Bette Davis, Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis

Davis, Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis

American Actress of Film, Television and Theater

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To look back is to relax one's vigil.

Today everyone is a star - they're all billed as 'starring' or 'also starring'. In my day, we earned that recognition.

Until you're known in my profession as a monster, you're not a star.

Wave after wave of love flooded the stage and washed over me, the beginning of the one great durable romance of my life.

We movie stars all end up by ourselves. Who knows? Maybe we want to.

We're all busy little bees, full of stings, making honey day and night, aren't we honey?

When a man gives his opinion he's a man. When a woman gives her opinion she's a bitch.

Why am I so good at playing bitches? I think it's because I'm not a bitch. Maybe that's why Miss Crawford always plays ladies.

With the newspaper strike on, I wouldn't consider dying.

Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation.

You know what I'm going to have on my gravestone? 'She did it the hard way.'

You should know me well enough by now to know I don't ask for things I don't think I can get.

You will never be happier than you expect. To change your happiness, change your expectation.

I wouldn't worry too much about your heart. You can always put that award where your heart ought to be.

Life is a jest; and all things show it. I thought so once; but now I know it.

Strong women only marry weak men.

I'd luv to kiss ya, but I just washed my hair.

Locations are all tough, all miserable. I never left the sound stage for 18 years at Warners. We never went outside the studio, not even for big scenes.

Success only breeds a new goal

I'd marry again if I found a man who had fifteen million dollars, would sign over half to me, and guarantee that he'd be dead within a year.

Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone - but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, too yielding.

Technicolor makes me look like death warmed over.

If Hollywood didn't work out, I was prepared to be the best secretary in the world.

May each of my grandsons know, at an early age, what his life's ambition is — and may he be successful in his pursuit of that goal.

That's me: an old kazoo with some sparklers.

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American Actress of Film, Television and Theater