella Lindstrom
Pocketful of Miracles1961Apple Annie
The DuPont Show with June Allyson1959TV SeriesSarah Whitney
The Scapegoat1959Countess
John Paul Jones1959Empress Catherine the Great
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1959TV SeriesMiss Fox
Suspicion1958TV SeriesMrs. Wilfred Ellis
General Electric Theater1957-1958TV SeriesChristine Marlowe / Miss Burrows
Studio 571958TV Series
Telephone Time1957TV SeriesMrs. Beatrice Enter
The Ford Television Theatre1957TV SeriesDolley Madison
Schlitz Playhouse1957TV SeriesIrene Wagner
Storm Center1956Alicia Hull
The Catered Affair1956Mrs. Agnes Hurley
The 20th Century-Fox Hour1956TV SeriesMarie Hoke
The Virgin Queen1955Queen Elizabeth I
The Star1952Margaret Elliot
All Star Revue1952TV SeriesGuest Actress
Phone Call from a Stranger1952Marie Hoke
Another Man's Poison1951Janet Frobisher
Payment on Demand1951Joyce Ramsey (nee Jackson)
All About Eve1950Margo Channing
Beyond the Forest1949Rosa Moline
June Bride1948Linda Gilman
Winter Meeting1948Susan Grieve
Deception1946Christine Radcliffe
A Stolen Life1946Kate Bosworth / Patricia Bosworth
The Corn Is Green1945Miss Lilly Moffat
Hollywood Canteen1944Bette Davis
Mr. Skeffington1944Fanny Trellis Skeffington
Old Acquaintance1943Kit Marlowe
Thank Your Lucky Stars1943Bette Davis
Watch on the Rhine1943Sara Muller
Now, Voyager1942Charlotte Vale
In This Our Life1942Stanley Timberlake
The Man Who Came to Dinner1942Maggie Cutler
The Little Foxes1941Regina Giddens
The Bride Came C.O.D.1941Joan Winfield
Shining Victory1941Nurse (uncredited)
The Great Lie1941Maggie
The Letter1940Leslie Crosbie
All This, and Heaven Too1940Henriette Deluzy-Desportes
If I Forget You1940ShortBette Davis
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex1939Queen Elizabeth
The Old Maid1939Charlotte Lovell
Juarez1939Carlota
Dark Victory1939Judith Traherne
The Sisters1938Louise Elliott
Jezebel1938Julie
It's Love I'm After1937Joyce
That Certain Woman1937Mary Donnell
Kid Galahad1937Fluff
Marked Woman1937Mary
Satan Met a Lady1936Valerie Purvis
The Golden Arrow1936Daisy Appleby
The Petrified Forest1936Gabrielle Maple
Dangerous1935Joyce Heath
Special Agent1935Julie Gardner
Front Page Woman1935Ellen Garfield
The Girl from 10th Avenue1935Miriam A. Brady
Bordertown1935Marie Roark
Housewife1934Patricia Berkeley
Of Human Bondage1934Mildred
Fog Over Frisco1934Arlene
Jimmy the Gent1934Joan
Fashions of 19341934Lynn Mason
The Big Shakedown1934Norma Nelson
Bureau of Missing Persons1933Norma Roberts
Ex-Lady1933Helen Bauer
The Working Man1933Jenny
Parachute Jumper1933Patricia 'Alabama' Brent
Just Around the Corner1933ShortGinger
20,000 Years in Sing Sing1932Fay Wilson
Three on a Match1932Ruth Wescott
The Cabin in the Cotton1932Madge
The Dark Horse1932Kay Russell
The Rich Are Always with Us1932Malbro
So Big!1932Miss Dallas O'Mara
The Man Who Played God1932Grace Blair
Hell's House1932Peggy Gardner
The Menace1932Peggy Lowell
Way Back Home1931Mary Lucy
Waterloo Bridge1931Janet Cronin
Seed1931Margaret Carter
The Bad Sister1931Laura Madison

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Big Love2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Johnny Carson Presents the Sun City Scandals '721972TV Movie performer: "Just Like a Man"
The Love Goddesses1965Documentary performer: "Willie the Weeper" - uncredited
Dead Ringer1964performer: "Shuffle Off to Buffalo" - uncredited
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?1962performer: "I've Written a Letter to Daddy"
Pocketful of Miracles1961performer: "Arabian Dance" 1892 - uncredited
Payment on Demand1951performer: "A Woman's Intuition" - uncredited
Thank Your Lucky Stars1943performer: "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" 1943 - uncredited
The Bride Came C.O.D.1941"Carry Me Back to the Lone Prairie", uncredited
All This, and Heaven Too1940performer: "The War of the Roses" - uncredited
The Old Maid1939music: "Bridal Chorus Here Comes the Bride" 1850 - uncredited / performer: "Bridal Chorus Here Comes the Bride" 1850 - uncredited
Jezebel1938performer: "Raise a Ruckus", "Beautiful Dreamer" 1862, "Waltz" - uncredited
Kid Galahad1937performer: "The Moon Is in Tears Tonight" 1937 - uncredited
The Cabin in the Cotton1932performer: "Willie the Weeper" - uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Stolen Life1946producer - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
1 a Minute2010Documentary in memory of: Battled Breast Cancer
All About My Mother1999dedicatee

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 32th Annual Thalians Ball1987TV MovieHerself
The Morning Program1987TV SeriesHerself
The 59th Annual Academy Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role
American Masters1986TV Series documentaryHerself
La nuit des Césars1986TV Series documentaryHerself - César d'honneur
The 43rd Annual Golden Globe Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Motion Picture Drama
Étoiles et toiles1985TV Series documentaryHerself
Good Morning America1985TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano1983TV Movie documentaryHerself
Arena1983TV Series documentaryHerself
The Annual Humanitarian of Year Honors Aaron Spelling1983TV MovieHerself
All-Star Party for Carol Burnett1982TV MovieHerself
Natalie - A Tribute to a Very Special Lady1982TV Movie documentaryHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Frank Capra1982TV Special documentaryHerself
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHerself
Dinah!1977-1978TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Hollywood's Diamond Jubilee1978TV MovieHerself - Cameo
The 50th Annual Academy Awards1978TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
The 15th Annual Publicists Guild Awards1978TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda1978TV Special documentaryHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Bette Davis1977TV Special documentaryHerself - Honoree
Jimmy Carter's Inaugural Gala1977TV MovieHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1976TV SeriesHerself - Guest
V.I.P.-Schaukel1975-1976TV Series documentaryHerself
Parkinson1975TV SeriesHerself
The 1975 Annual Entertainment Hall of Fame Awards1975TV SpecialHerself - Honoree
The 28th Annual Tony Awards1974TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
ABC Late Night1973TV SeriesHerself - Hostess
The Dean Martin Show1973TV SeriesHerself - Guest
This Is Your Life1971-1973TV SeriesHerself
Johnny Carson Presents the Sun City Scandals '721972TV MovieHerself
The Dick Cavett Show1970-1971TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Movie Crazy Years1971TV Movie documentaryHerself
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Kraft Music Hall1971TV SeriesHerself
The Joey Bishop Show1969TV SeriesHerself
Think Twentieth1967Documentary shortHerself
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour1967TV SeriesHerself
The Milton Berle Show1966TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Hollywood Palace1964-1966TV SeriesHerself - Dramatic Reader / Herself - Hostess / Herself
What's My Line?1952-1965TV SeriesHerself - Mystery Guest
Bette Davis - Star und Rebellin1965TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Jack Paar Program1962-1965TV SeriesHerself / Herself (on film)
I've Got a Secret1964-1965TV SeriesHerself
That Regis Philbin Show1964TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood and the Stars1963TV SeriesHerself
Reflets de Cannes1963TV Series documentaryHerself
The 35th Annual Academy Awards1963TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role & Presenter: Writing Awards
The 20th Annual Golden Globes Awards1963TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Most Promising Newcomer Female and Male
The Andy Williams Show1962TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Here's Hollywood1962TV SeriesHerself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1959-1960TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Hedda Hopper's Hollywood1960TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 31st Annual Academy Awards1959TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Supporting Actor
The 30th Annual Academy Awards1958TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Honorary Awards
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1958TV SeriesHerself - Guest
This Is Your Life1957TV SeriesHerself
This Is Your Life1957TV Series documentaryHerself
Person to Person1956TV Series documentaryHerself
The 27th Annual Academy Awards1955TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role
The Present with a Future1943ShortHerself / Mother (uncredited)
Show-Business at War1943Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)
Cavalcade of the Academy Awards1940Documentary shortHerself
For Auld Lang Syne1938Documentary shortHerself - Arriving Celebrity (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 91938Short documentaryHerself - Oscar Winner
Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 51938Documentary shortHerself
Breakdowns of 19381938ShortHerself (That Certain Woman / Jezebel outtakes) (uncredited)
A Day at Santa Anita1937ShortHerself (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 81937Documentary shortHerself
Breakdowns of 19371937ShortHerself
Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 11936Documentary shortHerself
Screen Snapshots Series 15, No. 101936Documentary shortHerself
Breakdowns of 19361936ShortHerself
A Dream Comes True1935Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)
The 42nd. Street Special1933Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)
El último adiós de Bette Davis2014DocumentaryHerself
The Film Society of Lincoln Center Annual Gala Tribute to Bette Davis1989TV MovieHerself - Honoree
Today1989TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Night with David Letterman1989TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 6th Annual American Cinema Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
Larry King Live1988TV SeriesHerself - Guest
De película1988TV SeriesHerself
The 5th Annual American Cinema Awards1988TV SpecialHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963-1988TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1987TV Special documentaryHerself - Honoree

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn2015Documentary completed
And the Oscar Goes To...2014TV Movie documentaryHerself
Donne nel mito: Anna Magnani a Hollywood2013Documentary shortHerself
