Bette Davis filmography

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Bette Davis in a shot from the trailer of Now, Voyager (1942), one of ten films for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

This is a complete filmography of Bette Davis. Davis began acting in films in 1931, initially as a contract player with Universal Studios where she made her film debut in The Bad Sister (1931). Davis was initially seen as unappealing by studio executives, and was assigned to a string of B-movies early in her career.

Davis made a transition to Warner Brothers in 1932 and made her breakthrough performance in The Man Who Played God (1932) opposite George Arliss. She continued in a succession of films, but did not gain further recognition until she agreed to star in John Cromwell's adaptation of the W. Somerset Maugham's Of Human Bondage (1934) on a loan out to RKO. The role of Mildred Rogers had been rejected by several actresses, but Davis achieved critical acclaim for her performance. Dangerous (1935) became the first time she won an Academy Award for Best Actress, beating such luminaries as Katharine Hepburn, Claudette Colbert, and Miriam Hopkins.

In 1936, convinced her career would be ruined by appearing in mediocre films, Davis walked out on her Warner Brothers contract and decided to make films in England. Davis explained her viewpoint to a journalist, saying "I knew that, if I continued to appear in any more mediocre pictures, I would have no career left worth fighting for." She eventually settled her disagreements with Warner Brothers, and returned to the studio in 1937. During the time, she was one of the numerous actresses considered for the part of Scarlett O'Hara in David O. Selznick's film version of Gone with the Wind, but she was not tested. Warner Brothers cast her in Jezebel (1938) as a reward for being turned down by Selznick. It was a critical and box office success, and earned her another Best Actress Academy Award.

Davis in the acclaimed melodrama The Little Foxes (1941).

Davis was at the peak of her career in the late 1930s and early-to-mid 1940s, at a time when she was one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood and turned down parts she found inferior. She received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Dark Victory (1939) and earned acclaim for her performances in The Old Maid (1939) and The Letter (1940). Davis earned acclaim for her portrayal of Elizabeth I of England in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) with Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. Davis later appeared in the melodrama The Little Foxes (1941) and the comedy film The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942).

One of Davis' biggest, and last, successes at Warner Brothers was Now, Voyager (1942), which earned her another Academy Award nomination, but her career stalled thereafter. Her later films for the studio, including The Corn Is Green (1945) and Deception (1946), did not match the success of her earlier ventures. She turned down leading roles in Mildred Pierce and Possessed—both films eventually went to Joan Crawford. As her popularity waned, Warner Brothers dropped her contract in 1949, and from thereafter on, she occupied a freelance career.

Davis received a career revival in All About Eve (1950) for 20th Century-Fox. Replacing an injured Claudette Colbert, she played an aging Broadway star, Margo Channing, who is manipulated by an obsessed fan. The film was one of the biggest hits of 1950 and she was again nominated for an Academy Award, but lost to Judy Holliday. Although Davis earned strong reviews for her performance in The Star (1952), her career waned throughout the remainder of the decade.

Beginning in the 1960s, Davis received yet another revival in popularity. Although her appearance in Pocketful of Miracles (1961) was negatively received, she earned praise for her portrayal of the faded child star, Jane Hudson, in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), which garnered her a final nomination for an Academy Award. She retained a cult status throughout the remainder of her career, and appeared in several other thriller films such as Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) and The Nanny (1965). She appeared on television later in her career, and turned down roles in Rooster Cogburn (1975) and On Golden Pond (1981), both roles that went to Katharine Hepburn.

Davis agreed to star in the spoof film Wicked Stepmother (1989), although she felt the script was poor. The film was marked with production problems from the beginning, with Davis often quarreling with director Larry Cohen and she withdrew from the film shortly after production began. After 58 years of acting, it became her final film appearance.

