Bette Davis

(Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis)

Bette Davis
Bette Davis
  • Born: April 5, 1908
  • Died: October 6, 1989
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actress









Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis was an American actress of film, television, and theater. With a career spanning 60 years, she is regarded as one of the greatest actresses in Hollywood history. She was noted for playing unsympathetic, sardonic characters, and was famous for her performances in a range of film genres, from contemporary crime melodramas to historical and period films, suspense horror, and occasional comedies, although her greatest successes were her roles in romantic dramas.

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Give me the good old days of heroes and villains, the people you can bravo or hiss. There was a truth to them that all the slick credulity of today cannot touch. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I am just too much.
A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything else. Happiness & Unhappiness
Acting should be bigger than life. Scripts should be bigger than life. It should all be bigger than life. Life
An affair now and then is good for a marriage. It adds spice, stops it from getting boring... I ought to know. Families, Children & Parenting
Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Basically, I believe the world is a jungle, and if it's not a bit of a jungle in the home, a child cannot possibly be fit to enter the outside world.
Brought up to respect the conventions, love had to end in marriage. I'm afraid it did. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Humor ;Families, Children & Parenting
Everybody has a heart. Except some people.
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.
Gay Liberation? I ain't against it, it's just that there's nothing in it for me.
Good actors I've worked with all started out making faces in a mirror, and you keep making faces all your life. Life
Hollywood always wanted me to be pretty, but I fought for realism.
I am doomed to an eternity of compulsive work. No set goal achieved satisfies. Success only breeds a new goal. The golden apple devoured has seeds. It is endless. Success ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I do not regret one professional enemy I have made. Any actor who doesn't dare to make an enemy should get out of the business. Business, Commerce & Finance
I don't take the movies seriously, and anyone who does is in for a headache. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I don't think of myself as a character actress - that's become a phrase which means you've had it.
I have often seen an actor laugh off the stage, but I don't remember ever having seen one weep.
I never did pal around with actresses. Their talk usually bored me to tears.
I often think that a slightly exposed shoulder emerging from a long satin nightgown packs more sex than two naked bodies in bed.
I sent my flowers across the hall to Mrs Nixon but her husband remembered what a Democrat I am and sent them back.
I survived because I was tougher than anybody else.
I was never very interested in boys - and there were plenty of them - vying with one another to see how many famous women they would get into the hay. Women ;Fame
I was the Marlon Brando of my generation.
I went back to work because someone had to pay for the groceries. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I will never be below the title.
I will not retire while I've still got my legs and my make-up box.
I work to stay alive. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I'd luv to kiss ya, but I just washed my hair. Humor
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. Families, Children & Parenting
If you've never been hated by your child, you've never been a parent.
I'm the nicest goddamn dame that ever lived.
In this business, until you're known as a monster you're not a star. Business, Commerce & Finance
In this rat-race everybody's guilty till proved innocent!
It is my last wish to be burried sitting up.
I've always liked men better than women. Women
I've lost my faith in science. Religion & God ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Life is a jest; and all things show it. I thought so once; but now I know it. Life
Locations are all tough, all miserable. I never left the sound stage for 18 years at Warners. We never went outside the studio, not even for big scenes.
Men become much more attractive when they start looking older. But it doesn't do much for women, though we do have an advantage: make-up. Women
My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose.
Oh, don't let's ask for the moon. We've already got the stars.
Old age is no place for sissies.
People often become actresses because of something they dislike about themselves: They pretend they are someone else.
Psychoanalysis. Almost went three times - almost. Then I decided what was peculiar about me was probably what made me successful. I've seen some very talented actors go into analysis and really lose it.
Sex is God's joke on human beings. Religion & God
Strong women only marry weak men. Women
That's me: an old kazoo with some sparklers.
The best time I ever had with Joan Crawford was when I pushed her down the stairs in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Time
The only reason anyone goes to Broadway is because they can't get work in the movies. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There are new words now that excuse everybody. Give me the good old days of heroes and villains, the people you can bravo or hiss. There was a truth to them that all the slick credulity of today cannot touch. Truth
This has always been a motto of mine: Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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. Life ;Money, Coins & Minting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
To look back is to relax one's vigil.
Today everyone is a star - they're all billed as 'starring' or 'also starring'. In my day, we earned that recognition.
Wave after wave of love flooded the stage and washed over me, the beginning of the one great durable romance of my life. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Romantic
We movie stars all end up by ourselves. Who knows? Maybe we want to.
With the newspaper strike on, I wouldn't consider dying.
Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation.