Davis, Bette

Card autographed for a GI in 1945

Price: $150.00

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Bette Davis (1908-1989) American film, television and theater actress. Noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic characters, she was highly regarded for her performances in 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 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. Her forthright manner, clipped vocal style and ubiquitous cigarette contributed to a public persona which has often been imitated and satirized. Davis was the co-founder of the Hollywood Canteen, and was the 1st 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 Oscar nominations for acting, and was the first woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. 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 AFI’s list of the greatest female stars of all time. The United States Postal Service honored Davis with a commemorative postage stamp in 2008, marking the 100th anniversary of her birth. Some of her greatest films include: “Of Human Bondage” (1934); “Dangerous” (1935, Oscar); “Jezebel” (1938, Oscar); “Dark Victory” (1939, nominee); “The Letter” (1940, nominee); “The little Foxes” (1941, nominee); “Now, voyager” (1942, nominee); “Mr. Skeffington” (1944, nominee); “All About Eve” (1950, nominee); “The Star” (1952, nominee); and “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” (1962, nominee). Boldly signed 4 ¼ x 5 ½ card with her printed name at top. With envelope postmarked Los Angeles, February 9 1945, sent to an Army private at Camp Wheeler, Georgia. With color portrait.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signed Card






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