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Ruby Catherine Stevens was born on 16 July 1907, in Brooklyn, New York USA, of Canadian, English and Scottish ancestry. As Barbara Stanwyck, she was an actress, best known for starring in almost 100 films and television shows during a career spanning four decades. She was a favorite of directors including Frank Capra, Fritz Lang, and Cecil B. DeMille. All of her efforts helped put her net worth to where it was prior to her passing in 1990.

How rich is Barbara Stanwyck? As of mid-2016, sources estimate a net worth that was at $1 million, mostly earned through a successful career in acting. During the peak of her career she was the highest-paid woman in the United States and made a total of 85 films. She was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress four times and all of these ensured the position of her wealth.

Barbara Stanwyck Net Worth $1 million

Ruby was orphaned when she was four years old as her mother died from complications following a miscarriage, and her father disappeared shortly afterwards while working on the Panama Canal. Her eldest sister Mildred raised Ruby and her younger brother, and soon they were moving from various foster homes. In 1916, Ruby toured with her Mildred and practiced routines similar to that of her sister’s job as a showgirl. When she was 14 years old, she dropped out of Erasmus Hall High School to take a job at a local department store before working at a local telephone office. After doing various jobs, she auditioned for a night club called the Strand Roof.

In 1922 she became a dancer and performed at the New Amsterdam Theater. For the next few years, she would work as a chorus girl at night clubs and also as a dance instructor. In 1926, Ruby was introduced to Willard Mack who would cast her for a production entitled “The Noose”, which became one of the most popular productions of the season, and soon Ruby would change her name to Barbara Stanwyck, part role name and the name of another actress.. Her career on Broadway was flourishing, and she then appeared in “Burlesque” which led to her first film appearance in the silent film “Broadway Nights”.

Barbara’s first sound film was “The Locked Door”(1929) and a year later she appeared in “Ladies of Leisure”. She continued in prominent roles in “Night Nurse”, “Shopworn”, and “Stella Dallas”. She impressed in each of her performances and continued to make films in the 1940s with “You Belong to Me”, and “The Other Love” in which she portrayed a concert pianist. She became well known for portraying strong characters and then became a part of various noir films.

Her film career would decline in the late 1950s, and she then moved to television, establishing the Emmy Award winning “The Barbara Stanwyck Show”. She then appeared in the series “The Big Valley” which led to another Emmy. Afterwards, she appeared in the film “Roustabout” alongside Elvis Presley. Later in life, she would go on and do more award winning films, and on TV including “The Thorn Birds”.

For her personal life, it is known that Stanwyck had romantic relations with Rex Cherryman who unfortunately died of septic poisoning while travelling at sea. In 1928, she married Frank Fay and they adopted a son – Barbara was unable to have any more children because of a botched abortion when she was 15 years old. Fay was reportedly abusive and eventually they divorced in 1935. In 1936, she became involved with Robert Taylor and they eventually married in 1939, but it also ended in divorce during 1950. The two were rumoured to have problems and affairs but still acted together in “The Night Walker”. After Taylor’s death in 1969, Stanwyck took a long break from acting. Aside from that, she also had a four year relationship with the much younger Robert Wagner. In 1990, Stanwyck passed away due to congestive heart failure at the age of 82 years old. She declined to have any funeral service.