Filmography[edit]

1931–1939[edit]

Year Title Role Director Other cast members Studio
1931 The Bad Sister Laura Madison Hobart Henley Conrad Nagel, Sidney Fox, Zasu Pitts, Slim Summerville, Humphrey Bogart Universal
1931 Seed Margaret Carter John M. Stahl John Boles, Frances Dade, Raymond Hackett, Zasu Pitts Universal
1931 Waterloo Bridge Janet Cronin James Whale Mae Clarke, Douglass Montgomery, Doris Lloyd Universal
1931 Way Back Home Mary Lucy William A. Seiter Phillips Lloyd, Effie Palmer, Frank Albertson, Frankie Darro RKO
1932 The Menace Peggy Lowell Roy William Neill H. B. Warner, Walter Byron, Natalie Moorhead Columbia
1932 Hell's House Peggy Gardner Howard Higgin Pat O'Brien B.F. Zeidman Productions Ltd.
1932 The Man Who Played God Grace Blair John G. Adolfi George Arliss, Violet Heming Warner Bros.
1932 So Big! Miss Dallas O'Mara William A. Wellman Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Dickie Moore Warner Bros.
1932 The Rich Are Always with Us Malbro Alfred E. Green Ruth Chatterton, George Brent, John Miljan First National
1932 The Dark Horse Kay Russell Alfred E. Green Warren William, Guy Kibbee Warner Bros.
1932 The Cabin in the Cotton Madge Norwood Michael Curtiz Richard Barthelmess, Dorothy Jordan, Hardie Albright First National
1932 Three on a Match Ruth Wescott Mervyn LeRoy Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak, Humphrey Bogart Warner Bros.
1932 20,000 Years in Sing Sing Fay Wilson Michael Curtiz Spencer Tracy Warner Bros.
1933 Just Around the Corner
(promotional short for G.E.)
Ginger Joan Blondell, Ruth Donnelly, Dick Powell, Warren William Warner Bros.
1933 Parachute Jumper Patricia "Alabama" Brent Alfred E. Green Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Claire Dodd Warner Bros.
1933 The Working Man Jenny Harland (aka Jane Grey) John G. Adolfi George Arliss, Theodore Newton, Hardie Albright Warner Bros.
1933 Bureau of Missing Persons Norma Roberts Roy Del Ruth Lewis Stone, Pat O'Brien, Glenda Farrell First National
1933 Ex-Lady Helen Bauer Robert Florey Gene Raymond, Frank McHugh, Claire Dodd Warner Bros.
1934 The Big Shakedown Norma Nelson John Francis Dillon Charles Farrell, Ricardo Cortez, Glenda Farrell First National
1934 Fashions of 1934 Lynn Mason William Dieterle William Powell, Frank McHugh, Hugh Herbert, Verree Teasdale Warner Bros.
1934 Jimmy the Gent Miss Joan Martin Michael Curtiz James Cagney, Allen Jenkins, Alice White, Mayo Methot Warner Bros.
1934 Fog Over Frisco Arlene Bradford William Dieterle Donald Woods, Margaret Lindsay, Lyle Talbot Warner Bros.
1934 Of Human Bondage Mildred Rogers John Cromwell Leslie Howard, Frances Dee, Kay Johnson, Reginald Denny, Alan Hale RKO
1934 Housewife Patricia "Pat" Berkeley Alfred E. Green George Brent, Ann Dvorak, John Halliday, Ruth Donnelly Warner Bros.
1935 Bordertown Mrs Marie Roark Archie Mayo Paul Muni, Margaret Lindsay, Eugene Pallette Warner Bros.
1935 The Girl from 10th Avenue Miriam A. Brady Alfred E. Green Ian Hunter, Colin Clive, Alison Skipworth Warner Bros.
1935 Front Page Woman Ellen Garfield Michael Curtiz George Brent, Roscoe Karns Warner Bros.
1935 Special Agent Julie Gardner William Keighley George Brent, Ricardo Cortez Warner Bros.
1935 Dangerous Joyce Heath Alfred E. Green Franchot Tone, Margaret Lindsay, Alison Skipworth Warner Bros.
1936 The Petrified Forest Gabrielle "Gabby" Maple Archie Mayo Leslie Howard, Genevieve Tobin, Dick Foran, Humphrey Bogart Warner Bros.
1936 The Golden Arrow Daisy Appleby Alfred E. Green George Brent, Eugene Pallette, Dick Foran Warner Bros.
1936 Satan Met a Lady Valerie Purvis William Dieterle Warren William, Alison Skipworth Warner Bros.
1937 Marked Woman Mary Dwight Strauber Lloyd Bacon Humphrey Bogart, Lola Lane, Isabel Jewell, Eduardo Ciannelli, Rosalind Marquis, Mayo Methot, Jane Bryan Warner Bros.
1937 Kid Galahad Louise "Fluff" Phillips Michael Curtiz Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, Wayne Morris, Jane Bryan Warner Bros.
1937 That Certain Woman Mary Donnell (aka Mrs Al Haines) Edmund Goulding Henry Fonda, Anita Louise, Ian Hunter, Donald Crisp Warner Bros.
1937 It's Love I'm After Joyce Arden Archie Mayo Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Eric Blore, Patric Knowles, Spring Byington, Bonita Granville Warner Bros.
1938 Jezebel Julie Marsden William Wyler Henry Fonda, George Brent, Margaret Lindsay, Fay Bainter, Donald Crisp, Spring Byington Warner Bros.
1938 The Sisters Louise Elliott Medlin Anatole Litvak Errol Flynn, Anita Louise, Ian Hunter, Donald Crisp, Beulah Bondi, Jane Bryan Warner Bros.
1939 Dark Victory Judith Traherne Edmund Goulding George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan Warner Bros.
1939 Juarez Empress Carlotta William Dieterle Paul Muni, Brian Aherne, Claude Rains, John Garfield, Donald Crisp, Joseph Calleia, Gale Sondergaard Warner Bros.
1939 The Old Maid Charlotte Lovell Edmund Goulding Miriam Hopkins, George Brent, Donald Crisp, Jane Bryan, Louise Fazenda Warner Bros.
1939 The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex Elizabeth I of England Michael Curtiz Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Donald Crisp, Alan Hale Warner Bros.