Welcome to the Basement2013TV SeriesBaby Jane Hudson
Talking Pictures2013TV Series documentaryHerself
Arena2012TV Series documentaryHerself
60 Minutes2003-2012TV Series documentaryHerself - Actress / Herself - Actress (segment "Mike")
Vito2011Documentary
Making the Boys2011DocumentaryLiz (uncredited)
Stars of the Silver Screen2011TV SeriesHerself
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood2010TV Mini-Series documentaryBaby Jane Hudson
Kinuyo Tanaka's New Departure2009Video documentary shortHerself
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year2009TV Movie documentary
Queer Icon: The Cult of Bette Davis2009DocumentaryHerself
Warner at War2008TV Movie documentary
Strictly Courtroom2008TV Movie documentaryLeslie Crosbie (uncredited)
American Masters2001-2008TV Series documentaryMary / Julie / Herself
La 2 noticias2008TV SeriesHerself
Mike Douglas: Moments & Memories2008VideoHerself
Crawford at Warners2008Video documentary shortHerself
P.S. I Love You2007Joyce Heath / Julie Marsden / Charlotte Vale (uncredited)
Cámara negra. Teatro Victoria Eugenia2007TV Short documentaryHerself
Memoirs of a Cigarette2007TV Movie documentaryCharlotte
Never Apologize2007DocumentaryHerself
Why Be Good? Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema2007DocumentaryHerself
Brando2007TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
City Confidential2007TV Series documentary
Premio Donostia a Matt Dillon2006TV MovieHerself
Premio Donostia a Max Von Sydow2006TV MovieHerself
Stardust: The Bette Davis Story2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Ciclo Agatha Christie2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHerself / Baby Jane Hudson
Biography1994-2005TV Series documentaryHerself / Margo Channing
Premio Donostia a Willem Dafoe2005TV MovieHerself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes: America's Greatest Quips, Comebacks and Catchphrases2005TV Special documentaryHerself
Elizabeth & Essex: Battle Royale2005Video documentary shortQueen Elizabeth (uncredited)
The Adventures of Errol Flynn2005TV Movie documentaryQueen Elizabeth
Dead Famous2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Behind the Tunes: Looney Tunes Go Hollywood2004Video documentary shortCharlotte Vale (uncredited)
Bette Davis and William Wyler2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
Christmas from Hollywood2003Video documentaryHerself
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second2003Video documentaryHerself
Complicated Women2003TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Smothered: The Censorship Struggles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
El informal2001TV SeriesHerself
E! Mysteries & Scandals2001TV SeriesBette Davis
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies2001TV Special documentaryHerself
Backstory2000-2001TV Series documentaryCharlotte Hollis / Herself / Herself - Actress
ABC 2000: The Millennium1999TV Movie documentary
Smoke and Mirrors: A History of Denial1999DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Hollywood Greats1999TV Series documentary
All About My Mother1999Margo (uncredited)
Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory1998TV Movie documentary uncredited
Frank Capra's American Dream1997TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender1997DocumentaryHerself
Intimate Portrait1996TV Series documentaryHerself
Legends of Entertainment Video1995Video documentaryHerself
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
100 Years at the Movies1994TV Short documentaryHerself
The World of Hammer1994TV Series documentaryNanny / Mrs. Taggart
All About Bette1994TV Movie documentary
Entertaining the Troops1994DocumentaryHerself
Mina Tannenbaum1994Mildred Rogers (uncredited)
The 65th Annual Academy Awards1993TV SpecialHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1992TV SeriesHerself
Here's Looking at You, Warner Bros.1991TV Movie documentaryHerself
O Espectador que o Cinema Esqueceu1991Short
60 Minutes: The Entertainers1991TV Movie documentaryHerself
Wogan1991TV SeriesHerself
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic1990TV Movie documentaryHerself
Hairway to the Stars1989ShortHerself
The 1950's: Music, Memories & Milestones1988Video documentaryHerself
The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind1988TV Movie documentaryActress in a film clip
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon1988TV Special documentaryHerself
South of Reno1988Clip from 'Of Human Bondage' (uncredited)
Film 20151988TV SeriesHerself
Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend1987DocumentaryMargo
Power Profiles: Legendary Ladies - Bette Davis and Carole Lombard1987VideoHerself
The Walt Disney Comedy and Magic Revue1985Video shortLetha
Going Hollywood: The '30s1984Documentary
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage1983DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Showbiz Goes to War1982TV Movie
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid1982Doris Davermont
Henry Fonda: The Man and His Movies1982TV Movie documentaryActress in 'Jezebel' (uncredited)
Margret Dünser, auf der Suche nach den Besonderen1981TV Movie documentaryHerself
Sixty Years of Seduction1981TV Movie documentary
Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas Tours: Around the World with the Troops - 1941-19721980TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Horror Show1979TV Movie documentary
Death on the Nile: Making of Featurette1978TV ShortMarie Van Schuyler
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Cagney1974TV Special documentaryActress 'Bride Came C.O.D.'
The Hollywood Palace1970TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood My Home Town1965DocumentaryHerself
The Love Goddesses1965DocumentaryHerself
Hollywood and the Stars1964TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood: The Great Stars1963TV Movie documentaryActress 'The Star' (uncredited)
When the Talkies Were Young1955ShortFay Wilson (uncredited)
The Voice That Thrilled the World1943Documentary shortHerself (segment "Dangerous") (uncredited)
Stars on Horseback1943ShortHerself (uncredited)
Breakdowns of 19421942Short
Breakdowns of 19411941ShortHerself (uncredited)
Land of Liberty1939Julie Marsden (edited from: Jezebel)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1989Gala TributeFilm Society of Lincoln Center
1989Donostia Lifetime Achievement AwardSan Sebastián International Film Festival
1987BFI FellowshipBritish Film Institute Awards
1986Honorary CésarCésar Awards, France
1983Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalA Piano for Mrs. Cimino (1982)
1983Crystal AwardWomen in Film Crystal Awards
1979Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a SpecialStrangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter (1979)
1977Golden ScrollAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActressBurnt Offerings (1976)
1977Life Achievement AwardAmerican Film Institute, USA
1974Cecil B. DeMille AwardGolden Globes, USA
1965Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsDramatic Performance, FemaleHush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
1963Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMost Cooperative Actress
1962Most Popular Female StarPhotoplay Awards
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6225 Hollywood Blvd.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionAwarded February 8, 1960 at 6335 Hollywood Blvd.
1952Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Foreign Actress (Migliore Attrice Straniera)All About Eve (1950)
1951Best ActressCannes Film FestivalAll About Eve (1950)
1950NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressAll About Eve (1950)
1941Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMost Cooperative Actress
1939OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleJezebel (1938)
1937Volpi CupVenice Film FestivalBest ActressKid Galahad (1937)
1936OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleDangerous (1935)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1987ACECableACE AwardsActress in a Movie or MiniseriesAs Summers Die (1986)
1984ACECableACE AwardsActress in a Dramatic or Theatrical ProgramRight of Way (1983)
1983Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a SpecialLittle Gloria... Happy at Last (1982)
1980Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a SpecialWhite Mama (1980)
1965Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsFemale Star11th place.
1964BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActressWhat Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
1963OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleWhat Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
1963Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Motion Picture Actress - DramaWhat Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
1962Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Motion Picture Actress - Musical/ComedyPocketful of Miracles (1961)
1953OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleThe Star (1952)
1951OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleAll About Eve (1950)
1951Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Motion Picture Actress - DramaAll About Eve (1950)
1945OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleMr. Skeffington (1944)
1943OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleNow, Voyager (1942)
1942OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleThe Little Foxes (1941)
1941OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleThe Letter (1940)
1940OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleDark Victory (1939)
1935OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleOf Human Bondage (1934)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1951Gold MedalPicturegoer AwardsBest ActressAll About Eve (1950)
1939NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressDark Victory (1939)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1963Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Dramatic PerformanceWhat Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

TitleSalary
Wicked Stepmother (1989)$250,000
Right of Way (1983)$250,000
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)$200,000
Where Love Has Gone (1964)$125,000
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)$60,000 + 5% of the net profits.
