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Ruth Elizabeth “Bette” Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) was an American actress of film, television and theater. Noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic characters, she was highly regarded for her performances in a range of film genres, from contemporary crime melodramas to historical and period films and occasional comedies, although her greatest successes were her roles in romantic dramas.
After appearing in Broadway plays, Davis moved to Hollywood in 1930, but her early films for Universal Studios (and as 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 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.

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  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsalmost 2 years ago

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww I so want to fold this beauty and place in my pocket to view in a instance of inspiration ! Bette at her most seductive ……a most wonderful vintage feel you have given …Gorgeous work dear Kira xxx

  • Thank you so much Paul for the lovely support.
    If you feel tempted please do a “translation” of it in any style you like.
    Have a great day my friend ☺xx

    – © Kira Bodensted

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 2 years ago

    This is outstanding work Kira. Her skin just glows.

  • Thank you very much Bunny – glad you like this ☺

    – © Kira Bodensted

  • Randy Turnbow
    Randy Turnbowalmost 2 years ago

    Wow, what a looker she was was. I would never have guessed this was Bettie Davis in her younger days. Fabulous work Kira, well done.

  • Thank you so much Randy. I love to find pictures that are a bit unusual and I have wanted to do this for a long time. Very pleased that you like it. ☺

    – © Kira Bodensted

  • shadowlea
    shadowleaalmost 2 years ago

    just stunning…beautiful work

  • Many thanks Irene ☺

    – © Kira Bodensted

  • andy551
    andy551almost 2 years ago

    Another brilliant creation , Your work is outstanding – Love this

  • Thank you very much my friend – so glad you like it ☺

    – © Kira Bodensted

  • Elisabeth Dubois
    Elisabeth Duboisalmost 2 years ago

    I adore this pic of her Kira
    Well done…those eyes look stunning
    . I did the same image in pastel / charcoal a while back

  • Thank you very much Elisabeth, and I remember so well your beautiful art piece.
    I have also featured it. Have a wonderful day my friend ☺

    – © Kira Bodensted

  • Anna Ewa Miarczynska
    Anna Ewa Miarc...almost 2 years ago

    Soo beautiful … with the grey-blue eyes

  • Thank you very much Anna ☺

    – © Kira Bodensted

  • Chris Brunton
    Chris Bruntonalmost 2 years ago

    Brilliant …. and those eyes certainly capture your attention. Wonderful work.

  • Many thanks Christina for the great support – much appreciated ☺

    – © Kira Bodensted

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithalmost 2 years ago

    Well,…You made Betty look so lovely,…..Awesome work,….
    Love those Betty Davis eyes,…

  • Thank you very much John ☺

    – © Kira Bodensted

  • Tarrby
    Tarrbyalmost 2 years ago

    Love this Kira, she was a real stunner in her early days wasn’t she? xx

  • Yes, she was Brian – I love these loud mouthed strong headed woman like her and Katharine Hepburn.
    They were no shrinking violets. Thank you for the fav and lovely comment my friend.
    Have a great day xx

    – © Kira Bodensted

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