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Barbara Stanwyck (1907-1990)
Born in New York, Barbara Stanwyck was a former Ziegfeld girl who went on to become one of the greatest actresses in film history, and was, along with Katharine Hepburn and Bette Davis, a new breed of actress, far removed from the sugary sweet actresses so prevalent in the early talkies of the 1930s.

Among Barbara Stanwyck's most famous films were 'Double Indemnity (1944)' and the 'Strange Love Of Martha Ivers (1946)'. Strangely, Ms. Stanwyck never won an Oscar, and is often thought to have been the best actress never to have won one. She was nominated four times for a Best Actress Oscar - 'Stella Dallas (1937)', 'Ball Of Fire (1941)', 'Double Indemnity', and 'Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)'.

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Barbara Stanwyck Quotes
"During 'Double Indemnity (1944)' Fred MacMurray would go to rushes. I remember asking Fred, 'How was I?' 'I don't know about you - but I was wonderful!' Such a true remark. Actors only look at themselves."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"My only problem is finding a way to play my fortieth fallen female in a different way from my thirty-ninth."
Commenting in 1939 on the fact that her fiancé, Robert Taylor, at 28, was four years younger than she, which raised eyebrows then, Stanwyck said: "The boy's got a lot to learn and I've got a lot to teach."
"Egotism - usually just a case of mistaken nonentity."
"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."

Double Indemnity - Film Review

Barbara Stanwyck DVDs available from - in association with and

The Lady Eve [DVD] [1941] ~ Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda
The Ultimate Film Noir Collection [DVD] ~ Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin
Christmas in Connecticut ~ Barbara Stanwyck
Sorry, Wrong Number ~ Barbara Stanwyck

Barbara Stanwyck Filmography
(most recent films listed first)

The Night Walker (1964)
Roustabout (1964)
Walk On The Wild Side (1962)
Trooper Hook (1957)
Crime Of Passion (1957)
Forty Guns (1957)
These Wilder Years (1956)
The Maverick Queen (1956)
There's Always Tomorrow (1956)
Escape To Burma (1955)
The Violent Men (1955)
Cattle Queen Of Montana (1954)
Executive Suite (1954)
Witness To Murder (1954)
Blowing Wild (1953)
The Moonlighter (1953)
All I Desire (1953)
Titanic (1953)
Jeopardy (1953)
Clash By Night (1952)
The Man With A Cloak (1951)
To Please A Lady (1950)
The Furies (1950)
No Man Of Her Own (1950)
The File On Thelma Jordon (1950)
East Side, West Side (1949)
The Lady Gambles (1949)
Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
B.F.'s Daughter (1948)
Cry Wolf (1947)
The Other Love (1947)
The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947)
California (1946)
The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers (1946)
The Bride Wore Boots (1946)
My Reputation (1946)
Christmas In Connecticut (1945)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Flesh And Fantasy (1943)
Lady Of Burlesque (1943)
The Gay Sisters (1942)
The Great Man's Lady (1942)
Ball Of Fire (1941)
You Belong To Me (1941)
Meet John Doe (1941)
The Lady Eve (1941)
Remember The Night (1940)
Golden Boy (1939)
Union Pacific (1939)
The Mad Miss Manton (1938)
Always Goodbye (1938)
Breakfast For Two (1937)
Stella Dallas (1937)
This Is My Affair (1937)
Internes Can't Take Money (1937)
The Plough And The Stars (1936)
Banjo On My Knee (1936)
His Brother's Wife (1936)
The Bride Walks Out (1936)
A Message To Garcia (1936)
Annie Oakley (1935)
Red Salute (1935)
The Woman In Red (1935)
The Secret Bride (1934)
A Lost Lady (1934)
Gambling Lady (1934)
Ever In My Heart (1933)
Baby Face (1933)
Ladies They Talk About (1933)
The Bitter Tea Of General Yen (1933)
The Purchase Price (1932)
So Big! (1932)
Shopworn (1932)
Forbidden (1932)
The Miracle Woman (1931)
Night Nurse (1931)
Ten Cents A Dance (1931)
Illicit (1931)
Ladies Of Leisure (1930)
Mexicali Rose (1929)
The Locked Door (1929)
Broadway Nights (1927)







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