All About Eve (1950)$130,000
Juarez (1939)$4,000 /week
Dark Victory (1939)$3,500 /week
Jezebel (1938)$650 /week
Wicked Stepmother (1989)$250,000
Right of Way (1983)$250,000
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)$200,000
Where Love Has Gone (1964)$125,000
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)$60,000 + 5% of the net profits.
All About Eve (1950)$130,000
Juarez (1939)$4,000 /week
Dark Victory (1939)$3,500 /week
Jezebel (1938)$650 /week

#Fact
1She claimed her favourite part was that of Mrs. Agnes Hurley in the Catered Affair because of the challenge of the part.
2Played by Karen Teliha in Hollywood Mouth (2008). Since there is a Joan Crawford segment in the film, director Jordan Mohr thought it would be effective to have a Bette Davis character making comments about her rival.
3The "Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts" TV show once roasted Bette Davis. Vincent Price said, "Bette has always suffered in every picture she has ever made. When I appeared with her in Elizabeth And Essex she gave up her beauty. In Dark Victory she gave up her eyesight. And in The Virgin Queen...(laughter)...she gave up her hobby.".
4Davis, whom most critics and cinema historians rank as the greatest American movie actress ever, sent a letter to Meryl Streep early in her career. Davis told Streep that she felt that she was her successor as The First Lady of the American Screen.
5Was honored by James Stewart, Angela Lansbury', Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy when she received her Kennedy Centre Honors.
6LIFE Magazine described her performance in Of Human Bondage (1934) as "probably the best performance ever recorded on the screen by a U.S. actress".
7Whilst a student at Cushing Academy she saw a production of The Wild Duck, which inspired her to seriously pursue acting.
8Was the highest paid woman in US in 1942.
9In 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.
10In an interview with Barbara Walters, she claimed her daughter's book, "My Mother's Keeper", was as devastating as her stroke.
11Subject of the book "Me and Jezebel: When Bette Davis Came for Dinner -- And Stayed..." by Elizabeth Fuller.
12Was signed to a contract at Universal Studios in 1930.
13Stated George Brent was her favorite male co-star.
14Was one of the many people in the entertainment business who lived in The Osborne Apartments in Manhattan. Other famous residents have included Robert Osborne, Ira Levin and Leonard Bernstein.
15Was under contract to Warner Brothers from 1932 to 1949.
16Credited actor George Arliss with giving her her "break" by choosing her as his leading lady in The Man Who Played God (1932).
17Made her Broadway debut in 1929.
18Turned down the role of Rose Sayer in The African Queen (1951) due to pregnancy.
19Was portrayed by Kelly Moore in the stage play "Jezebel and Me".
20Was a fan of Susan Hayward, however when they co-starred in Where Love Has Gone (1964), they occasionally clashed over disagreements about the script.
21Was originally cast in Hotel (1983), when she had to back out due to ill health she was replaced by her friend and former All About Eve (1950) co-star, Anne Baxter.
22Was replaced by Shelley Winters when she left the original Broadway production of "The Night of the Iguana".
23Wrote the book "This 'n That" in response to her daughter's book, "My Mother's Keeper".
24Was the highest ranking female on Quigley Publishing's Top Ten Money Making Stars Poll from 1939 to 1941.
25Was the first actor to receive ten Academy Award nominations.
26The United States Postal Service honored Davis with a commemorative postage stamp in 2008, marking the 100th anniversary of her birth. The First Day of Issue celebration took place September 18, 2008, at Boston University, which houses an extensive Bette Davis archive. Featured speakers included her son Michael Merrill and Lauren Bacall.
27Was the favorite actress of Katharine Hepburn.
28Was the 8th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Dangerous (1935) at The 8th Academy Awards on March 5, 1936.
29Her hometown of Lowell, Massachussetts, was featured in a 2007 episode of Cops (1989).
30In honor of her 100th birthday, she was honored as Turner Classic Movie's Star of the Month in April 2008.
31Actress Kirstie Alley modeled her character of Madison "Maddie" Banks for her TV show Kirstie (2013) after Davis; so much in fact, that on the first seasons fifth episode she donned a Margo Channing style dress.
32Filmed a television pilot in 1965 for a show to be called "The Bette Davis Show," which was not picked up for series by any of the television networks, but which was broadcast as a television movie entitled The Decorator (1965).
33Davis' arch rival Joan Crawford once said in an interview that she and Davis had nothing in common. In reality, they had a handful of similarities in their personal lives. They both had father's who abandoned their families at a young age; both rose from poverty to success while breaking into films during the late 1920s and early 1930s; both had siblings and mothers who milked them financially once they became famous; both became Oscar-winning leading ladies; both were staunch liberal Democrats and feminists; and both had daughters who wrote lurid books denouncing them as bad mothers.
34Her favorite song was "Stardust" by Hoagy Carmichael.
35She was very active in leading Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts due in part that in her childhood she was a decorated Girl Scout.
36Mentioned in the song 'Industrial Disease' by rock band Dire Straits.
37She was a lifelong liberal Democrat. She was a solid supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Adlai Stevenson, Lyndon Johnson, and Jimmy Carter. She was also a chairwoman for the Hollywood Democratic Committee and was an honored guest speaker at both the 1940/1944 Democratic National Convention.
38Her role in The Petrified Forest (1936) got parodied in the cartoon "She Was an Acrobat's Daughter". It depicts a movie called "The Petrified Florist", starring Leslie Coward (a spoof of Leslie Howard) and Bette Savis.
39Was close friends with Greer Garson, Ginger Rogers, George Brent, Henry Fonda, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan, Claude Rains, Olivia de Havilland and Gladys Cooper.
40Played twin Sisters Kate and Patricia Bosworth in A Stolen Life (1946) and Margaret DeLorca and Edith Phillips in Dead Ringer (1964) In both she played a good and bad twin and, in both movies, one of the sisters met a tragic death.
41Returned to work three months after giving birth to her daughter Barbara Merrill in order to begin filming June Bride (1948).
42Onscreen, Bette Davis played spinsters named Charlotte in 3 different movies: The Old Maid (1939), Now, Voyager (1942), and Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964).
43Was originally sought for the part of "Shirley Drake" in Career (1959).
44Became pregnant by first husband Harmon Nelson in 1933 and 1936, by her lover William Wyler in 1940, and by her second husband Arthur Farnsworth in 1941, 1942 and 1943. On all of these occasions she had abortions.
45For William Randolph Hearst's 75th birthday, the famous 'Circus Party' at San Simeon, she came dressed as a bearded lady (1937).
46Was originally offered the role of fiery pianist Sandra Kovac in The Great Lie (1941). Instead she took the less showy role of Maggie Patterson and suggested her good friend Mary Astor for the role of Sandra -- Davis thought it would help boost Astor's career, which had been hurt by a very nasty custody battle, in 1936, with her ex-husband. Astor went on to win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance.
47Campaigned for the part of Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) but Elizabeth Taylor, who went on to win a Best Actress Oscar for her performance, was cast instead.
48Campaigned for the role of Ellie Andrews in It Happened One Night (1934), but the part was eventually given to Claudette Colbert, who went on to win a Best Actress Oscar for her performance.
49Bette Davis had been nominated for Best Actress in her film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), which also starring Joan Crawford. If Bette had won, it would have set a record number of wins for an actress. According to the book "Bette & Joan - The Divine Feud" by Shaun Considine, the two had a life long mutual hatred, and a jealous Joan Crawford actively campaigned against Bette Davis for winning Best Actress, and even told Anne Bancroft that if Anne won and was unable to accept the Award, Joan would be happy to accept it on her behalf. According to the book - and this may or may not be 100% true, but it makes a good anecdote - on Oscar night, Bette Davis was standing in the wings of the theatre waiting to hear the name of the winner. When it was announced that Anne Bancroft had won Best Actress for The Miracle Worker (1962), Bette Davis felt an icy hand on her shoulder as Joan Crawford said "Excuse me, I have an Oscar to accept".
50Has a street named after her in Iowa City, Iowa.
51Her father was Harlow Morrell Davis, a lawyer. Her mother was Ruth Favor. She had a sister, Barbara Davis.
52In Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), Elizabeth Taylor does an exaggerated impression of Bette Davis saying a line from Beyond the Forest (1949): "What a dump!" In an interview with Barbara Walters, Davis said that in Beyond the Forest (1949), she really did not deliver the line in such an exaggerated manner. She said it in a more subtle, low-key manner, but it has passed into legend that she said it the way Elizabeth Taylor delivered it in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). During the interview, the clip of Bette delivering the line in Beyond the Forest (1949) was shown to prove that she was correct. However, since people expected Bette Davis to deliver the line the way Taylor had in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), she always opened her in-person, one woman show by saying the line in a campy, exaggerated manner: "What... a... dump!!!". It always brought down the house. "I imitated the imitators", Davis said.
53Pictured on a 42¢ USA commemorative postage stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series, issued 18 September 2008.
54She was made a Fellow of the British Film Institute in recognition of her outstanding contribution to film culture.
