60 Inspirational Joan Crawford Quotes On Success In Life

Joan Crawford was an American film and television actress who began her career as a dancer in traveling theatrical companies before debuting as a chorus girl on Broadway. Crawford then signed a motion picture contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1925; her career spanned six decades, multiple studios, and controversies. These Joan Crawford quotes will motivate you.

Best Joan Crawford Quotes

  1. “Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.” ~ Joan Crawford
  2. “Send me flowers while I’m alive. They won’t do me a damn bit of good after I’m dead.” ~ Joan Crawford
  3. “Care for your clothes, like the good friends they are” ~ Joan Crawford
  4. “If you have an ounce of common sense and one good friend you don’t need an analyst.” ~ Joan Crawford
  5. “Learn to breathe, learn to speak, but first… learn to feel.” ~ Joan Crawford
  6. “I need sex for a clear complexion, but I’d rather do it for love.” ~ Joan Crawford

  7. “Then there’s that ‘You’re only as old as you feel’ business, which is true to a point, but you can’t be Shirley Temple on the Good Ship Lollipop forever. Sooner or later, dammit, you’re old.” ~ Joan Crawford
  8. “If I can’t be me, I don’t want to be anybody. I was born that way.” ~ Joan Crawford
  9. “Be afraid of nothing.” ~ Joan Crawford
  10. “You know the troubles I’ve had with my two older children. I can’t understand why it turned out so badly. I tried to give them everything. I loved them and tried to keep them near me, even when they didn’t return my love. Well, I couldn’t make them love me, but they could have shown some respect. I couldn’t insist on love, but I could insist on respect.” ~ Joan Crawford
  11. “Any actress who appears in public without being well-groomed is digging her own grave.” ~ Joan Crawford

  12. “Well, we can skip childhood because I didn’t have any. Not one goddam moment on the Good Ship Lollipop.” ~ Joan Crawford
  13. “I think that the most important thing a woman can have – next to talent, of course – is her hairdresser.” ~ Joan Crawford
  14. “I never go outside unless I look like Joan Crawford the movie star. If you want to see the girl next door, go next door.” ~ Joan Crawford
  15. “My God, I’m four hundred years old and the most I can do is look three hundred.” ~ Joan Crawford
  16. “1. Find your own style and have the courage to stick to it. 2. Choose your clothes for your way of life. 3. Make your wardrobe as versatile as an actress. It should be able to play many roles. 4. Find your happiest colours – the ones that make you feel good. 5. Care for your clothes, like the good friends they are!” ~ Joan Crawford
  17. “You have to be self-reliant and strong to survive in this town. Otherwise, you will be destroyed.” ~ Joan Crawford

  18. “[To the mother of two unruly children in a restaurant after the woman said she really didn’t know what to do with her children:] Have you tried infanticide?” ~ Joan Crawford
  19. “I have always known what I wanted, and that was beauty… in every form.” ~ Joan Crawford
  20. “I was a strict disciplinarian, perhaps too strict at times, but my God, without discipline what is life?” ~ Joan Crawford
  21. “The Democratic party is one that I’ve always observed. I have struggled greatly in life from the day I was born and I am honored to be apart of something that focuses on working class citizens and molds them into a proud specimen. Mr. Roosevelt and Mr. Kennedy have done so much in that regard for the two generations they’ve won over during their career course.” ~ Joan Crawford
  22. “Make your wardrobe as versatile as an actress. It should be able to play many roles.” ~ Joan Crawford

  23. “I had read the criticisms of me and my movies and they were discerning. They said that Crawford needs a new deal, and they asked if I was doomed to explore forever the emotional misfortunes of the super-sexed modern young woman. And so, to break away from the pattern, I wanted to do “The Gorgeous Hussy”. Selznick laughed at me. ‘You can’t do a costume picture. You’re too modern.’ But I begged and begged and begged, and so they let me do it. I was totally miscast.” ~ Joan Crawford
  24. “I had always known what I wanted, and that was beauty… in every form… a beautiful house, beautiful man, a beautiful life and image. I was ambitious to get the money which would attain all that for me.” ~ Joan Crawford
  25. “Hollywood is like life, you face it with the sum total of your equipment.” ~ Joan Crawford

  26. “If you’ve earned a position, be proud of it. Don’t hide it. I want to be recognized. When I hear people say, ‘There’s Joan Crawford!’ I turn around and say, ‘Hi! How are you!'” ~ Joan Crawford
  27. “all that time hanging around the sets, watching Norma Shearer make the most of her three expressions, was a help.” ~ Joan Crawford
  28. “I was born in front of a camera and really don’t know anything else” ~ Joan Crawford
  29. “Dammit, don’t you dare ask God to help me!” ~ Joan Crawford

