(DAVIS, BETTE) (1908-89)
Acclaimed star of stage, screen and television; author.
EPH – Ephemera. Black and white glossy Warner Bros. publicity still (1945) for “The Corn Is Green”. Margins cropped to 7″x9″. Overall very good. UNSIGNED.
The Corn Is Green – a 1945 American drama starring Ms. Davis as a schoolteacher determined to bring education to a Welsh coal mining town despite great opposition. It was adapted from the 1938 play of the same name by Emlyn Williams, originally starring Ethel Barrymore. In 1979 the play was adapted once again, and made for TV starring Katharine Hepburn.
With a career spanning 60 years, Davis was regarded as one of the greatest actresses in the history of Hollywood. She was noted for playing unsympathetic, sardonic characters, and 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.
Davis was the first woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. She also was the recipient of two Academy Awards for Best Actress. In 1999, Davis placed second behind Katharine Hepburn on the American Film Institute’s list of the “greatest female stars of the Classic Hollywood cinema era.”