Bette Davis Net Worth: Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on April 5, 1908. Her parents were Ruth (Favor) Davis and Harlow Morrell Davis. When she was seven years old, her mother got a divorce from her father. This left her to raise Bette and her younger sister Barbara on her own.
Davis started acting in school plays at the Cushing Academy in Massachusetts when he was a teenager. Davis went to the John Murray Anderson/Robert Milton School of Theatre and Dance after working in summer stock theater in Rochester, New York. Lucille Ball was a classmate of hers.
Bette Davis Net Worth
Bette Davis was an American actress who died in 1989. When inflation was taken into account, her net worth was $2 million. In 1989, Bette’s will said that her estate was worth $1 million. Most of her money and property went to her adopted son and a close friend. She didn’t leave her daughters or grandchildren any money.
Bette Davis Personal Life
Davis was married four times. Her first marriage, to bandleader Harmon Oscar Nelson Jr., ended in divorce, and her second marriage, to businessman Arthur Farnsworth, ended with his death in 1943. Davis’s third husband, William Grant Sherry, gave her a daughter named Barbara. While she was married to Gary Merrill, her co-star in the movie All About Eve, she had two children, Margot and Michael. The marriage ended in divorce.
Bette Davis Career
Bette Davis was an actress in the Golden Age of Hollywood, and her career lasted more than 50 years. After “Of Human Bondage” broke her out in 1934, she went on to star in many other movies, including “Dangerous,” “Jezebel,” “Dark Victory,” “The Letter,” “Now, Voyager,” and “All About Eve,” for which she was nominated for 10 Academy Awards. Davis also helped start the Hollywood Canteen for soldiers during World War II and was the first woman to lead the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Rudolph Valentino’s role in the 1921 movie “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” made her want to become an actress. She started acting in plays, and her first show on Broadway was “Broken Dishes,” which opened in 1929. After a talent scout saw her in a play called “Solid South,” she was asked to come to Hollywood.
In 1932, she made a deal with Warner Bros. She was in the 1935 movie “Dangerous,” which was made by Warner Bros., and for which she won her first Academy Award for Best Actress. When she agreed to be in two English movies in 1936, she broke her contract with Warner Bros. Davis left the U.S. for Canada to stay out of trouble with the law. She tried to get out of her contract with Warner Bros. in an English court, but she lost. She then went back to Hollywood and kept working for the film studio.