Ruth Elizabeth Davis – “Bette”

April 28, 2016

Bette Davis Postcard 1

Famous actress, Bette Davis, was born Ruth Elizabeth Davis, on April 5, 1908, in Lowell, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Harlow Morrell Davis and Ruth Augusta Favor. She had one sister, Barbara Harriet  “Bobby” Davis.

Bette Davis Birth

1910 Census - Bette Davis

Bette moved to Los Angeles in 1930. She is living in the house pictured on the postcard in 1940. It’s value listed at $28,000 and Bette’s income for 1939 is listed as $5,000+.

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Bette Davis


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