With Marion Marx
With son Dion
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Barbara Stanwyck 1907-1990
(All images are taken at Stanwyck's Marwyck property between 1937 and 1939)
Beginning in 1936, in addition to owning and operating a Thoroughbred breeding business, Stanwyck continued to star in as many as four films a year, yet still found time to become romantically involved with actor Robert Taylor, whom she co-starred with in the 1936 His Brother's Wife.
In 1937, she starred in the movie "Stella Dallas" which earned her the first of four Academy Award nominations. She lost the award to Luise Rainer but continued to get leading roles in blockbuster films. In 1939, Stanwyck married Taylor. Shortly afterwards, the couple moved from Northridge to Beverly Hills. Also in 1939, Stanwyck starred in "Golden Boy" with William Holden. Barbara fought hard to cast Holden for the leading role and he remained extremely grateful to her for launching his career. Holden thanked her publicly at the 50th Academy Awards ceremony, which brought tears to her eyes. She was known for her kindness and generosity towards other performers. Her other three Academy nominations were in 1941 for "Ball of Fire," 1944 for "Double Indemnity" and in 1948 for "Sorry, Wrong Number." Presenter John Travolta, who said that she had been a favorite in his family for years, awarded an Honorary Oscar to Barbara in 1982. She is often called "the best actress who never won an Oscar." Stanwyck did win several Emmys for "The Big Valley" and "The Thorn Birds" among other shows. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 1751 Vine Street. The Hall of the Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum inducted her in 1973. Barbara never lost her love of horses and riding. Stanwyck is remembered as one of the most successful film actresses of Hollywood’s classic era, admired universally for her strong screen presence and versatility as a performer.
In 1981 she was beaten and robbed by a home intruder. Following that incident she didn't appear as much in public although she continued to be involved in charity work. A fire in 1985 destroyed her home. Losing Robert Taylor's love letters was devastating. Heavy smoking and her workaholic schedule finally ended her life. Stanwyck died of congestive heart failure and emphysema on January 20, 1990. There were no funeral services and there is no grave. Her ashes were scattered in Lone Pine, California. The illustrious career of Barbara Stanwyck spanned 59 years.