Bette Davis, Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis

Bette
Davis, Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis
1908
1989

American Actress of Film, Television and Theater

Author Quotes

I've no time for broads who want to rule the world alone. Without men, who'd do up the zipper on the back of your dress?

Some young Hollywood starlets remind me of my grandmother's old farmhouse — all painted up nice on the front side, a big swing on the backside, and nothing whatsoever in the attic.

To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to seat over lonely labor, to be given the chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy. As everyone else, I love to dunk my crust in it. But alone, it is not a diet designed to keep body and soul together.

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.

If you want a thing well done, get a couple of old broads to do it.

Men become much more attractive when they start looking older. But it doesn't do much for women, though we do have an advantage: make-up.

The best time I ever had with Joan Crawford was when I pushed her down the stairs in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

If you've never been hated by your child, you've never been a parent.

My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose.

The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he's dead.

I'm the nicest goddamn dame that ever lived.

Oh Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars. - Now, Voyager.

The male ego with few exceptions is elephantine to start with.

'In the beginning was the Word,' and you must not be tempted with a script just because you have a great part. You want a great role to play, but the whole - the whole - must be good. It'll never succeed if it's just the role you like.

Author Picture
First Name
Bette
Last Name
Davis, Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis
Birth Date
1908
Death Date
1989
Bio

American Actress of Film, Television and Theater