Betty Davis – Biography – Age, Career, Cause Of Death, Net Worth

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Betty Davis – Biography – Age, Career, Cause Of Death, Net Worth

Betty Davis was an American funk and soul singer. She is remembered for her controversially sexual lyrics and performance style, and as having been Miles Davis’s second wife.

 

Age

Betty Davis was 77 years old.

 

Career

Aged 16, Betty left Pittsburgh for New York City, enrolling at the Fashion Institute of Technology while living with her aunt. She soaked up the Greenwich Village culture and folk music of the early 1960s. She associated herself with frequenters of the Cellar, a hip uptown club where young and stylish people congregated. It was a multiracial, artsy crowd of models, design students, actors, and singers. At the Cellar she played records and chatted people up. She also worked as a model, appearing in photo spreads in SeventeenEbony and Glamour.

In her time in New York, she met several musicians including Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone. The seeds of her musical career were planted through her friendship with soul singer Lou Courtney, who produced her first single, “The Cellar” with simple, catchy lyrics.

The single was a local jam for the Cellar. Yet her first professional gig was not until she wrote “Uptown (to Harlem)” for the Chambers Brothers. Their 1967 album was a major success, but Betty Mabry was focusing on her modeling career. She was successful as a model but felt bored by the work—”I didn’t like modeling because you didn’t need brains to do it. It’s only going to last as long as you look good.”

 

Cause of Death

Davis died early on Wednesday February 9, in her hometown of Homestead, Pennsylvania. No cause of death has been given.

 

Net Worth

Bette Davis had a net worth of $2 million dollars.

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