All That Glitters is Not Gold is a series of brass multiples created to go with Casting Couch. In Casting Couch, fourteen Old Hollywood actresses are cited. In their heyday, their own thoughts and opinions were often silenced. These multiples were created to represent their voice and to encourage conversation.
The multiples are small works of art that can be displayed, but can also be worn as jewelry. Because of the two magnets, the sky is the limit.
Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born in 1908, in Lowell, Massachusetts. Her parents divorced when she was 10. She and her sister were raised by their mother.
Her Broadway debut came in 1929 and she made her first Hollywood film in 1931, which did not impress. In 1932, she signed a seven-year deal with Warner Brothers Pictures. It was her role in Of Human Bondage (1934) that would give Bette major acclaim from the film critics.
In 1935, she received her first Oscar for her role in Dangerous. Bette received a second Academy Award win in 1938 for her work in Jezebel. She made many successful films in the 1940s, but by the time her Warner Brothers contract had ended in 1949, the quality of her films and her popularity had declined.
She made a huge comeback in 1950 when she starred in, and received an Oscar nomination for, All About Eve. Another Oscar nomination came for her role as a demented former child star in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962). In 1977 she received the AFI’s Lifetime Achievement Award and in 1979 she won a Best Actress Emmy for Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter.
In 1983, after a breast cancer diagnosis, Bette had a double mastectomy and suffered a stroke. The stroke impaired her appearance and mobility, but she still continued to work. In 1985, her daughter Barbara Davis (“B.D.”) Hyman published a scandalous book about Bette called My Mother’s Keeper.
Bette Davis died on October 6, 1989, of metastasized breast cancer, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France.