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The Colbys 1985-1986 TV Series Constance Colby
Dynasty 1985 TV Series Constance Colby
The Thorn Birds 1983 TV Mini-Series Mary Carson
Charlie's Angels 1980 TV Series Toni
The Letters 1973 TV Movie Geraldine Parkington
A Taste of Evil 1971 TV Movie Miriam Jennings
The House That Would Not Die 1970 TV Movie Ruth Bennett
The Big Valley 1965-1969 TV Series Victoria Barkley
Calhoun: County Agent 1964 TV Movie Abby Rayner
The Night Walker 1964 Irene Trent
Roustabout 1964 Maggie Morgan
Wagon Train 1961-1964 TV Series Kate Crawley / Caroline Casteel / Maud Frazer
The Untouchables 1962-1963 TV Series Lt. Agatha Stewart
The Dick Powell Theatre 1962 TV Series Irene Phillips
Walk on the Wild Side 1962 Jo Courtney
Rawhide 1962 TV Series Nora Holloway
General Electric Theater 1961 TV Series Lili Parrish
The Joey Bishop Show 1961 TV Series Dora
The Barbara Stanwyck Show 1960-1961 TV Series Trixie Callahan / Josephine Little
Zane Grey Theater 1958-1959 TV Series Leona Butler / Regan Moore / Julie Holman / ...
The Real McCoys 1959 TV Series Barbara Stanwyck
Alcoa Theatre 1958 TV Series Midge Varney
Goodyear Theatre 1958 TV Series Midge Varney
Forty Guns 1957 Jessica Drummond
Trooper Hook 1957 Cora Sutliff
Crime of Passion 1957 Kathy Ferguson Doyle
The Ford Television Theatre 1956 TV Series Irene Frazier
These Wilder Years 1956 Ann Dempster
The Maverick Queen 1956 Kit Banion
There's Always Tomorrow 1955 Norma Miller Vale
Escape to Burma 1955 Gwen Moore
The Violent Men 1955 Martha Wilkison
Cattle Queen of Montana 1954 Sierra Nevada Jones
Executive Suite 1954 Julia O. Tredway
Witness to Murder 1954 Cheryl Draper
The Moonlighter 1953 Rela
Blowing Wild 1953 Marina Conway
All I Desire 1953 Naomi Murdoch
Titanic 1953 Julia Sturges
Jeopardy 1953 Helen Stilwin
Clash by Night 1952 Mae Doyle D'Amato
The Man with a Cloak 1951 Lorna Bounty
To Please a Lady 1950 Regina Forbes
The Furies 1950 Vance Jeffords
No Man of Her Own 1950 Helen Ferguson Patrice Harkness
The File on Thelma Jordon 1950 Thelma Jordon
East Side, West Side 1949 Jessie Bourne
The Lady Gambles 1949 Joan Boothe
Sorry, Wrong Number 1948 Leona Stevenson
B.F.'s Daughter 1948 'Polly' Fulton
Variety Girl 1947 Barbara Stanwyck
Cry Wolf 1947 Sandra Marshall
The Other Love 1947 Karen Duncan
The Two Mrs. Carrolls 1947 Sally Morton Carroll
California 1947 Lily Bishop
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers 1946 Martha Ivers
The Bride Wore Boots 1946 Sally Warren
My Reputation 1946 Jessica Drummond
Hollywood Victory Caravan 1945 Short Barbara Stanwyck
Christmas in Connecticut 1945 Elizabeth Lane
Hollywood Canteen 1944 Barbara Stanwyck
Double Indemnity 1944 Phyllis Dietrichson
Lady of Burlesque 1943 Deborah Hoople, aka Dixie Daisy
Flesh and Fantasy 1943 Joan Stanley (Episode 3)
The Gay Sisters 1942 Fiona Gaylord
The Great Man's Lady 1942 Hannah Sempler Hoyt
Ball of Fire 1941 Sugarpuss O'Shea
You Belong to Me 1941 Helen Hunt
Meet John Doe 1941 Ann Mitchell
The Lady Eve 1941 Jean
Remember the Night 1940 Lee Leander
Golden Boy 1939 Lorna Moon
Union Pacific 1939 Mollie Monahan
The Mad Miss Manton 1938 Melsa Manton
Always Goodbye 1938 Margot Weston
Breakfast for Two 1937 Valentine Ransome
Stella Dallas 1937 Stella Dallas
This Is My Affair 1937 Lil Duryea
Internes Can't Take Money 1937 Janet Haley
The Plough and the Stars 1936 Nora Clitheroe
Banjo on My Knee 1936 Pearl Elliott Holley
His Brother's Wife 1936 Rita Wilson Claybourne
The Bride Walks Out 1936 Carolyn Martin
A Message to Garcia 1936 Senorita Raphaelita Maderos
Annie Oakley 1935 Annie Oakley
Red Salute 1935 Drue Van Allen
The Woman in Red 1935 Shelby Barret Wyatt
The Secret Bride 1934 Ruth Vincent
A Lost Lady 1934 Marian
Gambling Lady 1934 Lady Lee
Ever in My Heart 1933 Mary Archer Wilbrandt
Baby Face 1933 Lily
Ladies They Talk About 1933 Nan
The Bitter Tea of General Yen 1933 Megan
The Purchase Price 1932 Joan Gordon
So Big! 1932 Selina Peake De Jong
Shopworn 1932 Kitty
Forbidden 1932 Lulu
The Miracle Woman 1931 Florence Fallon
Night Nurse 1931 Lora Hart
The Stolen Jools 1931 Short Mrs. Frank Fay
Ten Cents a Dance 1931 Barbara O'Neill
Illicit 1931 Anne Vincent
Ladies of Leisure 1930 Kay Arnold
Mexicali Rose 1929 Mexicali Rose
The Locked Door 1929 Ann Carter
Dance Magic 1927
Broadway Nights 1927 Fan Dancer (uncredited)