1940–1949[edit]

Year Title Role Director Other cast members Studio
1940 All This, and Heaven Too Henriette Deluzy-Desportes Anatole Litvak Charles Boyer, Jeffrey Lynn, Barbara O'Neil, Virginia Weidler Warner Bros.
1940 The Letter Leslie Crosbie William Wyler Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson, Frieda Inescort, Gale Sondergaard Warner Bros.
1941 The Great Lie Maggie Patterson Van Allen Edmund Goulding George Brent, Mary Astor, Lucile Watson, Hattie McDaniel Warner Bros.
1941 Shining Victory (uncredited cameo role) Nurse Irving Rapper James Stephenson, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Donald Crisp, Barbara O'Neil Warner Bros.
1941 The Bride Came C.O.D. Joan Winfield William Keighley James Cagney, Stuart Erwin, Eugene Pallette, Jack Carson, George Tobias Warner Bros.
1941 The Little Foxes Regina Giddens William Wyler Herbert Marshall, Teresa Wright, Richard Carlson, Dan Duryea, Patricia Collinge RKO
1942 The Man Who Came to Dinner Maggie Cutler William Keighley Ann Sheridan, Monty Woolley, Richard Travis, Jimmy Durante, Billie Burke, Mary Wickes Warner Bros.
1942 In This Our Life Stanley Timberlake Kingsmill John Huston Olivia de Havilland, George Brent, Dennis Morgan, Charles Coburn, Billie Burke, Hattie McDaniel, Lee Patrick Warner Bros.
1942 Now, Voyager Charlotte Vale Irving Rapper Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper, Bonita Granville, John Loder, Ilka Chase, Lee Patrick, Mary Wickes Warner Bros.
1943 Watch on the Rhine Sara Muller Herman Shumlin Paul Lukas, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Lucile Watson, Beulah Bondi Warner Bros.
1943 Thank Your Lucky Stars Herself David Butler Humphrey Bogart, Eddie Cantor, Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn, John Garfield, Joan Leslie, Ida Lupino, Dennis Morgan, Ann Sheridan, Dinah Shore, Alexis Smith, Jack Carson, Alan Hale, Edward Everett Horton, Hattie McDaniel Warner Bros.
1943 Old Acquaintance Kit Marlowe Vincent Sherman Miriam Hopkins, John Loder, Gig Young Warner Bros.
1944 Mr. Skeffington Fanny Trellis Vincent Sherman Claude Rains, Walter Abel, George Coulouris Warner Bros.
1944 Hollywood Canteen Herself Delmer Daves Jack Benny, Joe E. Brown, Eddie Cantor, Kitty Carlisle, Jack Carson, Joan Crawford, John Garfield, Sydney Greenstreet, Alan Hale, Paul Henreid, Peter Lorre, Ida Lupino, Dennis Morgan, Janis Paige, Eleanor Parker, Roy Rogers & Trigger, Zachary Scott, Alexis Smith, Barbara Stanwyck, Jane Wyman Warner Bros.
1945 The Corn Is Green Miss Lilly Moffat Irving Rapper John Dall, Nigel Bruce, Rhys Williams, Mildred Dunnock, Joan Lorring Warner Bros.
1946 A Stolen Life Kate and Patricia Bosworth (dual role) Curtis Bernhardt Glenn Ford, Dane Clark, Walter Brennan Warner Bros.
1946 Deception Christine Radcliffe Irving Rapper Paul Henreid, Claude Rains Warner Bros.
1948 Winter Meeting Susan Grieve Bretaigne Windust Janis Paige, Jim Davis, John Hoyt, Florence Bates Warner Bros.
1948 June Bride Linda Gilman Bretaigne Windust Robert Montgomery, Fay Bainter, Betty Lynn, Mary Wickes, Barbara Bates Warner Bros.
1949 Beyond the Forest Rosa Moline King Vidor Joseph Cotten, David Brian, Ruth Roman Warner Bros.

