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Barbara Stanwyck: The Miracle Woman (Hollywood Legends)

by Dan Callahan

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This is not a true biography of Stanwyck but focuses on her film with some biographical information included. The films are not presented in sequence but categorized in groups such as the Capra films, screwball comedies, westerns, etc. I found the book disappointing in the fact that in order to make Stanwyck look good, the author had to belittle most everyone she worked with. Betty Bronson is called “hopeless”, Stanwyck is always “more focused” than Bette Davis, Lionel Barrymore is a “dreaded ham thespian, Robert Taylor has a “creepy and even Dracula-esque quality about his face”, Adolphe Menjou is “hopeless”, Gable has “squinty blue eyes”, Lizabeth Scott is “100 percent artificial”, and so on. Stanwyck was a strong enough and good enough actress to stand on her own, without having to cut all these other actors down. The author even discusses how actresses like Meryl Streep, Jessica Lange, and others match up to Stanwyck. ( )
  knahs | Jun 10, 2012 |
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Barbara Stanwyck (1907-1990) rose from the ranks of chorus girl to become one of Hollywood's most talented leading women-and America's highest paid woman in the mid-1940s. Shuttled among foster homes as a child, she took a number of low-wage jobs while she determinedly made the connections that landed her in successful Broadway productions. Stanwyck then acted in a stream of high-quality films from the 1930s through the 1950s. Directors such as Cecil B. DeMille, Fritz Lang, and Frank Capra treasured her particular magic. A four-time Academy Award nominee, winner of three Emmys and a Golden Globe, she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Academy.… (more)

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