The Man with a Cloak 1951 performer: "Another Yesterday" - uncredited
California 1947 performer: "LILY-I-LAY-DE-O", "SAID I TO MY HEART, SAID I"
Lady of Burlesque 1943 performer: "Take It Off the E-String"
The Gay Sisters 1942 performer: "Good Night, Ladies" - uncredited
Ball of Fire 1941 performer: "Drum Boogie" 1941 - uncredited
Remember the Night 1940 performer: "A Perfect Day" 1910 - uncredited
This Is My Affair 1937 performer: "I Hum a Waltz" 1937, "The Fountain in the Park" 1884 - uncredited
Banjo on My Knee 1936 performer: "Where the Lazy River Goes By" 1936
A Lost Lady 1934 performer: "The Very Thought Of You" 1934 - uncredited
The Purchase Price 1932 performer: "Take Me Away" 1932 - uncredited
The Miracle Woman 1931 performer: "The Farmer in the Dell" - uncredited
Illicit 1931 performer: "Maybe It's Love" 1930 - uncredited



El amor me queda grande 2014 Short dedicatee



AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Barbara Stanwyck 1987 TV Special documentary Herself - Guest of Honor
Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend 1987 Documentary Mae Doyle
The 43rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1986 TV Special Herself - Winner: Cecil B. DeMille Award
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1983 TV Special Herself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special
The 54th Annual Academy Awards 1982 TV Special documentary Herself - Honorary Award Recipient
The 50th Annual Academy Awards 1978 TV Special Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Sound
The 15th Annual Publicists Guild Awards 1978 TV Special Herself - Presenter
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda 1978 TV Special documentary Herself
Film Night 1971 TV Series Herself
The Joey Bishop Show 1968 TV Series Herself
The Merv Griffin Show 1967 TV Series Herself
The World's Greatest Showman: The Legend of Cecil B. DeMille 1963 TV Movie documentary Herself
The 20th Annual Golden Globes Awards 1963 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Samuel Goldwyn Award
The 14th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1962 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The Barbara Stanwyck Show 1960-1961 TV Series Herself - Hostess / Herself-Hostess / Josephine Little / ...
The 13th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1961 TV Special Herself - Winner: Outstanding Performance by an Lead Actress in a Series and Presenter
The Jack Benny Program 1952-1959 TV Series Herself / Bella Manningham
The Christophers 1957 TV Series Herself - Guest Host
The Loretta Young Show 1955 TV Series Herself - Guest Hostess
Breakdowns of 1942 1942 Short Herself (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 19, No 6: Hollywood Recreations 1940 Documentary short Herself
Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 9 1939 Documentary short Herself, Horse Show Attendee
Hollywood Goes to Town 1938 Short documentary Herself
Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 6 1938 Documentary short Herself
Things You Never See on the Screen 1935 Short Herself
Round About Hollywood 1931 Documentary short Herself
Screen Snapshots Series 10, No. 8 1931 Documentary short Herself
The Voice of Hollywood No. 14 1930 Short Herself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