1950–1959[edit]

Year Title Role Director Other cast members Studio
1950 All About Eve Margo Channing Joseph L. Mankiewicz Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe, Thelma Ritter, Marilyn Monroe 20th Century Fox
1951 Payment on Demand Joyce Ramsey Curtis Bernhardt Barry Sullivan, Jane Cowl, Betty Lynn, Kent Taylor RKO
1951 Another Man's Poison Janet Frobisher Irving Rapper Gary Merrill, Emlyn Williams, Anthony Steel, Barbara Murray Angel Productions
1952 Phone Call from a Stranger Bianca Carr Jean Negulesco Shelley Winters, Gary Merrill, Michael Rennie, Keenan Wynn, Beatrice Straight 20th Century Fox
1952 The Star Margaret Elliot Stuart Heisler Sterling Hayden, Natalie Wood 20th Century Fox
1955 The Virgin Queen Queen Elizabeth I of England Henry Koster Richard Todd, Joan Collins, Herbert Marshall, Dan O'Herlihy 20th Century Fox
1956 The Catered Affair Agnes Hurley Richard Brooks Ernest Borgnine, Debbie Reynolds, Barry Fitzgerald, Rod Taylor MGM
1956 Storm Center Alicia Hull Daniel Taradash Brian Keith, Kim Hunter Columbia
1959 John Paul Jones Catherine the Great John Farrow Robert Stack, Marisa Pavan, Charles Coburn, MacDonald Carey, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Peter Cushing Warner Bros.
1959 The Scapegoat The Countess Robert Hamer Alec Guinness, Nicole Maurey, Irene Worth MGM

1960–1969[edit]

Year Title Role Director Other cast members Studio
1961 Pocketful of Miracles Apple Annie Frank Capra Glenn Ford, Hope Lange, Arthur O'Connell, Peter Falk, Edward Everett Horton, Ann-Margret United Artists
1962 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Baby Jane Hudson Robert Aldrich Joan Crawford, Victor Buono Seven Arts
1963 The Empty Canvas Dino's mother Damiano Damiani Horst Buchholz, Isa Miranda Compagnia Cinematografica Champion
1964 Dead Ringer Margaret De Lorca and Edith Phillips (dual role) Paul Henreid Karl Malden, Peter Lawford, Jean Hagen, Estelle Winwood Warner Bros.
1964 Where Love Has Gone Mrs Gerald Hayden Edward Dmytryk Susan Hayward, Mike Connors, Joey Heatherton, Jane Greer Paramount
1964 Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte Charlotte Hollis Robert Aldrich Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Cecil Kellaway, Victor Buono, Mary Astor 20th Century Fox
1965 The Nanny The nanny Seth Holt Wendy Craig, Jill Bennett Seven Arts
1968 The Anniversary Mrs Taggart Roy Ward Baker Sheila Hancock, Jack Hedley Seven Arts

1970–1989[edit]

