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Bette Davis

Bette Davis


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Also Known As: Died: October 6, 1989
Born: April 5, 1908 Cause of Death: breast cancer
Birth Place: Lowell, Massachusetts, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Wicked Stepmother (1989) as Miranda
A couple comes home from vacation to find that their grandfather has re-married. The stepmother (a witch) takes over and the couple plot to get rid of her.
Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988) as Herself (Archival Footage)
Compilation documentary on the film industry's world and efforts during World War II.
The Whales of August (1987) as Libby Strong
Elderly sisters try to mend their differences during a summer on the Maine coast.
As Summers Die (1986) as Hannah Loftin
Set in a sleepy Southern Louisiana town in 1959, a lawyer, searches for justice as he volunteers to help a black woman whose property is being threatened by the Holts, the first family of the town, after she refuses to sell her valuable land. Nobody thinks Willie can win the case, but behind its po
Agatha Christie's Murder With Mirrors (1985) as Carrie Louise Serrocold
Helen Hayes' second go at Agatha Christie's intrepid amateur sleuth, Miss Jane Marple (previously she was Miss Marple in "Agatha Christie's 'A Caribbean Mystery'"), teamed her with another veteran actress, Bette Davis (returning to filming following several serious illnesses including a stroke), for
Bette Davis: The Benevolent Volcano (1984) as Interviewee
A documentary depicting the life and career of one of America''''s premiere actresses.
Hotel (1983) as Mrs Trent
A television movie pilot for an ABC series based on Arthur Hailey's novel "Hotel." Dramatic vignettes depict incidents in the lives of guests and staff of the St. Gregory Hotel in San Francisco.
Right of Way (1983) as Mini Dwyer
This made-for-cable movie, uniting two screen legends for the first time, deals with the conflict between an elderly couple who decide to end their lives together in a suicide pact when the wife learns she has a terminal illness, and their married daughter who, with the help of local social service
Piano For Mrs. Cimino (1982) as Esther Cimino
Bette Davis is a widow whose doctor has diagnosed her as senile, the courts have deemed incompetent, and her son wants placed in a nursing home. With the loving support of her granddaughter, the help of a young lawyer who agrees to represent her, and the new-found love for an old friend (Keenan Wynn
Watcher in the Woods, The (1980) as Mrs Aylwood
When an American family moves into a beautiful old English house in a wooded area, strange, paranormal things happen. One daughter sees, and the other daughter hears, the voice of a teenage girl who mysteriously disappeared during a total solar eclipse decades before.
White Mama (1980) as Estelle Malone
Bette Davis was Emmy Award-nominated for her performance of a penniless widow who refuses to go on welfare and takes in a streetwise Black teenager as a foster child to earn money to survive. The script was written especially for her by first-time screenwriter Robert C.S. Downs.
Skyward (1980) as Billie Dupree
Teenage paraplegic Suzy Gilstrap made her TV acting debut as a wheelchair-bound girl with a desire to pilot her own airplane. Bette Davis, as a former stunt flyer who now runs a small airport's cafe, and Howard Hesseman, as the airport's easy-going watchman, team up to help her fulfill her dream. Fo
Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter (1979) as Lucy Mason
A drama about a dying woman who returns to the home of her widowed mother after an absence of twenty years and how their bitter estrangement slowly turns to love. This double tour-de-force for Bette Davis and Gena Rowlands was a heralded first effort for writer Michael de Guzman, and premiered right
Death on the Nile (1978) as Mrs Van Schuyler
Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of an heiress during an Egyptian tour.
Return From Witch Mountain (1978) as Letha Wedge
A mad scientist kidnaps an alien teen with amazing powers.
Burnt Offerings (1976) as Aunt Elizabeth
A family moves into a haunted house that seems to be stealing their lives.
Disappearance of Aimee, The (1976) as Minnie Kennedy
A dramatization of the unexplained six-week disappearance in 1926 of evangelist Aimee Semple McPhearson after which a court hearing had to decide whether she had been kidnapped to Mexico as she claimed or had been trysting with a married man as the police and her mother (played by Bette Davis) suspe
Scream, Pretty Peggy (1973) as Mrs Elliot
An average horror tale, spiced with a dash or two of "Psycho," about a sculptor who hires college coeds as housekeepers for the mansion he shares with his recluse mother and his supposedly insane sister.
Judge and Jake Wyler, The (1972) as Judge Meredith
A light-hearted whodunit involving a retired lady judge, who is a hypochondriac now running a private detective agency, with a charming ex-con as her leg man and various parolees helping in the day-to-day operation. This prospective pilot failed to catch on and later was tried once more with Lee Gra
Madame Sin (1972) as Madame Sin
In her initial movie for television, Bette Davis is a ruthless, all-powerful mystery woman who abducts an ex-CIA agent and forces him to help her steal an ultra-modern Polaris submarine. This pilot to a prospective series was a personal project of co-star Robert Wagner, here acting as the film's exe
Lo Scopone Scientifico (1972) as Millionairess