Decision 1958 TV Series Irene Frazier
When the Talkies Were Young 1955 Short Lora Hart (uncredited)
The Ed Sullivan Show 1953 TV Series Herself
And the Oscar Goes To... 2014 TV Movie documentary Herself
Arena 2012 TV Series documentary
A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas! 2011 TV Movie documentary
Pioneers of Television 2011 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself / Victoria Barkley from the Big Valley
Comic Relief 2009 2009 TV Special
Warner at War 2008 TV Movie documentary
Diálogos de cine 2008 TV Movie Phyllis Dietrichson
American Masters 2001-2008 TV Series documentary Lily Powers / Herself
Spisok korabley 2008 Documentary
Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood 2008 TV Movie documentary Various Roles
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2007 TV Series Phyllis Dietrichson in Double Indemnity
Elvis Presley: Hot Shots and Cool Clips Volume 3 2007 Video documentary Herself
Why Be Good? Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema 2007 Documentary Herself
Terror in the Pharaoh's Tomb 2007 Video Dixie
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series Mary Carson
Billy Wilder Speaks 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
NCIS 2005 TV Series Herself, Actress in 'No Man of Her Own' film clip
... A Father... A Son... Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 2005 TV Movie documentary
Christmas from Hollywood 2003 Video documentary Herself
Complicated Women 2003 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
The Men Who Made the Movies: Samuel Fuller 2002 TV Movie documentary Jessica Drummond
The Definitive Elvis: The Hollywood Years - Part II: 1962-1969 2002 Video documentary Herself
Pulp Cinema 2001 Video documentary Herself
Hollywood Remembers 2000 TV Series documentary
Annie Get Your Gun Intro with Susan Lucci 2000 Video documentary short Annie Oakley
The Lady with the Torch 1999 Documentary Herself
Sharon Stone - Una mujer de 100 caras 1998 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
Biography 1997 TV Series documentary Herself
The Good, the Bad & the Beautiful 1996 TV Special documentary Herself
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies 1995 TV Movie documentary actress 'The Furies' (uncredited)
The Casting Couch 1995 Video documentary
100 Years at the Movies 1994 TV Short documentary Herself
Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America 1993 TV Special documentary Melsa Manton
The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1993 TV Special Herself
Oscar's Greatest Moments 1992 Video documentary Herself
Fonda on Fonda 1992 TV Movie documentary Actress in 'The Lady Eve'
Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire 1991 TV Movie documentary Herself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon 1988 TV Special documentary Herself
Moonlighting 1987 TV Series Jean
Showbiz Goes to War 1982 TV Movie
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid 1982 Leona Hastings-Forrest
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1982 TV Movie documentary Actress - 'The Lady Eve' (uncredited)
The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1981 TV Special Herself
This Is Elvis 1981 Herself (uncredited)
That's Action 1977 Documentary Herself
Brother Can You Spare a Dime 1975 Documentary Herself
Film Review 1968 TV Mini-Series Helen Ferguson / Patrice Harkness
The Love Goddesses 1965 Documentary Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2000 OFTA Film Hall of Fame Online Film & Television Association Acting
1998 In Memoriam Award Golden Boot Awards
1987 Life Achievement Award American Film Institute, USA
1986 Cecil B. DeMille Award Golden Globes, USA
1984 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television The Thorn Birds (1983)
1983 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special The Thorn Birds (1983)
1983 Golden Apple Golden Apple Awards Female Star of the Year Together with Ann-Margret
1982 Honorary Award Academy Awards, USA For superlative creativity and unique contribution to the art of screen acting.
1981 Gala Tribute Film Society of Lincoln Center
1981 Career Achievement Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
1968 Most Popular Female Star Photoplay Awards
1967 Most Popular Female Star Photoplay Awards
1967 Life Achievement Award Screen Actors Guild Awards
1966 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series The Big Valley (1965)
1961 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Series (Lead) The Barbara Stanwyck Show (1960)
1961 Golden Apple Golden Apple Awards Most Cooperative Actress
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 1751 Vine Street.
1957 Special Award Photoplay Awards