55Played dual roles of twin sisters in two movies: A Stolen Life (1946) and Dead Ringer (1964).
56When she died in 1989, she reportedly left an estate valued between $600,000 and $1 million, consisting mainly of a condominium apartment she owned in West Hollywood. 50% of her estate went to her son, Michael Merrill, and the remaining 50% went to her secretary and companion, Kathryn Sermack. Her daughter, Barbara Merrill aka B.D. Hyman, was left nothing due to her lurid book about life with her mother. During her long life, she spent the majority of her wealth supporting her mother, three children, and four husbands.
57During her great film career, she reportedly did not get along with her co-stars Miriam Hopkins, Susan Hayward, Celeste Holm and most infamously Joan Crawford.
58Salary for 1948, $365,000.
59Salary for 1941, $252,333.
60Was first offered the role of Luke's mother in Cool Hand Luke (1967), but refused the bit part. Jo Van Fleet accepted the role.
61In Italian films, she was dubbed in most cases by Lidia Simoneschi or Andreina Pagnani. Occasionally, she was also dubbed by Tina Lattanzi, Giovanna Scotto, Rina Morelli or Wanda Tettoni.
62Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 232-235. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
63She was of English descent, and also had remote Scottish and Welsh roots. Most of her ancestors had lived almost exclusively in New England since moving to the United States in the 1600s.
64In an interview with Dick Cavett in 1971, she said her salary at the time she shot Jezebel (1938) was $650 a week.
65When she died, her false eyelashes were auctioned off, fetching a price of $600. Previously, she had said that her biggest secret was brown mascara.
66Had a long-running feud with Miriam Hopkins due to her affair with Hopkins' husband, director Anatole Litvak, as well as Davis' getting many roles that Hopkins wanted.
67Described the last three decades of her life as a "my macabre period". She hated being alone at night and found growing older "terrifying".
68Declined a role in 4 for Texas (1963) (which turned out to be a big hit) to do Dead Ringer (1964) (which turned out to be a big flop).
69Is portrayed by Nancy Linehan Charles in Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996).
70Her performance as Margo Channing in All About Eve (1950) is ranked #5 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
71While filming Death on the Nile (1978), aboard ship, no one was allowed his or her own dressing room, so she shared a dressing room with Angela Lansbury & Maggie Smith.
72For many years she was a popular target for impressionists but she was perplexed by the often used phrase "Pee-tah! Pee-tah! Pee-tah!". She said she had no idea who Pee-tah was and had never even met anyone by that name.
73She said that among the jokes told about her, her favorite came from impressionist Charles Pierce who, dressed as her, demanded of the audience, "Someone give me a cigarette". When the request was granted the performer threw it on the floor and shouted "LIT!".
74Is portrayed by Elissa Leeds in My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Legend of Errol Flynn (1985).
75Is one of the many movie stars mentioned in Madonna's song "Vogue"
76In 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.
77She was voted the 25th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
78Murdoch University (Western Australia) Communications Senior Lecturer Tara Brabazon, in her article "The Spectre of the Spinster: Bette Davis and the Epistemology of the Shelf," quotes the court testimony of Davis' first husband Harmon Nelson to show what a debacle her private life was. During divorce proceedings, Nelson was successful in sustaining his charge of mental cruelty by testifying that Davis had told him that her career was more important than her marriage. Brabazon writes that Davis, claiming she was beaten by all four of her husbands, believed that she should have remained single.
79She claimed to have given the Academy Award the nickname "Oscar" after her first husband, Harmon Nelson, whose middle name was Oscar, although she later withdrew that claim. Most sources say it was named by Academy librarian and eventual executive director Margaret Herrick, who thought the statuette resembled her Uncle Oscar.
80She came to Cardiff in 1975 for a theatre tour and went to the Welsh Valleys in search of relatives - and found them. She had been learning Welsh in order to come to Wales; however, she only used the words "Nos Da" (meaning "good night") while in the country and had forgotten all the other phrases she had learned.
81According to her August 1982 Playboy Magazine interview, in her youth she posed nude for an artist, who carved a statue of her that was placed in a public spot in Boston, MA. After the interview appeared, Bostonians searched for the statue in vain. The statue, four dancing nymphs, was later found in the possession of a private Massachusetts collector.
82Each of her four husbands were Gentiles, while her friend Joan Blondell's husband Michael Todd was Jewish. Blondell called Davis' brace of husbands the "Four Skins.".
83Desperately wanted to win a third Best Actress Oscar for What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), as three wins in the leading category was unprecedented (Walter Brennan had won three Oscars, but all of his were in the supporting category). It was the general feeling among Academy voters that while Davis was superb, the movie itself was little better than a potboiler exploitation film, the kind that doesn't deserve the recognition that an Oscar would give it.
84Joan Crawford and Davis had feuded for years. During the making of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), Bette had a Coca-Cola machine installed on the set due to Crawford's affiliation with Pepsi (she was the widow of Pepsi's CEO). Joan got her revenge by putting weights in her pockets when Davis had to drag her across the floor during certain scenes.
85Attended Cushing Academy; a prep school in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. An award in her namesake is given annually to one male and one female scholar-athlete of exceptional accomplishment in both fields.
86After her first picture, Davis was sitting outside the office of Universal Pictures executive Carl Laemmle Jr. when she overhead 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?".
87She was voted the 10th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
88Was named #2 on The Greatest Screen Legends actress list by the American Film Institute.
89Was one of two actresses (with Faye Dunaway) to have two villainous roles ranked in the American Film Institute's 100 Years of The Greatest Heroes and Villains, as Regina Giddens in The Little Foxes (1941) at #43 and as Baby Jane Hudson in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) at #44.
90While touring the talk show circuit to promote What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), she told one interviewer that when she and Joan Crawford were first suggested for the leads, Warner studio head Jack L. Warner replied: "I wouldn't give a plugged nickel for either of those two old broads." Recalling the story, Davis laughed at her own expense. The following day, she reportedly received a telegram from Crawford: "In future, please do not refer to me as an old broad!".
91After the song "Bette Davis Eyes" became a hit single, she wrote letters to singer Kim Carnes and songwriters Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon, asking how they knew so much about her. One of the reasons Davis loved the song is that her grandson heard it and thought it "cool" that his grandmother had a hit song written about her.
92Nominated for an Academy Award 5 years in a row, in 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942 and 1943. She shares the record for most consecutive nominations with Greer Garson.
93When 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".
94In Marked Woman (1937), Davis is forced to testify in court after being worked over by some Mafia hoods. Disgusted with the tiny bandage supplied by the makeup department, she left the set, had her own doctor bandage her face more realistically, and refused to shoot the scene any other way.
95It is said that one of her real true loves was director William Wyler but he was married and refused to leave his wife.
96Her third husband Arthur Farnsworth died after a fall on Hollywood Boulevard in which he took a blow to the head. He had shortly before banged his head on a train between LA and New England, followed by another fall down the stairway at their New Hampshire home.
97She considered her debut screen test for Universal Pictures to be so bad that she ran screaming from the projection room.
98She was elected as first female president of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in October 1941. She resigned less then two months later, publicly declaring herself too busy to fulfill her duties as president while angrily protesting in private that the Academy had wanted her to serve as a mere figurehead.
99When Bette learned that her new brother-in-law was a recovering alcoholic, she sent the couple a dozen cases of liquor for a wedding present.
100Director Steven Spielberg won the Christie's auction of her 1938 Best Actress Oscar for Jezebel (1938) for $578,000. He then gave it to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [July 2001]
101Mother of Barbara Merrill (aka B.D. Hyman) and grandmother of J. Ashley Hyman. Marion Sherry was B.D.'s nanny until William Grant Sherry left Davis for her.
102Interred at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California, USA, just outside and to the left of the main entrance to the Court of Remembrance.
103Attended Northfield Mt. Hermon high school.
104She suffered a stroke and had a mastectomy in 1983.
105On her sarcophagus is written "She did it the hard way".
106In 1952 she was asked to perform in a musical, "Two's Company". After several grueling months at rehearsals, her health deteriorated due to osteomyelitis of the jaw and she had to leave the show only several weeks after it opened. She was to repeat this process in 1974 when she rehearsed for the musical version of The Corn Is Green (1945), called "Miss Moffat", but bowed out early in the run of the show for dubious medical reasons.
107Ranked #15 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
108While she was the star pupil at John Murray Anderson's Dramatic School in New York, another of her classmates was sent home because she was "too shy". It was predicted that this girl would never make it as an actress. The girl was Lucille Ball.
109Played by Karen Teliha in Hollywood Mouth (2008). Since there is a Joan Crawford segment in the film, director Jordan Mohr thought it would be effective to have a Bette Davis character making comments about her rival.
110Davis, whom most critics and cinema historians rank as the greatest American movie actress ever, sent a letter to Meryl Streep early in her career. Davis told Streep that she felt that she was her successor as The First Lady of the American Screen.
