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Although she actually is best known like a dramatic film actress having a career stretching 58 years and including 87 feature movies, Bette Davis sang professionally on several occasions, these ventures including film appearances, functions for the music stage, and recordings. Davis was created to households well linked in Boston culture; her dad was a patent attorney. Her parents separated when she was seven and divorced when she was ten, and she grew up by her mom, who took careers to aid them and her youthful sister. At 16, she started participating in Cushing Academy in New Hampshire in 1924, which summer visited the Mariarden college to study dilemma and dance, in addition to performing. She graduated from Cushing at 18 in 1926. Shifting to NY, she enrolled on the John Murray Anderson-Robert Milton Dramatic College. Within the springtime of 1928, she started appearing in has in summer share in upstate NY and Massachusetts, occasionally being asked to sing. She produced her professional stage debut in NY within the play THE PLANET EARTH Between on March 5, 1929, in the Provincetown Playhouse, the same as an off-Broadway theatre. Her Broadway debut arrived in the play Damaged Dishes, which opened up on November 5, 1929, for an effective operate of 178 shows. In 1930, she was authorized to a film contract by Common Photos, and she relocated to LA that December. Common utilized her in some minor roles, after that fallen her in Sept 1931. But she was authorized by Warner Bros. in November and made an appearance in many movies over the following few years, ultimately attaining stardom. She received the Academy Honor for Best Celebrity for her part within the 1935 film Harmful, and received the award another period for 1938’s Jezebel. Within the second option film, playing the section of a Southern belle within the 1850s, she was noticed briefly performing a religious, though she was mainly drowned out by way of a chorus. Davis’ actual screen debut like a vocalist arrived in 1943, when she sang the war-themed Arthur Schwartz-Frank Loesser music “They’re Either As well Young or As well Aged” as a particular appearance within the all-star film Say thanks to Your Lucky Celebrities. Right here, and in later on instances, while in a position to bring a tune, she tended to depend on her special speaking tone of voice and phrasing to place the music across, not really unlike the strategy used by her peers Katharine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich. In 1949, she still left Warner Bros., and her function became more mixed. In 1952, she had taken over the starring function within the musical revue Two’s Firm, which opened up on Broadway on Dec 15, 1952. The display was popular initially and created a cast record released by RCA Victor Information, nonetheless it was compelled to close after 90 shows on March 8, 1953, when Davis became sick due to an infected teeth that resulted in a surgical procedure for the bone tissue disease osteomyelitis. Davis’ following musical appearance emerged in 1962, when she sang “I’ve Written a Notice to Daddy” within the horror film WHICHEVER Occurred to Baby Jane?, that she gained her tenth Academy Prize nomination for greatest celebrity. She was after that featured with an MGM Information single with vocalist Debbie Burton (whose tone of voice was also noticed within the film) over the movie’s name song (that was created for exploitation just and had not been found in the film itself). Within the thriller Hush…Hush, Special Charlotte, released in past due 1964, she sang the name melody on-screen. In 1965, she documented singles for just two different record brands. Bell Information released a Davis 45 merging “Life Is definitely a Unhappy Thing” with “Mom of the Bride-to-be,” and Mercury Information released one with “Oh, What It Appeared to be” using one part and “Solitary” on the additional. In 1974, at age 66, Davis got within the starring part in Miss Moffat, a stage musical version from the play The Corn Is definitely Green. Previously, she got appeared within the 1945 film edition. The show used in Philadelphia in Oct, but shut before arriving at Broadway. The next year, Davis approved an present from EMI Information to create an recording in London. The effect was the LP Miss Bette Davis, which she reprised tracks she got sung previously in her profession and performed tracks associated with a few of her movies, also repeating well-known dialogue excerpts from her main film roles and performing some age-appropriate music crafted on her behalf. Also in 1975, singer-songwriter Jackie DeShannon released her documenting of “Bette Davis Eye,” a melody she had constructed with lyrics by Donna Weiss, on her behalf album New Agreement. The words described an alluring girl said to talk about among the celebrity’ most dazzling features. The melody made small impression at that time, but six years afterwards it had been revived by Kim Carnes, whose edition spent nine weeks at number 1, resulting in a Grammy Honor for Music of the entire year. Davis herself, in the meantime, didn’t do any longer professional performing, but she continuing to do something in feature movies and television films until her loss of life from tumor at age group 81.

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Full Name Bette Davis
Died October 6, 1989, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Height 1.6 m
Profession Actor
Education Cushing Academy
Nationality American
Spouse Gary Merrill, William Grant Sherry, Arthur Farnsworth, Harmon Nelson
Children B. D. Hyman, Margot Merrill, Michael Merrill
Parents Harlow Davis, Ruth Augusta Davis
Siblings Barbara Davis
Awards Academy Award for Best Actress, AFI Life Achievement Award, Kennedy Center Honors, Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, Cannes Best Actress Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Honorary César, Volpi Cup for Best Actress, Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year
Music Songs I've Written a Letter to Daddy, They're Either Too Young or Too Old, Life Is A Lonely Thing, Mother of the Bride, I Wish You Love, Turn Me Loose On Broadway, It Can't Be Wrong, Growing Older, Feeling Younger, Overture/they're Either Too Young Or Too Old, Until It's Time For You To Go, Just Like A Man, As Margo Channing From The 20th Century-fox Film All About Eve, Hush... Hush Sweet Charlotte, Roll Along, Sadie, Haunted Hot Spot, Purple Rose, A Man's Home, Theatre Is A Lady, All About Eve Dialogue, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, It Just Occurred To Me, Overture, Finale, Loneliness, Dark Victory, John Paul Jones: Dorothea, They're Either Too Young Ot Too Old from the Movie Thank Your Lucky Stars, John Paul Jones: The Surrender, John Paul Jones: The Golden Sword, John Paul Jones: Main Title, John Paul Jones: Catherine The Great, John Paul Jones: Return From Russia / Finale
Albums Miss Bette Davis, Two's Company
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Primetime Emmy Award for Special Classification Of Outstanding Program Achievement
Movies What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, All About Eve, Jezebel, Now, Voyager, Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte, Dark Victory, Of Human Bondage, The Letter, The Little Foxes, Mr. Skeffington, The Virgin Queen, The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, Dead Ringer, A Stolen Life, The Old Maid, All This, and Heaven Too, The Petrified Forest, The Whales of August, Marked Woman, Old Acquaintance, The Great Lie, In This Our Life, The Catered Affair, Pocketful of Miracles, Beyond the Forest, The Nanny, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Death on the Nile, Burnt Offerings, The Corn Is Green, Watch on the Rhine, The Anniversary, The Man Who Played God, Bad Sister, The Watcher in the Woods, Wicked Stepmother, Juarez, Kid Galahad, Phone Call from a Stranger, The Bride Came C.O.D., June Bride, Another Man's Poison, Where Love Has Gone, Dangerous, Return from Witch Mountain, Three on a Match, Hell's House, Payment on Demand, Satan Met a Lady, Ex-Lady, Winter Meeting
TV Shows Perry Mason, Gunsmoke, The Dark Secret of Harvest Home, Wagon Train, The Virginian, General Electric Theater, Ford Theatre, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Suspicion, It Takes a Thief, Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, The DuPont Show with June Allyson, Telephone Time, The 20th Century Fox Hour


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1 She claimed her favourite part was that of Mrs. Agnes Hurley in the Catered Affair because of the challenge of the part.
2 Played by Karen Teliha in Hollywood Mouth (2008). Since there is a Joan Crawford segment in the film, director Jordan Mohr thought it would be effective to have a Bette Davis character making comments about her rival.
3 The "Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts" TV show once roasted Bette Davis. Vincent Price said, "Bette has always suffered in every picture she has ever made. When I appeared with her in Elizabeth And Essex she gave up her beauty. In Dark Victory she gave up her eyesight. And in The Virgin Queen...(laughter)...she gave up her hobby.".
4 Davis, whom most critics and cinema historians rank as the greatest American movie actress ever, sent a letter to Meryl Streep early in her career. Davis told Streep that she felt that she was her successor as The First Lady of the American Screen.
5 Was honored by James Stewart, Angela Lansbury', Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy when she received her Kennedy Centre Honors.
6 LIFE Magazine described her performance in Of Human Bondage (1934) as "probably the best performance ever recorded on the screen by a U.S. actress".
7 Whilst a student at Cushing Academy she saw a production of The Wild Duck, which inspired her to seriously pursue acting.
8 Was the highest paid woman in US in 1942.
9 In 1982, she was awarded the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the Defense Department's highest civilian award, for founding and running the Hollywood Canteen during World War II.
10 In an interview with Barbara Walters, she claimed her daughter's book, "My Mother's Keeper", was as devastating as her stroke.
11 Subject of the book "Me and Jezebel: When Bette Davis Came for Dinner -- And Stayed..." by Elizabeth Fuller.
12 Was signed to a contract at Universal Studios in 1930.
13 Stated George Brent was her favorite male co-star.
14 Was one of the many people in the entertainment business who lived in The Osborne Apartments in Manhattan. Other famous residents have included Robert Osborne, Ira Levin and Leonard Bernstein.
15 Was under contract to Warner Brothers from 1932 to 1949.
16 Credited actor George Arliss with giving her her "break" by choosing her as his leading lady in The Man Who Played God (1932).
17 Made her Broadway debut in 1929.
18 Turned down the role of Rose Sayer in The African Queen (1951) due to pregnancy.
19 Was portrayed by Kelly Moore in the stage play "Jezebel and Me".
20 Was a fan of Susan Hayward, however when they co-starred in Where Love Has Gone (1964), they occasionally clashed over disagreements about the script.
21 Was originally cast in Hotel (1983), when she had to back out due to ill health she was replaced by her friend and former All About Eve (1950) co-star, Anne Baxter.
22 Was replaced by Shelley Winters when she left the original Broadway production of "The Night of the Iguana".
23 Wrote the book "This 'n That" in response to her daughter's book, "My Mother's Keeper".
24 Was the highest ranking female on Quigley Publishing's Top Ten Money Making Stars Poll from 1939 to 1941.
25 Was the first actor to receive ten Academy Award nominations.
26 The United States Postal Service honored Davis with a commemorative postage stamp in 2008, marking the 100th anniversary of her birth. The First Day of Issue celebration took place September 18, 2008, at Boston University, which houses an extensive Bette Davis archive. Featured speakers included her son Michael Merrill and Lauren Bacall.
27 Was the favorite actress of Katharine Hepburn.
28 Was the 8th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Dangerous (1935) at The 8th Academy Awards on March 5, 1936.
29 Her hometown of Lowell, Massachussetts, was featured in a 2007 episode of Cops (1989).
30 In honor of her 100th birthday, she was honored as Turner Classic Movie's Star of the Month in April 2008.
31 Actress Kirstie Alley modeled her character of Madison "Maddie" Banks for her TV show Kirstie (2013) after Davis; so much in fact, that on the first seasons fifth episode she donned a Margo Channing style dress.
32 Filmed a television pilot in 1965 for a show to be called "The Bette Davis Show," which was not picked up for series by any of the television networks, but which was broadcast as a television movie entitled The Decorator (1965).
33 Davis' arch rival Joan Crawford once said in an interview that she and Davis had nothing in common. In reality, they had a handful of similarities in their personal lives. They both had father's who abandoned their families at a young age; both rose from poverty to success while breaking into films during the late 1920s and early 1930s; both had siblings and mothers who milked them financially once they became famous; both became Oscar-winning leading ladies; both were staunch liberal Democrats and feminists; and both had daughters who wrote lurid books denouncing them as bad mothers.
