Biography (1997)

Genres - Film, TV & Radio, History  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Film & Television History  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom   |  
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Maybe you've heard it said, "She's got Bette Davis eyes." But what does it mean, who was this woman? Join A&E as they take a close look at the life of the remarkable and talented acrtress, Bette Davis. Born Ruth Elizabeth Davis, in Lowell, Massachusetts. After a short stage career she went to Hollywood in 1930, and had her first success in The Man who Played God (1932). Numerous leading roles followed, among them Of Human Bondage (1934), Dangerous (1935, Oscar), and Jezebel (1938, Oscar), which established her as a major star for the next three decades. She also played a lead role in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), in which she co-starred with her long-term rival, Joan Crawford. She continued acting long after many of her contemporaries had retired. Later appearances included Death on the Nile (1979) and The Whales of August (1987) opposite Lillian Gish, which came out two years before her death in 1989. In addition, she appeared in many television productions.