Star Spotlight: Barbara Stanwyck

A note from Lindsey: Today I’m kicking off a new series, Star Spotlight. These posts used to appear under a “Classic Stars Guide” tab but I had some trouble with the formatting last time I redesigned my blog, so I’ve decided to just give ’em their own category instead! Star Spotlight will feature brief overviews of the careers of some of our favorite classic Hollywood stars, and there’s no better way to start the series than by looking at my favorite actress, Barbara Stanwyck! I hope you all will enjoy this new series, and feel free to leave suggestions of people I should feature.

Barbara Stanwyck

missyBorn Ruby Catherine Stevens
Date of birth: July 16, 1907
Date of death: January 20, 1990


First role: Broadway Nights (1927)
First credited role: The Locked Door (1929)
Final film role: The Letters (TV movie, 1973)
Final television role: The Colbys

TMP’s favorite Stanwyck performance: The Miracle Woman (1931)

Best known for…

…being able to pull off any type of role, from the romantic lead to the tough Western gal

…having a fantastic film career before finding equal success in TV later in life

…launching William Holden’s career by fighting for him to appear in Golden Boy

being so well-respected by her peers that they nicknamed her “The Queen”

…realistic performances

Notable awards:

  • Nominated for four Oscars before receiving an honorary award in 1981
  • In addition to the honorary Oscar, received honorary awards from the Screen Actors Guild, Los Angeles Film Critcs Association and the American Film Institute
  • Won three Emmy awards for The Barbara Stanwyck Show, The Big Valley and The Thorn Birds
  • Received a star on the Walk of Fame in 1960

More Barbara Stanwyck on TMP:
All reviews of Barbara Stanwyck films can be found in the “Barbara Stanwyck Filmography Project” section, linked in the right-hand sidebar!

6 thoughts on “Star Spotlight: Barbara Stanwyck

  1. Tcm note: tommorrow Wednesday they are showing a bunch of lesser talk about stanwyck. Jeopardy, crime of passion, these wilder years, witness to murder, trooper hook and the bitter tea of general yen.

    I’ve only seen half of those


    1. I’ve seen (and reviewed) all of those, but thank you for sharing, for anyone who may see the comments and want to watch! I might tune in for a re-watch of Jeopardy. This morning I taped ‘The Secret Bride’ with Stanwyck from TCM, which will be new to me.


  2. One of the things I really like about Barbara (which I’d read in an article about her many years ago) was how nice she was on the set, and how kind and generous she was to the people on the crew who worked with her. That article actually prompted me to start watching her movies, and I’m glad I did!

    And if you’re accepting suggestions for future ‘Spotlight’ subjects, my pick would be Ann Sheridan.


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