Bette Davis and her dogsBette Davis (April 5, 1908 - October 5, 1989) was an American actress of the stage, cinema and television. She was nicknamed "The Queen of Hollywood", the "First Lady of the American Screen" and "The Fifth Warner Brother" during her career. Davis had the most Academy Award nominations for any actress (with ten) until Katharine Hepburn took her place with twelve. In 1981 Kim Carnes sang the hit song "Bette Davis Eyes". Davis liked the song.