Born Ruth Elizabeth Bette Davis on April 5, 1908, in Lowell, Massachusetts. She was known for her forceful and intense style of acting. She won many awards and starred in lots of movies over her 50 year career period. Bette died at age 81 on October 6, 1989.

Throughout her lifetime she got married to four different men and had 3 children out of her relationship. Bette was married to Harmon Oscar Nelson​​(m. 1932; div. 1938)​, Arthur Farnsworth​​(m. 1940; died 1943)​, William Grant Sherry​​(m. 1945; div. 1950)​ , and Gary Merrill​​(m. 1950; div. 1960).


  1. Harmon Oscar Nelson
Who Is Bette Davis' Husband And Ex-Husbands?

Harmon was Bette Davis’ first husband. He was an American singer born in Massachusetts. Oscar was born on July 5, 1907. He died on September 28, 1975, at age 68.

Oscar and Bette got married in 1932 and divorced 6 years later(1938). They had no children together.

2. Arthur Farnsworth

Who Is Bette Davis' Husband And Ex-Husbands?

Bette Davis’ second husband was the American politician and tax collector, Arthur Farnsworth. Arthur was born in 1908. He died in 1943.

Bette and Farnsworth married in 1940. They never divorced until his death. They also did not have any children together.

3. William Grant Sherry

Who Is Bette Davis' Husband And Ex-Husbands?

William Grant Sherry was born in Amagansett, New York on Long Island on December 7, 1914, and died on January 5, 2003 (Lived for 89 years). Grant studied at the Academie Julian in Paris, France, and also at Heatherley’s School of Art in London. He was a painter and an artist.

Grant is Bette’s third husband. He was married to the actress from 1945-1950 (5 years) and had a single child with Bette Davis,

4. Gary Merrill

Who Is Bette Davis' Husband And Ex-Husbands?

Gary Merrill, born in Hartford, Connecticut, attended Bowdoin College, Maine, and also Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He was born on August 2, 1915, and died on March 5, 1990 (aged 74).

Gary was an American television and film actor. He started acting in 1944 in the play “Winged Victory” while he was still in the United States Army Air Forces.

Merrill was initially married to Barbara Leeds in 1941. The marriage ended 9 years on July 28, 1950. He got married to Bette Davis and adopted her daughter Barbara from a previous marriage on the same day of her divorce. They then adopted two more children, Margo and Michael. Their marriage however lasted for 10 years as they divorced in 1960.


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