Year Title Role Director Other cast members Studio
1970 Connecting Rooms Wanda Fleming Franklin Gollings Michael Redgrave, Leo Genn Hemdale
1971 Bunny O'Hare Bunny O'Hare Gerd Oswald Ernest Borgnine, Jack Cassidy, John Astin American International
1972 The Scientific Cardplayer The Millionairess Luigi Comencini Alberto Sordi, Silvana Mangano, Joseph Cotten Dino de Laurentiis
1976 Burnt Offerings Aunt Elizabeth Dan Curtis Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Burgess Meredith, Eileen Heckart United Artists
1978 Return from Witch Mountain Letha Wedge John Hough Christopher Lee, Kim Richards, Jack Soo Disney
1978 Death on the Nile Marie Van Schuyler John Guillermin Peter Ustinov, Simon MacCorkindale, Lois Chiles, Mia Farrow, George Kennedy, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury, Olivia Hussey, David Niven, Jon Finch, Jack Warden, Jane Birkin, Harry Andrews, I. S. Johar Paramount
1978 The Children of Sanchez uncredited role Hall Bartlett Anthony Quinn, Dolores del Rio, Katy Jurado Lone Star
1980 The Watcher in the Woods Mrs Aylwood John Hough Lynn-Holly Johnson, Kyle Richards, Carroll Baker, David McCallum Disney
1987 The Whales of August Libby Strong Lindsay Anderson Lillian Gish, Vincent Price, Ann Sothern Alive Films
1989 Wicked Stepmother Miranda Pierpoint Larry Cohen Barbara Carrera, Colleen Camp, Lionel Stander MGM

Short films appearing as herself[edit]

Year Title Notes
1932 The 42nd Street Special
1935 A Dream Comes True
1936 Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 1
1936 Screen Snapshots Series 15, No. 10
1937 A Day at Santa Anita
1937 Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 8
1938 For Auld Lang Syne
1938 Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 9
1938 Breakdowns of 1938 Outtakes from That Certain Woman and Jezebel
1941 Breakdowns of 1941
1943 The Present with a Future Herself/Mother
1943 Show Business at War
1984 Terror in the Aisles Archival footage

Lux Radio Theatre appearances[edit]

Date Title Other cast members
March 30, 1936 Bought and Paid For
May 17, 1937 Another Language Fred MacMurray, John Beal
February 28, 1938 Forsaking All Others Joel McCrea, Anderson Lawler, Leona Meracol
January 8, 1940 Dark Victory Spencer Tracy
April 21, 1941 The Letter Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson
December 15, 1941 All This and Heaven Too Charles Boyer, Bea Benaderet
March 6, 1944 The Letter Herbert Marshall, Vincent Price
October 1, 1945 Mr. Skeffington
February 11, 1946 Now, Voyager Gregory Peck
August 25, 1947 A Stolen Life Glenn Ford
August 29, 1949 June Bride James Stewart
September 3, 1951 Payment on Demand Barry Sullivan
October 1, 1951 All About Eve Gary Merrill

Television[edit]

1952–1959[edit]

Year Title Role Director Other main cast members
1952 What's My Line? Herself (Mystery guest) Franklin Heller John Daly (Moderator), Bennett Cerf, Hal Block, Arlene Francis, Dorothy Kilgallen
1955 The 27th Annual Academy Awards Herself (Presenter: Best Actor) Bill Bennington, Grey Lockwood Bob Hope (host)
1956 The 20th Century Fox Hour
Episode : Crack Up
Marie Hoke Ted Post Gary Merrill, Virginia Grey
1956 Person to Person Herself John Frankenheimer
(assistant director)
Edward R. Murrow
1957 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars
Episode: For Better, For Worse
Anne Baxter
1957 The Ford Television Theatre
Episode: Footnote on a Doll
Dolley Madison Marc Daniels, Franklin J. Schaffner Eleanor Audley, Natalie Schafer
1957 General Electric Theater
Episode: With Malice Toward One
Miss Burrows Jules Bricken John Baragrey, Frances Bavier, Maudie Prickett
1958 Telephone Time
Episode: Stranded
Beatrice Enter Allen H. Miner Pamela Baird, Claudia Bryer, Paul Bryer
1958 Studio 57
Episode: The Starmaker
Allen H. Miner Robert Busch, Gary Merrill
1958 General Electric Theater
Episode:The Cold Touch
Christine Marlowe Leif Erickson, Jonathan Harris, Forrest Tucker
1958 Suspicion
Episode: Fraction of a Second
Mrs Ellis John Brahm Dorothy Adams, Barry Atwater, Marjorie Bennett
1958 The 30th Annual Academy Awards Herself (Presenter: Honorary Awards) Alan Handley Bob Hope and Jack Lemmon (co-hosts)
1958 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Herself William Asher Dinah Shore (host), Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gormé, Alan King
1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Episode: Out There — Darkness
Miss Fox Paul Henreid Frank Albertson, James Congdon
1959 The DuPont Show with June Allyson
Episode: Dark Morning
Sarah Whitney June Allyson, Gail Bonney, Leif Erickson
1959 Wagon Train
Episode: The Elizabeth McQueeney Story
Elizabeth McQueeney Allen H. Miner Ward Bond, Danielle Aubrey, Joseph Mell, Maggie Pierce
1959 Wagon Train
Episode: The Ella Lindstrom Story
Ella Lindstrom Allen H. Miner Ward Bond, Bobby Buntrock
1959 The 31st Annual Academy Awards Herself (Presenter: Best Supporting Actor) Alan Handley Bob Hope and Jerry Lewis (co-hosts)

