Born: Ruth Elizabeth Davis
April 5, 1908
Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died: October 6, 1989 (aged 81)
Was an American actress of film, television, and theater. With a career spanning 60 years, she is regarded as one of the greatest actresses in Hollywood history. She was noted for playing unsympathetic, sardonic characters, and was famous for her performances in a range of film genres, from contemporary crime melodramas to historical and period films, suspense horror, and occasional comedies, although her greatest successes were her roles in romantic dramas.