Bette Davis High School:
|Cushing Academy, Mariarden School of Dancing, John Murray Anderson School of Theatre|
Bette Davis College:
Betty Davis, born as Ruth Elizabeth Davis, was raised in Massachusetts where she attended the Spartan boarding school Crestalban until 1921. She was then enrolled in Cushing Academy, a boarding school in Central Massachusetts, where she met a young man known as Ham who would eventually become her husband. Her mother had aspired to become an actress herself, so when Davis showed interest in acting at age 13, she was encouraging. Davis was to need this encouragement after being rejected for admission into the Manhattan Civic Repertory, the director of which called her attitude "insincere" and "frivolous". She was, however accepted into the John Murray Anderson School of Theatre, and studied dance with the preeminent Martha Graham. Davis' first professional role was in George Cukor's theater company, but it was her Broadway debut a few years later that led a Universal Studios talent scout to invite her to Hollywood for a screen test. Davis spent the next sixty years becoming one of the greatest female stars of all times, the first female president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, a two-time Academy Award winner, and the first woman to receive an American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award.