For superb craftsmanship in meeting the challenge of 75 film roles and for her sympathetic counsel ... More

1954 Special Jury Prize Venice Film Festival Executive Suite (1954) · Mary Adams
· June Allyson
· Virginia Brissac
· Louis Calhern
· Tim Considine
· Paul Douglas
· Nina Foch
· William Holden
· Dean Jagger
· Lucy Knoch
· Fredric March
· William Phipps
· Walter Pidgeon
· Harry Shannon
· Edgar Stehli
· Shelley Winters

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1968 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best TV Star - Female The Big Valley (1965)
1968 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series The Big Valley (1965)
1967 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best TV Star - Female The Big Valley (1965)
1967 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series The Big Valley (1965)
1966 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best TV Star - Female The Big Valley (1965)
1949 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
1945 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role Double Indemnity (1944)
1942 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role Ball of Fire (1941)
1938 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role Stella Dallas (1937)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1944 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Double Indemnity (1944)

Titanic (1953) $75,000
The Mad Miss Manton (1938) $60,000
Ever in My Heart (1933) $50,000
Forbidden (1932) $50,000

1 Caught bronchitis while filming The Thorn Birds (1983).
2 Started smoking when she was nine.
3 In Hollywood, as everywhere he went, Frank Fay did not make a lot of friends. A standard joke of the time went "who's got the biggest prick in Hollywood?" Answer: "Barbara Stanwyck." The womanizing, alcoholic Fay's career floundered, while Stanwyck's flourished for decades. In 1935 the two were divorced, and Fay continued his downward spiral, until 1944, when he was chosen to play Elwood P. Dowd in the original New York City Broadway production of "Harvey".
4 Through his friend Oscar Levant, Frank Fay met and married Barbara Stanwyck, then a young chorus girl who'd just gotten her first Broadway show (Burlesque, 1927) In 1929 they did a dramatic sketch, as "Fay and Stanwyck" at the Palace. Later that year, they were called to Hollywood, so Frank could star in the film "Show of Shows." Fay and Stanwyck's marriage and their experience in Hollywood later became the basis of a Hollywood movie - "A Star is Born".
5 Upon her death, she was cremated and the ashes scattered from a helicopter over Lone Pine, California, where she had made some of her Western films.
6 Although many would say that her greatest movie role was in Double Indemnity (1944), directed by Billy Wilder, she was an outspoken critic of Wilder's Kiss Me, Stupid (1964), calling it obscene (although she admitted to not having seen it). However, there seems to have been no lasting animosity between them - when Stanwyck received her AFI Life Achievement Award, Wilder was amongst the most laudatory of those paying tribute to her.
7 She was known to be a very private lady.
8 Born at 8:55 PM.
9 Was considered for the title role in Mildred Pierce (1945).
10 A massive, 1000-page biography of Stanwyck, published in 2013 by Victoria Wilson, is merely the first volume of an ongoing narrative of the star, one that covers only the first 33 years of Stanwyck's life.
11 Stanwyck vehemently opposed the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt. She felt that if someone from her disadvantaged background had risen to success, others should be able to do the same without government intervention or assistance.
12 Forty of the movies she appeared in in her 35-year-long career were screened through the month of December 2013 in special tribute at New York City's Film Forum.
13 Was considered for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939).
14 Acting mentor and friends of Linda Evans and Lee Majors.
15 She was honored as Turner Classic Movie's Star of the Month for December 2012.
16 Was a heavy smoker.
17 Her sister-in-law, Caryl Lincoln, died in 1983.