An old American millionairess comes to Rome every year with her chaffeur to play a game of cards with a destitute ragman Peppino and his wife Antonia. She gives them the initial stakes and the game can begin. The rite has repeated itself over the years and each time the lady has won shattering their dream of winning a large sum off her. Actually the real good card player is Antonia and she decides to play the decisive game (with a 200.000.000 stake) together with a professional cheater. Once again however the old lady wins. It will be Cleopatra, the couple's daughter, who will take a terrible revenge on her.
Bunny O'Hare (1971) as Bunny O'Hare
A penniless widow blackmails a robber into teaching her the trade.
The Anniversary (1968) as Mrs. Taggart
A very possessive matriarch uses the excuse of a family reunion to strengthen her grip over her relatives.
The Nanny (1965) as Nanny
A disturbed young man tries to prove his nanny is out to kill him.
Where Love Has Gone (1964) as Mrs. Gerald Hayden
Family secrets come to light when a teen-ager murders her mother's lover.
Dead Ringer (1964) as Margaret de Lorca/Edith Philips
A woman murders her rich twin and tries to take her place.
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) as Charlotte Hollis
A wealthy southern spinster fights to keep her family''''s secrets hidden.
The Empty Canvas (1964) as Dino's mother
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) as Jane Hudson
A crazed, aging star torments her sister in a decaying Hollywood mansion.
Pocketful of Miracles (1961) as Apple Annie, also known as Mrs. E. Worthington Manville
A good-hearted gangster turns an old apple seller into a society matron so she can impress her daughter.
The Scapegoat (1959) as Countess [De Gué]
A man is tricked into trading places with a look-alike nobleman with murderous plans.
John Paul Jones (1959) as Catherine the Great
The hero of the Revolutionary War clashes with Congress.
Storm Center (1956) as Alicia Hull
A librarian fights to keep a controversial book on the shelves.
The Catered Affair (1956) as Mrs. Tom [Aggie] Hurley
A working-class mother fights to give her daughter a big wedding whether the girl wants it or not.
The Virgin Queen (1955) as Queen Elizabeth
Sir Walter Raleigh wins favor with the Queen in order to get financing for a proposed voyage to the New World.
Another Man's Poison (1952) as Janet Frobisher [Preston]
A mystery writer's real life turns to intrigue when her criminal husband escapes from prison.
The Star (1952) as Margaret Elliott
A faded film star fights to hold on to her past glamour despite failing finances.
Phone Call from a Stranger (1952) as Marie Hoke
David Trask, the sole survivor of an airplane crash, takes it upon himself to contact the families of the various victims. He is quite surprised at who he finds: the wife and son of a troubled doctor; a domineering mother-in-law of an aspiring actress; and the invalid wife of an obnoxious traveling salesman.
Payment on Demand (1951) as Joyce Ramsey
A bitter divorcee thinks back on the mistakes that destroyed her marriage.
All About Eve (1950) as Margo [Channing]
An ambitious young actress tries to take over a star's career and love life.
Beyond the Forest (1949) as Rosa Moline
The wife of a Wisconsin doctor kills a witness to her affair with an influential man from Chicago.
Winter Meeting (1948) as Susan Grieve
A repressed poetess and an embittered war hero help each other cope with their problems.
June Bride (1948) as Linda Gilman
Two bickering reporters turn a small-town wedding into a battleground.
Deception (1946) as Christine Radcliffe
A woman tries to protect her refugee husband from her rich and powerful ex-lover.
A Stolen Life (1946) as Kate/Pat Bosworth
A twin takes her deceased sister''''s place as wife of the man they both love.
The Corn Is Green (1945) as Lily Cristobel Moffat
A dedicated teacher sacrifices everything to send a young miner to Oxford.
Hollywood Canteen (1944) as
A serviceman and a starlet find love at the star-staffed serviceman's center.
Mr. Skeffington (1944) as Fanny Trellis Skeffington
A flighty beauty marries a stockbroker for convenience and almost ruins both their lives.
Watch on the Rhine (1943) as Sara Muller
Nazi agents pursue a German freedom-fighter and his family to Washington.
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) as Herself
An Eddie Cantor look-alike organizes an all-star show to help the war effort.
Old Acquaintance (1943) as Kit Marlowe
Two writers, friends since childhood, fight over their books and lives.
Now, Voyager (1942) as Charlotte Vale
A repressed spinster is transformed by psychiatry and her love for a married man.
In This Our Life (1942) as Stanley Timberlake
A neurotic southerner steals her sister's husband then vies with her for another man.
The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942) as Maggie Cutler
An acerbic critic wreaks havoc when a hip injury forces him to move in with a midwestern family.
The Great Lie (1941) as Maggie [Patterson]
Believing her husband to be dead, a flyer's wife bargains with his former love to adopt the woman's baby.
The Little Foxes (1941) as Regina [Hubbard] Giddens
An ambitious woman takes on her corrupt brothers and honest husband in her drive for wealth.
The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941) as Joan Winfield
A pilot and a temperamental heiress are stranded in the desert together.
All This, and Heaven Too (1940) as Henriette Deluzy-Desportes
A French nobleman falls in love with his children's governess.
The Letter (1940) as Leslie Crosbie
A woman claims to have killed in self-defense, until a blackmailer turns up with incriminating evidence.
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) as Queen Elizabeth
Elizabeth I''''s love for the Earl of Essex threatens to destroy her kingdom.
The Old Maid (1939) as Charlotte Lovell
An unmarried mother gives her illegitimate child to her cousin.
Juarez (1939) as Carlota
True story of Mexico's Abraham Lincoln and his fight against Napoleon's empire.
Dark Victory (1939) as Judith Traherne
A flighty heiress discovers inner strength when she develops a brain tumor.
