Bette Davis Birthplace

Y’all. One of the most iconic United States actors was born in a house about 15 minutes from us, and it’s pretty darling.

Bette Davis was born in the house of her maternal grandparents in Lowell, Mass., on April 5, 1908. The daughter of Ruthie and Harlow Davis, Bette was a major film star for 50 years. She acted in more than 100 films and had 10 Oscar nominations to her name.

Davis won a Best Actress Oscar for “Dangerous” in 1935 and “Jezebel” in 1938. The United States Postal Service honored the iconic Bette Davis with a commemorative postage stamp in 2008, marking the 100th anniversary of her birth.

The house itself — now a two-family home — was built in 1896 and was recently for sale (sale was pending the day we visited). We’ll be honest: both the interior and exterior could use some love. We hope the buyer wants to restore this historic gem.

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