111Was honored by James Stewart, Angela Lansbury', Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy when she received her Kennedy Centre Honors.
112LIFE Magazine described her performance in Of Human Bondage (1934) as "probably the best performance ever recorded on the screen by a U.S. actress".
113Whilst a student at Cushing Academy she saw a production of The Wild Duck, which inspired her to seriously pursue acting.
114Was the highest paid woman in US in 1942.
115In 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.
116In an interview with Barbara Walters, she claimed her daughter's book, "My Mother's Keeper", was as devastating as her stroke.
117Subject of the book "Me and Jezebel: When Bette Davis Came for Dinner -- And Stayed..." by Elizabeth Fuller.
118Was signed to a contract at Universal Studios in 1930.
119Stated George Brent was her favorite male co-star.
120Was one of the many people in the entertainment business who lived in The Osborne Apartments in Manhattan. Other famous residents have included Robert Osborne, Ira Levin and Leonard Bernstein.
121Was under contract to Warner Brothers from 1932 to 1949.
122Credited actor George Arliss with giving her her "break" by choosing her as his leading lady in The Man Who Played God (1932).
123Made her Broadway debut in 1929.
124Turned down the role of Rose Sayer in The African Queen (1951) due to pregnancy.
125Was portrayed by Kelly Moore in the stage play "Jezebel and Me".
126Was a fan of Susan Hayward, however when they co-starred in Where Love Has Gone (1964), they occasionally clashed over disagreements about the script.
127Was originally cast in Hotel (1983), when she had to back out due to ill health she was replaced by her friend and former All About Eve (1950) co-star, Anne Baxter.
128Was replaced by Shelley Winters when she left the original Broadway production of "The Night of the Iguana".
129Wrote the book "This 'n That" in response to her daughter's book, "My Mother's Keeper".
130Was the highest ranking female on Quigley Publishing's Top Ten Money Making Stars Poll from 1939 to 1941.
131Was the first actor to receive ten Academy Award nominations.
132The United States Postal Service honored Davis with a commemorative postage stamp in 2008, marking the 100th anniversary of her birth. The First Day of Issue celebration took place September 18, 2008, at Boston University, which houses an extensive Bette Davis archive. Featured speakers included her son Michael Merrill and Lauren Bacall.
133Was the favorite actress of Katharine Hepburn.
134Was the 8th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Dangerous (1935) at The 8th Academy Awards on March 5, 1936.
135Her hometown of Lowell, Massachussetts, was featured in a 2007 episode of Cops (1989).
136In honor of her 100th birthday, she was honored as Turner Classic Movie's Star of the Month in April 2008.
137Actress Kirstie Alley modeled her character of Madison "Maddie" Banks for her TV show Kirstie (2013) after Davis; so much in fact, that on the first seasons fifth episode she donned a Margo Channing style dress.
138Filmed a television pilot in 1965 for a show to be called "The Bette Davis Show," which was not picked up for series by any of the television networks, but which was broadcast as a television movie entitled The Decorator (1965).
139Davis' arch rival Joan Crawford once said in an interview that she and Davis had nothing in common. In reality, they had a handful of similarities in their personal lives. They both had father's who abandoned their families at a young age; both rose from poverty to success while breaking into films during the late 1920s and early 1930s; both had siblings and mothers who milked them financially once they became famous; both became Oscar-winning leading ladies; both were staunch liberal Democrats and feminists; and both had daughters who wrote lurid books denouncing them as bad mothers.
140Her favorite song was "Stardust" by Hoagy Carmichael.
141She was very active in leading Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts due in part that in her childhood she was a decorated Girl Scout.
142Mentioned in the song 'Industrial Disease' by rock band Dire Straits.
143She was a lifelong liberal Democrat. She was a solid supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Adlai Stevenson, Lyndon Johnson, and Jimmy Carter. She was also a chairwoman for the Hollywood Democratic Committee and was an honored guest speaker at both the 1940/1944 Democratic National Convention.
144Her role in The Petrified Forest (1936) got parodied in the cartoon "She Was an Acrobat's Daughter". It depicts a movie called "The Petrified Florist", starring Leslie Coward (a spoof of Leslie Howard) and Bette Savis.
145Was close friends with Greer Garson, Ginger Rogers, George Brent, Henry Fonda, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan, Claude Rains, Olivia de Havilland and Gladys Cooper.
146Played twin Sisters Kate and Patricia Bosworth in A Stolen Life (1946) and Margaret DeLorca and Edith Phillips in Dead Ringer (1964) In both she played a good and bad twin and, in both movies, one of the sisters met a tragic death.
147Returned to work three months after giving birth to her daughter Barbara Merrill in order to begin filming June Bride (1948).
148Onscreen, Bette Davis played spinsters named Charlotte in 3 different movies: The Old Maid (1939), Now, Voyager (1942), and Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964).
149Was originally sought for the part of "Shirley Drake" in Career (1959).
150Became pregnant by first husband Harmon Nelson in 1933 and 1936, by her lover William Wyler in 1940, and by her second husband Arthur Farnsworth in 1941, 1942 and 1943. On all of these occasions she had abortions.
151For William Randolph Hearst's 75th birthday, the famous 'Circus Party' at San Simeon, she came dressed as a bearded lady (1937).
152Was originally offered the role of fiery pianist Sandra Kovac in The Great Lie (1941). Instead she took the less showy role of Maggie Patterson and suggested her good friend Mary Astor for the role of Sandra -- Davis thought it would help boost Astor's career, which had been hurt by a very nasty custody battle, in 1936, with her ex-husband. Astor went on to win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance.
153Campaigned for the part of Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) but Elizabeth Taylor, who went on to win a Best Actress Oscar for her performance, was cast instead.
154Campaigned for the role of Ellie Andrews in It Happened One Night (1934), but the part was eventually given to Claudette Colbert, who went on to win a Best Actress Oscar for her performance.
155Bette Davis had been nominated for Best Actress in her film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), which also starring Joan Crawford. If Bette had won, it would have set a record number of wins for an actress. According to the book "Bette & Joan - The Divine Feud" by Shaun Considine, the two had a life long mutual hatred, and a jealous Joan Crawford actively campaigned against Bette Davis for winning Best Actress, and even told Anne Bancroft that if Anne won and was unable to accept the Award, Joan would be happy to accept it on her behalf. According to the book - and this may or may not be 100% true, but it makes a good anecdote - on Oscar night, Bette Davis was standing in the wings of the theatre waiting to hear the name of the winner. When it was announced that Anne Bancroft had won Best Actress for The Miracle Worker (1962), Bette Davis felt an icy hand on her shoulder as Joan Crawford said "Excuse me, I have an Oscar to accept".
156Has a street named after her in Iowa City, Iowa.
157Her father was Harlow Morrell Davis, a lawyer. Her mother was Ruth Favor. She had a sister, Barbara Davis.
158In Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), Elizabeth Taylor does an exaggerated impression of Bette Davis saying a line from Beyond the Forest (1949): "What a dump!" In an interview with Barbara Walters, Davis said that in Beyond the Forest (1949), she really did not deliver the line in such an exaggerated manner. She said it in a more subtle, low-key manner, but it has passed into legend that she said it the way Elizabeth Taylor delivered it in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). During the interview, the clip of Bette delivering the line in Beyond the Forest (1949) was shown to prove that she was correct. However, since people expected Bette Davis to deliver the line the way Taylor had in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), she always opened her in-person, one woman show by saying the line in a campy, exaggerated manner: "What... a... dump!!!". It always brought down the house. "I imitated the imitators", Davis said.
159Pictured on a 42¢ USA commemorative postage stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series, issued 18 September 2008.
160She was made a Fellow of the British Film Institute in recognition of her outstanding contribution to film culture.
161Played dual roles of twin sisters in two movies: A Stolen Life (1946) and Dead Ringer (1964).
162When she died in 1989, she reportedly left an estate valued between $600,000 and $1 million, consisting mainly of a condominium apartment she owned in West Hollywood. 50% of her estate went to her son, Michael Merrill, and the remaining 50% went to her secretary and companion, Kathryn Sermack. Her daughter, Barbara Merrill aka B.D. Hyman, was left nothing due to her lurid book about life with her mother. During her long life, she spent the majority of her wealth supporting her mother, three children, and four husbands.
163During her great film career, she reportedly did not get along with her co-stars Miriam Hopkins, Susan Hayward, Celeste Holm and most infamously Joan Crawford.
164Salary for 1948, $365,000.
165Salary for 1941, $252,333.
166Was first offered the role of Luke's mother in Cool Hand Luke (1967), but refused the bit part. Jo Van Fleet accepted the role.
167In Italian films, she was dubbed in most cases by Lidia Simoneschi or Andreina Pagnani. Occasionally, she was also dubbed by Tina Lattanzi, Giovanna Scotto, Rina Morelli or Wanda Tettoni.
168Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 232-235. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
169She was of English descent, and also had remote Scottish and Welsh roots. Most of her ancestors had lived almost exclusively in New England since moving to the United States in the 1600s.