The Sisters (1938) as Louise Elliott
Three western girls make unhappy marriages at the turn of the century.
Jezebel (1938) as Julie [Marsden]
A tempestuous Southern belle's willfulness threatens to destroy all who care for her.
That Certain Woman (1937) as Mary Donnell
A gangster's widow fights for love despite society's disapproval.
It's Love I'm After (1937) as Joyce [Arden]
A squabbling stage couple gets mixed up with an amorous fan and her jealous suitor.
Kid Galahad (1937) as Fluff [Louise Phillips]
A mob-connected trainer grooms a bellhop for the boxing ring.
Marked Woman (1937) as Mary [Dwight Strauber]
A crusading DA fights to get a nightclub hostess to testify against her gangster boss.
The Petrified Forest (1936) as Gabrielle Maple
An escaped convict holds the customers at a remote desert cantina hostage.
The Golden Arrow (1936) as Daisy Appleby
A flighty heiress and a down-to-earth reporter get stuck in a marriage of convenience.
The Golden Arrow (1936) as Daisy Appleby
A fake heiress marries a common reporter to thwart the advances of gold-digging playboys.
Satan Met a Lady (1936) as Valerie Purvis
In the second screen version of The Maltese Falcon, a detective is caught between a lying seductress and a lady jewel thief.
The Girl from 10th Avenue (1935) as Miriam Brady
After a working girl reforms an alcoholic lawyer who was recently dumped, his ex wants him back.
Bordertown (1935) as Marie Roark
An ambitious Mexican-American gets mixed up with his boss's neurotic wife.
Special Agent (1935) as Julie Gardner
A government agent poses as a newspaperman to get the goods on a mobster.
Dangerous (1935) as Joyce Heath
A young fan tries to rehabilitate an alcoholic actress he''''s fallen in love with.
Front Page Woman (1935) as Ellen Garfield
Rival reporters try to scoop each other while covering a fire.
Jimmy the Gent (1934) as Joan [Martin]
An unscrupulous detective makes a killing locating missing heirs.
The Big Shakedown (1934) as Norma [Nelson]
A racketeer breaks into black-market medicine.
Fog over Frisco (1934) as Arlene [Bradford]
A San Francisco heiress discovers her sister is hanging out with gangsters.
Housewife (1934) as Patricia Berkeley
Success could spell divorce for an advertising writer.
Of Human Bondage (1934) as Mildred Rogers
A medical student falls prey to a sluttish waitress.
Fashions of 1934 (1934) as Lynn [Mason]
A con artist and his beautiful assistant take on the fashion world.
Bureau of Missing Persons (1933) as Norma [Roberts] Phillips
A police chief helps a young bride find her missing husband or at least his corpse.
The Working Man (1933) as Jenny [Hartland]
A wealthy manufacturer takes a vacation incognito and ends up working for his chief rival.
Parachute Jumper (1933) as Alabama [Patrica Kent]
A gangster victimizes three friends trying to get jobs.
Ex-Lady (1933) as Helen [Bauer]
A female artist is torn between her belief in free love and the constraints of romance.
The Man Who Played God (1932) as Grace Blair
After losing his hearing, a musician uses lip-reading to help others.
Three on a Match (1932) as Ruth Westcott
A woman's childhood friends try to rescue her from gangsters.
Hell's House (1932) as Peggy Gardner
Jimmy Mason idolizes bootlegger Matt Kelly who is interested in Jimmy's girlfriend Peggy. Unwilling to squeal on his idol, Jimmy winds up in a cruel reformatory where a new- found friend dies from abuse. Jimmy's aunt tells him Peggy is seeing a lot of Matt, so Jimmy escapes.
The Rich Are Always with Us (1932) as Malbro
A socialite gets a divorce but can't keep out of her ex-husband's life.
Cabin in the Cotton (1932) as Madge [Norwood]
A sharecropper fighting for better working conditions succumbs to the boss's seductive daughter.
The Dark Horse (1932) as Kay Russell
A political machine backs a dimwitted candidate for governor.
20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932) as Fay Wilson
When his girl commits murder, a hardened criminal takes the rap to protect her honor.
The Menace (1932) as Peggy Lowell
Ronald Quayle escapes from prison. He was sent there for murdering his father, based on the testimony of his stepmother, Caroline. An explosion disfigures him, but plastic surgery gives him an opportunity to return to England and investigate his father's murder under a new identity. As Robert Crockett he romances his stepmother, ultimately trapping her by creating the appearance of a double-cross among her accomplices, now guests at her house.
So Big (1932) as Dallas O'Mara
A farmer's widow takes on the land and her late husband's tempestuous son.
Waterloo Bridge (1931) as Janet Cronin
An American soldier falls in love with a dance-hall girl in London, not realizing that she is a prostitute.
Way Back Home (1931) as Mary Lucy [Duffy]
A New England preacher shelters a young boy from his alcoholic father.
Bad Sister (1931) as Laura Madison
Marianne falls in love with con man Valentine who uses their relation to get her father's endorsement on a money-raising scheme. He runs off with the money and Marianne, later dumping her. Her sister Laura loves Dr. Lindley although she knows he loves Marianne. Marianne returns and marries a wealthy young man, and Lindley turns his love toward Laura.
Seed (1931) as Margaret Carter, ten years later
Bart is a clerk for a publishing company; he has written a novel. His wife Peggy and he have five children. Bart's former girlfriend Mildred is manager of the company's Paris office. She manages to get the novel published and talks Bart into marrying her after he divorces Peggy. Initially successful, Bart must turn to writing trash to keep Mildred in money. When he sees how well his four sons and daughter Margaret have grown without his help, he asks Peggy to let them all come live with him and Mildred. Peggy agrees, but the arrival of his beloved children puts Mildred's future in jeopardy.