34 Her favorite song was "Stardust" by Hoagy Carmichael.
35 She was very active in leading Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts due in part that in her childhood she was a decorated Girl Scout.
36 Mentioned in the song 'Industrial Disease' by rock band Dire Straits.
37 She was a lifelong liberal Democrat. She was a solid supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Adlai Stevenson, Lyndon Johnson, and Jimmy Carter. She was also a chairwoman for the Hollywood Democratic Committee and was an honored guest speaker at both the 1940/1944 Democratic National Convention.
38 Her role in The Petrified Forest (1936) got parodied in the cartoon "She Was an Acrobat's Daughter". It depicts a movie called "The Petrified Florist", starring Leslie Coward (a spoof of Leslie Howard) and Bette Savis.
39 Was close friends with Greer Garson, Ginger Rogers, George Brent, Henry Fonda, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan, Claude Rains, Olivia de Havilland and Gladys Cooper.
40 Played twin Sisters Kate and Patricia Bosworth in A Stolen Life (1946) and Margaret DeLorca and Edith Phillips in Dead Ringer (1964) In both she played a good and bad twin and, in both movies, one of the sisters met a tragic death.
41 Returned to work three months after giving birth to her daughter Barbara Merrill in order to begin filming June Bride (1948).
42 Onscreen, Bette Davis played spinsters named Charlotte in 3 different movies: The Old Maid (1939), Now, Voyager (1942), and Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964).
43 Was originally sought for the part of "Shirley Drake" in Career (1959).
44 Became pregnant by first husband Harmon Nelson in 1933 and 1936, by her lover William Wyler in 1940, and by her second husband Arthur Farnsworth in 1941, 1942 and 1943. On all of these occasions she had abortions.
45 For William Randolph Hearst's 75th birthday, the famous 'Circus Party' at San Simeon, she came dressed as a bearded lady (1937).
46 Was originally offered the role of fiery pianist Sandra Kovac in The Great Lie (1941). Instead she took the less showy role of Maggie Patterson and suggested her good friend Mary Astor for the role of Sandra -- Davis thought it would help boost Astor's career, which had been hurt by a very nasty custody battle, in 1936, with her ex-husband. Astor went on to win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance.
47 Campaigned for the part of Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) but Elizabeth Taylor, who went on to win a Best Actress Oscar for her performance, was cast instead.
48 Campaigned for the role of Ellie Andrews in It Happened One Night (1934), but the part was eventually given to Claudette Colbert, who went on to win a Best Actress Oscar for her performance.
49 Bette Davis had been nominated for Best Actress in her film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), which also starring Joan Crawford. If Bette had won, it would have set a record number of wins for an actress. According to the book "Bette & Joan - The Divine Feud" by Shaun Considine, the two had a life long mutual hatred, and a jealous Joan Crawford actively campaigned against Bette Davis for winning Best Actress, and even told Anne Bancroft that if Anne won and was unable to accept the Award, Joan would be happy to accept it on her behalf. According to the book - and this may or may not be 100% true, but it makes a good anecdote - on Oscar night, Bette Davis was standing in the wings of the theatre waiting to hear the name of the winner. When it was announced that Anne Bancroft had won Best Actress for The Miracle Worker (1962), Bette Davis felt an icy hand on her shoulder as Joan Crawford said "Excuse me, I have an Oscar to accept".
50 Has a street named after her in Iowa City, Iowa.
51 Her father was Harlow Morrell Davis, a lawyer. Her mother was Ruth Favor. She had a sister, Barbara Davis.
52 In Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), Elizabeth Taylor does an exaggerated impression of Bette Davis saying a line from Beyond the Forest (1949): "What a dump!" In an interview with Barbara Walters, Davis said that in Beyond the Forest (1949), she really did not deliver the line in such an exaggerated manner. She said it in a more subtle, low-key manner, but it has passed into legend that she said it the way Elizabeth Taylor delivered it in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). During the interview, the clip of Bette delivering the line in Beyond the Forest (1949) was shown to prove that she was correct. However, since people expected Bette Davis to deliver the line the way Taylor had in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), she always opened her in-person, one woman show by saying the line in a campy, exaggerated manner: "What... a... dump!!!". It always brought down the house. "I imitated the imitators", Davis said.
53 Pictured on a 42¢ USA commemorative postage stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series, issued 18 September 2008.
54 She was made a Fellow of the British Film Institute in recognition of her outstanding contribution to film culture.
55 Played dual roles of twin sisters in two movies: A Stolen Life (1946) and Dead Ringer (1964).
56 When she died in 1989, she reportedly left an estate valued between $600,000 and $1 million, consisting mainly of a condominium apartment she owned in West Hollywood. 50% of her estate went to her son, Michael Merrill, and the remaining 50% went to her secretary and companion, Kathryn Sermack. Her daughter, Barbara Merrill aka B.D. Hyman, was left nothing due to her lurid book about life with her mother. During her long life, she spent the majority of her wealth supporting her mother, three children, and four husbands.
57 During her great film career, she reportedly did not get along with her co-stars Miriam Hopkins, Susan Hayward, Celeste Holm and most infamously Joan Crawford.
58 Salary for 1948, $365,000.
59 Salary for 1941, $252,333.
60 Was first offered the role of Luke's mother in Cool Hand Luke (1967), but refused the bit part. Jo Van Fleet accepted the role.
61 In Italian films, she was dubbed in most cases by Lidia Simoneschi or Andreina Pagnani. Occasionally, she was also dubbed by Tina Lattanzi, Giovanna Scotto, Rina Morelli or Wanda Tettoni.
62 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 232-235. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
63 She was of English descent, and also had remote Scottish and Welsh roots. Most of her ancestors had lived almost exclusively in New England since moving to the United States in the 1600s.
64 In an interview with Dick Cavett in 1971, she said her salary at the time she shot Jezebel (1938) was $650 a week.
65 When she died, her false eyelashes were auctioned off, fetching a price of $600. Previously, she had said that her biggest secret was brown mascara.
66 Had a long-running feud with Miriam Hopkins due to her affair with Hopkins' husband, director Anatole Litvak, as well as Davis' getting many roles that Hopkins wanted.
67 Described the last three decades of her life as a "my macabre period". She hated being alone at night and found growing older "terrifying".
68 Declined a role in 4 for Texas (1963) (which turned out to be a big hit) to do Dead Ringer (1964) (which turned out to be a big flop).
69 Is portrayed by Nancy Linehan Charles in Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996).
70 Her performance as Margo Channing in All About Eve (1950) is ranked #5 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
71 While filming Death on the Nile (1978), aboard ship, no one was allowed his or her own dressing room, so she shared a dressing room with Angela Lansbury & Maggie Smith.
72 For many years she was a popular target for impressionists but she was perplexed by the often used phrase "Pee-tah! Pee-tah! Pee-tah!". She said she had no idea who Pee-tah was and had never even met anyone by that name.
73 She said that among the jokes told about her, her favorite came from impressionist Charles Pierce who, dressed as her, demanded of the audience, "Someone give me a cigarette". When the request was granted the performer threw it on the floor and shouted "LIT!".
74 Is portrayed by Elissa Leeds in My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Legend of Errol Flynn (1985).
75 Is one of the many movie stars mentioned in Madonna's song "Vogue"
76 In 1952, she accepted the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role on behalf of Kim Hunter, who wasn't present at the awards ceremony.
77 She was voted the 25th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
78 Murdoch University (Western Australia) Communications Senior Lecturer Tara Brabazon, in her article "The Spectre of the Spinster: Bette Davis and the Epistemology of the Shelf," quotes the court testimony of Davis' first husband Harmon Nelson to show what a debacle her private life was. During divorce proceedings, Nelson was successful in sustaining his charge of mental cruelty by testifying that Davis had told him that her career was more important than her marriage. Brabazon writes that Davis, claiming she was beaten by all four of her husbands, believed that she should have remained single.
79 She claimed to have given the Academy Award the nickname "Oscar" after her first husband, Harmon Nelson, whose middle name was Oscar, although she later withdrew that claim. Most sources say it was named by Academy librarian and eventual executive director Margaret Herrick, who thought the statuette resembled her Uncle Oscar.
80 She came to Cardiff in 1975 for a theatre tour and went to the Welsh Valleys in search of relatives - and found them. She had been learning Welsh in order to come to Wales; however, she only used the words "Nos Da" (meaning "good night") while in the country and had forgotten all the other phrases she had learned.
81 According to her August 1982 Playboy Magazine interview, in her youth she posed nude for an artist, who carved a statue of her that was placed in a public spot in Boston, MA. After the interview appeared, Bostonians searched for the statue in vain. The statue, four dancing nymphs, was later found in the possession of a private Massachusetts collector.
82 Each of her four husbands were Gentiles, while her friend Joan Blondell's husband Michael Todd was Jewish. Blondell called Davis' brace of husbands the "Four Skins.".
83 Desperately wanted to win a third Best Actress Oscar for What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), as three wins in the leading category was unprecedented (Walter Brennan had won three Oscars, but all of his were in the supporting category). It was the general feeling among Academy voters that while Davis was superb, the movie itself was little better than a potboiler exploitation film, the kind that doesn't deserve the recognition that an Oscar would give it.
84 Joan Crawford and Davis had feuded for years. During the making of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), Bette had a Coca-Cola machine installed on the set due to Crawford's affiliation with Pepsi (she was the widow of Pepsi's CEO). Joan got her revenge by putting weights in her pockets when Davis had to drag her across the floor during certain scenes.
85 Attended Cushing Academy; a prep school in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. An award in her namesake is given annually to one male and one female scholar-athlete of exceptional accomplishment in both fields.
86 After her first picture, Davis was sitting outside the office of Universal Pictures executive Carl Laemmle Jr. when she overhead him say about her, "She's got as much sex appeal as Slim Summerville. Who wants to get her at the end of the picture?".
87 She was voted the 10th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
88 Was named #2 on The Greatest Screen Legends actress list by the American Film Institute.
89 Was one of two actresses (with Faye Dunaway) to have two villainous roles ranked in the American Film Institute's 100 Years of The Greatest Heroes and Villains, as Regina Giddens in The Little Foxes (1941) at #43 and as Baby Jane Hudson in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) at #44.
90 While touring the talk show circuit to promote What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), she told one interviewer that when she and Joan Crawford were first suggested for the leads, Warner studio head Jack L. Warner replied: "I wouldn't give a plugged nickel for either of those two old broads." Recalling the story, Davis laughed at her own expense. The following day, she reportedly received a telegram from Crawford: "In future, please do not refer to me as an old broad!".
91 After the song "Bette Davis Eyes" became a hit single, she wrote letters to singer Kim Carnes and songwriters Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon, asking how they knew so much about her. One of the reasons Davis loved the song is that her grandson heard it and thought it "cool" that his grandmother had a hit song written about her.
92 Nominated for an Academy Award 5 years in a row, in 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942 and 1943. She shares the record for most consecutive nominations with Greer Garson.
93 When she first came to Hollywood as a contract player, Universal Pictures wanted to change her name to Bettina Dawes. She informed the studio that she refused to go through life with a name that sounded like "Between the Drawers".
94 In Marked Woman (1937), Davis is forced to testify in court after being worked over by some Mafia hoods. Disgusted with the tiny bandage supplied by the makeup department, she left the set, had her own doctor bandage her face more realistically, and refused to shoot the scene any other way.
95 It is said that one of her real true loves was director William Wyler but he was married and refused to leave his wife.
96 Her third husband Arthur Farnsworth died after a fall on Hollywood Boulevard in which he took a blow to the head. He had shortly before banged his head on a train between LA and New England, followed by another fall down the stairway at their New Hampshire home.
