Bette Davis Biography
Bette Davis gave superb performances in all of her roles. This formidable star entertained us for many years in films, television and on stage.
Ruth Elizabeth Davis, in Lowell, Massachusetts was born in 1908. In 1925, young Bette graduated from the Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. Miss Davis then studied at the John Murray Anderson Dramatic School in New York City. Her first acting role was in 1926 when she played bit parts with different stock companies.
After a brief career on stage, Miss Davis went to Hollywood in 1930 and made her film debut in 1932 in the film "The Man Who Played God." From there, she was cast in leading roles, which she played for thirty years.
She signed a contract with Warner Brothers studio but because she was disgruntled with the mediocre scripts, Miss Davis took them to court and fought them legally until her scripts improved. Miss Davis always gave an outstanding performance of the highest quality.
Throughout the next six decades, Miss Davis starred in both films made for television and the big screen. Her most memorable role was where she co-starred with her life long rival Joan Crawford in the movie "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" Her next memorable role was in "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte."
While working on the television series "Hotel" Miss Davis had a stroke. Because of the time that it took her to recover, her contract was cancelled. Miss Davis did not bow out gracefully and tried to sue the network.
She played intense strong women in the span of her acting career. Miss Davis acted in over seventy films, including her work for television.
Miss Davis wrote her first autobiography in 1962 titled "The Lonely Life." Her second and last autobiographical work "This ‘n That" was published in 1987. Miss Davis was married four times.
Miss Davis died in 1989 on her way home from the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain, where she was honored with a lifetime achievement award.