1960–1969[edit]

Year Title Role Director Other main cast members
1960 What's My Line? Herself (Mystery guest) Joey Bishop
1961 Wagon Train
Episode: The Bettina May Story
Ward Bond, Joby Baker
1962 The Virginian
Episode: The Accomplice
Celia Miller James Drury, Lee J. Cobb, Doug McClure, Victor French, Harold Gould
1962 Here's Hollywood
Episode broadcast October 9
Herself
1962 What's My Line?
Episode broadcast November 11
Herself (Mystery guest)
1962 Here's Hollywood
Episode broadcast December 1
Herself
1962 Tonight Starring Jack Paar
Episode broadcast November 16
Herself
1962 The Andy Williams Show
Episode broadcast December 20
Herself
1963 Perry Mason
Episode: The Case of Constant Doyle
Constant Doyle Raymond Burr, Peggy Ann Garner
1963 The 35th Annual Academy Awards Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Presenter: Writing Awards
1963 Reflets de Cannes
Episode broadcast May 16
Herself
1964 The Hollywood Palace
Episode #2.7
Herself
1964 What's My Line?
Episode broadcast March 29
Herself (Mystery guest)
1965 The Hollywood Palace
Episode #2.21
Herself
1965 What's My Line?
Episode broadcast October 24
Herself (Mystery guest)
1965 Bette Davis — Star und Rebellin Herself
1965 I've Got a Secret
Episode broadcast March 1
Herself
1965 The Decorator (unsold pilot) Liz Mary Wickes, Ed Begley
1966 Gunsmoke
Episode: The Jailer
Etta Stone James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Amanda Blake, Bruce Dern, Tom Skerritt
1966 The Hollywood Palace
Episode #3.19
Herself
1967 The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
Episode #1.4
Herself
1967 The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
Episode #1.20
Herself
1967 The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
Episode #2.2
Herself
1967 Think Twentieth Herself

1970–1979[edit]