97 She considered her debut screen test for Universal Pictures to be so bad that she ran screaming from the projection room.
98 She was elected as first female president of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in October 1941. She resigned less then two months later, publicly declaring herself too busy to fulfill her duties as president while angrily protesting in private that the Academy had wanted her to serve as a mere figurehead.
99 When Bette learned that her new brother-in-law was a recovering alcoholic, she sent the couple a dozen cases of liquor for a wedding present.
100 Director Steven Spielberg won the Christie's auction of her 1938 Best Actress Oscar for Jezebel (1938) for $578,000. He then gave it to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [July 2001]
101 Mother of Barbara Merrill (aka B.D. Hyman) and grandmother of J. Ashley Hyman. Marion Sherry was B.D.'s nanny until William Grant Sherry left Davis for her.
102 Interred at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California, USA, just outside and to the left of the main entrance to the Court of Remembrance.
103 Attended Northfield Mt. Hermon high school.
104 She suffered a stroke and had a mastectomy in 1983.
105 On her sarcophagus is written "She did it the hard way".
106 In 1952 she was asked to perform in a musical, "Two's Company". After several grueling months at rehearsals, her health deteriorated due to osteomyelitis of the jaw and she had to leave the show only several weeks after it opened. She was to repeat this process in 1974 when she rehearsed for the musical version of The Corn Is Green (1945), called "Miss Moffat", but bowed out early in the run of the show for dubious medical reasons.
107 Ranked #15 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
108 While she was the star pupil at John Murray Anderson's Dramatic School in New York, another of her classmates was sent home because she was "too shy". It was predicted that this girl would never make it as an actress. The girl was Lucille Ball.
109 Played by Karen Teliha in Hollywood Mouth (2008). Since there is a Joan Crawford segment in the film, director Jordan Mohr thought it would be effective to have a Bette Davis character making comments about her rival.
110 Davis, whom most critics and cinema historians rank as the greatest American movie actress ever, sent a letter to Meryl Streep early in her career. Davis told Streep that she felt that she was her successor as The First Lady of the American Screen.
111 Was honored by James Stewart, Angela Lansbury', Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy when she received her Kennedy Centre Honors.
112 LIFE Magazine described her performance in Of Human Bondage (1934) as "probably the best performance ever recorded on the screen by a U.S. actress".
113 Whilst a student at Cushing Academy she saw a production of The Wild Duck, which inspired her to seriously pursue acting.
114 Was the highest paid woman in US in 1942.
115 In 1982, she was awarded the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the Defense Department's highest civilian award, for founding and running the Hollywood Canteen during World War II.
116 In an interview with Barbara Walters, she claimed her daughter's book, "My Mother's Keeper", was as devastating as her stroke.
117 Subject of the book "Me and Jezebel: When Bette Davis Came for Dinner -- And Stayed..." by Elizabeth Fuller.
118 Was signed to a contract at Universal Studios in 1930.
119 Stated George Brent was her favorite male co-star.
120 Was one of the many people in the entertainment business who lived in The Osborne Apartments in Manhattan. Other famous residents have included Robert Osborne, Ira Levin and Leonard Bernstein.
121 Was under contract to Warner Brothers from 1932 to 1949.
122 Credited actor George Arliss with giving her her "break" by choosing her as his leading lady in The Man Who Played God (1932).
123 Made her Broadway debut in 1929.
124 Turned down the role of Rose Sayer in The African Queen (1951) due to pregnancy.
125 Was portrayed by Kelly Moore in the stage play "Jezebel and Me".
126 Was a fan of Susan Hayward, however when they co-starred in Where Love Has Gone (1964), they occasionally clashed over disagreements about the script.
127 Was originally cast in Hotel (1983), when she had to back out due to ill health she was replaced by her friend and former All About Eve (1950) co-star, Anne Baxter.
128 Was replaced by Shelley Winters when she left the original Broadway production of "The Night of the Iguana".
129 Wrote the book "This 'n That" in response to her daughter's book, "My Mother's Keeper".
130 Was the highest ranking female on Quigley Publishing's Top Ten Money Making Stars Poll from 1939 to 1941.
131 Was the first actor to receive ten Academy Award nominations.
132 The United States Postal Service honored Davis with a commemorative postage stamp in 2008, marking the 100th anniversary of her birth. The First Day of Issue celebration took place September 18, 2008, at Boston University, which houses an extensive Bette Davis archive. Featured speakers included her son Michael Merrill and Lauren Bacall.
133 Was the favorite actress of Katharine Hepburn.
134 Was the 8th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Dangerous (1935) at The 8th Academy Awards on March 5, 1936.
135 Her hometown of Lowell, Massachussetts, was featured in a 2007 episode of Cops (1989).
136 In honor of her 100th birthday, she was honored as Turner Classic Movie's Star of the Month in April 2008.
137 Actress Kirstie Alley modeled her character of Madison "Maddie" Banks for her TV show Kirstie (2013) after Davis; so much in fact, that on the first seasons fifth episode she donned a Margo Channing style dress.
138 Filmed a television pilot in 1965 for a show to be called "The Bette Davis Show," which was not picked up for series by any of the television networks, but which was broadcast as a television movie entitled The Decorator (1965).
139 Davis' arch rival Joan Crawford once said in an interview that she and Davis had nothing in common. In reality, they had a handful of similarities in their personal lives. They both had father's who abandoned their families at a young age; both rose from poverty to success while breaking into films during the late 1920s and early 1930s; both had siblings and mothers who milked them financially once they became famous; both became Oscar-winning leading ladies; both were staunch liberal Democrats and feminists; and both had daughters who wrote lurid books denouncing them as bad mothers.
140 Her favorite song was "Stardust" by Hoagy Carmichael.
141 She was very active in leading Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts due in part that in her childhood she was a decorated Girl Scout.
142 Mentioned in the song 'Industrial Disease' by rock band Dire Straits.
143 She was a lifelong liberal Democrat. She was a solid supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Adlai Stevenson, Lyndon Johnson, and Jimmy Carter. She was also a chairwoman for the Hollywood Democratic Committee and was an honored guest speaker at both the 1940/1944 Democratic National Convention.
144 Her role in The Petrified Forest (1936) got parodied in the cartoon "She Was an Acrobat's Daughter". It depicts a movie called "The Petrified Florist", starring Leslie Coward (a spoof of Leslie Howard) and Bette Savis.
145 Was close friends with Greer Garson, Ginger Rogers, George Brent, Henry Fonda, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan, Claude Rains, Olivia de Havilland and Gladys Cooper.
146 Played twin Sisters Kate and Patricia Bosworth in A Stolen Life (1946) and Margaret DeLorca and Edith Phillips in Dead Ringer (1964) In both she played a good and bad twin and, in both movies, one of the sisters met a tragic death.
147 Returned to work three months after giving birth to her daughter Barbara Merrill in order to begin filming June Bride (1948).
148 Onscreen, Bette Davis played spinsters named Charlotte in 3 different movies: The Old Maid (1939), Now, Voyager (1942), and Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964).
149 Was originally sought for the part of "Shirley Drake" in Career (1959).
150 Became pregnant by first husband Harmon Nelson in 1933 and 1936, by her lover William Wyler in 1940, and by her second husband Arthur Farnsworth in 1941, 1942 and 1943. On all of these occasions she had abortions.
151 For William Randolph Hearst's 75th birthday, the famous 'Circus Party' at San Simeon, she came dressed as a bearded lady (1937).
152 Was originally offered the role of fiery pianist Sandra Kovac in The Great Lie (1941). Instead she took the less showy role of Maggie Patterson and suggested her good friend Mary Astor for the role of Sandra -- Davis thought it would help boost Astor's career, which had been hurt by a very nasty custody battle, in 1936, with her ex-husband. Astor went on to win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance.
153 Campaigned for the part of Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) but Elizabeth Taylor, who went on to win a Best Actress Oscar for her performance, was cast instead.
154 Campaigned for the role of Ellie Andrews in It Happened One Night (1934), but the part was eventually given to Claudette Colbert, who went on to win a Best Actress Oscar for her performance.
155 Bette Davis had been nominated for Best Actress in her film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), which also starring Joan Crawford. If Bette had won, it would have set a record number of wins for an actress. According to the book "Bette & Joan - The Divine Feud" by Shaun Considine, the two had a life long mutual hatred, and a jealous Joan Crawford actively campaigned against Bette Davis for winning Best Actress, and even told Anne Bancroft that if Anne won and was unable to accept the Award, Joan would be happy to accept it on her behalf. According to the book - and this may or may not be 100% true, but it makes a good anecdote - on Oscar night, Bette Davis was standing in the wings of the theatre waiting to hear the name of the winner. When it was announced that Anne Bancroft had won Best Actress for The Miracle Worker (1962), Bette Davis felt an icy hand on her shoulder as Joan Crawford said "Excuse me, I have an Oscar to accept".
156 Has a street named after her in Iowa City, Iowa.
157 Her father was Harlow Morrell Davis, a lawyer. Her mother was Ruth Favor. She had a sister, Barbara Davis.
158 In Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), Elizabeth Taylor does an exaggerated impression of Bette Davis saying a line from Beyond the Forest (1949): "What a dump!" In an interview with Barbara Walters, Davis said that in Beyond the Forest (1949), she really did not deliver the line in such an exaggerated manner. She said it in a more subtle, low-key manner, but it has passed into legend that she said it the way Elizabeth Taylor delivered it in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). During the interview, the clip of Bette delivering the line in Beyond the Forest (1949) was shown to prove that she was correct. However, since people expected Bette Davis to deliver the line the way Taylor had in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), she always opened her in-person, one woman show by saying the line in a campy, exaggerated manner: "What... a... dump!!!". It always brought down the house. "I imitated the imitators", Davis said.
159 Pictured on a 42¢ USA commemorative postage stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series, issued 18 September 2008.
160 She was made a Fellow of the British Film Institute in recognition of her outstanding contribution to film culture.
161 Played dual roles of twin sisters in two movies: A Stolen Life (1946) and Dead Ringer (1964).
162 When she died in 1989, she reportedly left an estate valued between $600,000 and $1 million, consisting mainly of a condominium apartment she owned in West Hollywood. 50% of her estate went to her son, Michael Merrill, and the remaining 50% went to her secretary and companion, Kathryn Sermack. Her daughter, Barbara Merrill aka B.D. Hyman, was left nothing due to her lurid book about life with her mother. During her long life, she spent the majority of her wealth supporting her mother, three children, and four husbands.
163 During her great film career, she reportedly did not get along with her co-stars Miriam Hopkins, Susan Hayward, Celeste Holm and most infamously Joan Crawford.
164 Salary for 1948, $365,000.
165 Salary for 1941, $252,333.
166 Was first offered the role of Luke's mother in Cool Hand Luke (1967), but refused the bit part. Jo Van Fleet accepted the role.
167 In Italian films, she was dubbed in most cases by Lidia Simoneschi or Andreina Pagnani. Occasionally, she was also dubbed by Tina Lattanzi, Giovanna Scotto, Rina Morelli or Wanda Tettoni.
168 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 232-235. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
169 She was of English descent, and also had remote Scottish and Welsh roots. Most of her ancestors had lived almost exclusively in New England since moving to the United States in the 1600s.
170 In an interview with Dick Cavett in 1971, she said her salary at the time she shot Jezebel (1938) was $650 a week.
171 When she died, her false eyelashes were auctioned off, fetching a price of $600. Previously, she had said that her biggest secret was brown mascara.
