Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (April 5, 1908 â€“ October 6, 1989) was an English-American actress of film,
television, and theater. Regarded as one of the greatest actresses in Hollywood 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, suspense horror
and occasional comedies, although her greatest successes were her roles in romantic dramas.
After appearing in Broadway plays, Davis moved to Hollywood in 1930. However, her early films for Universal Studios
(and as a loanout to other studios) were unsuccessful. She joined Warner Bros. in 1932 and established her career
with several critically acclaimed performances. In 1937, she attempted to free herself from her contract.