Barbara Stanwyck

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  • Birth Name: Ruby Stevens
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Died: January 20, 1990
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Orphaned at age 4; raised by an older sister.
  • Was a Ziegfeld girl by age 15.
  • Playwright Willard Mack changed her name to Barbara Stanwyck after seeing "Jane Stanwyck in 'Barbara Frietchie'" on a playbill.
  • Gained popularity during the Depression for her screen portrayals of underdog characters in such films as The Miracle Woman and Shopworn.
  • Tumultuous marriage to vaudevillian Frank Fay is generally believed to be the inspiration for 1937's A Star Is Born.
  • Was the highest-paid female in the U.S. in 1944, according to the IRS, making $400,000.
  • Was sent a bouquet of roses every April 1 by William Holden from 1940 until his death in '81 to show appreciation for her refusal to let Columbia Pictures fire him on Golden Boy, which began production on April 1, 1939.
  • Received a Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 1960.
  • Listed as the 11th all-time greatest female star by the American Film Institute.

Awards

  • 1966, Golden Globe — Actress in a Television Series: Nominee
  • 1981, Oscar — Honorary Award: Winner
  • 1983, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special: Winner
  • 1961, Emmy — Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Series (Lead): Winner
  • 1966, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series: Winner
  • 1941, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1967, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series: Nominee
  • 1966, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Life Achievement Award: Winner
  • 1984, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 1968, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series: Nominee
  • 1937, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1986, Golden Globe — Cecil B. DeMille Award: Winner
  • 1944, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1967, Golden Globe — Actress in a Television Series: Nominee
  • 1968, Golden Globe — Actress in a Television Series: Nominee
  • 1948, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee

Relationships

  • Byron Stevens — Father
  • Malcolm Stevens — Brother
  • Bert Stevens — Brother
  • Dion Anthony Fay — Son
  • Robert Taylor — Ex-husband
  • Frank Fay — Ex-husband
  • Mildred Stevens — Sister
  • Catherine McGee Stevens — Mother

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  • Birth Name: Ruby Stevens
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Died: January 20, 1990
  • Profession: Actor