172 Had a long-running feud with Miriam Hopkins due to her affair with Hopkins' husband, director Anatole Litvak, as well as Davis' getting many roles that Hopkins wanted.
173 Described the last three decades of her life as a "my macabre period". She hated being alone at night and found growing older "terrifying".
174 Declined a role in 4 for Texas (1963) (which turned out to be a big hit) to do Dead Ringer (1964) (which turned out to be a big flop).
175 Is portrayed by Nancy Linehan Charles in Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996).
176 Her performance as Margo Channing in All About Eve (1950) is ranked #5 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
177 While filming Death on the Nile (1978), aboard ship, no one was allowed his or her own dressing room, so she shared a dressing room with Angela Lansbury & Maggie Smith.
178 For many years she was a popular target for impressionists but she was perplexed by the often used phrase "Pee-tah! Pee-tah! Pee-tah!". She said she had no idea who Pee-tah was and had never even met anyone by that name.
179 She said that among the jokes told about her, her favorite came from impressionist Charles Pierce who, dressed as her, demanded of the audience, "Someone give me a cigarette". When the request was granted the performer threw it on the floor and shouted "LIT!".
180 Is portrayed by Elissa Leeds in My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Legend of Errol Flynn (1985).
181 Is one of the many movie stars mentioned in Madonna's song "Vogue"
182 In 1952, she accepted the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role on behalf of Kim Hunter, who wasn't present at the awards ceremony.
183 She was voted the 25th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
184 Murdoch University (Western Australia) Communications Senior Lecturer Tara Brabazon, in her article "The Spectre of the Spinster: Bette Davis and the Epistemology of the Shelf," quotes the court testimony of Davis' first husband Harmon Nelson to show what a debacle her private life was. During divorce proceedings, Nelson was successful in sustaining his charge of mental cruelty by testifying that Davis had told him that her career was more important than her marriage. Brabazon writes that Davis, claiming she was beaten by all four of her husbands, believed that she should have remained single.
185 She claimed to have given the Academy Award the nickname "Oscar" after her first husband, Harmon Nelson, whose middle name was Oscar, although she later withdrew that claim. Most sources say it was named by Academy librarian and eventual executive director Margaret Herrick, who thought the statuette resembled her Uncle Oscar.
186 She came to Cardiff in 1975 for a theatre tour and went to the Welsh Valleys in search of relatives - and found them. She had been learning Welsh in order to come to Wales; however, she only used the words "Nos Da" (meaning "good night") while in the country and had forgotten all the other phrases she had learned.
187 According to her August 1982 Playboy Magazine interview, in her youth she posed nude for an artist, who carved a statue of her that was placed in a public spot in Boston, MA. After the interview appeared, Bostonians searched for the statue in vain. The statue, four dancing nymphs, was later found in the possession of a private Massachusetts collector.
188 Each of her four husbands were Gentiles, while her friend Joan Blondell's husband Michael Todd was Jewish. Blondell called Davis' brace of husbands the "Four Skins.".
189 Desperately wanted to win a third Best Actress Oscar for What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), as three wins in the leading category was unprecedented (Walter Brennan had won three Oscars, but all of his were in the supporting category). It was the general feeling among Academy voters that while Davis was superb, the movie itself was little better than a potboiler exploitation film, the kind that doesn't deserve the recognition that an Oscar would give it.
190 Joan Crawford and Davis had feuded for years. During the making of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), Bette had a Coca-Cola machine installed on the set due to Crawford's affiliation with Pepsi (she was the widow of Pepsi's CEO). Joan got her revenge by putting weights in her pockets when Davis had to drag her across the floor during certain scenes.
191 Attended Cushing Academy; a prep school in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. An award in her namesake is given annually to one male and one female scholar-athlete of exceptional accomplishment in both fields.
192 After her first picture, Davis was sitting outside the office of Universal Pictures executive Carl Laemmle Jr. when she overhead him say about her, "She's got as much sex appeal as Slim Summerville. Who wants to get her at the end of the picture?".
193 She was voted the 10th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
194 Was named #2 on The Greatest Screen Legends actress list by the American Film Institute.
195 Was one of two actresses (with Faye Dunaway) to have two villainous roles ranked in the American Film Institute's 100 Years of The Greatest Heroes and Villains, as Regina Giddens in The Little Foxes (1941) at #43 and as Baby Jane Hudson in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) at #44.
196 While touring the talk show circuit to promote What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), she told one interviewer that when she and Joan Crawford were first suggested for the leads, Warner studio head Jack L. Warner replied: "I wouldn't give a plugged nickel for either of those two old broads." Recalling the story, Davis laughed at her own expense. The following day, she reportedly received a telegram from Crawford: "In future, please do not refer to me as an old broad!".
197 After the song "Bette Davis Eyes" became a hit single, she wrote letters to singer Kim Carnes and songwriters Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon, asking how they knew so much about her. One of the reasons Davis loved the song is that her grandson heard it and thought it "cool" that his grandmother had a hit song written about her.
198 Nominated for an Academy Award 5 years in a row, in 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942 and 1943. She shares the record for most consecutive nominations with Greer Garson.
199 When she first came to Hollywood as a contract player, Universal Pictures wanted to change her name to Bettina Dawes. She informed the studio that she refused to go through life with a name that sounded like "Between the Drawers".
200 In Marked Woman (1937), Davis is forced to testify in court after being worked over by some Mafia hoods. Disgusted with the tiny bandage supplied by the makeup department, she left the set, had her own doctor bandage her face more realistically, and refused to shoot the scene any other way.
201 It is said that one of her real true loves was director William Wyler but he was married and refused to leave his wife.
202 Her third husband Arthur Farnsworth died after a fall on Hollywood Boulevard in which he took a blow to the head. He had shortly before banged his head on a train between LA and New England, followed by another fall down the stairway at their New Hampshire home.
203 She considered her debut screen test for Universal Pictures to be so bad that she ran screaming from the projection room.
204 She was elected as first female president of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in October 1941. She resigned less then two months later, publicly declaring herself too busy to fulfill her duties as president while angrily protesting in private that the Academy had wanted her to serve as a mere figurehead.
205 When Bette learned that her new brother-in-law was a recovering alcoholic, she sent the couple a dozen cases of liquor for a wedding present.
206 Director Steven Spielberg won the Christie's auction of her 1938 Best Actress Oscar for Jezebel (1938) for $578,000. He then gave it to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [July 2001]
207 Mother of Barbara Merrill (aka B.D. Hyman) and grandmother of J. Ashley Hyman. Marion Sherry was B.D.'s nanny until William Grant Sherry left Davis for her.
208 Interred at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California, USA, just outside and to the left of the main entrance to the Court of Remembrance.
209 Attended Northfield Mt. Hermon high school.
210 She suffered a stroke and had a mastectomy in 1983.
211 On her sarcophagus is written "She did it the hard way".
212 In 1952 she was asked to perform in a musical, "Two's Company". After several grueling months at rehearsals, her health deteriorated due to osteomyelitis of the jaw and she had to leave the show only several weeks after it opened. She was to repeat this process in 1974 when she rehearsed for the musical version of The Corn Is Green (1945), called "Miss Moffat", but bowed out early in the run of the show for dubious medical reasons.
213 Ranked #15 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
214 While she was the star pupil at John Murray Anderson's Dramatic School in New York, another of her classmates was sent home because she was "too shy". It was predicted that this girl would never make it as an actress. The girl was Lucille Ball.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
General Electric Theater 1957-1958 TV Series Christine Marlowe / Miss Burrows
Studio 57 1958 TV Series
Telephone Time 1957 TV Series Mrs. Beatrice Enter
The Ford Television Theatre 1957 TV Series Dolley Madison
Schlitz Playhouse 1957 TV Series Irene Wagner
Storm Center 1956 Alicia Hull
The Catered Affair 1956 Aggie Hurley
The 20th Century-Fox Hour 1956 TV Series Marie Hoke
The Virgin Queen 1955 Queen Elizabeth I
The Star 1952 Margaret Elliot
All Star Revue 1952 TV Series Guest Actress
Phone Call from a Stranger 1952 Marie Hoke
Another Man's Poison 1951 Janet Frobisher
Payment on Demand 1951 Joyce Ramsey (nee Jackson)
All About Eve 1950 Margo Channing
Beyond the Forest 1949 Rosa Moline
June Bride 1948 Linda Gilman
Winter Meeting 1948 Susan Grieve
Deception 1946 Christine Radcliffe
A Stolen Life 1946 Kate Bosworth Patricia Bosworth
The Corn Is Green 1945 Miss Lilly Moffat
Hollywood Canteen 1944 Bette Davis
Mr. Skeffington 1944 Fanny Trellis Skeffington
Old Acquaintance 1943 Kit Marlowe
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1943 Bette Davis
Watch on the Rhine 1943 Sara Muller
Now, Voyager 1942 Charlotte Vale
In This Our Life 1942 Stanley Timberlake
The Man Who Came to Dinner 1942 Maggie Cutler
The Little Foxes 1941 Regina Giddens
The Bride Came C.O.D. 1941 Joan Winfield
Shining Victory 1941 Nurse (uncredited)
The Great Lie 1941 Maggie Patterson
The Letter 1940 Leslie Crosbie
All This, and Heaven Too 1940 Henriette Deluzy-Desportes
If I Forget You 1940 Short Bette Davis
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex 1939 Queen Elizabeth
The Old Maid 1939 Charlotte Lovell
Juarez 1939 Carlota of Mexico
Dark Victory 1939 Judith Traherne
The Sisters 1938 Louise Elliott
Jezebel 1938 Julie Marsden
It's Love I'm After 1937 Joyce Arden
That Certain Woman 1937 Mary Donnell
Kid Galahad 1937 Louise 'Fluff' Phillips
A Day at Santa Anita 1937 Short Bette Davis (uncredited)
Marked Woman 1937 Mary Dwight Strauber
Satan Met a Lady 1936 Valerie Purvis
The Golden Arrow 1936 Daisy Appleby
The Petrified Forest 1936 Gabrielle Maple
Dangerous 1935 Joyce Heath
Special Agent 1935 Julie Gardner
Front Page Woman 1935 Ellen Garfield
The Girl from 10th Avenue 1935 Miriam A. Brady
Bordertown 1935 Marie Roark
Housewife 1934 Patricia Berkeley
Of Human Bondage 1934 Mildred Rogers
Fog Over Frisco 1934 Arlene Bradford
Jimmy the Gent 1934 Joan Martin
Fashions of 1934 1934 Lynn Mason
The Big Shakedown 1934 Norma Nelson
Bureau of Missing Persons 1933 Norma Roberts
Ex-Lady 1933 Helen Bauer
The Working Man 1933 Jenny Hartland / Jane Grey
Parachute Jumper 1933 Patricia 'Alabama' Brent
Just Around the Corner 1933 Short Ginger
20,000 Years in Sing Sing 1932 Fay Wilson
Three on a Match 1932 Ruth Wescott
The Cabin in the Cotton 1932 Madge Norwood
The Dark Horse 1932 Kay Russell
The Rich Are Always with Us 1932 Malbro
So Big! 1932 Miss Dallas O'Mara
The Man Who Played God 1932 Grace Blair
Hell's House 1932 Peggy Gardner
The Menace 1932 Peggy Lowell
Way Back Home 1931 Mary Lucy
Waterloo Bridge 1931 Janet Cronin
Seed 1931 Margaret Carter
The Bad Sister 1931 Laura Madison
Wicked Stepmother 1989 Miranda Pierpoint
The Whales of August 1987 Libby Strong
As Summers Die 1986 TV Movie Hannah Loftin
Murder with Mirrors 1985 TV Movie Carrie Louise Serrocold
Right of Way 1983 TV Movie Mini Dwyer
Hotel 1983 TV Series Laura Trent
Little Gloria... Happy at Last 1982 TV Movie Alice Gwynne Vanderbilt (as Betty Davis)
A Piano for Mrs. Cimino 1982 TV Movie Esther McDonald Cimino
Family Reunion 1981 TV Movie Elizabeth Winfield