18 She was very good friends with: Julie London, John Forsythe, Jane Wyman, Loretta Young, Jean Arthur, Bette Davis, Frank Capra, Fred MacMurray, Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Tony Martin, Richard Basehart, Aaron Spelling, Robert Fuller, James Drury, John McIntire, Denny Miller, Bruce Dern, Rhonda Fleming, Leif Erickson, Gavin MacLeod, Pernell Roberts, Jeanne Cooper, Richard Anderson, L.Q. Jones, Barry Sullivan, William Conrad, Joan Crawford, Bill Quinn, Robert Conrad, James Stewart, Harold Gould, Frances Dee, James Whitmore and Richard Long.
19 Before she was an actress, she was a successful dancer and chorus girl.
20 She was a staunch Republican and conservative.
21 As of the age of four, after her mother died and her father, upset by his wife's death, abandoned his kids, Barbara was brought up by her elder sister.
22 In February 1955 she was mentioned to be one of the female stars of Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) but she never made the film.
23 Profiled in book "Funny Ladies" by Stephen Silverman. [1999]
24 Stanwyck's father abandoned his children in mad grief after the death of his wife. Stanwyck then grew up in a series of foster homes.
25 Her father was a bricklayer.
26 Lived near Joan Crawford during her marriage to Frank Fay. According to Christina Crawford, Barbara scaled a fence on their property and stayed with the Crawfords for several days. Stanwyck and Crawford had first become friends when they were single young actresses.
27 Godmother of Tori Spelling.
28 She was a member of The Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, a rabidly right-wing political action group during the McCarthy-era "blacklisting" period in the early and mid-1950s. It counted among its members Ginger Rogers, Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, John Wayne and Irene Dunne.
29 Peter Breck, Lee Majors and Linda Evans were said to be huge fans of hers, as little children. As adults all three co-starred with her in the hit western series The Big Valley (1965).
30 Her former The Big Valley (1965), co-stars, Peter Breck and Linda Evans, both have made guest appearances on her co-star's, Lee Majors, popular 1980s TV series, The Fall Guy (1981), but on different episodes.
31 Best remembered by the public for her starring role as matriarch Victoria Barkley on The Big Valley (1965).
32 She twice played a character named Jessica Drummond in two completely different movies: My Reputation (1946) and Forty Guns (1957).
33 Was considered for the role of Margo Channing in All About Eve (1950) after Claudette Colbert was forced to pull out of the project due to back injury. However the part was given to Bette Davis, who went on to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance.
34 In 1957 Tony, her adopted son, was arrested for trying to sell lewd pictures while waiting to cash his unemployment check. When questioned by the press about his famous mother, he replied, "We don't speak." She saw him only a few times after his childhood.
35 When she was awarded an Honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement, the statuette was presented to her by John Travolta who later confessed that the experience was his supreme Oscar moment. Stanwyck had been a Travolta family favorite for years. [1982]
36 Throughout her career she was known for her kindness and patience with younger performers. Marilyn Monroe, who worked with Stanwyck in the 1952 film Clash by Night (1952) said that Stanwyck was the only member of Hollywood's older generation who was kind to her.
37 Profiled in "Back in the Saddle: Essays on Western Film and Television Actors", Gary Yoggy, ed. (McFarland, 1998).
38 Profiled in "Killer Tomatoes: Fifteen Tough Film Dames" bu Ray Hagen and Laura Wagner (McFarland, 2004).
39 She with Linda Evans in two series: The Big Valley (1965) and Dynasty (1981).
40 Planned to play the lead in Mildred Pierce (1945), but Joan Crawford was faster and got the role.
41 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 796-798. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
42 In Italy, almost all of her films were dubbed by Lidia Simoneschi. She was occasionally dubbed by Tina Lattanzi and Marcella Rovena. As Leona Stevenson in Sorry, Wrong Number (1948), she was dubbed by Andreina Pagnani. This was the only time the Italian actress lent her voice to Stanwyck.
