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Ruth Elizabeth “Bette” Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) was an American actress of film, television and theatre.
- Davis was the co-founder of the Hollywood Canteen,
- First female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
- She won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice,
- The first person to accrue 10 Academy Award nominations for acting,
- The first woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.
Her career went through several periods of eclipse, and she admitted that her success had often been at the expense of her personal relationships.
Married four times, she was once widowed and thrice divorced, and raised her children as a single parent. Her final years were marred by a long period of ill health, but she continued acting until shortly before her death from breast cancer, with more than 100 films, television and theatre roles to her credit. In 1999, Davis was placed second, after Katharine Hepburn, on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest female stars of all time.
“I went back to work because someone had to pay for the groceries.” ~ Bette Davis
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