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Barbara Stanwyck

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Barbara Stanwyck in Stella Dallas (1937

Barbara Stanwyck (born Ruby Katherine Stevens) (July 16, 1907 - January 20, 1990) was an American film and television actress.

She was born in New York City, and her mother died when she was only four. She took her stage name from the name of a play, "Barbara Frietchie", about a fictional Civil War heroine. The play starred a British actress named Joan Stanwyck.

Stanwyck starred in almost a hundred films during her career and received four nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress: Stella Dallas (1937), Ball of Fire (1941), Double Indemnity (1944), and Sorry, Wrong Number (1948). She received an Academy Honorary Award "for superlative creativity and unique contribution to the art of screen acting" in 1982. In her later years, she also starred in television, notably in the 1960s Western series, The Big Valley. Her last starring role was in 1985, in The Colbys.

During her life, Stanwyck was the subject of rumor that she was a lesbian, and that her marriage to the actor Robert Taylor was a "lavender marriage", designed to conceal the fact that both were homosexual. After her death, it was revealed that she in fact had had affairs with women. Nevertheless, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Taylor enjoyed their time together outdoors, at least publically, and were proud owners of many acres of prime West L.A. property. Stanwyck and Taylor owned a large ranch and home in the Mandeville Canyon section of Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA that is still to this day referred to by locals as the "old Robert Taylor ranch."

For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Barbara Stanwyck has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1751 Vine Street. In 1973, she was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


Filmography

  • The Night Walker (aka The Dream Killer) (1964)
  • Roustabout (1964)
  • Walk on the Wild Side (1962)
  • Forty Guns (1957)
  • Trooper Hook (1957)
  • Crime of Passion (1957)
  • There's Always Tomorrow (1956)
  • These Wilder Years (1956)
  • The Maverick Queen (1956)
  • Escape to Burma (1955)
  • The Violent Men (aka The Bandits)(aka Rough Company) (1955)
  • Cattle Queen of Montana (1954)
  • Executive Suite (1954)
  • Witness to Murder (1954)
  • Blowing Wild (1953)
  • Jeopardy (1953)
  • All I Desire (aka Stopover) (aka You Belong to Me) (1953)
  • The Moonlighter (1953)
  • Titanic (1953)
  • Clash by Night (1952)
  • The Man with a Cloak (1951)
  • The Furies (1950)
  • To Please a Lady (aka Red Hot Wheels) (1950)
  • East Side, West Side (1949)
  • The File on Thelma Jordan, (aka Thelma Jordan) (1949)
  • The Lady Gambles (1949)
  • No Man of Her Own (aka I Married a Dead Man) (1949)
  • B. F.'s Daughter (aka Polly Fulton) (1948)
  • Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
  • Cry Wolf (1947)
  • The Other Love (1947)
  • Variety Girl (1947)
  • The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947)
  • The Bride Wore Boots (1946)
  • California (1946)
  • The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
  • My Reputation (1946)
  • Christmas in Connecticut (aka Indiscretion) (1945)
  • Hollywood Canteen (1944)
  • Double Indemnity (1944)
  • Flesh and Fantasy (aka Six Destinies) (1943)
  • Lady of Burlesque (aka The G-String Murders) (aka Striptease Lady) (1943)
  • The Gay Sisters (1942)
  • The Great Man's Lady (1942)
  • The Lady Eve (1941)
  • Ball of Fire (aka The Professor and the Burlesque Queen) (1941)
  • You Belong to Me (aka Good Morning, Doctor) (1941)
  • Meet John Doe (aka John Doe, Dynamite) (1941)
  • Remember the Night (1940)
  • Union Pacific (1939)
  • Golden Boy (1939)
  • Always Goodbye (1938)
  • The Mad Miss Manton (1938)
  • Internes Can't Take Money (aka You Can't Take Money) (1937)
  • Breakfast for Two (1937)
  • Stella Dallas (1937)
  • This Is My Affair (aka His Affair) (1937)
  • Banjo on My Knee (1936)
  • The Bride Walks Out (1936)
  • The Plough and the Stars (1936)
  • A Message to Garcia (1936)
  • His Brother's Wife (aka Lady of the Tropics) (1936)
  • Red Salute (aka Arms and the Girl) (aka Her Enlisted Man) (aka Her Uncle Sam) (aka Runaway Daughter) (1935)
  • The Woman in Red (1935)
  • Annie Oakley (1935)
  • Gambling Lady (1934)
  • The Secret Bride (aka Concealment) (1934)
  • A Lost Lady (aka Courageous) (1934)*
  • Ever in My Heart (1933)
  • Ladies They Talk About (aka Women in Prison) (1933)
  • Baby Face (1933)
  • The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)
  • The Purchase Price (1932)
  • So Big! (1932)
  • Shopworn (1932)
  • Forbidden (1932)
  • Night Nurse (1931)
  • The Miracle Woman (1931)
  • The Slippery Pearls (aka The Stolen Jools) (short) (1931)
  • Ten Cents a Dance (1931)
  • Illicit (1931)
  • Ladies of Leisure (1930)
  • The Locked Door (1929)
  • Mexicali Rose (aka The Girl from Mexico) (1929)
  • Broadway Nights (1927)

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See also: Other notable figures in Western filmsde:Barbara Stanwyck eo:Barbara STANWYCK nl:Barbara Stanwyck sv:Barbara Stanwyck

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