Sunday, 17 November 2013

Bette Davis

Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (1908 – 1989) was one of American cinema's most celebrated leading ladies, known for her forceful and intense style. She was noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic, sardonic characters and was highly regarded for her performances in a range of film genres, from contemporary crime melodramas to historical and period films and occasional comedies, although her greatest successes were her roles in romantic dramas.

Bette 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 first female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice - Dangerous (1935) and Jezebel (1938). She 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. In 1999, Davis was placed second, after Katharine Hepburn, on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest female stars of all time. (Wikipedia)

Parachute Jumper (1933)

Of Human Bondage (1934)

Bordertown (1935)

Dangerous (1935)

Dangerous (1935)

Front Page Woman (1935)

The Girl from 10th Avenue (1935)

Special Agent (1935)

Satan Met a Lady (1936)

The Golden Arrow (1936)

The Petrified Forest (1936)

It's Love I'm After (1937)

Kid Galahad (1937)

Kid Galahad (1937) Belgian poster

Marked Woman (1937)

Marked Woman (1937) Belgian poster

Jezebel (1938)

Jezebel (1938)

The Sisters (1938)

Dark Victory (1939)

Dark Victory (1939)

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) Italian poster

All This and Heaven Too (1940)

The Letter (1940)

The Letter (1940) Italian poster

The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)

The Great Lie (1941)

The Little Foxes (1941)

Now, Voyager (1942)

Old Acquaintance (1943)

Watch on the Rhine (1943)

Mr. Skeffington (1944)

A Stolen Life (1946)

Deception (1946)

June Bride (1948) Belgian poster

Beyond the Forest (1949) Belgian poster

All About Eve (1950)

All About Eve (1950) Belgian poster

Payment on Demand (1951)

The Star (1952)

The Virgin Queen (1955) Spanish poster

Storm Center (1956)

Pocketful of Miracles (1961)

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

The Nanny (1965)

The Anniversary (1968)

Burnt Offerings (1976)

Wicked Stepmother (1989)


  1. Classic posters from one of the screen's greatest legends. Bordertown with Davis and Paul Muni looks interesting. I think Muni was the Daniel Day Lewis of his time....great acting but never mentioned with the great actors. I have been watching many Davis movies for the first time over the last few years. I think she is hurt by the fact that does not not really have a great movie that people love....I know she had All About Eve and others...but they do not rank with movies like Gone With The Wind and Casablanca. Another fine addition to your collection.

  2. Yeah All About Eve seems to be her most talked about film and I'll add What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? too. I was reading an old review for one of her early movies and she was referred to as 'bug-eyed actress Bette Davis' ooh critics were a bit blunt in those days. Thanks for commenting Bruce.