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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 ...
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1928:
Stage debut with Provincetown Players
1929:
Broadway debut in "Broken Dishes"
1931:
Film acting debut in "The Bad Sister"
1934:
Lobbied for home studio Warner Brothers to lend her to RKO for the breakthrough role of Mildred in "Of Human Bondage", an adaptation of the Somerset Maugham novel
1936:
Became involved in court case with Warner Brothers because she protested the poor roles she had been given and traveled to England, making a preliminary commitment to act in a British film; eventually lost the case
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Appeared on the exhibitors' poll of top ten boxoffice stars in 1939 and 1940
1949:
Career fading; obtained released from her contract at Warner Brothers
1950:
Notable career comeback as Margo Channing in "All About Eve"
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Placed an ad in "Variety" in the early 1960s noting that she was available for work
1962:
Career again revived with starring role opposite Joan Crawford in the horror film, "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?"
1989:
Last film, "Wicked Stepmother"
1989:
Honored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center

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