(1907-1990) American actress, model and dancer. A stage, film, and television star, during her 60-year career as a consummate professional she was known for her strong, realistic screen presence and versatility.
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Barbara Stanwyck was born Ruby Catherine Stevens on July 16, 1907 in Brooklyn, New York. She was the fifth and youngest child of Catherine Ann and Byron E. Stevens. Her father, a struggling merchant marine, died when she was only four. This left her mother with very little money and no education. Stanwyck and her older siblings had to help support the family by working at a young age.
Stanwyck began her acting career at the age of 14. To help support her mother, she took a job as a chorus girl in a musical comedy. She then moved on to performing in vaudeville. Her career began to take off when she was noticed by a Broadway producer who offered her a role in a play. She became a successful Broadway star, and eventually made the transition to Hollywood in 1929.
Stanwyck had a long and successful career in film. She appeared in over 80 films and was nominated for four Academy Awards. Her most iconic role was in the film, Double Indemnity, for which she received an Oscar nomination. She was also known for her roles in Stella Dallas, Ball of Fire, and The Lady Eve. In addition to her acting career, Stanwyck was a successful businesswoman who owned a production company and a string of race horses.
Stanwyck was also a generous philanthropist who was active in many charities. She was a longtime supporter of the Boys and Girls Club and was honored with the organization’s highest award, the National Service Award, in 1965. She was also a vocal advocate for women’s rights and for the rights of animals and children.
Stanwyck was married three times, her first husband was actor Frank Fay. Her second husband was actor Robert Taylor, with whom she starred in many films. Her third husband was actor-director Zeppo Marx. Stanwyck died in 1990 at the age of 82. She was remembered for her strong performances, her generosity, and her determination to succeed in life.
Barbara Stanwyck was a true Hollywood legend. She was an actress, a businesswoman, and a philanthropist. She was a strong woman who overcame a difficult childhood and achieved an impressive level of success. Her legacy as one of the greatest actresses of all time will live on forever.