|Barbara Stanwyck Info|
|Height||5 ft 5 in|
|Date of Birth||July 16, 1907|
|Died||January 20, 1990|
Barbara Stanwyck was an American actress, model, and dancer who was well-recognized and remembered by many as someone who was a flawless, versatile, and multitalented star who demonstrated lifelike screen presence.
Ruby Catherine Stevens
She was born on July 16, 1907.
She died on January 20, 1990, at the age of 82, at Saint John’s Health Center situated in Santa Monica, California, United States. Her death was caused by congestive heart failure and chronic pulmonary disease (COPD). Stanwyck wanted no funeral service and requested for her remains to be cremated and ashes scattered from a helicopter over Lone Pine, California, a place where she had made some of her western films.
Brooklyn, New York City, United States
Actress, Model, Dancer
- Father – Byron E. Stevens (Working-Class Parent)
- Mother – Catherine Ann (née McPhee) (Working-Class Parent)
- Siblings – Malcolm Byron (Older Brother), Laura Mildred (Older Sister)
- Others – Joseph R. Stevens (Paternal Grandfather), Abby M. Spencer (Paternal Grandmother)
5 ft 5 in or 165 cm
58 kg or 128 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Barbara Stanwyck had dated –
- James Stewart
- Rex Cherryman (1928) – Stanwyck was romantically linked to her married co-star, Rex Cherryman in 1928. It wasn’t sure how the two ended the relationship but Cherryman became ill during the early 1928 and his doctor advised him to take a sea voyage to Paris where they had arranged to meet. At that time, he died of septic poisoning at the age of 31.
- Frank Fay (1928-1935) – She married her Burlesque co-star Frank Fay on August 26, 1928. With him, she had one adopted son named Dion. Stanwyck had an abortion at the age of 15 which resulted in complications, making her unable to have children. The couple got divorced on December 30, 1935. After the divorce, she won the custody of her son whom she had raised with a strict authoritarian hand and demanding expectations. Her son died in 2006.
- Kirk Douglas (1935)
- Robert Taylor (1936-1950) – She became romantically involved with her co-star, Robert Taylor in 1936. They started living together and their marriage was arranged in 1939 with the help of Taylor’s studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Taylor and Stanwyck mutually decided to end their marriage in 1950. In 1969, following Taylor’s death, Stanwyck was greatly affected and took a long hiatus from film and television work.
- Robert Wagner (1953)
- Farley Granger – Stanwyck reportedly had a one-night stand with Farley Granger in the 1950s.
Race / Ethnicity
She was of English and Scottish descent.
She was first baptized in June 1916 as a Protestant and her baptism was done by the Reverend J. Frederic Berg of the Protestant Dutch Reformed Church.
However, she later converted to Roman Catholic when she married her first husband, Frank Fay.
Barbara Stanwyck Favorite Things
- Author – Ayn Rand
Source – Wikipedia
Barbara Stanwyck Facts
- She appeared in 85 films in 38 years before she turned to the small screens.
- She was a favorite of many directors including Fritz Lang, Frank, and Cecil B. DeMille.
- Stanwyck debuted on stage in the chorus as Ziegfeld girl in 1923 at the age of 16.
- She landed her first lead role in Burlesque in 1927 and later became a Broadway star.
- She was one of the best-liked actresses in Hollywood and was friends with many stars including Henry Fonda, Joel McCrea, Frances Dee, Robert Preston, and many others.
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