Bette Davis on Joan Crawford:
“Even in her bath, Joan Crawford looked as if she were about to make a public appearance, just in case a crowd happened to drop by.”
“She slept with every male star at M-G-M except Lassie.”
“You don’t have to be beautiful [to succeed in Hollywood]. Joan Crawford, who is far from beautiful, ha[s] maintained and even increased her popularity nearly a decade.”
Joan Crawford on Bette Davis:
“Clark [Gable] was not even remotely interested in having Bette Davis as his costar in Gone with the Wind. I know that for a fact.”
"[S]he looks old enough to be my mother."
Ironically the early 1960s saw their fortunes inextricably linked with the comeback vehicle in which they co-starred, the hugely successful Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? They played nice initially. After the first week of filming, they both attended a small dinner at Hedda Hopper's in which they offered fulsome praise of the other. [Who says Crawford could not act?] However, they were in open battle by the end of the film, as Shaun Considine amusingly relates in his marvelous book, Bette & Joan, The Divine Feud.
In spite of this animosity, they were convinced by the huge office of Baby Jane to re-team for Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte. They both arrived on location in Baton Rouge and even posed for a publicity still before Crawford thought better of it and checked herself into the hospital instead. Olivia de Havilland reluctantly took over the role.