I have3n't finished reading this book yet, but so far it has proved to be a fascinating and comprehensive record of Ms Stanwyck's life. She was certainly an amazing person, who had conquered her difficult early life and made for herself an amazing career. A truly one-off.
In a hollywood that was dominated by men, Barbara Stanwyck stood head and shoulders above most actors of the period. A great, thoughtful, actress who was at home acting in dramas, comedy, crime, westerns and even musicals, her range was vast. There is not alot out there on this great star so this is well worth a read.
Robert Taylor and Barbara Stanwyck were living together before they were married just as if they were husband and wife.
This is the second book that I've read on Stanwyck and I still don't feel as though I know her. I can sympathise with her attachment to Taylor's memory after his death, but he never felt the same way about her and wasn't truly happy with her whilst they were married. They never had children together, but he did have children with his second wife, Ursula Thiess. It's as though she was more in love with the memory of Taylor than Taylor himself as she embarrassed him in front of his friends when they were married.
Interesting reading about Howard Da Silva and his agent telling him that the studios wouldn't hire him because he was blacklisted. The writer, Dalton Trumbo, was also on that list. Those who were guilty by association had conservative pressure applied to prevent them from getting decent jobs.