Barbara Stanwyck

Barbara Stanwyck

Profiled in book "Funny Ladies" by Stephen Silverman. [1999]

She became estranged from her son in February 1951.

She did not have a funeral and has no grave. Her ashes are scattered in Lone Pine, California.

She lost a kidney in 1971.

She twice played a character named Jessica Drummond in two completely different movies: My Reputation (1946) and Forty Guns (1957).

She was a member of The Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, group that was fervently anti-Communist and counted among its members Ginger Rogers, Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, John Wayne and Irene Dunne.

She was a stauch Republican and conservative.

She was voted the 40th "Greatest Movie Star of All Time" by Entertainment Weekly.

She with Linda Evans in two series: "The Big Valley" (1965) and "Dynasty" (1981).

Sister of actor Bert Stevens.

Sister-in-law of actress Caryl Lincoln.

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.

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.

Turned down the role of Angela Channing on "Falcon Crest" (1981).

Was best friends for many years with Frank Sinatra's first wife, Nancy.

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.

Was listed #11 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years of The Greatest Screen Legends."

Was of Scots-Irish and English descent.

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]

Worked briefly as a fashion model in the late 1920s.