Skyward 1980 TV Movie Billie Dupree
The Watcher in the Woods 1980 Mrs. Aylwood
White Mama 1980 TV Movie Adele Malone
Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter 1979 TV Movie Lucy Mason
Death on the Nile 1978 Mrs. Van Schuyler
Return from Witch Mountain 1978 Letha
The Dark Secret of Harvest Home 1978 TV Mini-Series Widow Fortune
The Disappearance of Aimee 1976 TV Movie Minnie Kennedy
Burnt Offerings 1976 Aunt Elizabeth
Hello Mother, Goodbye! 1974 TV Movie
Scream, Pretty Peggy 1973 TV Movie Mrs. Elliott
The Judge and Jake Wyler 1972 TV Movie Judge Meredith
Lo scopone scientifico 1972 The Millionairess
Madame Sin 1972 Madame Sin
Bunny O'Hare 1971 Bunny O'Hare
Connecting Rooms 1970 Wanda Fleming
It Takes a Thief 1970 TV Series Bessie Grindel
The Anniversary 1968 Mrs. Taggart
Gunsmoke 1966 TV Series Etta Stone
The Nanny 1965 Nanny
The Decorator 1965 TV Short Liz
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte 1964 Charlotte Hollis
Where Love Has Gone 1964 Mrs. Gerald Hayden
Dead Ringer 1964 Margaret DeLorca Edith Phillips
The Empty Canvas 1963 Dino's mother
Perry Mason 1963 TV Series Constant Doyle
The Virginian 1962 TV Series Celia Miller
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 1962 Baby Jane Hudson
Wagon Train 1959-1961 TV Series Bettina May / Madame Elizabeth McQueeny / Ella Lindstrom
Pocketful of Miracles 1961 Apple Annie
The DuPont Show with June Allyson 1959 TV Series Sarah Whitney
The Scapegoat 1959 Countess
John Paul Jones 1959 Empress Catherine the Great
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1959 TV Series Miss Fox
Suspicion 1958 TV Series Mrs. Wilfred Ellis

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Big Love 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Johnny Carson Presents the Sun City Scandals '72 1972 TV Movie performer: "Just Like a Man"
The Anniversary 1968 performer: "Rock of Ages" - uncredited
The Love Goddesses 1965 Documentary performer: "Willie the Weeper" - uncredited
Dead Ringer 1964 performer: "Shuffle Off to Buffalo" - uncredited
The Andy Williams Show 1962 TV Series performer - 1 episode
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 1962 performer: "I've Written a Letter to Daddy"
Pocketful of Miracles 1961 performer: "Arabian Dance" 1892 - uncredited
Payment on Demand 1951 performer: "A Woman's Intuition" - uncredited
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1943 performer: "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" 1943 - uncredited
The Bride Came C.O.D. 1941 "Carry Me Back to the Lone Prairie", uncredited
All This, and Heaven Too 1940 performer: "The War of the Roses" - uncredited
The Old Maid 1939 music: "Bridal Chorus Here Comes the Bride" 1850 - uncredited / performer: "Bridal Chorus Here Comes the Bride" 1850 - uncredited
Jezebel 1938 performer: "Raise a Ruckus", "Beautiful Dreamer" 1862, "Waltz" - uncredited
Kid Galahad 1937 performer: "The Moon Is in Tears Tonight" 1937 - uncredited
The Cabin in the Cotton 1932 performer: "Willie the Weeper" - uncredited

Make Up Department

Make Up Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 1962 makeup: Miss Davis - uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Stolen Life 1946 producer - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
1 a Minute 2010 Documentary in memory of: Battled Breast Cancer
All About My Mother 1999 dedicatee

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Actors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2016 TV Movie Herself
El último adiós de Bette Davis 2014 Documentary Herself
XXXVII Festival Internacional de Cine de San Sebastián - Ceremonia de clausura 1989 TV Movie Herself - Presenter: Best Picture
The Film Society of Lincoln Center Annual Gala Tribute to Bette Davis 1989 TV Movie Herself - Honoree
Today 1965-1989 TV Series Herself - Guest
Late Night with David Letterman 1987-1989 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 6th Annual American Cinema Awards 1989 TV Special Herself
Larry King Live 1988 TV Series Herself - Guest
De película 1988 TV Series Herself - Interviewee
Hour Magazine 1987-1988 TV Series Herself
The 5th Annual American Cinema Awards 1988 TV Special Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1963-1988 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1987 TV Special documentary Herself - Honoree
Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend 1987 Documentary Margo Channing
The 32th Annual Thalians Ball 1987 TV Movie Herself
The Morning Program 1987 TV Series Herself
The 59th Annual Academy Awards 1987 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role
The Barbara Walters Summer Special 1987 TV Series Herself
American Masters 1986 TV Series documentary Herself
La nuit des Césars 1986 TV Series documentary Herself - César d'honneur
Film '72 1986 TV Series Herself
The 43rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1986 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Motion Picture Drama
Étoiles et toiles 1985 TV Series documentary Herself
Good Morning America 1985 TV Series Herself - Guest
Arena 1983 TV Series documentary Herself
The Annual Humanitarian of Year Honors Aaron Spelling 1983 TV Movie Herself
All-Star Party for Carol Burnett 1982 TV Movie Herself
Natalie - A Tribute to a Very Special Lady 1982 TV Movie documentary Herself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Frank Capra 1982 TV Special documentary Herself
Night of 100 Stars 1982 TV Special Herself
Dinah! 1977-1978 TV Series Herself - Guest
Hollywood's Diamond Jubilee 1978 TV Special Herself - Cameo
The 50th Annual Academy Awards 1978 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
The 15th Annual Publicists Guild Awards 1978 TV Special Herself - Presenter
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda 1978 TV Special documentary Herself
Tomorrow Coast to Coast 1977 TV Series Herself - Guest
Laugh-In 1977 TV Series Herself - Guest
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Bette Davis 1977 TV Special documentary Herself - Honoree
Jimmy Carter's Inaugural Gala 1977 TV Movie Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1972-1976 TV Series Herself - Guest
V.I.P.-Schaukel 1975-1976 TV Series documentary Herself
Parkinson 1975 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 1975 Annual Entertainment Hall of Fame Awards 1975 TV Special Herself - Honoree
The 28th Annual Tony Awards 1974 TV Special Herself - Presenter
ABC Late Night 1973 TV Series Herself - Hostess
The Merv Griffin Show 1973 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Dean Martin Show 1973 TV Series Herself - Guest
This Is Your Life 1971-1973 TV Series Herself
Johnny Carson Presents the Sun City Scandals '72 1972 TV Movie Herself
The Dick Cavett Show 1969-1971 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Movie Crazy Years 1971 TV Movie documentary Herself
The David Frost Show 1971 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Kraft Music Hall 1971 TV Series Herself
The Joey Bishop Show 1969 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1967 TV Series Herself
Think Twentieth 1967 Documentary short Herself
The Milton Berle Show 1966 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Hollywood Palace 1964-1966 TV Series Herself - Dramatic Reader / Herself - Hostess / Herself
What's My Line? 1952-1965 TV Series Herself - Mystery Guest
Bette Davis - Star und Rebellin 1965 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Jack Paar Program 1962-1965 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself (on film)
I've Got a Secret 1964-1965 TV Series Herself - Celebrity Guest
That Regis Philbin Show 1964 TV Series Herself
Hollywood and the Stars 1963 TV Series Herself
Reflets de Cannes 1963 TV Series documentary Herself
The 35th Annual Academy Awards 1963 TV Special Herself - Nominee & Presenter
The 20th Annual Golden Globes Awards 1963 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Most Promising Newcomer Female and Male
The Andy Williams Show 1962 TV Series Herself - Guest
Here's Hollywood 1962 TV Series Herself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1959-1960 TV Series Herself - Guest
Hedda Hopper's Hollywood 1960 TV Movie documentary Herself
The 31st Annual Academy Awards 1959 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Supporting Actor
The 30th Annual Academy Awards 1958 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Honorary Awards
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1958 TV Series Herself - Guest
This Is Your Life 1957 TV Series Herself
Person to Person 1956 TV Series documentary Herself - Guest
The 27th Annual Academy Awards 1955 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role
The Present with a Future 1943 Short Herself / Mother (uncredited)
Show-Business at War 1943 Documentary short Herself (uncredited)
Breakdowns of 1942 1942 Short Herself (uncredited)
Cavalcade of the Academy Awards 1940 Documentary short Herself
For Auld Lang Syne 1938 Documentary short Herself - Arriving Celebrity (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 9 1938 Short documentary Herself - Oscar Winner
Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 5 1938 Documentary short Herself
Breakdowns of 1938 1938 Documentary short Mary Donnell.Julie (That Certain Woman / Jezebel outtakes) (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 8 1937 Documentary short Herself
Breakdowns of 1937 1937 Short Herself
Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 1 1936 Documentary short Herself
Screen Snapshots Series 15, No. 10 1936 Documentary short Herself
Breakdowns of 1936 1936 Short Herself
A Dream Comes True 1935 Documentary short Herself (uncredited)
The 42nd. Street Special 1933 Documentary short Herself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The World of Hammer 1994 TV Series documentary Nanny / Mrs. Taggart
All About Bette 1994 TV Movie documentary
Mina Tannenbaum 1994 Mildred Rogers (uncredited)
The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1993 TV Special Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1992 TV Series Herself
Here's Looking at You, Warner Bros. 1991 TV Movie documentary Herself
O Espectador que o Cinema Esqueceu 1991 Short
Wogan 1991 TV Series Herself
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic 1990 TV Movie documentary Herself
Hairway to the Stars 1989 Short Herself
The 1950's: Music, Memories & Milestones 1988 Video documentary Herself
The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind 1988 TV Movie documentary Actress in a film clip
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon 1988 TV Special documentary Herself
Entertaining the Troops 1988 Documentary Herself
South of Reno 1988 Mildred Rogers (uncredited)
Film '72 1988 TV Series Herself
Power Profiles: Legendary Ladies - Bette Davis and Carole Lombard 1987 Video Herself
The Walt Disney Comedy and Magic Revue 1985 Video short Letha
Going Hollywood: The '30s 1984 Documentary
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage 1983 Documentary Herself (uncredited)
Showbiz Goes to War 1982 TV Movie
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid 1982 Doris Davermont
Henry Fonda: The Man and His Movies 1982 TV Movie documentary Julie Marsden (uncredited)
Margret Dünser, auf der Suche nach den Besonderen 1981 TV Movie documentary Herself
Sixty Years of Seduction 1981 TV Movie documentary
Presidential Blooper Reel 1981 Video short Herself
Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas Tours: Around the World with the Troops - 1941-1972 1980 TV Movie documentary Herself
Windows 1980 Charlotte Vale
The Horror Show 1979 TV Movie documentary
Death on the Nile: Making of Featurette 1978 TV Short Marie Van Schuyler
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Cagney 1974 TV Special documentary Joan Winfield
The Hollywood Palace 1970 TV Series Herself
Hollywood My Home Town 1965 Documentary Herself
The Love Goddesses 1965 Documentary Herself
Hollywood and the Stars 1964 TV Series Herself
Hollywood: The Great Stars 1963 TV Movie documentary Margaret Elliot (uncredited)
When the Talkies Were Young 1955 Short Fay Wilson (uncredited)
The Voice That Thrilled the World 1943 Short Herself (segment "Dangerous") (uncredited)
Stars on Horseback 1943 Short Herself (uncredited)
Breakdowns of 1941 1941 Short Herself (uncredited)
Land of Liberty 1939 Julie Marsden
The Fabulous Allan Carr 2017 Documentary Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2017 TV Series Herself
Sir Terry Wogan Remembered: Fifty Years at the BBC 2016 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn 2016 Documentary
Listen to Me Marlon 2015 Documentary Herself (uncredited)
And the Oscar Goes To... 2014 TV Movie documentary Herself
Donne nel mito: Anna Magnani a Hollywood 2013 Documentary short Herself
Welcome to the Basement 2013 TV Series Baby Jane Hudson
Talking Pictures 2013 TV Series documentary Herself
Arena 2012 TV Series documentary Herself
