Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Barbara Stanwyck Biography (1907-1990)
Born Ruby Stevens, July 16, 1907, in Brooklyn, NY; died of heart failure, January 20, 1990, in Santa Monica, CA; daughter of Byron and Catherine (McGee) Stevens; married Frank Fay (a comedian), August 26, 1928 (divorced, 1935); married Robert Taylor (an actor), May 14, 1939 (divorced, 1951); children: DionAnthony (first marriage; adopted).
- actress, production company owner
- Birth Details
- July 16, 1907
- Brooklyn, New York, United States
- Death Details
- January 20, 1990
- Santa Monica, California, United States
- Dancer, Keep Kool (revue), Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1924.
- dancer, The Ziegfeld Follies (revue), New Amsterdam Theatre, New York City, 1925.
- dancer, Gay Paree (revue), Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1925.
- dancer, George White's Scandals (revue), Apollo Theatre, New York City, 1926.
- Dot, The Noose, Hudson Theatre, New York City, 1926.
- Bonny, Burlesque, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1927-29.
- ensemble, Tattle Tales (revue), Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1933.
- Ziegfeld Follies of 1923, U.S. cities, 1923.
- FILM DEBUT--Dancer, Broadway Nights, First National, 1927.
- Ann Carter, The Locked Door, United Artists, 1929.
- title role, Mexicali Rose (also known as Girl from Mexico), Columbia, 1929.
- Kay Arnold, Ladies of Leisure, Columbia, 1930.
- Anne Vincent, Illicit, Warner Brothers, 1931.
- Florence Faith Fallon, The Miracle Woman, Columbia, 1931.
- Lora Hart, Night Nurse, Warner Brothers, 1931.
- Barbara O'Neill, Ten Cents a Dance, Columbia, 1931.
- Lulu Smith, Forbidden, Columbia, 1932.
- Joan Gordon, The Purchase Price, Warner Brothers, 1932.
- Kitty Lane, Shopworn, Columbia, 1932.
- Selina Peake Dejong, So Big, Warner Brothers, 1932.
- Lily "Baby Face" Powers, Baby Face, Warner Brothers, 1933.
- Megan Davis, The Bitter Tea of General Yen, Columbia, 1933.
- Mary, Ever in My Heart, Warner Brothers, 1933.
- Nan Taylor, Ladies They Talk About (also known as Women in Prison), Warner Brothers, 1933.
- Lady Lee, Gambling Lady, Warner Brothers, 1934.
- Marian Ormsby, A Lost Lady (also known as Courageous), Warner Brothers, 1934.
- title role, Annie Oakley, RKO, 1935.
- Drue Van Allen, Red Salute (also known as Arms and the Girl, Runaway Daughter, and Her Enlisted Man), United Artists, 1935.
- Ruth Vincent, The Secret Bride (also known as Concealment), Warner Brothers, 1935.
- Shelby Barrett, The Woman in Red, Warner Brothers/First National, 1935.
- Pearl, Banjo on My Knee, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1936.
- Carolyn Martin, The Bride Walks Out, RKO, 1936.
- Rita Wilson, His Brother's Wife, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), 1936.
- Raphaelita Maderos, A Message to Garcia, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1936.
- Nora Clitheroe, The Plough and the Stars, RKO, 1936.
- Valentine Ransome, Breakfast for Two, RKO, 1937.
- Janet Haley, Interns Can't Take Money (also known as You Can't Take Money), Paramount, 1937.
- title role, Stella Dallas, United Artists, 1937.
- Lil Duryea, This Is My Affair (also known as His Affair), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1937.
- Margot Weston, Always Goodbye, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1938.
- Melsa Manton, The Mad Miss Manton, RKO, 1938.
- Lorna Moon, Golden Boy, Columbia, 1939.
- Mollie Monaham, Union Pacific, Paramount, 1939.
- Lee Leander, Remember the Night, Paramount, 1940.
- Sugarpuss O'Shea, Ball of Fire, RKO, 1941.
- Jean Harrington, The Lady Eve, Paramount, 1941.
- Ann Mitchell, Meet John Doe, Warner Brothers, 1941.
- Helen Hunt, You Belong to Me (also known as Good Morning, Doctor), Columbia, 1941.
- Fiona Gaylord, The Gay Sisters, Warner Brothers/First National, 1942.
- Hannah Sempler, The Great Man's Lady, Paramount, 1942.
- Joan Stanley, Flesh and Fantasy, Universal, 1943.
- Dixie Daisy, Lady of Burlesque (also known as Strip Tease Lady), United Artists, 1943.
- Phyllis Dietrichson, Double Indemnity, Paramount, 1944.
- as herself, Hollywood Canteen, Warner Brothers, 1944.
- Elisabeth Lane, Christmas in Connecticut (also known as Indiscretion), First National, 1945.
- Sally Warren, The Bride Wore Boots, Paramount, 1946.
- Lily Bishop, California, Paramount, 1946.
- Jessica Drummond, My Reputation, Warner Brothers, 1946.
- Martha Ivers, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, Paramount, 1946.
- Sandra Marshall, Cry Wolf, Warner Brothers, 1947.
- Karen Duncan, The Other Love (also known as Man Killer), United Artists,1947.
- Sally Morton, The Two Mrs. Carrolls, Warner Brothers, 1947.
- as herself, Variety Girl, Paramount, 1947.
- Polly Fulton, B.F.'s Daughter (also known as Polly Fulton), MGM, 1948.
- Leona Stevenson, Sorry, Wrong Number, Paramount, 1948.
- Jessie Bourne, East Side, West Side, MGM, 1949.
