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Bette Davis

BETTE DAVIS d1989. American film TV and theatre actress 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 / period films and occasional comedies ; although her greatest successes were her roles in romantic dramas. After appearing in Broadway plays, Bette Davis moved to Hollywood in 1930 but her early films for Universal Studios were unsuccessful. She joined Warner Brothers in 1932 and quickly 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. She gained a reputation as a perfectionist who could be highly combative and confrontations with studio executives, film directors and costars were well publicised. Her forthright manner, clipped vocal style and ubiquitous cigarette contributed to a public persona which has often been imitated and satirized. She was the co-founder of the Hollywood Canteen and was the first female president of the Academy of Motion Pictures. She won the Academy Award For Best Actress twice (Dangerous (1935) and Jezebel (1938)) ; was the first person to accrue ten 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, raising 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 aged 81 from breast cancer in 1989. In 1999 she was placed second after Katherine Hepburn on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest female stars of all time.

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Bette Davis

Reference number:

9584
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Description:

An interesting original 1987 BBC TV visitors book page, clearly signed & dedicated in black marker by Bette Davis "Enjoyed working with you Terry Wogan"

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Page removed from a Terry Wogan & Children in Need BBC TV Visitors Book dated 1987 containing many celebrity notables. Collectors date notation is 14th September 1987. The page is also signed by novelist Dennis Potter and on the reverse comedian Frank Muir. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA

Size:

Bette Davis 15x10cm Sized Page

Overall page size 24x20cm Size

Condition:

Good. View Image

Bette Davis

Reference number:

9796
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An original 1963 "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane ?" Cannes Film Festival press-pack folder, clearly signed in ink on the front cover by Bette Davis

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"Baby Jane" was a 1962 American psychological thriller horror film produced and directed by Robert Ulrich starring Bette Davis (Jane Hudson) and Joan Crawford (Blanche Hudson). It was about an aging former actress who holds her paraplegic sister captive in an old Hollywood mansion. Upon the film's release, it was met with widespread critical and box office acclaim and was later nominated for five Academy Awards. The intensely bitter Hollywood rivalry between the film's two stars (Davis and Crawford) was heavily important to the film's initial success. This in part led to the revitalization of the then-waning careers of the two stars. In the years after release, critics continued to acclaim the film for its psychologically driven black comedy. The film's then unheard of and controversial plot meant that it originally received an X rating in the UK. Because of the appeal of the film's stars it has nowadays been identified as being a "cult classic". In 2003 the character of Baby Jane Hudson was ranked No 44 on the AFI's list of the 50 Best Villains of American cinema. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA

Size:

30x25cm Sized Press-Pack

8 page typed press release

3x 24x18cm Sized Photographs

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Bette Davis

Reference number:

9795
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Description:

An original 1963 "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane ?" Cannes Film Festival press-pack photograph, clearly signed in ink by Bette Davis

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"Baby Jane" was a 1962 American psychological thriller horror film produced and directed by Robert Ulrich starring Bette Davis (Jane Hudson) and Joan Crawford (Blanche Hudson). It was about an aging former actress who holds her paraplegic sister captive in an old Hollywood mansion. Upon the film's release, it was met with widespread critical and box office acclaim and was later nominated for five Academy Awards. The intensely bitter Hollywood rivalry between the film's two stars (Davis and Crawford) was heavily important to the film's initial success. This in part led to the revitalization of the then-waning careers of the two stars. In the years after release, critics continued to acclaim the film for its psychologically driven black comedy. The film's then unheard of and controversial plot meant that it originally received an X rating in the UK. Because of the appeal of the film's stars it has nowadays been identified as being a "cult classic". In 2003 the character of Baby Jane Hudson was ranked No 44 on the AFI's list of the 50 Best Villains of American cinema. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA

Size:

24x18cm Sized Press-Pack photograph. Stamped on rear (See Image)

Condition:

Good. View Image. Very minor dings.

Bette Davis

Reference number:

9717
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An original autograph book page, clearly signed, dedicated and dated in ink "Hello Susan Bette Davis May 14 1967"

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From the 1960-70s autograph book containing entertainment notables of Susan Burling of Amersham. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA

Size:

11x10cm Sized Autograph Book Page

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Good. View Image

Bette Davis

Reference number:

8707
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A good original circa 1970s autograph book page, clearly signed in ink "Hello Lee Bette Davis".

 

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From the extensive autograph collection containing many notables of Lee D of Birmingham obtained by him all over the UK during the 1970-80s. Many of the signatures are dedicated to him. There is a general typed letter included more fully detailing the history of his collecting the autographs. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Size:

13x10cm Sized Autograph Book Page.

 

Condition:

Good. View Image.

Bette Davis

Reference number:

6278
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An original 1969 autograph book page, clearly signed and dedicated in ink ; "For Jean Bette Davis".

 

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From the outstanding & huge autograph collection of Jean Williams of Chelsea, all obtained in and around the London Theatres / London Hotels (The Dorchester / The Savoy) /  the BBC Riverside Studios and ITV TV Studios from the late 1950s into the mid 1970s. Including (amongst others) such notables as ; John Lennon / Marlon Brando / Steve McQueen / Sharon Tate / Lee Van Cleef / Ringo Starr and Natalie Wood. Most of the signatures in the collection are dedicated to her by the celebrity and then annotated and dated in her hand.  This Bette Davis autograph is dated 11th May 1969. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.  

 

Bette Davis

Reference number:

6935
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Description:

A very good vintage circa 1950s autograph book page, clearly signed in ink ; "For Peter Bette Davis".

 

Certification:

AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Bette Davis

Reference number:

5965
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Description:

A clearly signed circa 1960s dedicated autograph book page in ink ; "Barbara , Bette Davis".

 

Certification:

AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Bette Davis

Reference number:

7586
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Description:

A very good embossed personal note-card dated 5/2/1957, clearly written message signed in ink ; "Dear Mrs Rucker. Thank you for your kind letter. Hope this photo will please you- Sincerely Bette Davis".

 

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A personal 1957 embossed note-card. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Size:

11x9cm Sized Card

 

Condition:

Good. View Images.

Bette Davis

Reference number:

5827
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Description:

An original circa 1960s visitors book page, clearly signed in blue ink ; "Hello To Bryan Bette Davis".

 

Certification:

Bryan we understand from the original seller was a longterm employee of The ABC Cinema in Blackpool during the 1960s. This was one of a collection of autographs from his visitors book. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.