170In an interview with Dick Cavett in 1971, she said her salary at the time she shot Jezebel (1938) was $650 a week.
171When she died, her false eyelashes were auctioned off, fetching a price of $600. Previously, she had said that her biggest secret was brown mascara.
172Had a long-running feud with Miriam Hopkins due to her affair with Hopkins' husband, director Anatole Litvak, as well as Davis' getting many roles that Hopkins wanted.
173Described the last three decades of her life as a "my macabre period". She hated being alone at night and found growing older "terrifying".
174Declined a role in 4 for Texas (1963) (which turned out to be a big hit) to do Dead Ringer (1964) (which turned out to be a big flop).
175Is portrayed by Nancy Linehan Charles in Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996).
176Her performance as Margo Channing in All About Eve (1950) is ranked #5 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
177While filming Death on the Nile (1978), aboard ship, no one was allowed his or her own dressing room, so she shared a dressing room with Angela Lansbury & Maggie Smith.
178For many years she was a popular target for impressionists but she was perplexed by the often used phrase "Pee-tah! Pee-tah! Pee-tah!". She said she had no idea who Pee-tah was and had never even met anyone by that name.
179She said that among the jokes told about her, her favorite came from impressionist Charles Pierce who, dressed as her, demanded of the audience, "Someone give me a cigarette". When the request was granted the performer threw it on the floor and shouted "LIT!".
180Is portrayed by Elissa Leeds in My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Legend of Errol Flynn (1985).
181Is one of the many movie stars mentioned in Madonna's song "Vogue"
182In 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.
183She was voted the 25th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
184Murdoch University (Western Australia) Communications Senior Lecturer Tara Brabazon, in her article "The Spectre of the Spinster: Bette Davis and the Epistemology of the Shelf," quotes the court testimony of Davis' first husband Harmon Nelson to show what a debacle her private life was. During divorce proceedings, Nelson was successful in sustaining his charge of mental cruelty by testifying that Davis had told him that her career was more important than her marriage. Brabazon writes that Davis, claiming she was beaten by all four of her husbands, believed that she should have remained single.
185She claimed to have given the Academy Award the nickname "Oscar" after her first husband, Harmon Nelson, whose middle name was Oscar, although she later withdrew that claim. Most sources say it was named by Academy librarian and eventual executive director Margaret Herrick, who thought the statuette resembled her Uncle Oscar.
186She came to Cardiff in 1975 for a theatre tour and went to the Welsh Valleys in search of relatives - and found them. She had been learning Welsh in order to come to Wales; however, she only used the words "Nos Da" (meaning "good night") while in the country and had forgotten all the other phrases she had learned.
187According to her August 1982 Playboy Magazine interview, in her youth she posed nude for an artist, who carved a statue of her that was placed in a public spot in Boston, MA. After the interview appeared, Bostonians searched for the statue in vain. The statue, four dancing nymphs, was later found in the possession of a private Massachusetts collector.
188Each of her four husbands were Gentiles, while her friend Joan Blondell's husband Michael Todd was Jewish. Blondell called Davis' brace of husbands the "Four Skins.".
189Desperately wanted to win a third Best Actress Oscar for What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), as three wins in the leading category was unprecedented (Walter Brennan had won three Oscars, but all of his were in the supporting category). It was the general feeling among Academy voters that while Davis was superb, the movie itself was little better than a potboiler exploitation film, the kind that doesn't deserve the recognition that an Oscar would give it.
190Joan Crawford and Davis had feuded for years. During the making of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), Bette had a Coca-Cola machine installed on the set due to Crawford's affiliation with Pepsi (she was the widow of Pepsi's CEO). Joan got her revenge by putting weights in her pockets when Davis had to drag her across the floor during certain scenes.
191Attended Cushing Academy; a prep school in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. An award in her namesake is given annually to one male and one female scholar-athlete of exceptional accomplishment in both fields.
192After her first picture, Davis was sitting outside the office of Universal Pictures executive Carl Laemmle Jr. when she overhead 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?".
193She was voted the 10th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
194Was named #2 on The Greatest Screen Legends actress list by the American Film Institute.
195Was one of two actresses (with Faye Dunaway) to have two villainous roles ranked in the American Film Institute's 100 Years of The Greatest Heroes and Villains, as Regina Giddens in The Little Foxes (1941) at #43 and as Baby Jane Hudson in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) at #44.
196While touring the talk show circuit to promote What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), she told one interviewer that when she and Joan Crawford were first suggested for the leads, Warner studio head Jack L. Warner replied: "I wouldn't give a plugged nickel for either of those two old broads." Recalling the story, Davis laughed at her own expense. The following day, she reportedly received a telegram from Crawford: "In future, please do not refer to me as an old broad!".
197After the song "Bette Davis Eyes" became a hit single, she wrote letters to singer Kim Carnes and songwriters Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon, asking how they knew so much about her. One of the reasons Davis loved the song is that her grandson heard it and thought it "cool" that his grandmother had a hit song written about her.
198Nominated for an Academy Award 5 years in a row, in 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942 and 1943. She shares the record for most consecutive nominations with Greer Garson.
199When 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".
200In Marked Woman (1937), Davis is forced to testify in court after being worked over by some Mafia hoods. Disgusted with the tiny bandage supplied by the makeup department, she left the set, had her own doctor bandage her face more realistically, and refused to shoot the scene any other way.
201It is said that one of her real true loves was director William Wyler but he was married and refused to leave his wife.
202Her third husband Arthur Farnsworth died after a fall on Hollywood Boulevard in which he took a blow to the head. He had shortly before banged his head on a train between LA and New England, followed by another fall down the stairway at their New Hampshire home.
203She considered her debut screen test for Universal Pictures to be so bad that she ran screaming from the projection room.
204She was elected as first female president of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in October 1941. She resigned less then two months later, publicly declaring herself too busy to fulfill her duties as president while angrily protesting in private that the Academy had wanted her to serve as a mere figurehead.
205When Bette learned that her new brother-in-law was a recovering alcoholic, she sent the couple a dozen cases of liquor for a wedding present.
206Director Steven Spielberg won the Christie's auction of her 1938 Best Actress Oscar for Jezebel (1938) for $578,000. He then gave it to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [July 2001]
207Mother of Barbara Merrill (aka B.D. Hyman) and grandmother of J. Ashley Hyman. Marion Sherry was B.D.'s nanny until William Grant Sherry left Davis for her.
208Interred at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California, USA, just outside and to the left of the main entrance to the Court of Remembrance.
209Attended Northfield Mt. Hermon high school.
210She suffered a stroke and had a mastectomy in 1983.
211On her sarcophagus is written "She did it the hard way".
212In 1952 she was asked to perform in a musical, "Two's Company". After several grueling months at rehearsals, her health deteriorated due to osteomyelitis of the jaw and she had to leave the show only several weeks after it opened. She was to repeat this process in 1974 when she rehearsed for the musical version of The Corn Is Green (1945), called "Miss Moffat", but bowed out early in the run of the show for dubious medical reasons.
213Ranked #15 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
214While she was the star pupil at John Murray Anderson's Dramatic School in New York, another of her classmates was sent home because she was "too shy". It was predicted that this girl would never make it as an actress. The girl was Lucille Ball.

#Quote
1[on The Star (1952), (1983)] 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.
2[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.
3[after attending President Jimmy Carter's 1977 inauguration] Miss Lillian [the President's mother] doesn't like any women. She was perfectly terrible to all of us at the inauguration. She only wanted to see the men. When any women came up to her, she just glared at us like this!
4[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.
5[Burnt Offerings (1976)] Karen Black changes her makeup in the middle of the scene, so nothing matches on the screen. She sleeps all day, never goes to rushes and you can't hear a bloody thing she says on the set. When I made movies you could hear me in a tunnel.
6Warner Brothers sent me a letter saying they wanted to use a clip from Now, Voyager (1942) in the Summer of '42 (1971). They implied that they wanted to use it as a laugh. My lawyer wrote back saying, if they wanted a clip to laugh at, why didn't they choose a scene from one of their current films.
7[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.
8[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.
9[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?
10[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.
11[on Miriam Hopkins] Miriam is a perfectly charming person, socially. Working with her is another story. Miriam used, and I must give her credit, every trick in the book. I became fascinated watching them appear one by one. When she was supposed to be listening to me, her eyes would wander off into some world in which she was the sweetest of them all. Her restless little spirit was impatiently awaiting her next line, her golden curls quivering with expectancy. Miriam was her own worst enemy. I usually had better things to do than waste my energies on invective and cat fights.