Year Title Role Director Other main cast members
1970 The Dick Cavett Show
Episode broadcast November 26
Herself
1970 It Takes a Thief
Episode: Touch of Magic
Robert Wagner, Fred Astaire
1971 The Dick Cavett Show Herself
1972 The Judge and Jake Wyler (TV movie) Judge Meredith David Lowell Rich Doug McClure, Joan Van Ark, Kent Smith
1971 This Is Your Life Herself (Honoree)
1972 Madame Sin (TV movie) Madame Sin David Greene Robert Wagner, Denholm Elliott, Gordon Jackson
1972 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Episode broadcast February 14, 1972
Herself
1972 Johnny Carson Presents the Sun City Scandals '72 Herself
1973 Scream, Pretty Peggy (TV movie) Mrs Elliott Gordon Hessler Ted Bessell, Sian Barbara Allen
1973 The Dean Martin Show
Celebrity Roast: Johnny Carson
Herself
1973 The Dean Martin Show
Celebrity Roast: Bette Davis
Herself
1973 ABC's Wide World of Entertainment Hostess of "Warner Bros. Movies: A 50 Year Salute"
1974 Hello Mother, Goodbye! (TV movie) Kenneth Mars
1974 The 28th Annual Tony Awards Herself (Presenter)
1975 Parkinson
Episode #5.8
Herself
1976 The Mike Douglas Show
Episode broadcast March 19
Herself
1976 V.I.P.-Schaukel
Episode #6.1
Herself
1976 The Disappearance of Aimee (TV movie) Minnie Kennedy Anthony Harvey Faye Dunaway, James Woods
1977 Dinah!
Episode broadcast July 20
Herself
1977 The American Film Institute Salute to Bette Davis Herself (Honoree)
1977 Jimmy Carter's Inaugural Gala Herself
1978 The 50th Annual Academy Awards Herself
1978 The American Film Institute Salute to Henry Fonda Herself
1978 The Dark Secret of Harvest Home (miniseries) Widow Fortune Leo Penn David Ackroyd, Rosanna Arquette, Rene Auberjonois
1979 Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter (TV movie) Lucy Mason Milton Katselas Gena Rowlands

1980–1989[edit]

Year Title Role Director Other main cast members
1980 White Mama (TV movie) Adele Malone Jackie Cooper Eileen Heckart, Anne Ramsey
1980 Skyward (TV movie) Billie Dupree Ron Howard Howard Hesseman, Marion Ross
1980 Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas Tours:
Around the World with the Troops – 1941–1972
Herself
1981 Family Reunion (TV movie) Elizabeth Winfield Fielder Cook J. Ashley Hyman, David Huddleston, Roy Dotrice
1982 A Piano for Mrs. Cimino (TV movie) Esther MacDonald Cimino George Schaefer Penny Fuller, Christopher Guest, Keenan Wynn
1982 Little Gloria... Happy at Last (TV movie) Alice Gwynne Vanderbilt Waris Hussein Martin Balsam, Michael Gross, Glynis Johns, Angela Lansbury, Christopher Plummer, Maureen Stapleton
1982 All-Star Party for Carol Burnett Herself
1982 The American Film Institute Salute to Frank Capra Herself
1982 Night of 100 Stars Herself
1983 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Episode broadcast February 9
Herself
1983 Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano Herself
1983 Hotel
Episode:Pilot
Laura Trent James Brolin, Connie Sellecca
1983 Right of Way (TV movie) Minnie Dwyer George Schaefer James Stewart, Melinda Dillon, Priscilla Morrill
1985 Murder with Mirrors (TV movie) Carrie Louise Serracold Dick Lowry Helen Hayes, John Mills, Leo McKern
1985 Étoiles et toiles March 25 Herself
1986 As Summers Die (TV movie) Hannah Loftin Jean-Claude Tramont Scott Glenn, Jamie Lee Curtis
1986 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Episode broadcast May 22
Herself
1986 Directed by William Wyler Herself
1986 The 43rd Annual Golden Globe Awards
Episode broadcast February 22
Herself
1986 La Nuit des Césars Herself
1987 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts Herself
1987 The 59th Annual Academy Awards Herself (Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role)
1988 Larry King Live
Episode broadcast February 24
Herself
1988 De película
Episode broadcast February 22
Herself
1988 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Episode broadcast January 7
Herself

Awards and nominations[edit]

Competitive awards[edit]