60 Minutes 1991-2012 TV Series documentary Herself - Actress / Herself - Actress (segment "Mike") / Herself
Vito 2011 Documentary
Making the Boys 2011 Documentary Liz (uncredited)
Chess History 2011 Video documentary short Herself - Elizabeth I (uncredited)
Stars of the Silver Screen 2011 TV Series Herself
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary Baby Jane Hudson
Tanaka Kinuyo no tabidachi - Senryôka no nichibei shinzen geijutsu shisetsu 2009 Video documentary short Herself
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year 2009 TV Movie documentary
Queer Icon: The Cult of Bette Davis 2009 Documentary Herself
Warner at War 2008 TV Movie documentary
Hollywood contra Franco 2008 Documentary Sara Muller
Strictly Courtroom 2008 TV Movie documentary Leslie Crosbie (uncredited)
American Masters 2001-2008 TV Series documentary Mary / Julie / Herself
La 2 noticias 2008 TV Series Herself
Mike Douglas: Moments & Memories 2008 Video Herself
Crawford at Warners 2008 Video documentary short Herself
P.S. I Love You 2007 Joyce Heath Julie Marsden Charlotte Vale (uncredited)
Cámara negra. Teatro Victoria Eugenia 2007 TV Short documentary Herself
Memoirs of a Cigarette 2007 TV Movie documentary Charlotte Vale
Never Apologize 2007 Documentary Herself
Why Be Good? Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema 2007 Documentary Herself
Brando 2007 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
City Confidential 2007 TV Series documentary
Premio Donostia a Matt Dillon 2006 TV Special Herself
Premio Donostia a Max Von Sydow 2006 TV Special Herself
Stardust: The Bette Davis Story 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
Ciclo Agatha Christie 2005 TV Series documentary Herself
Cinema mil 2005 TV Series Herself / Baby Jane Hudson
Biography 1994-2005 TV Series documentary Herself / Margo Channing
Premio Donostia a Willem Dafoe 2005 TV Special Herself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes: America's Greatest Quips, Comebacks and Catchphrases 2005 TV Special documentary Herself
Elizabeth & Essex: Battle Royale 2005 Video documentary short Queen Elizabeth (uncredited)
The Adventures of Errol Flynn 2005 TV Movie documentary Queen Elizabeth
Dead Famous 2005 TV Series documentary Herself
Behind the Tunes: Looney Tunes Go Hollywood 2004 Video documentary short Charlotte Vale (uncredited)
Christmas from Hollywood 2003 Video documentary Herself
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second 2003 Video documentary Herself
Complicated Women 2003 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
Bette Davis and William Wyler 2003 TV Movie documentary Herself
Smothered: The Censorship Struggles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself
El informal 2001 TV Series Herself
E! Mysteries & Scandals 2000-2001 TV Series documentary Bette Davis / Herself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies 2001 TV Special documentary Herself
Backstory 2000-2001 TV Series documentary Charlotte Hollis / Herself / Herself - Actress
ABC 2000: The Millennium 1999 TV Special documentary
Smoke and Mirrors: A History of Denial 1999 Documentary Herself (uncredited)
Hollywood Greats 1999 TV Series documentary
All About My Mother 1999 Margo (uncredited)
Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory 1998 TV Movie documentary uncredited
Frank Capra's American Dream 1997 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender 1997 Documentary Herself
Intimate Portrait 1996 TV Series documentary Herself
Legends of Entertainment Video 1995 Video documentary Herself
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself
100 Years at the Movies 1994 TV Short documentary Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1989 Gala Tribute Film Society of Lincoln Center
1989 Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award San Sebastián International Film Festival
1987 BFI Fellowship British Film Institute Awards
1986 Honorary César César Awards, France
1983 Golden Nymph Monte-Carlo TV Festival A Piano for Mrs. Cimino (1982)
1983 Crystal Award Women in Film Crystal Awards
1979 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter (1979)
1977 Golden Scroll Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actress Burnt Offerings (1976)
1977 Life Achievement Award American Film Institute, USA
1974 Cecil B. DeMille Award Golden Globes, USA
1965 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Dramatic Performance, Female Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
1963 Golden Apple Golden Apple Awards Most Cooperative Actress
1962 Most Popular Female Star Photoplay Awards
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 6225 Hollywood Blvd.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television Awarded February 8, 1960 at 6335 Hollywood Blvd.
1952 Silver Ribbon Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Best Foreign Actress (Migliore Attrice Straniera) All About Eve (1950)
1951 Best Actress Cannes Film Festival All About Eve (1950)
1950 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress All About Eve (1950)
1941 Golden Apple Golden Apple Awards Most Cooperative Actress
1939 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role Jezebel (1938)
1937 Volpi Cup Venice Film Festival Best Actress Kid Galahad (1937)
1936 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role Dangerous (1935)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1987 ACE CableACE Awards Actress in a Movie or Miniseries As Summers Die (1986)
1984 ACE CableACE Awards Actress in a Dramatic or Theatrical Program Right of Way (1983)
1983 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special Little Gloria... Happy at Last (1982)
1980 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special White Mama (1980)
1965 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Female Star 11th place.
1964 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Foreign Actress What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
1963 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
1963 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Motion Picture Actress - Drama What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
1962 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
1953 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role The Star (1952)
1951 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role All About Eve (1950)
1951 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Motion Picture Actress - Drama All About Eve (1950)
1945 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role Mr. Skeffington (1944)
1943 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role Now, Voyager (1942)
1942 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role The Little Foxes (1941)
1941 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role The Letter (1940)
1940 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role Dark Victory (1939)
1935 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role Of Human Bondage (1934)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1951 Gold Medal Picturegoer Awards Best Actress All About Eve (1950)
1939 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Dark Victory (1939)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1963 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Female Dramatic Performance What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

TitleSalary
Wicked Stepmother (1989) $250,000
Right of Way (1983) $250,000
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) $200,000
Where Love Has Gone (1964) $125,000
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) $60,000 + 5% of the net profits.
All About Eve (1950) $130,000
Juarez (1939) $4,000 /week
Dark Victory (1939) $3,500 /week
Jezebel (1938) $650 /week
Wicked Stepmother (1989) $250,000
Right of Way (1983) $250,000
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) $200,000
Where Love Has Gone (1964) $125,000
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) $60,000 + 5% of the net profits.
All About Eve (1950) $130,000
Juarez (1939) $4,000 /week
Dark Victory (1939) $3,500 /week
Jezebel (1938) $650 /week

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1 [on The Star (1952), (1983)] Oh, yes, that was [Joan] Crawford. I wasn't imitating her, of course. It was just that whole approach of hers to the business as regards the importance of glamor and all the off stage things. I adored the script.
2 [on her second husband, Arthur Farnsworth] Farney was a real charmer, but an alcoholic who was tied to his mother's apron strings... and what a mother. Christ, what a cold bitch.
3 [after attending President Jimmy Carter's 1977 inauguration] Miss Lillian [the President's mother] doesn't like any women. She was perfectly terrible to all of us at the inauguration. She only wanted to see the men. When any women came up to her, she just glared at us like this!
4 [on Elizabeth Taylor's declining to have Davis as her co-star in A Little Night Music (1977)] She is such a fool. One would think that after all her years in the business she would want to work with a professional.
5 [Burnt Offerings (1976)] Karen Black changes her makeup in the middle of the scene, so nothing matches on the screen. She sleeps all day, never goes to rushes and you can't hear a bloody thing she says on the set. When I made movies you could hear me in a tunnel.
6 Warner Brothers sent me a letter saying they wanted to use a clip from Now, Voyager (1942) in the Summer of '42 (1971). They implied that they wanted to use it as a laugh. My lawyer wrote back saying, if they wanted a clip to laugh at, why didn't they choose a scene from one of their current films.
7 [on Cool Hand Luke (1967)] Warner Brothers asked me to play Paul Newman's mother in Cool Hand Luke. They offered me $25,000 for one day's work. I said 'No.' I would have been on and off the screen in three minutes. That would be a cheat to the audience.
8 [on The Unforgiven (1960) Oh yes, I had a chance to go to Mexico, to play 'Burt Lancaster's mother. I turned it down. I'll be damned if I play Burt Lancaster's mother after thirty years in the business.
9 [when asked if she and Joan Crawford were ever up for the same role] We were two different types entirely. I can't think of a single part I played that Joan could do. Not one. Can you?
10 [on Greta Garbo] Oh, Garbo was divine. Soooo beautiful. I worshipped her. When I became a star, I used to have my chauffeur follow her in my car. I always wanted to meet her.
11 [on Miriam Hopkins] Miriam is a perfectly charming person, socially. Working with her is another story. Miriam used, and I must give her credit, every trick in the book. I became fascinated watching them appear one by one. When she was supposed to be listening to me, her eyes would wander off into some world in which she was the sweetest of them all. Her restless little spirit was impatiently awaiting her next line, her golden curls quivering with expectancy. Miriam was her own worst enemy. I usually had better things to do than waste my energies on invective and cat fights.
12 [on Joan Crawford]: I was not Miss Crawford's biggest fan, but, wisecracks to the contrary, I did and still do respect her talent. What she did not deserve was that detestable book written by her daughter. I've forgotten her name. Horrible. I looked at that book, but I did not need to read it. I wouldn't read trash like that, and I think it was a terrible, terrible thing for a daughter to do. An abomination! To do something like that to someone who saved you from the orphanage, foster homes, who knows what. If she didn't like the person who chose to be her mother, she was grown up and could choose her own life. I felt very sorry for Joan Crawford, but I knew she wouldn't appreciate my pity, because that's the last thing she would have wanted, anyone being sorry for her, especially me. I can understand how hurt Miss Crawford had to be. Well, no I can't. It's like trying to imagine how I would feel if my own beloved, wonderful daughter, B.D., were to write a bad book about me. Unimaginable. I am grateful for my children and for knowing they would never do to me anything like what Miss Crawford's daughter did to her. Of course, dear B.D., of whom I'm so proud, is my natural child, and there always are certain risks in adopting. Gary [Merrill] and I adopted two babies, because when we married I was too old to have our own. We were very pleased with our little boy, Michael, but our adopted daughter, who was a beautiful baby, was, brain-damaged. I never have had regrets, though, because I think we provided for her better than anything else that could have happened to her, and we gave her some happiness in her life. You can't return a baby like you can a carton of cracked eggs.
13 [on the making of Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)]: I can't tell you what I went through during those weeks that shooting stopped, waiting for Crawford to get well. It was sheer torture.
