No. 3 ~ BETTE DAVIS in “All About Eve” (Margo Channing)
What favorite list of any decade would be complete without the immortal Bette Davis? From 1931 to 1989, Davis played in over 120 films. But in my opinion, her greatest role was that of Margo Channing in the 1950 classic, All About Eve.
Manipulative, deceptive and mysteriously charming, Bette Davis was the real Margo Channing. She controlled the screen and the role with such venom, it made you love her even more. At the end of the movie, you almost actually felt sorry for her. The role garnered her a 9th out of a career 11 Academy Award nominations, however she lost her bid for a third win that year due to the nominations being a split vote between her and her on screen nemesis, Anne Baxter and the award went to Judy Holliday in Born Yesterday, even though the film All About Eve won 6 out of it’s record 14 nominations. When AFI named Bette Davis # 2 on its list of the greatest female American screen legends, All About Eve was the film selected to highlight Davis’ legendary career.