Davis, Bette

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Davis, Bette Gender: F
Ruth Elizabeth Davis
born on 5 April 1908 at 21:00 (= 9:00 PM )
Place Lowell, Massachusetts, 42n38, 71w19
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 15°52' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 16°47 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 18°25'

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Bette Davis
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American actress, one of the most outstanding stars of Hollywood's history. By 1980 she was the veteran of 45 years in show business with 82 films and ten Oscar nominations. She won an Oscar as Best Actress in "Dangerous," 1935 and for "Jezebel" in 1938.

The first child of Harlow and Ruth Davis, Bette experienced her parents as opposites. Her father, a lawyer, ate at a separate table and had little to do with his two daughters. Bette's mother infused her with her own theatrical dreams and took a job as a cleaning woman to send Bette and sister Barbara to a New England boarding school. Ruth also got Bette into prominent dramatic school in New York City where dancing instructor Martha Graham later recalled, "I knew she would be something." Her portrayal as Hedvig in Ibsen's "The Wild Duck" brought rave reviews.

Sam Goldwyn heard about her and arranged a screen test. He was appalled at the unglamorous starlet. Universal did a test and signed her to a contract. Her first film was "Bad Sister," where actor George Arliss spotted her talent and took her to Warner Bros. Four years later she had won her first Oscar for "Dangerous."

Davis was suspended by the studio 16 times while fighting for good roles. She starred in several roles for strong women including "Of Human Bondage," "Jezebel," "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex," "The Letter," "All About Eve," "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" and her final film with Lillian Gish, "The Whales of August." She was known for her energy, talent and "shoot from the hip" kind of speech. She believed in being straightforward and honest.

She was married four times, in 1932 to musician and high school sweetheart Harmon Nelson for six years; in 1940 to New England aristocrat Arthur Farnsworth, widowed in three years; in 1945 to artist William Grant Sherry for five years; and in 1951 to actor Gary Merrill for nine years. The Merrill's adopted two children, Michael and Margot. Her daughter with William Sherry, B.D. Hyman, wrote a telltale book about her mother in 1985 which devastated Davis. Her great lifelong passion was acting and she did not hide the fact that she loved to receive awards. She wrote two autobiographies, "The Lonely Life," and "This 'n That," 1986.

In 1983 Davis was diagnosed with breast cancer, followed nine days later by a stroke and three months later had hip surgery. In great pain, she traveled 6,000 miles to a film a film festival in Spain to accept an award in October 1989. She was flown to Paris where she died three days later of breast cancer on 10/06/1989.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • parent->child relationship with Hyman, B. D. (born 1 May 1947)


  • Relationship : Marriage 1932 (First marriage Harman Nelson)
  • Work : Prize 1935 (Best Actress Oscar)
  • Work : Prize 1938 (Best Actress Oscar)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1940 (Second marriage Arthur Farnsworth)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1945 (Third marriage William Grant Sherry)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1951 (Fourth marriage Gary Merrill)
  • Health : Medical procedure 1983 (Mastectomy)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1986 (Second autobiography)

Source Notes

Hamilton Stark quotes her in "Astrology and the Occult Sciences" Summer/1942. Kraum quotes her for same in "Best of the NAJ/1979.

(Church of Light quotes her for "in the evening," rectified to 5:33 PM.

John Bradford quotes her for 8:44 AM. Lynne jPalmer quotes her for 7:00 AM. Sabian Symbols No.252 has 11:50 PM)


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Breast, terminal)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Stroke (1983)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Surgery (Mastectomy)
  • Family : Childhood : Family distant (Dad remote, non supportive)
  • Family : Childhood : Family supportive (Mom very supportive)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (First of two, one sister)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage less than 3 Yrs (Second marriage, widowed in three years)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Four)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed (1943)
  • Family : Parenting : Foster, Step, or Adopted Kids (Two adopted)
  • Passions : Criminal Victim : Lawsuit sued (Lost)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 81)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (82 films)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Legitimate theater before film success)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer (Two)
  • Notable : Awards : Oscar (Two times, ten nominations)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women