14 I don't take the movies seriously, and anyone who does is in for a headache.
15 When I was filming Dangerous in 1935, I had a crush on my costar, Franchot Tone. Everything about him reflected his elegance, from his name to his manners. He had a great deal going for him, including Miss Joan Crawford.
16 [Of her longtime rival] We must hand it to her. Where she came from and all that--she accomplished *much*. She became a movie star, and I became the great actress. There is of course a need for both in this business, but you have to know *when* to put a stop to the nonsense that goes with the job. Stars are people *too*. They have to eat, sleep, and go to the bathroom too, without applause or a standing ovation. But I don't *think* Joan Crawford ever sleeps. She never *quits* being Joan Crawford. I find that tedious and quite insane.
17 "I am returning to the stage, to refine my craft." That's what Hollywood actors always say. But that's a bunch of BS. No one leaves movies for the stage unless they can't get work; and I'm no exception.
18 [After hearing that Joan Crawford cried copiously over "Dark Victory"] Joan always cries a lot. Her tear ducts must be very close to her bladder.
19 You can't tell me that any man who has really loved a woman, or vice versa, can really be friends again after a divorce. And kidding about it is like tying a pink ribbon on a machine gun.
20 [on working with Joan Crawford in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)] We were polite to each other - all the social amenities, 'Good morning, Joan' and 'Good Morning, Bette' crap - and thank God we weren't playing roles where we had to like each other. But people forget that our big scenes were alone - just the camera was on me or her. No actresses on earth are as different as we are, all the way down the line. Yet what we do works. It's so strange, this acting business. It comes from inside. She was always so damn proper. She sent thank you notes for thank you notes. I screamed when I found out she signed autographs: 'Bless you, Joan Crawford.'
21 The weak are the most treacherous of us all. They come to the strong and drain them. They are bottomless. They are insatiable. They are always parched and always bitter. They are everyone's concern and like vampires they suck our life's blood.
22 On experience: Old age ain't no place for sissies.
23 On growth: I have always been driven by some distant music -- a battle hymn no doubt -- for I have been at war from the beginning. I've never looked back before. I've never had the time and it has always seemed so dangerous. To look back is to relax one's vigil.
24 On sexual politics: I am a woman meant for a man, but I never found a man who could compete.
25 On desire: From the moment I was six I felt sexy. And let me tell you it was hell, sheer hell, waiting to do something about it.
26 On work: This became a credo of mine...attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
27 [on being idolized and spoiled while traveling] This is *part* of the reward, but boy, you don't get that for a long time! And that must never be your motive. See that *can't* be the motive. Because that isn't what you want the most. You want to get on that stage and work.
28 [of the studio executives] Four compliments a year, we never would have asked for so much money. Truthfully! They never knew it! Actors are complete suckers for good parts, you know, and just saying, "You did a *good* job, Bette!" Never. Never. Never.... I think it would've made a whole different salary scale in California, yes, I do. They only respected you by how much money you made. You could be the same actress at six-fifty a week or thirty thousand a week, and you're a *much* better actress at thirty thousand a week.
29 [to TV interviewer Dick Cavett] People say, when I'm coming on with someone like you for ninety minutes, "Don't you want to know what's going to happen?" I *don't* want to know the questions ahead, because number one, I trust your taste, but if you should ask me something that I *really* don't want to go into, I'd give a *perfectly* nice smile, not insulting, and say, "I don't want to talk about it." Nobody can *make* you talk about something. So if I'm *fool* enough to talk about it, then it's not your fault, it's mine. Like many bad interviews, this is what happens: it's the actor's fault. They get five good hookers in them, and tell their life story. Well, you cannot blame the interviewer who goes out and prints it. ... Anybody who does an interview with drinks is a fool. Because we all know we talk more with drinks.
30 I think acting should look as if we were working a *little* ... It's like the juggler who loses it twice and then gets it, you know, finally. Which is a very old-fashioned theory today. See, you mustn't have *any* idea that *anybody* knows the camera's on them at all. You see: it's just life. Well, we all have life, 24, 12 hours a day, and sometimes we want to forget life, you know. And I think it should be a *little* larger than life. A little bit theatrical.
31 [during tension on the set of The Whales of August (1987) about her esteemed costar Lillian Gish] She ought to know about close-ups! Jesus, she was around when they invented them!
32 [in 1977, on why she was still working] So I am up to my ears in taxes and debts, and that's why I come out of my house in Connecticut every few years and work. I can hole up for just so long, then I gotta get out and stir things up again. It's half for income and half for me.
33 [on Errol Flynn] He was not an actor of enormous talent -- he would have admitted that himself -- but in all those swashbuckling things he was beautiful.
34 [on director Lindsay Anderson] I think he's a very talented man, but I think he's a difficult man to work with. He really prefers theatre and not film, and that's a little depressing, I must say.
35 [on Errol Flynn] He was just beautiful . . . Errol. He himself openly said, "I don't know really anything about acting," and I admire his honesty because he's absolutely right.
36 [on John Wayne] I certainly would have given anything to have worked with John Wayne. He's the most attractive man who ever walked the earth, I think.
37 My favorite person to work with was Claude Rains.
38 When I die, they'll probably auction off my false eyelashes.
39 I always had the will to win. I felt it baking cookies. They had to be the best cookies anyone baked.
40 [before taking her final flight in 1989] I want to die with my high heels on, still in action.
41 I was a person who couldn't make divorce work. For me, there's nothing lonelier than a turned-down toilet seat.
42 Beyond the Forest (1949) was a terrible movie! It had the longest death scene ever seen on the screen.
43 [after having blown the same line several times in Hollywood Canteen (1944), in which she plays herself] I don't know what's wrong with me, but I think I just can't play myself. I don't know how! But, if you give me a drink - give me a cigarette - give me a gun - I'll play any old bag you want me to. I just can't play myself!
44 [Joan Crawford] and I have never been warm friends. We are not simpatico. I admire her, and yet I feel uncomfortable with her. To me, she is the personification of the Movie Star. I have always felt her greatest performance is Crawford being Crawford.
45 I have been uncompromising, peppery, infractable, monomaniacal, tactless, volatile and offtimes disagreeable. I suppose I'm larger than life.
46 If Hollywood didn't work out, I was prepared to be the best secretary in the world.
47 [commenting about her mother, an aspiring actress] I had to be the monster for both of us.
48 [commenting on the death of long-time nemesis Joan Crawford] You should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good . . . Joan Crawford is dead. Good.
49 [on sex] God's biggest joke on human beings.
50 [when told not to speak ill of the dead] Just because someone is dead does not mean they have changed!
51 Why am I so good at playing bitches? I think it's because I'm not a bitch. Maybe that's why [Joan Crawford] always plays ladies.
52 [when told that "at one time" she had a reputation for being difficult] At one time?! I've been known as difficult for 50 years, practically! What do you mean "at one time"? Nooo, I've been like this for 50 years. And it's always always to make it the best film I can make it!
53 [referring to her fourth husband, Gary Merrill] Gary was a macho man, but none of my husbands was ever man enough to become Mr. Bette Davis.
54 [about Katharine Hepburn's tie for the 1968 Oscar with Barbra Streisand] I wanted to be the first to win three Oscars, but Miss Hepburn has done it. Actually it hasn't been done. Miss Hepburn only won half an Oscar. If they'd given me half an Oscar I would have thrown it back in their faces. You see, I'm an Aries. I never lose.
55 Today everyone is a star - they're all billed as 'starring' or 'also starring'. In my day, we earned that recognition.
56 If you want a thing well done, get a couple of old broads to do it.
57 I will never be below the title.
58 [referring to her parents' divorce when she was 7] Of course I replaced my father. I became my own father and everyone else's.
59 An affair now and then is good for a marriage. It adds spice, stops it from getting boring. I ought to know.
60 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.
61 To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy.
62 The male ego, with few exceptions, is elephantine to start with.
63 I would advise any woman against having an affair with a married man believing he will ever leave his wife, no matter how often he says his wife does not understand him. Love is not as necessary to a man's happiness as it is to a woman's. If her marriage is satisfactory, a woman will seldom stray. A man can be totally contented and still be out howling at the moon.
64 There was more good acting at Hollywood parties than ever appeared on the screen.
65 I have never known the great actor who... didn't plan eventually to direct or produce. If he has no such dream, he is usually bitter, ungratified and eventually alcoholic.
66 What a fool I was to come to Hollywood where they only understand platinum blondes and where legs are more important than talent.
67 Success only breeds a new goal.
68 Gay Liberation? I ain't against it, it's just that there's nothing in it for me.
69 [on her character in All About Eve (1950)] Margo Channing was not a bitch. She was an actress who was getting older and was not too happy about it. And why should she be? Anyone who says that life begins at 40 is full of it. As people get older their bodies begin to decay. They get sick. They forget things. What's good about that?
70 [on rival Joan Crawford] She has slept with every male star at MGM except Lassie.
71 I'm the nicest goddamn dame that ever lived.
72 I went back to work because someone had to pay for the groceries.
73 At 50, I thought proudly, 'Here we are, half century!' Being 60 was fairly frightening. You want to know how I spent my 70th birthday? I put on a completely black face, a fuzzy black afro wig, wore black clothes, and hung a black wreath on my door.
74 Until you're known in my profession as a monster, you're not a star.
75 I see - she's the original good time that was had by all.
76 Getting old is not for sissies.
77 [in 1982] Acting should be bigger than life. Scripts should be bigger than life. It should ALL be bigger than life.
78 [when told by director Robert Aldrich that the studios wanted Joan Crawford as her co-star for Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)] I wouldn't piss on Joan Crawford if she were on fire.
79 [on The Star (1952), (1983)] Oh, yes, that was [Joan] Crawford. I wasn't imitating her, of course. It was just that whole approach of hers to the business as regards the importance of glamor and all the off stage things. I adored the script.
80 [on her second husband, Arthur Farnsworth] Farney was a real charmer, but an alcoholic who was tied to his mother's apron strings... and what a mother. Christ, what a cold bitch.
81 [after attending President Jimmy Carter's 1977 inauguration] Miss Lillian [the President's mother] doesn't like any women. She was perfectly terrible to all of us at the inauguration. She only wanted to see the men. When any women came up to her, she just glared at us like this!
82 [on Elizabeth Taylor's declining to have Davis as her co-star in A Little Night Music (1977)] She is such a fool. One would think that after all her years in the business she would want to work with a professional.
83 [Burnt Offerings (1976)] Karen Black changes her makeup in the middle of the scene, so nothing matches on the screen. She sleeps all day, never goes to rushes and you can't hear a bloody thing she says on the set. When I made movies you could hear me in a tunnel.
84 Warner Brothers sent me a letter saying they wanted to use a clip from Now, Voyager (1942) in the Summer of '42 (1971). They implied that they wanted to use it as a laugh. My lawyer wrote back saying, if they wanted a clip to laugh at, why didn't they choose a scene from one of their current films.
85 [on Cool Hand Luke (1967)] Warner Brothers asked me to play Paul Newman's mother in Cool Hand Luke. They offered me $25,000 for one day's work. I said 'No.' I would have been on and off the screen in three minutes. That would be a cheat to the audience.
86 [on The Unforgiven (1960) Oh yes, I had a chance to go to Mexico, to play 'Burt Lancaster's mother. I turned it down. I'll be damned if I play Burt Lancaster's mother after thirty years in the business.
87 [when asked if she and Joan Crawford were ever up for the same role] We were two different types entirely. I can't think of a single part I played that Joan could do. Not one. Can you?
88 [on Greta Garbo] Oh, Garbo was divine. Soooo beautiful. I worshipped her. When I became a star, I used to have my chauffeur follow her in my car. I always wanted to meet her.