Academy Awards
Year Film Result Award Category
1934 Of Human Bondage Nominated (write-in, not official) Academy Award Best Actress
1935 Dangerous Won Academy Award Best Actress
1938 Jezebel Won Academy Award Best Actress
1939 Dark Victory Nominated Academy Award Best Actress
1940 The Letter Nominated Academy Award Best Actress
1941 The Little Foxes Nominated Academy Award Best Actress
1942 Now, Voyager Nominated Academy Award Best Actress
1944 Mr. Skeffington Nominated Academy Award Best Actress
1950 All About Eve Nominated Academy Award Best Actress
1952 The Star Nominated Academy Award Best Actress
1962 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Nominated Academy Award Best Actress
Emmy Awards
Year Film Result Award Category
1974 ABC's Wide World of Entertainment for episode Warner Bros. Movies - A 50 Year Salute Nominated Primetime Emmy Award Special Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement
1979 Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter Won Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or Movie
1980 White Mama Nominated Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or Movie
1983 Little Gloria... Happy at Last Nominated Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or Movie
Golden Globe Awards
Year Film Result Award Category
1951 All About Eve Nominated Golden Globe Best Motion Picture Actress (Drama)
1962 Pocketful of Miracles Nominated Golden Globe Best Motion Picture Actress (Musical/Comedy)
1963 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Nominated Golden Globe Best Motion Picture Actress (Drama)
BAFTA Awards
Year Film Result Award Category
1964 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Nominated BAFTA Film Award Best Foreign Actress
CableACE Awards
Year TV Film Result Award Category
1984 Right of Way Nominated ACE Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
1987 As Summers Die Nominated ACE Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
Cannes Film Festival
Year Film Result Award Category
1950 All About Eve Won Cannes Film Festival Awards Best Actress
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Awards
Year Film Result Award Category
1952 All About Eve Won Silver Ribbon Best Actress — Foreign Film
(Miglior Attrice Straniera)
Laurel Awards
Year Film Result Award Category
1963 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 3rd Place Golden Laurel Top Female Dramatic Performance
1965 Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte Won Dramatic Performance, Female
Monte Carlo TV Festival (a.k.a. Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo)
Year Film Result Award Category
1983 A Piano for Mrs. Cimino Won Golden Nymph Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Awards
Year Film Result Award Category
1950 All About Eve Won NYFCC Award Best Actress
Saturn Awards
Year Film Result Award Category
1976 Burnt Offerings Won Saturn Award (a.k.a. Golden Scroll) Best Supporting Actress
Venice Film Festival
Year Film Result Award Category
1937 Kid Galahad
Marked Woman
Won Volpi Cup Best Actress

Honorary awards[edit]

Year Award Category
1932 Star of Tomorrow A group of theater exhibitors named Bette Davis, Joan Blondell and Ginger Rogers “Stars of tomorrow”. The ceremony was held at the Ambassador Hotel in Hollywood and broadcast live on radio. This was Bette’s first acting award
1941 Golden Apple Awards Most Cooperative Actress
1950 Grauman's Chinese Theater Handprint and Footprint Ceremony
1950 Photoplay Awards Gold Medal
1962 Photoplay Awards Gold Medal
1963 Golden Apple Awards Most Cooperative Actress
1965 Photoplay Awards Gold Medal
1969 San Francisco International Film Festival The Craft of Cinema Award
1973 Sarah Siddons Society Special 20th Anniversary Award for All About Eve
1974 Golden Globe Awards Cecil B. DeMille Award
1977 American Film Institute Life Achievement Award
1980 Outstanding Mother of the Year Award Awarded by Woman's Day magazine
1982 Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence
1982 Rudolph Valentino Award Actress of the Year
1982 National Film Society Artistry in Cinema Awards Golden Reel Award for her contribution to cinema.
1983 Charles Chaplin Award Awarded by UCLA Film and Television Archive
1983 Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards Crystal Award
1983 American Theater Arts Life Achievement Award
1983 Boston Theater District Association Life Achievement Award
1983 Distinguished Civilian Service Medal Awarded by the Defense Department of USA (the highest civilian award given by the United States Department of Defense) for founding the Hollywood Canteen (which operated at 1451 Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood, California between October 3, 1942 and November 22, 1945). The award ceremony took place on June 11, 1983.
1983 Golden Apple Awards Louella Parsons Life Achievement Award
1986 César Awards Honorary Cesar
1986 Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Appointed commander of this order. It was awarded by the French Government for her contribution to film.
1987 British Film Institute Fellowship In recognition of her outstanding contribution to film culture.
1987 Deauville Film Festival Special Tribute
1987 Legion of Honour Awarded at the Deauville Film Festival for her contribution to film.
1987 Kennedy Center Honors Honoree
1988 Campione d'Italia Merit of Achievement Award
1989 American Cinema Awards Life Achievement Award
1989 Film Society of Lincoln Center Gala Tribute
1989 San Sebastián International Film Festival Donostia Award
 ? Hollywood Walk of Fame Motion Pictures (Location: 6225 Hollywood Blvd.)
 ? Hollywood Walk of Fame Television (Location: 6233 Hollywood Blvd.)

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