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 to 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.
It is not that this book is rare (it was published in 1989). It is that it is such fun. The book's reasonable price point makes it the perfect gift to offer a host or hostess in lieu of a typical bottle of wine.