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From 1927 to 1986, Barbara Stanwyck (1907-1990), née Ruby Stevens, entertained us on screens both large and small, in films (and later TV shows) of almost all genres (she’s listed as #11 on the AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Stars list). Hers was foremost an intelligent presence. Yes, she was beautiful and sexy, but it was the brilliance of her mind, always thinking, that truly captivated me from the moment I first saw her in Billy Wilder’s film noir classic Double Indemnity. Born in New York City and orphaned young, she had a hard life, at first, which probably accounts for her tremendous and dynamic strength. She went to act in some of the classics of 20th-Century cinema, including – in addition to the aforementioned Wilder film – Baby Face, Stella Dallas, The Lady Eve, Ball of Fire, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, and The Furies. She later continued in television as the matriarch on the 1960s hit show “The Big Valley,” and turned in an electric performance opposite Richard Chamberlain in the 1980s mini-series “The Thorn Birds.”
And now there’s a new biography out about her: A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True 1907-1940 (volume 1 in a two-part series), by Victoria Wilson. On Friday, April 4, Linda DeLibero – Director, Film and Media Studies, Johns Hopkins University – and Christopher Llewellyn Reed – Chair of Film/Video at Stevenson University – will appear on Midday with Dan Rodricks on WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore’s NPR News Station, during the second hour, 1-2pm, to discuss Barbara Stanwyck’s life and career with Victoria Wilson, herself, who will join us to discuss her book and Barbara Stanwyck’s enduring legacy.
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