43 William Holden was considered to be too lightweight for the lead role in Golden Boy (1939), but Stanwyck urged producers to keep him in the picture and it was through her efforts he was kept in the picture, and the role made him a star. In 1978, at the The 50th Annual Academy Awards (1978), before starting the presentation of the sound award, Holden publicly thanked her for what she did. She nearly broke down in tears and kissed Holden, and the exchange received thunderous audience applause.
44 A Star Is Born (1937) starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March is said to be modeled after Stanwyck's rise to stardom and first husband Frank Fay's descent into obscurity.
45 Was best friends for many years with Frank Sinatra's first wife, Nancy.
46 Her performance as Phyllis Dietrichson in Double Indemnity (1944) is ranked #58 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time list.
47 Her performance as Phyllis Dietrichson in Double Indemnity (1944) is ranked #98 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time list (2006).
48 Turned down the role of Angela Channing on Falcon Crest (1981).
49 Her papers are in the American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming, PO Box 3924, Laramie, WY 82071.
50 Attended Erasmus Hall High School, Brooklyn, New York before dropping out at age 14.
51 Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 1751 Vine St.
52 Ailing, she was replaced by Susan Hayward in Heat of Anger (1972), which was to have been a pilot for a prospective TV series to be called "Fitzgerald and Pride."
53 Her siblings were named Maude, Mable, Mildred ("Millie"), and Malcolm Byron ("Bert") Stevens. Her parents were Byron and Catherine McGee Stevens.
54 She did not have a funeral and has no grave. Her ashes are scattered in Lone Pine, California.
55 In 1985, her house was destroyed in a fire. She was upset to lose all of Robert Taylor's love letters.
56 In 1981 she was beaten and robbed in her bedroom by an intruder who woke her up at 1:00 in the morning.
57 She lost a kidney in 1971.
58 She became estranged from her son in February 1951.
59 Picked up the starring role in Ball of Fire (1941) after Ginger Rogers dropped out.
60 Her stormy marriage to Frank Fay finally ended after a drunken brawl, during which he tossed their adopted son, Dion, into the swimming pool. Despite rumours of affairs with Marlene Dietrich and Joan Crawford, Stanwyck wed Robert Taylor, who had gay rumours of his own to dispel. Their marriage started off on a sour note when his possessive mother demanded he spend his wedding night with her rather than with Barbara.
61 She was voted the 40th "Greatest Movie Star of All Time" by Entertainment Weekly.
62 Her wicked turn as Phyllis Dietrichson in Double Indemnity (1944) was ranked #8 on the American Film Institute's "100 Greatest Screen Heroes and Villains" list.
63 Was listed #11 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years of The Greatest Screen Legends."
64 Worked briefly as a fashion model in the late 1920s.
65 Her son, Dion Anthony "Tony" Fay, was born in February 1932. He was adopted on December 5, 1932.
66 Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1973.
67 Her mother died when she was accidentally knocked off a trolley by a drunk. Barbara was four at the time.
68 She had English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry.
69 Sister of actor Bert Stevens.
70 American Film Institute Life Achievement Award. [1987]
71 According to biographical film Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire (1991), Stanwyck became a model for women actors. Such stars as Sally Field and Virginia Madsen have publicly pointed to Stanwyck as their model.
72 Often called "The Best Actress Who Never Won an Oscar."
73 In 1944, when she earned $400,000, the government listed her as the nation's highest-paid woman.
74 Her nickname among co-workers was "Missy" or "The Queen."
75 Her stage name was inspired by a theatrical poster that read "Jane Stanwyck in 'Barbara Frietchie.'".
76 Sister-in-law of actress Caryl Lincoln.
77 Godmother of Bobbie Poledouris.

