Actually, from my experience it’s the other way ’round.
I just watched the Harvey Girls where the woman I first knew as a lovable witch played Judy Garland‘s vampish rival for John Hodiak‘s affection. Probably because I had first seen her in Bedknobs and Broomsticks where I was a very young’un, she always had that aunt-like (avauntular?) quality, you know like your mother’s eccentric older sister who would take you on crazy adventures and showed you a kind of quasi-maternal devotion that made you feel like you were part of something.
Then, I became a movie buff and started discovering her pre-Bedknobs work. First, it was The Manchurian Candidate where she played the devouring mother, quite the opposite of Jessica Fletcher and the beloved Miss Price. Then, she was the lower class hussy eager to advance her career by helping out a conniving older man extract money from an innocent fellow female in Gaslight and Kind Lady.
In State of the Union, she was the manipulative other woman eager to advance her lover’s career, even if it meant compromising his ideals and further alienating him from his wife. And then, last night, she resumed the vampish role in The Harvey Girls.
Interesting how someone who could get a start with such roles would later find her niche in more maternal roles, becoming best known for playning the beloved author of murder mysteries.