Bette Davis 1938 Best Actress Oscar for "Jezebel".
The photo shows Bette Davis and Spencer Tracy,
who, won the same year,  Best Actor for "Boys

Photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S

Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis
(April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989)

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, though her
greatest successes were her roles in romantic

Davis was the co-founder of the Hollywood
Canteen, and was the first female president of the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She
won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, was
the first person to accrue 10 Academy Award
nominations for acting, and was the first woman to
receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the
American Film Institute. Her career went through
several periods of eclipse, and she admitted that
her success had often been at the expense of her
personal relationships. Married four times, she was
once widowed and thrice divorced, and raised her
children as a single parent. Her final years were
marred by a long period of ill health, but she
continued acting until shortly before her death
from breast cancer, with more than 100 films,
television and theater roles to her credit. In 1999,
Davis was placed second, after Katharine Hepburn,
on the American Film Institute's list of the
greatest female stars of all time.

Steven Spielberg purchased Davis's Oscars for
Dangerous (1935) and Jezebel (1938) when they
were offered for auction for $207,500 and $578,000,
respectively, and returned them to the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Bette Davis 1938 Best Actress Oscar
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