#117 Bette Davis / Herbert von Karajan – 05 April 1908

Bette Davis

Ruth Elizabeth “Bette” Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) was an American actress of film, television and theater. Noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic characters, she was highly regarded for her performances in a range of film genres; from contemporary crime melodramas to historical and period films and occasional comedies, though her greatest successes were her roles in romantic dramas. In 1999, Davis was placed second, after Katharine Hepburn, on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest female stars of all time.

Herbert von Karajan

Photo by Edith Posse

Herbert von Karajan (5 April 1908 – 16 July 1989) was an Austrian orchestra and opera conductor. Karajan is generally considered one of the greatest conductors of all time. He is the top-selling classical music recording artist of all time, having sold an estimated 200 million records during his career. Karajan conducted the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra for 35 years.


Also born on this day :
Babu Jagjivan Ram, known popularly as Babuji was a freedom fighter in India.
Kurt Neumann was a Hollywood film director.
Francis “Frank” Harris was an English professional footballer .
Per Arvid Ingemar Hedenius was a Swedish philosopher.
Muhammad Aslam Khan Khattak was a Pakistani politician and diplomat.
Mary Welsh Hemingway was an American journalist and the fourth wife (and widow) of Ernest Hemingway.
Szeming Sze was a prominent Chinese diplomat.

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