In celebration of American films, Dogbotz Boneyard is making available for purchase top-quality, mint-condition, glossy black-and-white photographic prints of well-renowned movie stars of the 1930s, ‘40s, ‘50s and early ‘60s. Each print comes in a clear document holder and is ready to be matted and/or framed.
Bette Davis (born Ruth Elizabeth Davis, April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) was an American actress of film, television and theater. Regarded as one of the greatest actors in cinema history, she was noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic, sardonic characters and was reputed 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.
In 1934, Bette Davis's performance in Of Human Bondage was widely acclaimed and when she was not nominated for an Academy Award, several influential people mounted a campaign to have her name included. The Academy relaxed its rules for that year (and the following year also) to allow for the consideration of any performer nominated in a write-in vote; therefore, any performance of the year was technically eligible for consideration. Given the well-publicized hoopla, some sources still consider this as a nomination for Davis; however, the Academy does not officially record this as a nomination.
As early as 1936, Graham Greene summed Davis up: “Even the most inconsiderable film . . . seemed temporarily better than they were because of that precise, nervy voice, the pale ash-blond hair, the popping, neurotic eyes, a kind of corrupt and phosphorescent prettiness . . . I would rather watch Miss Davis than any number of competent pictures.”
Oscar nominations and awards include:
- 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?