  30. “It is my intention to make no provision herein for my son Christopher or my daughter Christina for reasons which are well known to them.” ~ Joan Crawford
  31. “The 1930s Hollywood was capable of hurting me so much. The things about Hollywood that could hurt me (when I first came) can’t touch me now. I suddenly decided that they shouldn’t hurt me – that was all.” ~ Joan Crawford Quotes
  32. “There’s nothing wrong with my tits, but I don’t go around throwing them in people’s faces!” ~ Joan Crawford
  33. “Sure, I’d play an ape if they asked me. Maurice Evans did.” ~ Joan Crawford
  34. “Find your happiest colours – the ones that make you feel good.” ~ Joan Crawford

  35. “There was a saying around MGM: “Norma Shearer got the productions, Greta Garbo supplied the art, and Joan Crawford made the money to pay for both”.” ~ Joan Crawford
  36. “I used to wash my hands every ten minutes. I couldn’t step out of the house unless I had gloves on. I wouldn’t smoke a cigarette unless I opened the pack myself, and I would never use another cigarette out of that pack if someone else had touched it.” ~ Joan Crawford
  37. “They were grooming Doris Day to take over the top spot. Jack L. Warner asked me to play her sister in one picture. I said, “Come on, Jack. No one could ever believe that I would have Doris Day for a sister.”” ~ Joan Crawford
  38. “Women’s Lib? Poor little things. They always look so unhappy. Have you noticed how bitter their faces are?” ~ Joan Crawford
  39. “If you throw a lamb chop in the oven, what’s to keep it from getting done?” ~ Joan Crawford

  40. “Sensitive husbands don’t like second billing. I don’t believe Franchot ever for a moment resented the fact that I was a star. Possibly he resented Hollywood’s refusal to let him forget it. There was never a doubt in my mind that his talent was greater than mine.” ~ Joan Crawford
  41. “I absolutely will not allow anyone to call me grandmother. They can call me Auntie Joan, Dee-Dee, Cho-Cho, anything but grandmother. It pushes a woman almost to the grave.” ~ Joan Crawford
  42. “I remember most clearly when a teenage Christopher spat in my face. He said, “I hate you”. It’s pretty hard to overlook that. I couldn’t.” ~ Joan Crawford Quotes
  43. “Mr. Cukor is a hard task-master, a fine director and he took me over the coals giving me the roughest time I have ever had. And I am eternally grateful.” ~ Joan Crawford
  44. “If you start watching the oldies, you’re in trouble. I feel ancient if “Grand Hotel” or “The Bride Wore Red” comes on. I have a sneaking regard for “Mildred Pierce”, but the others do nothing for me.” ~ Joan Crawford
  45. “Recently I heard a ‘wise guy’ story that I had a party at my home for twenty-five men. It’s an interesting story, but I don’t know twenty-five men I’d want to invite ta a party.” ~ Joan Crawford
  46. “If I weren’t a Christian Scientist, and I saw “Trog” advertised on a marquee across the street, I’d think I’d contemplate suicide.” ~ Joan Crawford

  47. “If you want to see the girl next door, go next door.” ~ Joan Crawford
  48. “Of all the actresses … to me, only Faye Dunaway has the talent and the class and the courage it takes to make a real star.” ~ Joan Crawford
  49. “Nobody can imitate me. You can always see impersonations of Katharine Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. But not me. Because I’ve always drawn on myself only.” ~ Joan Crawford
  50. “When television killed comedy and love stories, the moviemakers went in slugging. They offered the downbeat, the degenerate as competition. This seems to me to be a sad campaign for Hollywood to use to combat box office disaster.” ~ Joan Crawford
  51. “I, Joan Crawford, I believe in the dollar. Everything I earn, I spend.” ~ Joan Crawford

  52. “Life deals from the bottom, sometimes, doesn’t it?” ~ Joan Crawford
  53. “Not that anyone cares, but there’s a right and wrong way to clean a house.” ~ Joan Crawford
  54. “Box-office poison? Mr. Louis B. Mayer always asserted that the studio had built Stage 22, Stage 24 and the Irving Thalberg Building, brick by brick, from the income on my pictures.” ~ Joan Crawford
  55. “My tears speak for me.” ~ Joan Crawford Quotes
  56. “I’d like to think every director I’ve worked with has fallen in love with me, I know Dorothy Arzner did.” ~ Joan Crawford
  57. “Choose your clothes for your way of life.” ~ Joan Crawford

  58. “While making “Possessed”, I wept each morning on my drive to the studio, and I wept all the way back home. I found it impossible to sleep at night, so I’d lie in bed contemplating the future. I fear it with all my heart and soul even as I fear the dark.” ~ Joan Crawford
  59. “Sensitive husbands don’t like second billing.” ~ Joan Crawford
  60. “Check out the very best of Hollywood jokes that will make you laugh” ~ Joan Crawford

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One thought on “60 Inspirational Joan Crawford Quotes On Success In Life

  • October 19, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    There’s a little bit of bitch in every woman… and in every man.


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