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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