31 Facts About Bette Davis

1. In 1962, Bette Davis became the first person to secure 10 Academy Award nominations for acting.

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2. Bette Davis became the first person to earn five consecutive Academy Award nominations for acting, all in the Best Actress category.

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3. In 1977, Bette Davis became the first woman to be honored with the AFI Life Achievement Award.

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4. Bette Davis appeared in the television film As Summers Die, and in Lindsay Anderson's film The Whales of August (1987), in which she played the blind sister of Lillian Gish.

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5. In 1977, Bette Davis became the first woman to receive the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award.

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6. Bette Davis was well received, and was invited to tour Australia with the similarly themed Bette Davis in Person and on Film; its success allowed her to take the production to the United Kingdom.

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7. In 1961, Bette Davis opened in the Broadway production The Night of the Iguana to mostly mediocre reviews, and left the production after four months due to "chronic illness".

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8. Outside of acting and politics, Bette Davis was an active and practicing Episcopalian.

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9. In 1952, Bette Davis appeared in a Broadway revue, Two's Company directed by Jules Dassin.

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10. In 1948, Bette Davis was cast in the melodrama Winter Meeting.

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11. Bette Davis was offered a role in a film version of the Virginia Kellogg prison drama Women Without Men.

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12. In 1945, Bette Davis married artist William Grant Sherry, her third husband, who worked as a masseur.

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13. Bette Davis felt that Hopkins tried to upstage her throughout the film.

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14. Bette Davis performed a novelty song, "They're Either Too Young or Too Old", which became a hit record after the film's release.

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15. Bette Davis showed little interest in the film Now, Voyager, until Hal Wallis advised her that female audiences needed romantic dramas to distract them from the reality of their lives.

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16. Bette Davis starred in three movies in 1941, the first being The Great Lie, with George Brent.

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17. Bette Davis rejected the idea of her being just "a figurehead only".

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18. In January 1941, Bette Davis became the first female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but antagonized the committee members with her brash manner and radical proposals.

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19. Bette Davis refused, as she had met Arthur Farnsworth, a New England innkeeper.

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20. Bette Davis expressed her desire to play Scarlett, and while David O Selznick was conducting a search for the actress to play the role, a radio poll named her as the audience favorite.

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21. Bette Davis began work on Marked Woman, portraying a prostitute in a contemporary gangster drama inspired by the case of Lucky Luciano.

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22. Bette Davis explained her viewpoint to a journalist: "I knew that, if I has appeared in any more mediocre pictures, I would have no career left worth fighting for.

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23. Bette Davis remarked, "If anybody wants to put me into perpetual servitude on the basis of that remuneration, I shall prepare to consider it.

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24. Bette Davis mocked Davis' description of her contract as "slavery" by stating, incorrectly, that she was being paid $1,350 per week.

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25. In 1930, 22-year-old Bette Davis moved to Hollywood to screen test for Universal Studios.

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26. In 1929, Bette Davis was chosen by Blanche Yurka to play Hedwig, the character she had seen Entwistle play in The Wild Duck.

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27. Bette Davis auditioned for George Cukor's stock theater company in Rochester, New York; although he was not very impressed, he gave Davis her first paid acting assignment—a one-week stint playing the part of a chorus girl in the play Broadway.

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28. In 1921, Ruth Bette Davis moved to New York City with her daughters, where she worked as a portrait photographer.

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29. In 1999, Bette Davis was placed second behind Katharine Hepburn on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest female stars of classic Hollywood cinema.

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30. Bette Davis was the co-founder of the Hollywood Canteen, and was the first female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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31. Bette Davis gained a reputation as a perfectionist who could be highly combative and confrontational.

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