12[on Joan Crawford]: I was not Miss Crawford's biggest fan, but, wisecracks to the contrary, I did and still do respect her talent. What she did not deserve was that detestable book written by her daughter. I've forgotten her name. Horrible. I looked at that book, but I did not need to read it. I wouldn't read trash like that, and I think it was a terrible, terrible thing for a daughter to do. An abomination! To do something like that to someone who saved you from the orphanage, foster homes, who knows what. If she didn't like the person who chose to be her mother, she was grown up and could choose her own life. I felt very sorry for Joan Crawford, but I knew she wouldn't appreciate my pity, because that's the last thing she would have wanted, anyone being sorry for her, especially me. I can understand how hurt Miss Crawford had to be. Well, no I can't. It's like trying to imagine how I would feel if my own beloved, wonderful daughter, B.D., were to write a bad book about me. Unimaginable. I am grateful for my children and for knowing they would never do to me anything like what Miss Crawford's daughter did to her. Of course, dear B.D., of whom I'm so proud, is my natural child, and there always are certain risks in adopting. Gary [Merrill] and I adopted two babies, because when we married I was too old to have our own. We were very pleased with our little boy, Michael, but our adopted daughter, who was a beautiful baby, was, brain-damaged. I never have had regrets, though, because I think we provided for her better than anything else that could have happened to her, and we gave her some happiness in her life. You can't return a baby like you can a carton of cracked eggs.
13[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.
14I don't take the movies seriously, and anyone who does is in for a headache.
15When 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.
16[Of her longtime rival] We must hand it to her. Where she came from and all that--she accomplished *much*. She became a movie star, and I became the great actress. There is of course a need for both in this business, but you have to know *when* to put a stop to the nonsense that goes with the job. Stars are people *too*. They have to eat, sleep, and go to the bathroom too, without applause or a standing ovation. But I don't *think* Joan Crawford ever sleeps. She never *quits* being Joan Crawford. I find that tedious and quite insane.
17"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.
18[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.
19You 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.
20[on working with Joan Crawford in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)] We were polite to each other - all the social amenities, 'Good morning, Joan' and 'Good Morning, Bette' crap - and thank God we weren't playing roles where we had to like each other. But people forget that our big scenes were alone - just the camera was on me or her. No actresses on earth are as different as we are, all the way down the line. Yet what we do works. It's so strange, this acting business. It comes from inside. She was always so damn proper. She sent thank you notes for thank you notes. I screamed when I found out she signed autographs: 'Bless you, Joan Crawford.'
21The 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.
22On experience: Old age ain't no place for sissies.
23On growth: I have always been driven by some distant music -- a battle hymn no doubt -- for I have been at war from the beginning. I've never looked back before. I've never had the time and it has always seemed so dangerous. To look back is to relax one's vigil.
24On sexual politics: I am a woman meant for a man, but I never found a man who could compete.
25On 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.
26On work: This became a credo of mine...attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
27[on being idolized and spoiled while traveling] This is *part* of the reward, but boy, you don't get that for a long time! And that must never be your motive. See that *can't* be the motive. Because that isn't what you want the most. You want to get on that stage and work.
28[of the studio executives] Four compliments a year, we never would have asked for so much money. Truthfully! They never knew it! Actors are complete suckers for good parts, you know, and just saying, "You did a *good* job, Bette!" Never. Never. Never.... I think it would've made a whole different salary scale in California, yes, I do. They only respected you by how much money you made. You could be the same actress at six-fifty a week or thirty thousand a week, and you're a *much* better actress at thirty thousand a week.
29[to TV interviewer Dick Cavett] People say, when I'm coming on with someone like you for ninety minutes, "Don't you want to know what's going to happen?" I *don't* want to know the questions ahead, because number one, I trust your taste, but if you should ask me something that I *really* don't want to go into, I'd give a *perfectly* nice smile, not insulting, and say, "I don't want to talk about it." Nobody can *make* you talk about something. So if I'm *fool* enough to talk about it, then it's not your fault, it's mine. Like many bad interviews, this is what happens: it's the actor's fault. They get five good hookers in them, and tell their life story. Well, you cannot blame the interviewer who goes out and prints it. ... Anybody who does an interview with drinks is a fool. Because we all know we talk more with drinks.
30I think acting should look as if we were working a *little* ... It's like the juggler who loses it twice and then gets it, you know, finally. Which is a very old-fashioned theory today. See, you mustn't have *any* idea that *anybody* knows the camera's on them at all. You see: it's just life. Well, we all have life, 24, 12 hours a day, and sometimes we want to forget life, you know. And I think it should be a *little* larger than life. A little bit theatrical.
31[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!
32[in 1977, on why she was still working] So I am up to my ears in taxes and debts, and that's why I come out of my house in Connecticut every few years and work. I can hole up for just so long, then I gotta get out and stir things up again. It's half for income and half for me.
33[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.
34[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.
35[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.
36[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.
37My favorite person to work with was Claude Rains.
38When I die, they'll probably auction off my false eyelashes.
39I always had the will to win. I felt it baking cookies. They had to be the best cookies anyone baked.
40[before taking her final flight in 1989] I want to die with my high heels on, still in action.
41I was a person who couldn't make divorce work. For me, there's nothing lonelier than a turned-down toilet seat.
42Beyond the Forest (1949) was a terrible movie! It had the longest death scene ever seen on the screen.
43[after having blown the same line several times in Hollywood Canteen (1944), in which she plays herself] I don't know what's wrong with me, but I think I just can't play myself. I don't know how! But, if you give me a drink - give me a cigarette - give me a gun - I'll play any old bag you want me to. I just can't play myself!
44[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.
45I have been uncompromising, peppery, infractable, monomaniacal, tactless, volatile and offtimes disagreeable. I suppose I'm larger than life.
46If Hollywood didn't work out, I was prepared to be the best secretary in the world.
47[commenting about her mother, an aspiring actress] I had to be the monster for both of us.
48[commenting on the death of long-time nemesis Joan Crawford] You should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good . . . Joan Crawford is dead. Good.
49[on sex] God's biggest joke on human beings.
50[when told not to speak ill of the dead] Just because someone is dead does not mean they have changed!
51Why 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.
52[when told that "at one time" she had a reputation for being difficult] At one time?! I've been known as difficult for 50 years, practically! What do you mean "at one time"? Nooo, I've been like this for 50 years. And it's always always to make it the best film I can make it!
53[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.
54[about Katharine Hepburn's tie for the 1968 Oscar with Barbra Streisand] I wanted to be the first to win three Oscars, but Miss Hepburn has done it. Actually it hasn't been done. Miss Hepburn only won half an Oscar. If they'd given me half an Oscar I would have thrown it back in their faces. You see, I'm an Aries. I never lose.
55Today everyone is a star - they're all billed as 'starring' or 'also starring'. In my day, we earned that recognition.
56If you want a thing well done, get a couple of old broads to do it.
57I will never be below the title.
58[referring to her parents' divorce when she was 7] Of course I replaced my father. I became my own father and everyone else's.
59An affair now and then is good for a marriage. It adds spice, stops it from getting boring. I ought to know.
60I'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.
61To 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.
62The male ego, with few exceptions, is elephantine to start with.
63I would advise any woman against having an affair with a married man believing he will ever leave his wife, no matter how often he says his wife does not understand him. Love is not as necessary to a man's happiness as it is to a woman's. If her marriage is satisfactory, a woman will seldom stray. A man can be totally contented and still be out howling at the moon.
64There was more good acting at Hollywood parties than ever appeared on the screen.
65I 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.
66What a fool I was to come to Hollywood where they only understand platinum blondes and where legs are more important than talent.
67Success only breeds a new goal.
68Gay Liberation? I ain't against it, it's just that there's nothing in it for me.
69[on her character in All About Eve (1950)] Margo Channing was not a bitch. She was an actress who was getting older and was not too happy about it. And why should she be? Anyone who says that life begins at 40 is full of it. As people get older their bodies begin to decay. They get sick. They forget things. What's good about that?
70[on rival Joan Crawford] She has slept with every male star at MGM except Lassie.
71I'm the nicest goddamn dame that ever lived.
72I went back to work because someone had to pay for the groceries.
73At 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.
74Until you're known in my profession as a monster, you're not a star.
75I see - she's the original good time that was had by all.
76Getting old is not for sissies.
77[in 1982] Acting should be bigger than life. Scripts should be bigger than life. It should ALL be bigger than life.
78[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.
79[on The Star (1952), (1983)] 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.
80[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.
81[after attending President Jimmy Carter's 1977 inauguration] Miss Lillian [the President's mother] doesn't like any women. She was perfectly terrible to all of us at the inauguration. She only wanted to see the men. When any women came up to her, she just glared at us like this!
82[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.
83[Burnt Offerings (1976)] Karen Black changes her makeup in the middle of the scene, so nothing matches on the screen. She sleeps all day, never goes to rushes and you can't hear a bloody thing she says on the set. When I made movies you could hear me in a tunnel.
84Warner Brothers sent me a letter saying they wanted to use a clip from Now, Voyager (1942) in the Summer of '42 (1971). They implied that they wanted to use it as a laugh. My lawyer wrote back saying, if they wanted a clip to laugh at, why didn't they choose a scene from one of their current films.
85[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.
86[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.
87[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?
88[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.
