Barbara Stanwyck was Created Ruby Catherine Stevens on July 16, 1907, in Brooklyn, New York. Charles Dickens might have written the story of Barbara Stanwyck’s childhood, which was, by her own admission, “completely awful.” Born into poverty, she lost her mother, Catherine McGee Stevens, at age four when a drunken stranger pushed the pregnant girl off a streetcar. Soon after that, her father, a bricklayer, Byron Stevens, abandoned his children to go off to sea. She had been raised in foster homes and by an elder sister but quit school and started working at age 13. By the age of 15, she became a Ziegfeld chorus girl. Her first husband was established actor Frank Fay: they were married on August 26, 1928. On December 5, 1932, they adopted a son. The union was a troubled one. Whereas Hollywood stardom was attained by Stanwyck Fay career on Broadway did not translate to the screen. Check out the below mentioned website, if you’re looking for more information about Barbara Stanwyck movies.
Also, Fay reportedly didn’t shy away from confrontations with his wife when he was inebriated. The couple divorced on December 30, 1935. Her marriage to Fay brought. The turning point came after a screen test was brought to the attention of director Frank Capra. His Ladies of Leisure (1930) revealed to the world a new star, an actress who, as Capra himself stated, “do not act a scene she lives it.” Actor Robert Taylor and Stanwyck began living together. Some books have stated that Taylor was less in love with Stanwyck with him than she. Their union on May 13, 1939, was arranged with the support of the studio, a common practice in Hollywood’s golden era. Taylor and she enjoyed their time outdoors during the first years of their marriage and were the proud owners of acres of prime West Los Angeles property. Their big ranch and home in the Mandeville Canyon section of Brentwood, Los Angeles, California is still to this day known by locals as the older “Robert Taylor ranch.” Preferring to function as a free agent, Barbara’s star rose even higher when she played with the ultimate in self-sacrificing motherhood, the title character in Stella Dallas (1937).
She subsequently starred in a screwball comedy Breakfast for Two, followed by the downcast 1938 drama the caper comedy The Mad Miss Manton and Golden Boy with William Holden, Always Goodbye. Whatever her true feelings for Taylor, Stanwyck was devastated when many of his letters and photos were lost in a house fire. She never remarried, collecting alimony of 15 percent of Taylor’s salary. According to a book, she tried to collect back alimony even after his departure from his wife, Ursula, even while Ursula was struggling with financial problems. She suffered from deterioration and vision loss along with the problems that led to her death. She died January 20, 1990, in Santa Monica, California with myocardial infarction from heart disease, chronic lung disease, emphysema, and pneumonia. She did not have a funeral and had no tomb. Her ashes are scattered in Lone Pine, California.