15 Bette Davis Quotes

  1. "I wouldn't piss on Joan Crawford if she were on fire."
  2. "There was more good acting at Hollywood parties than ever appeared on the screen."
  3. "I went back to work because someone had to pay for the groceries."
  4. "[Joan Crawford] has slept with every male star at MGM except Lassie."
  5. "Until you're known in my profession as a monster, you're not a star."
  6. "The male ego, with few exceptions, is elephantine to start with."
  7. "I will never be below the title."
  8. "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."
  9. "If you want a thing well done, get a couple of old broads to do it."
  10. "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."
  11. "Gary was a macho man, but none of my husbands was ever man enough to become Mr. Bette Davis."
  12. "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."
  13. "I have been uncompromising, peppery, infractable, monomaniacal, tactless, volatile and offtimes disagreeable. I suppose I'm larger than life."
  14. "You should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good . . . Joan Crawford is dead. Good."
  15. "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."