89[on Miriam Hopkins] Miriam is a perfectly charming person, socially. Working with her is another story. Miriam used, and I must give her credit, every trick in the book. I became fascinated watching them appear one by one. When she was supposed to be listening to me, her eyes would wander off into some world in which she was the sweetest of them all. Her restless little spirit was impatiently awaiting her next line, her golden curls quivering with expectancy. Miriam was her own worst enemy. I usually had better things to do than waste my energies on invective and cat fights.
90[on Joan Crawford]: I was not Miss Crawford's biggest fan, but, wisecracks to the contrary, I did and still do respect her talent. What she did not deserve was that detestable book written by her daughter. I've forgotten her name. Horrible. I looked at that book, but I did not need to read it. I wouldn't read trash like that, and I think it was a terrible, terrible thing for a daughter to do. An abomination! To do something like that to someone who saved you from the orphanage, foster homes, who knows what. If she didn't like the person who chose to be her mother, she was grown up and could choose her own life. I felt very sorry for Joan Crawford, but I knew she wouldn't appreciate my pity, because that's the last thing she would have wanted, anyone being sorry for her, especially me. I can understand how hurt Miss Crawford had to be. Well, no I can't. It's like trying to imagine how I would feel if my own beloved, wonderful daughter, B.D., were to write a bad book about me. Unimaginable. I am grateful for my children and for knowing they would never do to me anything like what Miss Crawford's daughter did to her. Of course, dear B.D., of whom I'm so proud, is my natural child, and there always are certain risks in adopting. Gary [Merrill] and I adopted two babies, because when we married I was too old to have our own. We were very pleased with our little boy, Michael, but our adopted daughter, who was a beautiful baby, was, brain-damaged. I never have had regrets, though, because I think we provided for her better than anything else that could have happened to her, and we gave her some happiness in her life. You can't return a baby like you can a carton of cracked eggs.
91[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.
92I don't take the movies seriously, and anyone who does is in for a headache.
93When 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.
94[Of her longtime rival] We must hand it to her. Where she came from and all that--she accomplished *much*. She became a movie star, and I became the great actress. There is of course a need for both in this business, but you have to know *when* to put a stop to the nonsense that goes with the job. Stars are people *too*. They have to eat, sleep, and go to the bathroom too, without applause or a standing ovation. But I don't *think* Joan Crawford ever sleeps. She never *quits* being Joan Crawford. I find that tedious and quite insane.
95"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.
96[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.
97You 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.
98[on working with Joan Crawford in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)] We were polite to each other - all the social amenities, 'Good morning, Joan' and 'Good Morning, Bette' crap - and thank God we weren't playing roles where we had to like each other. But people forget that our big scenes were alone - just the camera was on me or her. No actresses on earth are as different as we are, all the way down the line. Yet what we do works. It's so strange, this acting business. It comes from inside. She was always so damn proper. She sent thank you notes for thank you notes. I screamed when I found out she signed autographs: 'Bless you, Joan Crawford.'
99The 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.
100On experience: Old age ain't no place for sissies.
101On growth: I have always been driven by some distant music -- a battle hymn no doubt -- for I have been at war from the beginning. I've never looked back before. I've never had the time and it has always seemed so dangerous. To look back is to relax one's vigil.
102On sexual politics: I am a woman meant for a man, but I never found a man who could compete.
103On 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.
104On work: This became a credo of mine...attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
105[on being idolized and spoiled while traveling] This is *part* of the reward, but boy, you don't get that for a long time! And that must never be your motive. See that *can't* be the motive. Because that isn't what you want the most. You want to get on that stage and work.
106[of the studio executives] Four compliments a year, we never would have asked for so much money. Truthfully! They never knew it! Actors are complete suckers for good parts, you know, and just saying, "You did a *good* job, Bette!" Never. Never. Never.... I think it would've made a whole different salary scale in California, yes, I do. They only respected you by how much money you made. You could be the same actress at six-fifty a week or thirty thousand a week, and you're a *much* better actress at thirty thousand a week.
107[to TV interviewer Dick Cavett] People say, when I'm coming on with someone like you for ninety minutes, "Don't you want to know what's going to happen?" I *don't* want to know the questions ahead, because number one, I trust your taste, but if you should ask me something that I *really* don't want to go into, I'd give a *perfectly* nice smile, not insulting, and say, "I don't want to talk about it." Nobody can *make* you talk about something. So if I'm *fool* enough to talk about it, then it's not your fault, it's mine. Like many bad interviews, this is what happens: it's the actor's fault. They get five good hookers in them, and tell their life story. Well, you cannot blame the interviewer who goes out and prints it. ... Anybody who does an interview with drinks is a fool. Because we all know we talk more with drinks.
108I think acting should look as if we were working a *little* ... It's like the juggler who loses it twice and then gets it, you know, finally. Which is a very old-fashioned theory today. See, you mustn't have *any* idea that *anybody* knows the camera's on them at all. You see: it's just life. Well, we all have life, 24, 12 hours a day, and sometimes we want to forget life, you know. And I think it should be a *little* larger than life. A little bit theatrical.
109[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!
110[in 1977, on why she was still working] So I am up to my ears in taxes and debts, and that's why I come out of my house in Connecticut every few years and work. I can hole up for just so long, then I gotta get out and stir things up again. It's half for income and half for me.
111[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.
112[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.
113[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.
114[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.
115My favorite person to work with was Claude Rains.
116When I die, they'll probably auction off my false eyelashes.
117I always had the will to win. I felt it baking cookies. They had to be the best cookies anyone baked.
118[before taking her final flight in 1989] I want to die with my high heels on, still in action.
119I was a person who couldn't make divorce work. For me, there's nothing lonelier than a turned-down toilet seat.
120Beyond the Forest (1949) was a terrible movie! It had the longest death scene ever seen on the screen.
121[after having blown the same line several times in Hollywood Canteen (1944), in which she plays herself] I don't know what's wrong with me, but I think I just can't play myself. I don't know how! But, if you give me a drink - give me a cigarette - give me a gun - I'll play any old bag you want me to. I just can't play myself!
122[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.
123I have been uncompromising, peppery, infractable, monomaniacal, tactless, volatile and offtimes disagreeable. I suppose I'm larger than life.
124If Hollywood didn't work out, I was prepared to be the best secretary in the world.
125[commenting about her mother, an aspiring actress] I had to be the monster for both of us.
126[commenting on the death of long-time nemesis Joan Crawford] You should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good . . . Joan Crawford is dead. Good.
127[on sex] God's biggest joke on human beings.
128[when told not to speak ill of the dead] Just because someone is dead does not mean they have changed!
129Why 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.
130[when told that "at one time" she had a reputation for being difficult] At one time?! I've been known as difficult for 50 years, practically! What do you mean "at one time"? Nooo, I've been like this for 50 years. And it's always always to make it the best film I can make it!
131[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.
132[about Katharine Hepburn's tie for the 1968 Oscar with Barbra Streisand] I wanted to be the first to win three Oscars, but Miss Hepburn has done it. Actually it hasn't been done. Miss Hepburn only won half an Oscar. If they'd given me half an Oscar I would have thrown it back in their faces. You see, I'm an Aries. I never lose.
133Today everyone is a star - they're all billed as 'starring' or 'also starring'. In my day, we earned that recognition.
134If you want a thing well done, get a couple of old broads to do it.
135I will never be below the title.
136[referring to her parents' divorce when she was 7] Of course I replaced my father. I became my own father and everyone else's.
137An affair now and then is good for a marriage. It adds spice, stops it from getting boring. I ought to know.
138I'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.
139To 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.
140The male ego, with few exceptions, is elephantine to start with.
141I would advise any woman against having an affair with a married man believing he will ever leave his wife, no matter how often he says his wife does not understand him. Love is not as necessary to a man's happiness as it is to a woman's. If her marriage is satisfactory, a woman will seldom stray. A man can be totally contented and still be out howling at the moon.
142There was more good acting at Hollywood parties than ever appeared on the screen.
143I 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.
144What a fool I was to come to Hollywood where they only understand platinum blondes and where legs are more important than talent.
145Success only breeds a new goal.
146Gay Liberation? I ain't against it, it's just that there's nothing in it for me.
147[on her character in All About Eve (1950)] Margo Channing was not a bitch. She was an actress who was getting older and was not too happy about it. And why should she be? Anyone who says that life begins at 40 is full of it. As people get older their bodies begin to decay. They get sick. They forget things. What's good about that?
148[on rival Joan Crawford] She has slept with every male star at MGM except Lassie.
149I'm the nicest goddamn dame that ever lived.
150I went back to work because someone had to pay for the groceries.
151At 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.
152Until you're known in my profession as a monster, you're not a star.
153I see - she's the original good time that was had by all.
154Getting old is not for sissies.
155[in 1982] Acting should be bigger than life. Scripts should be bigger than life. It should ALL be bigger than life.
156[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.

#Trademark
1Portrayal of strong female characters
2Ironical and often biting sense of humor
3Her large, distinctive eyes
4Her large, distinctive eyes

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