Bette Davis defied every expectation placed on an actress in the Golden Era of Hollywood by demanding the same power and respect granted her male counterparts. Unafraid to accept any part in any genre, Davis breathed life into roles other leading ladies of her time were too scared to approach. As her repertoire of unsympathetic but mesmerizing characters grew, so, too, did Davis’ fame. She was the first performer to accrue ten Oscar nominations for acting, and, although the caliber of her films waned in later years, Davis enjoyed more than one comeback. Two of her returns to the top earned her additional Academy recognition as well as adding extended life to her career. She was also the first female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Bette Davis made being hard look easy.