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A Life of Barbara Stanwyck

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Victoria Wilson discusses her biography A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel True 1907-1940. Stanwyck's astonishing career in movies (88 in all) spanned four decades beginning with the coming of sound, and lasted in television from its infancy in the 1950s through the 1980s. The book that delves deeply into her rich, complex life and explores her extraordinary range of motion pictures, many of them iconic.

Film Forum's 4-week Stanwyck festival (December 6-31) celebrates the actress by screening 40 Stanwyck features, including "Stella Dallas," "Double Indemnity," "The Lady Eve," "Baby Face," "Meet John Doe"; "Sorry, Wrong Number," "Ball of Fire," and the original "Titanic."

Guests:

Victoria Wilson
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Comments [3]

tom LI

About the only relevance for Stanwyck today - is for every actress everywhere to watch her work and LEARN as much as possible, as we live in the era of an overabundance of vapid, talentless Actors, male or female!

Dec. 11 2013 04:02 PM
Tony from Canarsie

I very much enjoyed Ms. Wilson's talk before "Baby Face" the other night at the Film Forum. Looking forward to reading her book.

Drum Boogie indeed!

Dec. 11 2013 01:02 PM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

"Barbara Stanwyck was born Ruby Catherine Stevens in Brooklyn, New York on July 16, 1907.[2] She was the fifth and youngest child of Catherine Ann (née McPhee) and Byron E. Stevens. The couple were working class, her father a native of Massachusetts and her mother an immigrant from Nova Scotia, Canada.[3][4] Ruby was of English and Scottish ancestry, by her father and mother, respectively.[2] When she was four, her mother was killed when a drunken stranger pushed her off a moving streetcar.[5] Two weeks after the funeral, Byron Stevens joined a work crew digging the Panama canal and was never seen again.[6] Ruby and her brother, Byron, were raised by their older sister Mildred, who was only five years older than Ruby.[6] When Mildred got a job as a John Cort showgirl, Ruby and Byron were placed in a series of foster homes (as many as four different homes in a year), from which Ruby often ran away." from Wikipedia

How can your guest say she was DAR when she was orphaned at the age of 4 and grew up in foster homes? Her real parents were gone and her many foster families had different backgrounds.

Dec. 11 2013 12:53 PM

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