Bette Davis

Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) was an American actress of film, television and theater. Noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic characters, she was highly regarded for her performances in a range of film genres; from contemporary crime melodramas to historical and period films and occasional comedies, though her greatest successes were her roles in romantic dramas.After appearing in Broadway plays, Davis moved to Hollywood in 1930, but her early films for Universal Studios were unsuccessful. She joined Warner Bros. in 1932 and established her career with several critically acclaimed performances. In 1937, she attempted to free herself from her contract and although she lost a well-publicized legal case, it marked the beginning of the most successful period of her career. Until the late 1940s, she was one of American cinema's most celebrated leading ladies, known for her forceful and intense style. Davis gained a reputation as a perfectionist who could be highly combative, and confrontations with studio executives, film directors and costars were often reported. Her forthright manner, clipped vocal style and ubiquitous cigarette contributed to a public persona which has often been imitated and satirized.Davis was the co-founder of the Hollywood Canteen, and was the first female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, was the first person to accrue 10 Academy Award nominations for acting, and was the first woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. Her career went through several periods of eclipse, and she admitted that her success had often been at the expense of her personal relationships. Married four times, she was once widowed and thrice divorced, and raised her children as a single parent. Her final years were marred by a long period of ill health, but she continued acting until shortly before her death from breast cancer, with more than 100 films, television and theater roles to her credit. In 1999, Davis was placed second, after Katharine Hepburn, on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest female stars of all time.

The database contains 254 images with Bette Davis, divided over 46 titles.

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Lobby card with Henry Fonda

800 * 624 Jezebel 1938

Lobby card with Henry Fonda

1000 * 792 Jezebel 1938

Publicity still with Henry Fonda

800 * 602 Jezebel 1938

Publicity still with George Sanders

1553 * 1168 All About Eve 1950

Publicity still with Anne Baxter, George Sanders & Marilyn Monroe

1800 * 1455 All About Eve 1950

Lobby card with Minor Watson

906 * 709 Beyond the Forest 1949

Lobby card with Joseph Cotten

1782 * 1401 Beyond the Forest 1949

Lobby card with David Brian

910 * 706 Beyond the Forest 1949

Lobby card with Joseph Cotten

912 * 719 Beyond the Forest 1949

Lobby card with David Brian

913 * 714 Beyond the Forest 1949

Lobby card with David Brian

914 * 714 Beyond the Forest 1949

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913 * 713 Beyond the Forest 1949

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2416 * 3000 The Virgin Queen 1955

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1785 * 2200 Dangerous 1935

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1638 * 2112 Dangerous 1935

Publicity still with Franchot Tone

2166 * 2717 Dangerous 1935

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2101 * 3101 All About Eve 1950

Publicity still with Gary Merrill & Gregory Ratoff

1500 * 1161 All About Eve 1950

Publicity still with Anne Baxter

2000 * 1871 All About Eve 1950

Promo shot with Anne Baxter, Gary Merrill, George Sanders & Celeste Holm

1800 * 1446 All About Eve 1950

Publicity still with Monty Woolley, Ann Sheridan & Richard Travis

2100 * 1428 The Man Who Came to Dinner 1942

Publicity still with Monty Woolley & Reginald Gardiner

2100 * 1426 The Man Who Came to Dinner 1942

Publicity still with Reginald Gardiner

1453 * 1732 The Man Who Came to Dinner 1942

Publicity still with Stuart Erwin & Jack Carson

1769 * 1348 The Bride Came C.O.D. 1941

Publicity still with James Cagney

1908 * 1366 The Bride Came C.O.D. 1941

Publicity still with James Cagney

1831 * 1332 The Bride Came C.O.D. 1941

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1476 * 2112 The Bride Came C.O.D. 1941

Behind the scenes photo with William Keighley

1240 * 1600 The Bride Came C.O.D. 1941

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1111 * 1395 The Bride Came C.O.D. 1941

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1116 * 1395 The Bride Came C.O.D. 1941

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1200 * 1489 Deception 1946

Lobby card with Christopher Lee & Ike Eisenmann

2253 * 1799 Return from Witch Mountain 1978

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