Died at age 81 in 1989
After appearing in Broadway plays, Davis moved to Hollywood in 1930, but her early films for Universal 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 and although she lost a well-publicized legal case, it marked the beginning of the most successful period of her career. Until the late 1940s, she was one of American cinema's most celebrated leading ladies, known for her forceful and intense style. Davis gained a reputation as a perfectionist who could be highly combative, and confrontations with studio executives, film directors and costars were often reported. Her forthright manner, clipped vocal style and ubiquitous cigarette contributed to a public persona which has often been imitated and satirized.
Enjoy photos and movies from her younger acting days from 1926 to 1943
"The Most Beautiful Woman In Film"
"Baby" or "The Platinum Blonde"
1940s movie star
"The Love Goddess"
The Profane Angel, The Hoosier Tornado
1950s movie star
"LuLu" or "Brooksie"
Attila the Nun, Saint Loretta
1940s iconic actress
The "It" Girl
"Billie" or "Cranberry"
1940s beautiful actress
"The British Open"
Queen of Hollywood, The Perfect Wife
Baby Gladys, The Glad Girl
The Queen of Scream
"The Peek-a-boo Girl"
Hot Toddy, The Ice Cream Blonde
1920s film comedienne and philanthropist
"The Fifth Warner Brother," or "The First Lady of Film"
"The First Lady of American Cinema"
"Hollywood's Number One party girl"
"The Pin-Up Girl" or "The Girl With the Million Dollar Legs"
"The Siren of Swindon" or "Hurricane in Mink"
"Baby" or "The Look"
1930s movie star
"Kate" and "First Lady of Cinema"
"Queen of the B's"
"The 'Ping' Girl"
The "Oomph" Girl
"The Hungarian Rhapsody"
1930s sexy wisecracker
"The Beautiful One" or "Dottie"
1930s winsome blonde
1930s B-movie starlet
The First Lady of MGM, Queen Norma
Queen of Ra-Ta-Taps
"The Cameo Girl" or "Rusty"
1930s comic cutie
1930s pale-eyed blonde
1930s fashion star
1930s "nice girl" actress
1930s actress, novelist, and early aviator
Queen of Warner Brothers
1920s silent film actress