BOLD AND FULL: Bette Davis

Today's BOLD AND FULL feature is Bette Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989), a great American actress and icon.


“When a man gives his opinion, he's a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she's a bitch.”

Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis was born April 15, 1908 in Massachusetts. Starting out on Broadway in New York City, Bette moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in film and it didn’t take long to see she was on the right track. Bette often chose unconventional roles and could play a variety of characters. She became known for her roles as strong heroins and often unsympathetic characters. Through this divergence from the popular roles most actresses sought out at the time, Bette CREATED a new path for women in Hollywood. Her ability to OWN IT served her well, as her career lasted over six decades and she was recognized for her work. 

Bette Davis was known to be outspoken and opinionated, and was recognized for her work. She was the first Warner Brothers actress to win an Oscar for Best actress, the first woman to receive an American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 1942 she was the highest paid woman in America.

Thought it was her work with the Hollywood Canteen during World War II that Bette said made her most proud. She was co-founder and they would entertain soldiers coming through Hollywood during the time of the war. Bette Davis is an American icon who RADIATED joy with her strong personality. Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation.

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