Bette Davis Net Worth 2020, Biography, Marital Life, Award and Death

Bette Davis Net Worth 2020, Biography, Marital Life, Award and Death.

Bette Davis Net Worth 2020Why am I so good at playing bitches?” Bette Davis, the legendary Hollywood actress, once asked in an interview.

Bette Davis Net Worth 2020

Bette Davis Net Worth

“I think it’s because I’m not a bitch”, she answered in the same breadth and did not forget to add, “Maybe that’s why [Joan Crawford] always plays ladies.” Yes, that was Bette Davis; straight and to the point; never mincing her words.

Bette Davis Net Worth

Bette Davis was an American actress who had a net worth of $2 million dollars at the time of her death in 1989 after adjusting for inflation.

According to her will, Bette’s estate was worth $1 million in 1989. The bulk of her estate was left to an adopted son and a close friend. She did not leave any money to her daughters or grand children.


Bette Davis was born as Ruth Elizabeth Davis on 5 April 1908 in Lowell, a city in the state of Massachusetts in the United States of America. Her father, Harlow Morrell Davis, was a patent attorney and her mother, Ruth Augusta, became a portrait photographer. Bette also had a younger sister named Barbara Harriet or Bobby.

Her parents separated in 1915, when Bette was barely seven years old. She and Bobby were raised by their mother Ruth.

They were initially sent to Crestalban, a Spartan boarding school in Lanesborough. Later Bette attended Cushing Academy, which is said to be the oldest coeducational boarding school in the United States.

In 1921, Bette moved to New York City with her mother and sister. Here Bette was introduced to the glamorous world of entertainment.

However, she initially wanted to become a dancer, but later found acting to be more alluring. To hone her acting skill, she joined the John Murray Anderson School of Theatre.

Marital Life

Bette Davis had four spouses. She married Harmon Nelson in 1932. However, Nelson was not as successful as Bette in his career and this had a negative repercussion on their married life. They ultimately divorced in 1938.

In 1940, Bette married Arthur Farnsworth, an innkeeper from New England. Unfortunately, while walking along in Hollywood, he had a fall and died two days later on 5th August, 1943 from head injury.

Bette next met William Grant Sherry. The couple got married in 1945 and had a daughter called Barbara Davis Hyman. This marriage too did not last long. They divorced in 1945. Her relationship with her daughter too deteriorated in later years. Ultimately, Bette disinherited her.

In 1950, Bette married Garry Merrill, an American character actor with around fifty titles to his credit. Apart from Barbara, the couple adopted two more children; Margo and Michael. However, this marriage too ended in a divorce. They parted ways in 1960.


In 1935, Bette Davis won her first Academy Award for Best Actress for her role of a troubled actress in ‘Dangerous’.

In 1939, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in ‘Jezebel’. In this movie she played the part of Julie Marsden, a spoiled and strong willed girl.

In 1951, Bette won Cannes Best Actress for her Role in All About Eve.

In 1978, Bette won Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie for her role in ‘Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter’.

For her outstanding contribution to the world of entertainment Bette won Golden Globe Cecil B. De Mille Award in 1974 and AFI Life Achievement Award in 1977.

Bette also won Honorary Creaser in 1986 and Kennedy Center Honors in 1987.

In 2008, the United States Postal Service honored her with a commemorative postage stamp.


Bette died from breast cancer on October 6, 1989 at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. She was then aged 81 and was returning home from Spain after attending Donostia-San Sebastián International Film Festival.

However, her body was brought back to Hollywood to be interred alongside her mother, Ruth Davis, and sister, Bobby. The epitaph on her grave stone sums up her life. It says, “She earned it the hard way”, which she certainly did

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