“… my histrionic ability”

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He was not only dear, he was cool. If an actor thought he could get any place by having tantrums, watching Bill Powell would have altered his opinion. I remember a story conference during which he objected to a scene that he felt wasn’t right for him. He was at once imperious and lucid. “It’s beyond my histrionic ability to do this,” he said. I thought that was delicious.

— Rosalind Russell, Life is a Banquet

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