1 (On making Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) "Five days I was handling it, starting the next day's work where I'd picked up, sustaining it all, and then I had two whole days to relax and not to worry about the character, and I tell you it was strange. It was really hard to pump myself up on Monday morning to try to feel that desperate tension."
2 (On her character in Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) "Almost from the word go, she is way up there emotionally, and stays there day after day...I decided I'd prefer to jump in, bam, go, stay there, up, try to sustain it all the way and shoot the works."
3 [on performing her favorite title role in Stella Dallas (1937)] The task was to convince audiences that Stella's instincts were fine and noble even though, on the surface she was loud, flamboyant, and a bit vulgar.
4 Some kids are born with bad blood just like horses. When a parent has done everything possible, the only solution is to save yourself.
5 [In the 1960s, explaining her four-year absence from films after Forty Guns (1957)] Nobody asked me. They don't normally write parts for women my age because America is now a country of youth. We've matured and moved on. The past belongs to the past.
6 [on filming Titanic (1953)] The night we were making the scene of the dying ship in the outdoor tank at Twentieth, it was bitter cold. I was 47 feet up in the air in a lifeboat swinging on the davits. The water below was agitated into a heavy rolling mass and it was thick with other lifeboats full of women and children. I looked down and thought, "If one of these ropes snaps now, it's good-by for you". Then I looked up at the faces lined along the rail -those left behind to die with the ship. I thought of the men and women who had been through this thing in our time. We were re-creating an actual tragedy and I burst into tears. I shook with great racking sobs and couldn't stop.
7 I want to go on until they have to shoot me.
8 Attention embarrasses me. I don't like to be on display.
9 Career is too pompous a word. It was a job and I have always felt privileged to be paid for doing what I love doing.
10 There's nothing more fun in the whole world than seeing a child open a present at Christmas. To have a six-year-old boy stroke a bicycle with his eyes and, not daring to touch, turn and ask, "Is it mine, Missy? Really mine?" That's part of my future. The rest is work. And, I hope, some wisdom.
11 Egotism - usually just a case of mistaken nonentity.
12 I couldn't remember my name for weeks. I'd be at the theater and hear them calling, "Miss Stanwyck, Miss Stanwyck", and I'd think, "Where is that dame? Why doesn't she answer? By crickie, it's me!"
13 It's perhaps not the future I would choose. I still think it's possible to make a success of both marriage and career, even though I didn't. But it's not a bad future. And I'm not afraid of it.
14 [In 1939 on the fact that her fiancé, Robert Taylor, was four years younger than she] The boy's got a lot to learn and I've got a lot to teach.
15 My only problem is finding a way to play my fortieth fallen female in a different way from my thirty-ninth.
16 Put me in the last fifteen minutes of a picture and I don't care what happened before. I don't even care if I was IN the rest of the damned thing - I'll take it in those fifteen minutes.
17 [Referring to director Frank Capra] Eyes are the greatest tool in film. Mr. Capra taught me that. Sure, it's nice to say very good dialogue, if you can get it. But great movie acting - watch the eyes!
18 I'm a tough old broad from Brooklyn. I intend to go on acting until I'm ninety and they won't need to paste my face with make-up.
19 During Double Indemnity (1944), Fred MacMurray would go to rushes [viewings of daily completed shots]. I remember asking Fred, "How was I?" [Fred's response was] "I don't know about you, but I was wonderful!" Such a true remark. Actors only look at themselves.

1 Brooklyn accent
2 Her shapely legs
3 Frequently was cast as women who must deal with their low class standing
4 Husky voice
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