Cast (special)

What Is This Thing Called Love? (1993)
Compilation of excerpts from interviews conducted in the past 17 years by Barbara Walters in which well-known personalities discuss their experiences with love, romance relationships and marriage.
59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, The (1987)
Live coverage of the fifty-ninth annual Academy Awards ceremony.
Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, The (1987) as Award Recipient
The tenth annual special celebrating the performing arts and honoring some of the world's most distinguised artists for lifetime achievement: singer Perry Como, actress Bette Davis, singer and entertainer Sammy Davis Jr., musician Nathan Milstein, and choreographer Alwin Nikolais. The program was ta
Directed By William Wyler (1986) as Herself
During the Golden Age of Hollywood, William Wyler was one of the most commerically successful film directors. Here the filmmaker examines clips from his most famous films and interviews with his most famous stars. Included is an interview that Wyler gave in 1981, three days before he died.
American Film Institute Salute to Frank Capra, The (1982)
A tribute by the American Film Institute (AFI) honoring film director Frank Capra.
Johnny Carson Presents the Sun City Scandals '72 (1972)
An hour of music and comedy in which senior citizens of the show business community perform the material that made them famous.
Elisabeth McQueeney Story, The (1959) as Elisabeth Mcqueeney
The story relates the experiences of Elisabeth McQueeney, a mother hen to a group of beautiful dancing girls, as they tour the West. In the pilot episode, broadcast as a segment of "Wagon Train," Elisabeth and her girls board the train headed for Nevada, on the pretense of beginning a girls' finish
Star Maker, The (1958) as The Agent
The story of a Hollywood theatrical agent. In the pilot episode, the agent attempts to help a promising new client overcome his stage fright.

