A Life of Barbara Stanwyck

A Life of Barbara Stanwyck

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A first volume of a full-scale portrait of the acclaimed screen actress includes coverage of her years as a dancer in New York, her fraught marriage to Broadway figure Frank Fay, her partnership with Zeppo Marx and her marriage to Robert Taylor.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013-
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9780684831688
Branch Call Number: 921 Stanw
Description: volumes : illustrations ; 25 cm


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dstanwyck Nov 13, 2014

I love Barbara Stanwyck, but... This book was too unwieldy and too much information, elaborated unnecessarily with details that would have been better left undetailed. Granted, I know a lot about Stanwyck , probably too much, but none of this shed any new or substantive information on her. And it is only the first half of her career!

ChristchurchLib Feb 19, 2014

"Born in New York City in 1907 and named Ruby Stevens, Hollywood star Barbara Stanwyck started in the chorus line (including a stint as a Ziegfeld Girl in the Follies) before developing into an award-winning actress. In this biography, author Victoria Wilson enthrallingly details the actress' life, providing not only personal details but a panoramic view of the American motion picture industry. Exhaustively researched and vividly portrayed, A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True 1907-1940 absorbs readers into Stanwyck's world, leaving them hungry for the still unpublished volume 2." Biography and Memoir February 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/0e887225-0b8a-4fa1-a3f4-f7a1eba4ffe0?postId=0eb00fdc-2a64-4083-8ac8-384add517db0

Nov 25, 2013

I've heard a lot of people say to me I never liked Barbara Stanwyck. And when watching classic movies in my youth I didn't much care for her either. But as I matured and started really studying classic movies I appreciated her more and more. Even in her earliest work you could see there was fire in her belly. She can light up a room or blow it up on a whim. And she also had sex appeal. This is a terrific look at her life and the arrow that she grew up in. It's also a great look at the early development of Broadway and the cinema. I gained more and more appreciation for Stanwyck as I devoured this book. Don't let the length turn you off to reading it. Wilson does a great job in making a page turner.


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