Bette Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989), she 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.
A rare clip of Bette Davis singing,"Single", on the February 21st, 1965 episode of the vaudeville-inspired 60s TV show "Hollywood Palace".
In 1962 Bette Davis became the first person to secure ten Academy Award nominations for acting.
Steven Spielberg purchased Davis's Oscars for: Dangerous (1935) and Jezebel (1938) when they were offered for auction for $207,500 and $578,000 and returned them to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Davis's performance in, Of Human Bondage (1934) was thought to be on of her best performances and when she was not nominated for an Academy Award, several influential people campaigned to have her name included. The Academy relaxed its rules for that year only to allow for the write-in votes, so any performance of the year was eligible for consideration. The Academy does not officially record this as a nomination.
1935: Won for Dangerous
1938: Won for Jezebel
1939: Nominated for Dark Victory
1940: Nominated for The Letter
1941: Nominated for The Little Foxes
1942: Nominated for Now, Voyager
1944: Nominated for Mr. Skeffington
1950: Nominated for All About Eve
1952: Nominated for The Star
1962: Nominated for What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
"Acting should be bigger than life. Scripts should be bigger than life. It should ALL be bigger than life."
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