- Joan Boothe, The Lady Gambles, Universal, 1949.
- Thelma Jordan, The File on Thelma Jordan (also known as Thelma Jordan), Paramount, 1950.
- Vance Jeffords, The Furies, Paramount, 1950.
- Helen Ferguson, No Man of Her Own, Paramount, 1950.
- Regina Forbes, To Please a Lady (also known as Red Hot Wheels), MGM, 1950.
- Lorna Bounty, The Man with a Cloak, MGM, 1951.
- Mae Doyle, Clash By Night, RKO, 1952.
- Naomi Murdoch, All I Desire, Universal, 1953.
- Marina, Blowing Wild, Warner Brothers, 1953.
- Helen Stilwin, Jeopardy, MGM, 1953.
- Rela, The Moonlighter, Warner Brothers, 1953.
- Julia Sturges, Titanic, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1953.
- Sierra Nevada Jones, Cattle Queen of Montana, RKO, 1954.
- Julia O. Tredway, Executive Suite, MGM, 1954.
- Cheryl Draper, Witness to Murder, United Artists, 1954.
- Gwen Moore, Escape to Burma, RKO, 1955.
- Martha Wilkison, The Violent Men (also known as Rough Company), Columbia,1955.
- Kit Banion, The Maverick Queen, Republic, 1956.
- Norma Miller, There's Always Tomorrow, Universal, 1956.
- Ann Dempster, These Wilder Years, MGM, 1956.
- Kathy, Crime of Passion, United Artists, 1957.
- Jessica Drummond, Forty Guns (also known as Woman with a Whip), TwentiethCentury-Fox, 1957.
- Cora Stutliff, Trooper Hook, United Artists, 1957.
- Jo Courtney, Walk on the Wild Side, Columbia, 1962.
- Irene Trent, The Night Walker, Universal, 1964.
- Maggie Morgan, Roustabout, Paramount, 1964.
- Also appeared in Brief Moment, Columbia, 1933; The Lie, 1949.
Credits;TELEVISION APPEARANCES; SERIES
- Hostess, The Barbara Stanwyck Show, NBC, 1960-61.
- Victoria Barkley, The Big Valley, ABC, 1965-69.
- Constance Colby, The Colbys, ABC, 1985-86.
- MINI-SERIES Mary Carson, The Thorn Birds, ABC, 1983.
- Irene Frazier, Sudden Silence (broadcast as an episode of Ford Theatre),ABC, 1956.
- title role, Josephine Little: The Miraculous Journey of Tadpole Chan (broadcast as an episode of The Barbara Stanwyck Show; pilot for a proposed series to be called Josephine Little), NBC, 1960.
- Trixie Cochran, Along the Barbary Coast (broadcast as an episode of The Barbara Stanwyck Show), NBC, 1961.
- title role, Josephine Little: Adventures in Happiness (broadcast as an episode of The Barbara Stanwyck Show; second pilot for a proposed series to becalled Josephine Little), NBC, 1961.
- title role, Josephine Little: Dragon By the Tail (broadcast as an episodeof The Barbara Stanwyck Show; third pilot for a proposed series to be calledJosephine Little), NBC, 1961.
- Lieutenant Agatha Stewart, Elegy (broadcast as an episode of The Untouchables; pilot for a proposed series to be called The Seekers), ABC, 1962.
- Lieutenant Agatha Stewart, Search for a Dead Man (broadcast as an episodeof The Untouchables; second pilot for a proposed series to be called The Seekers), ABC, 1963.
- Geraldine Parkington, "The Parkington's: Dear Penelope" in The Letters, ABC, 1973.
- Antonia "Toni" Blake, Toni's Boys (broadcast as an episode of Charlie's Angels), ABC, 1980.
- Kate Crowley, "The Maud Frazer Story," Wagon Train, NBC, 1961.
- Kate Crowley, "The Caroline Casteel Story," Wagon Train, ABC, 1962.
- Kate Crowley, "The Molly Kincaid Story," Wagon Train, ABC, 1963.
- title role, "The Kate Crowley Story," Wagon Train, ABC, 1964.
- Also "My Uncles O'More" and "The Waiting Game," The Loretta Young Show, NBC, 1955; "The Freighter" and "Trail to Nowhere," Zane Grey Theatre (also known as Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre), CBS, 1958; "Three Dark Years," Goodyear Theatre, NBC, 1958; "Sudden Silence," Decision, NBC, 1958; The Jack BennyShow, CBS, 1959; "Hang the Heart High" and "Lone Woman," Zane Grey Theatre (also known as Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre), CBS, 1959; Joey Bishop Show, NBC, 1961; "The Captain's Wife," Rawhide, CBS, 1962; "Special Assignment," Dick Powell Theatre, NBC, 1962; Ford Television Theatre, ABC; Alcoa Theatre, NBC; The General Electric Theatre, CBS.
- Ruth Bennett, The House That Would Not Die, ABC, 1970.
- Miriam Jannings, A Taste of Evil, ABC, 1971.
- The American Film Institute Salute to Henry Fonda, CBS, 1978.
- The American Film Institute Salute to Barbara Stanwyck, ABC, 1987.
Credits;RADIO APPEARANCES; EPISODIC
- Lux Radio Theatre, NBC (fifteen episodes).
- Nobody's Children, Mutual.
- Screen Guild Theatre, CBS.
- The Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy Show, NBC.
OBITUARIES AND OTHER SOURCES:
- [New York] Daily News, January 22, 1990.
- Hollywood Reporter, January 22, 1990.
- New York Times, January 22, 1990.
- Variety, January 24, 1990.
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