You see, I was never flamboyant in a part, or eccentric, and that's the sort of performance that tends to catch the eye. Not that I'd stay awake nights worrying about it: I was always happy to just get the Academy nominations—which happened five times. But I was running against actresses like Bette Davis, who, as you know, was all over the lot in those days—and tremendous, I thought. But, boy, you knew she was an actress! I never went in for that because I was never one for broad gestures—nor great detail either—and I could never have done that. I dare say I was never offered a Jezebel or maniac part because they didn't see me that way.
Kobal, John. People Will Talk. New York: Knopf, 1985: 323.