Bette Davis

1908 - 1989

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Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (; April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) was an American actress of film, television, and theater. Regarded as one of the greatest actresses in Hollywood history, she was noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic, sardonic characters and was known 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. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, was the first person to accrue ten Academy Award nominations for acting, and was the first woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bette Davis has received more than 17,175,034 page views. Her biography is available in 87 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 85 in 2019). Bette Davis is the 20th most popular actor (up from 156th in 2019), the 62nd most popular biography from United States (up from 284th in 2019) and the 8th most popular American Actor.

Bette Davis is most famous for her role in the movie What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

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Among actors, Bette Davis ranks 20 out of 13,578Before her are Marlene Dietrich, Amitabh Bachchan, Anthony Quinn, Sarah Bernhardt, Richard Burton, and Sean Connery. After her are Louis de Funès, Marlon Brando, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jackie Chan, Sophia Loren, and Danny DeVito.

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Among people born in 1908, Bette Davis ranks 3Before her are Simone de Beauvoir, and Salvador Allende. After her are James Stewart, Enver Hoxha, Oskar Schindler, Abraham Maslow, Edward Teller, Lyndon B. Johnson, Herbert von Karajan, Claude Lévi-Strauss, and Otto Skorzeny. Among people deceased in 1989, Bette Davis ranks 5Before her are Salvador Dalí, Nicolae Ceaușescu, Hirohito, and Ruhollah Khomeini. After her are Samuel Beckett, Herbert von Karajan, Andrei Sakharov, Ted Bundy, Konrad Lorenz, Georges Simenon, and Sergio Leone.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Bette Davis ranks 62 out of 20,380Before her are Howard Hughes (1905), Robert Frost (1874), Henry Ford (1863), Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890), John Wilkes Booth (1838), and George W. Bush (1946). After her are Marlon Brando (1924), Stanley Kubrick (1928), Bill Gates (1955), Danny DeVito (1944), James Stewart (1908), and George H. W. Bush (1924).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Bette Davis ranks 8Before her are Marilyn Monroe (1926), Bruce Lee (1940), Grace Kelly (1929), Al Pacino (1940), Robert De Niro (1943), and Clint Eastwood (1930). After her are Marlon Brando (1924), Danny DeVito (1944), James Stewart (1908), Patrick Swayze (1952), Morgan Freeman (1937), and Harrison Ford (1942).

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