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|First appearance||Dark Victory (1934, stage production)|
|Portrayed by||Tallulah Bankhead
|Spouse(s)||Dr. Frederick Steele|
Judith Traherne is a hedonistic socialite who races horse, throws parties, and paints the town red. One day while riding the horses, she crashes into a fence and nearly dies. Later on when her personal secretary and best friend Ann (Geraldine Fitzgerald) asks her what happened, Judith proclaims that she saw double and was uncertain. She later seeks the medical advice of Dr. Frederick Steele (George Brent) and receives a harmful diagnosis. She has a brain tumor and must be operated on immediately.
After this she finds that the effort was worthless and that she only has months to live. She literally begins living life like every day is her last, and becomes romantically involved with Dr. Steele and marries him. They buy a little house in the country and begin a quaint life there. One day while Ann is visiting Judith's end arrives in the form of blindness and she must keep it a secret from her husband not wanting to destroy his feelings. She chooses to stay at home instead of going to New York City to partake in a horse racing competition and it is there that she dies peacefully in her glow of youth.
Originally Dark Victory was to be made in 1935 with Greta Garbo for MGM Studios but that plan never materialized. Instead Warner Bros. bought the screen rights and in 1939 Bette Davis brought the character to screen life. Her endeavors won her a Best Actress Academy Award nomination and in her later years Miss Davis said that Dark Victory was her personal favorite of all the movies she made during her rich career.
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