Douglas Sirk on Barbara Stanwyck
“She impressed me all the time as someone who had a great exeperience, someone who had really been touched deeply by life in some way. Becouse sha had depth as a person. That is exactly what we see on the screen and that is why she’s a great star. ..And yet she’s so descret, she gets every point, every nuance without hitting on anything too heavily. And there is such an amazing tragic stillness about her at the same time. She never steps out of it, and she never puts it on. But it is always there, this deep melancholy in her presence. I think she’s more expressive and resonant than any other actress.”
Via Polyhymnia; click to enlarge.