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Barbara Stanwyck: A Biography Hardcover – 1 Mar 1984


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Nominated for the Oscar four times and the recipient of an honorary award in 1982 for her lifetime career achievement, Barbara Stanwyck is one of the last great thirties stars. She has always had the reputation of a tough-as-nails dame, a total pro, but her millions of fans don't know that that self-reliant exterior hides a life of heartbreak and hardship. Born Ruby Stevens in Brooklyn, Barbara Stanwyck was orphaned in early childhood, raised by an older sister, and quit school at age thirteen to work in a department store. But she trained herself as a dancer and won a spot with the Ziegfeld Follies. In 1928, Barbara moved to Hollywood, where she began an exceptionally productive career, starring in films such as Stella Dallas; The Lady Eve; Ball of Fire; Double Indemnity; Sorry, Wrong Number; and Executive Suite. After her film career, she was seen on television by millions in the popular 'The Big Valley.' The great love of her life was the extraordinarily handsome Robert Taylor, whom she married in 1939. Their marriage ended in a shattering divorce. There were other romances, an estrangement from her son, and a reclusive retirement that almost rivals Garbo's for secrecy


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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d1c9a20) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
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HASH(0x9aeb4840) out of 5 stars GOOD BUT NOT GREAT BIOGRAPHY 6 July 2005
By a viewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Clearly the author, Al Diorio is a Stanwyck fan. Citing no primary sources in his material, Diorio really doesn't tell us much about Stanwyck that we didn't already know. Stanwyck will always remain an enigma in the annals of Hollywood history because that was the type of person she was. Diorio paints a very flattering picture of Stanwyck and only adequately assesses her film work. The definitive Stanwyck biography is yet to be written. The closest thing to perfection in Stanwyck books is Ella Smith's fine career analysis "Starring Miss Barbara Stanwyck". Diorio's intentions are good and there is some merit in this biography. It's just a lukewarm attempt, something Stanwyck never was.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dc30d44) out of 5 stars Barbara Stanwyck 19 Jan. 2009
By Wayne R. Klatt - Published on Amazon.com
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Barbara Stanwyck deserves better than this. The author tells the reader no more than a newspaper article would. Ruby Stevens' traumatic childhood and her chorus-girl period are the best parts of the book, but the rest is dealt with so routinely that the author gives no hint of having even seen her movies. Stanwyck is underrated, considering her versatility and, in the early years, her subtlety. Now that more of her 1930s films are being seen, it is time for someone to set this book aside and write a fresh one.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ae296cc) out of 5 stars The Biorgraphy of Barbara Stanwyck by Al DiOrio 18 Sept. 2009
By francis edward pratt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed the book titled The Biography of Barbara Stanwyck by Al DiOrio. However, I agree that it was a cut a paste account of the life of Barbara Stanwyck. The book did not give too much more information about Barbara's personal life and career than I already knew from both the internet and from the book Starring Miss Barbara Stanwyck by Ella Smith. Since I am such a big fan of Barbara Stanwyck and am eager to find out more about her, I am eagerly waiting for the Barbara Stanwyck biography by Virginia Wilson which is supposed to be the definitive book about Barbara's life and career. Hopefully, Virginia Wilson's account of Barbara Stanwyck's will be released soon and all of her fans will finally know the real Barbara Stanwyck.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dcd4378) out of 5 stars Straight down the line with a ball of fire in the big valley 23 April 2012
By Azuwere - Published on Amazon.com
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The book, Staring Miss Barbara Stanwyck, is a winner just like the Lady herself. A great read, great about the golden years in film and her years on the small screen. If you have a chance, this is a must read, just as Miss Stanwyck is a must watch when they have her work on TV.
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HASH(0x9b9401c8) out of 5 stars was so very disappointed. When I read about celebrities lives it annoys ... 18 Oct. 2014
By marty - Published on Amazon.com
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was so very disappointed. When I read about celebrities lives it annoys me when half of the book talks about their films, I want to know about their love affairs and their lives not especially from infancy but as they progressed into their adult lives. This book didn't do it for me. I love Barbara Stanwyk as an actress but didn't get much out of her life other than she was so in love with Robert Taylor and he was the love of her life.
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