About Bette Davis
- Fast Facts
Bette Davis was an American film, television, and theater actress born on April 5, 1908 in Lowell, Massachusetts. Davis is remembered as one of Hollywood’s legendary leading ladies, famous for her larger-than-life persona and appearances in nearly 100 films. Her career spanned from the beginning of Hollywood’s Golden Age and lasted until the late 1980s. She was often called “The First Lady of American Screen.” She died October 6, 1989 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France at the age 81.
1st female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
1960 – Inducted into Hollywood Walk of Fame
2 Academy Awards for Best Actress
25th Greatest Movie Star of All Time by Premiere Magazine
5 – Amount of consecutive years nominated for an Academy Award
In 1941 Bette Davis was the first woman to be elected as president of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was also the first actor or actress to pile up ten Academy Award nominations. She won for DANGEROUS (1935) and JEZEBEL (1938).
"I think I am a survivor," she said. "Strong stock. Not tough -- strong. I resent being called tough....Willful? Of course. Determined? Of course, but that doesn't have to be tough. I have a little saying at home, 'No guts, no glory.' And that I was given by my mother, father, and ancestors."
There's just been an article about her claiming she was 80 years old and difficult. She laughed at the thought and said, "I was difficult when I was 20. There's never been any other way."
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