08:15 PM EDT 04/13/2013
Originally posted 04/05/2012 07:45AM
John Wayne may have carried a rifle, but Bette Davis was tougher – her very look could kill.
April 5 marks what would have been the 104th birthday of the screen icon, and to mark the occasion, Life.com has published never-before-seen photos of Davis in 1939, after her shattering Mildred in Of Human Bondage and Oscar role in Jezebel, and on the eve of the movie that would solidify her reputation as queen of Warner Bros. lot, Dark Victory.
Still to come would be indelible performances in The Letter, The Little Foxes, Now, Voyager, Mr. Skeffington, All About Eve, The Star and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? – each and every one earning her an Oscar nomination.
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