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Bette Davis made her Broadway debut in 1929’s Broken Dishes. She signed a contract with Universal, making six small movies. She later signed with Warner Brothers and her career took off with her appearance in 1932’s The Man Who Played God. By the late 30s she’d won two Academy Awards, and was nominated five more times. By the early 1940’s she was one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood.

Julie Marsden (Bette Davis): "This is 1852, dumplin'. 1852, not the Dark Ages. Girls don't have to simper around in white just because they're not married." -- from Jezebel (1938) directed by William Wyler