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Family Reunion (1981) as Elizabeth Winfield
Bette Davis is a New England schoolteacher, put out to pasture after 50 years of dedicated service, who sets out to rediscover her family -- large enough to keep a soap opera going for years -- only to discover that the town that bears the family name and her home for her lifetime is threatened with extinction by certain members of the clan who are in cahoots with a land developer. Davis'' real-life grandson, J. Ashley Hyman, made his acting debut in this four-hour drama as the young neighbor boy she takes on her extended trip.
Dark Secret of Harvest Home, The (1978) as Widow Fortune
A suspense drama chronicling the events that beset a New York commercial artist when he and his wife and daughter move to a rustic New England village they once visited during their travels, only to find a ritualistic lifestyle full of foreboding secrets.

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Little Gloria, Happy At Last (1982) as Alice Claypoole Vanderbilt
A stellar cast and six Emmy Award nominations distinguished this dramatization of Barbara Goldsmith's best-seller about the bitter 1934 child custody case involving 10-year-old Gloria Vanderbilt, America's famous "poor little rich girl." In addition to nominations as Outstanding Drama Special and fo

Cast (short)

World News - 1954 (1954)
This short Warner-Pathé newsreel features a national sweater contest and footage from the 1954 Academy Awards.
Bette Davis explains the reasons to buy War Stamps and Bonds.
Cavalcade of the Academy Awards (1940)
This short film presents the awards ceremony for the 1939 Academy Awards. Vitaphone Release 9780-9783.
A Day at Santa Anita (1937)
In this short film, an orphaned horse-trainer''''s daughter has made a bond with a horse that needs her presence to win races. Vitaphone Release 8071-8072.
A Dream Comes True The Making of an Unusual Motion Picture (1935)
This short film promotes the film "A Midsummer Night''s Dream" (1935), and offers behind-the-scene footage of the creation of the film.
The 42nd. Street Special (1933)
This promotional short, part of Warner Bros. studios publicity campaign for "42nd Street" (1933), presents the send-off for a 7-car train assembled in conjunction with the film.

Misc. Crew (short)

The Voice That Thrilled the World (1943)
This short film traces the history of sound in the movies, featuring snippets from early sound pictures. Vitaphone Release 1179A.
Stars on Horseback (1943)
In this short film, a master blacksmith makes house calls to Hollywood stars'''' homes to pamper their horse''''s hooves. Vitaphone Release 1107A.
Breakdowns of 1941 (1941)
This short film presents a blooper reel containing clips of various movies from 1941.

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