Classic Movie Legend Tribute: Barbara Stanwyck

Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Legend Barbara Stanwyck, born July 16 in 1907!

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“I knew that after fourteen I’d have to earn my own living, but I was willing to do that … I’ve always been a little sorry for pampered people, and of course, they’re ‘very’ sorry for me.”

Barbara Stanwyck was one tough broad. More than that, she was a model of the fierce, independent woman that emerged during the pre-code days of the classic Hollywood era — a model that is still prevalent in the summer blockbusters of Hollywood today. Stanwyck’s characters were often delightfully sassy, playfully confident, and pragmatically compassionate women who came from less-than-savory backgrounds – much like Stanwyck herself. Her on-screen persona knew, though her feminine wiles may at times give her an advantage, it must never become a crux. She was always equally as smart, as cunning, and as driven as all the boys. Because of this, I say we celebrate the strength of Barbara Stanwyck by highlighting a few of her strongest characters. Ladies, if you’re looking for a new role model, look no further.

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John Wayne, Babyface, Classic Movie Actor, Alfred E. GreenBarbara Stanwyck using her wiles on a young John Wayne in Baby Face. (1933,  Alfred E. Green  director)

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Barbara Stanwyck as the cunning con woman in The Lady Eve. (1941, Preston Sturges director)

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Barbara Stanwyck as one of film noir’s most fierce and villainous femme fatales in Double Indemnity. (1943, Billy Wilder director)

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Minoo Allen for Classic Movie Hub

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