89 [on Miriam Hopkins] Miriam is a perfectly charming person, socially. Working with her is another story. Miriam used, and I must give her credit, every trick in the book. I became fascinated watching them appear one by one. When she was supposed to be listening to me, her eyes would wander off into some world in which she was the sweetest of them all. Her restless little spirit was impatiently awaiting her next line, her golden curls quivering with expectancy. Miriam was her own worst enemy. I usually had better things to do than waste my energies on invective and cat fights.
90 [on Joan Crawford]: I was not Miss Crawford's biggest fan, but, wisecracks to the contrary, I did and still do respect her talent. What she did not deserve was that detestable book written by her daughter. I've forgotten her name. Horrible. I looked at that book, but I did not need to read it. I wouldn't read trash like that, and I think it was a terrible, terrible thing for a daughter to do. An abomination! To do something like that to someone who saved you from the orphanage, foster homes, who knows what. If she didn't like the person who chose to be her mother, she was grown up and could choose her own life. I felt very sorry for Joan Crawford, but I knew she wouldn't appreciate my pity, because that's the last thing she would have wanted, anyone being sorry for her, especially me. I can understand how hurt Miss Crawford had to be. Well, no I can't. It's like trying to imagine how I would feel if my own beloved, wonderful daughter, B.D., were to write a bad book about me. Unimaginable. I am grateful for my children and for knowing they would never do to me anything like what Miss Crawford's daughter did to her. Of course, dear B.D., of whom I'm so proud, is my natural child, and there always are certain risks in adopting. Gary [Merrill] and I adopted two babies, because when we married I was too old to have our own. We were very pleased with our little boy, Michael, but our adopted daughter, who was a beautiful baby, was, brain-damaged. I never have had regrets, though, because I think we provided for her better than anything else that could have happened to her, and we gave her some happiness in her life. You can't return a baby like you can a carton of cracked eggs.
91 [on the making of Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)]: I can't tell you what I went through during those weeks that shooting stopped, waiting for Crawford to get well. It was sheer torture.
92 I don't take the movies seriously, and anyone who does is in for a headache.
93 When I was filming Dangerous in 1935, I had a crush on my costar, Franchot Tone. Everything about him reflected his elegance, from his name to his manners. He had a great deal going for him, including Miss Joan Crawford.
94 [Of her longtime rival] We must hand it to her. Where she came from and all that--she accomplished *much*. She became a movie star, and I became the great actress. There is of course a need for both in this business, but you have to know *when* to put a stop to the nonsense that goes with the job. Stars are people *too*. They have to eat, sleep, and go to the bathroom too, without applause or a standing ovation. But I don't *think* Joan Crawford ever sleeps. She never *quits* being Joan Crawford. I find that tedious and quite insane.
95 "I am returning to the stage, to refine my craft." That's what Hollywood actors always say. But that's a bunch of BS. No one leaves movies for the stage unless they can't get work; and I'm no exception.
96 [After hearing that Joan Crawford cried copiously over "Dark Victory"] Joan always cries a lot. Her tear ducts must be very close to her bladder.
97 You can't tell me that any man who has really loved a woman, or vice versa, can really be friends again after a divorce. And kidding about it is like tying a pink ribbon on a machine gun.
98 [on working with Joan Crawford in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)] We were polite to each other - all the social amenities, 'Good morning, Joan' and 'Good Morning, Bette' crap - and thank God we weren't playing roles where we had to like each other. But people forget that our big scenes were alone - just the camera was on me or her. No actresses on earth are as different as we are, all the way down the line. Yet what we do works. It's so strange, this acting business. It comes from inside. She was always so damn proper. She sent thank you notes for thank you notes. I screamed when I found out she signed autographs: 'Bless you, Joan Crawford.'
99 The weak are the most treacherous of us all. They come to the strong and drain them. They are bottomless. They are insatiable. They are always parched and always bitter. They are everyone's concern and like vampires they suck our life's blood.
100 On experience: Old age ain't no place for sissies.
101 On growth: I have always been driven by some distant music -- a battle hymn no doubt -- for I have been at war from the beginning. I've never looked back before. I've never had the time and it has always seemed so dangerous. To look back is to relax one's vigil.
102 On sexual politics: I am a woman meant for a man, but I never found a man who could compete.
103 On desire: From the moment I was six I felt sexy. And let me tell you it was hell, sheer hell, waiting to do something about it.
104 On work: This became a credo of mine...attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
105 [on being idolized and spoiled while traveling] This is *part* of the reward, but boy, you don't get that for a long time! And that must never be your motive. See that *can't* be the motive. Because that isn't what you want the most. You want to get on that stage and work.
106 [of the studio executives] Four compliments a year, we never would have asked for so much money. Truthfully! They never knew it! Actors are complete suckers for good parts, you know, and just saying, "You did a *good* job, Bette!" Never. Never. Never.... I think it would've made a whole different salary scale in California, yes, I do. They only respected you by how much money you made. You could be the same actress at six-fifty a week or thirty thousand a week, and you're a *much* better actress at thirty thousand a week.
107 [to TV interviewer Dick Cavett] People say, when I'm coming on with someone like you for ninety minutes, "Don't you want to know what's going to happen?" I *don't* want to know the questions ahead, because number one, I trust your taste, but if you should ask me something that I *really* don't want to go into, I'd give a *perfectly* nice smile, not insulting, and say, "I don't want to talk about it." Nobody can *make* you talk about something. So if I'm *fool* enough to talk about it, then it's not your fault, it's mine. Like many bad interviews, this is what happens: it's the actor's fault. They get five good hookers in them, and tell their life story. Well, you cannot blame the interviewer who goes out and prints it. ... Anybody who does an interview with drinks is a fool. Because we all know we talk more with drinks.
108 I think acting should look as if we were working a *little* ... It's like the juggler who loses it twice and then gets it, you know, finally. Which is a very old-fashioned theory today. See, you mustn't have *any* idea that *anybody* knows the camera's on them at all. You see: it's just life. Well, we all have life, 24, 12 hours a day, and sometimes we want to forget life, you know. And I think it should be a *little* larger than life. A little bit theatrical.
109 [during tension on the set of The Whales of August (1987) about her esteemed costar Lillian Gish] She ought to know about close-ups! Jesus, she was around when they invented them!
110 [in 1977, on why she was still working] So I am up to my ears in taxes and debts, and that's why I come out of my house in Connecticut every few years and work. I can hole up for just so long, then I gotta get out and stir things up again. It's half for income and half for me.
111 [on Errol Flynn] He was not an actor of enormous talent -- he would have admitted that himself -- but in all those swashbuckling things he was beautiful.
112 [on director Lindsay Anderson] I think he's a very talented man, but I think he's a difficult man to work with. He really prefers theatre and not film, and that's a little depressing, I must say.
113 [on Errol Flynn] He was just beautiful . . . Errol. He himself openly said, "I don't know really anything about acting," and I admire his honesty because he's absolutely right.
114 [on John Wayne] I certainly would have given anything to have worked with John Wayne. He's the most attractive man who ever walked the earth, I think.
115 My favorite person to work with was Claude Rains.
116 When I die, they'll probably auction off my false eyelashes.
117 I always had the will to win. I felt it baking cookies. They had to be the best cookies anyone baked.
118 [before taking her final flight in 1989] I want to die with my high heels on, still in action.
119 I was a person who couldn't make divorce work. For me, there's nothing lonelier than a turned-down toilet seat.
120 Beyond the Forest (1949) was a terrible movie! It had the longest death scene ever seen on the screen.
121 [after having blown the same line several times in Hollywood Canteen (1944), in which she plays herself] I don't know what's wrong with me, but I think I just can't play myself. I don't know how! But, if you give me a drink - give me a cigarette - give me a gun - I'll play any old bag you want me to. I just can't play myself!
122 [Joan Crawford] and I have never been warm friends. We are not simpatico. I admire her, and yet I feel uncomfortable with her. To me, she is the personification of the Movie Star. I have always felt her greatest performance is Crawford being Crawford.
123 I have been uncompromising, peppery, infractable, monomaniacal, tactless, volatile and offtimes disagreeable. I suppose I'm larger than life.
124 If Hollywood didn't work out, I was prepared to be the best secretary in the world.
125 [commenting about her mother, an aspiring actress] I had to be the monster for both of us.
126 [commenting on the death of long-time nemesis Joan Crawford] You should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good . . . Joan Crawford is dead. Good.
127 [on sex] God's biggest joke on human beings.
128 [when told not to speak ill of the dead] Just because someone is dead does not mean they have changed!
129 Why am I so good at playing bitches? I think it's because I'm not a bitch. Maybe that's why [Joan Crawford] always plays ladies.
130 [when told that "at one time" she had a reputation for being difficult] At one time?! I've been known as difficult for 50 years, practically! What do you mean "at one time"? Nooo, I've been like this for 50 years. And it's always always to make it the best film I can make it!
131 [referring to her fourth husband, Gary Merrill] Gary was a macho man, but none of my husbands was ever man enough to become Mr. Bette Davis.
132 [about Katharine Hepburn's tie for the 1968 Oscar with Barbra Streisand] I wanted to be the first to win three Oscars, but Miss Hepburn has done it. Actually it hasn't been done. Miss Hepburn only won half an Oscar. If they'd given me half an Oscar I would have thrown it back in their faces. You see, I'm an Aries. I never lose.
133 Today everyone is a star - they're all billed as 'starring' or 'also starring'. In my day, we earned that recognition.
134 If you want a thing well done, get a couple of old broads to do it.
135 I will never be below the title.
136 [referring to her parents' divorce when she was 7] Of course I replaced my father. I became my own father and everyone else's.
137 An affair now and then is good for a marriage. It adds spice, stops it from getting boring. I ought to know.
138 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.
139 To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy.
140 The male ego, with few exceptions, is elephantine to start with.
141 I would advise any woman against having an affair with a married man believing he will ever leave his wife, no matter how often he says his wife does not understand him. Love is not as necessary to a man's happiness as it is to a woman's. If her marriage is satisfactory, a woman will seldom stray. A man can be totally contented and still be out howling at the moon.
142 There was more good acting at Hollywood parties than ever appeared on the screen.
143 I have never known the great actor who... didn't plan eventually to direct or produce. If he has no such dream, he is usually bitter, ungratified and eventually alcoholic.
144 What a fool I was to come to Hollywood where they only understand platinum blondes and where legs are more important than talent.
145 Success only breeds a new goal.
146 Gay Liberation? I ain't against it, it's just that there's nothing in it for me.
147 [on her character in All About Eve (1950)] Margo Channing was not a bitch. She was an actress who was getting older and was not too happy about it. And why should she be? Anyone who says that life begins at 40 is full of it. As people get older their bodies begin to decay. They get sick. They forget things. What's good about that?
148 [on rival Joan Crawford] She has slept with every male star at MGM except Lassie.
149 I'm the nicest goddamn dame that ever lived.
150 I went back to work because someone had to pay for the groceries.
151 At 50, I thought proudly, 'Here we are, half century!' Being 60 was fairly frightening. You want to know how I spent my 70th birthday? I put on a completely black face, a fuzzy black afro wig, wore black clothes, and hung a black wreath on my door.
152 Until you're known in my profession as a monster, you're not a star.
153 I see - she's the original good time that was had by all.
154 Getting old is not for sissies.
155 [in 1982] Acting should be bigger than life. Scripts should be bigger than life. It should ALL be bigger than life.
156 [when told by director Robert Aldrich that the studios wanted Joan Crawford as her co-star for Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)] I wouldn't piss on Joan Crawford if she were on fire.

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