Barbara Stanwyck

Born Jul 16, 1907

Barbara Stanwyck was an Academy Award nominated American actress. She was a film and television star, known during her 60-year career as a consummate and versatile professional with a strong, realistic screen presence, and a favorite of directors including Cecil B. DeMille, Fritz Lang and Frank Capra. After a short but notable career as a stage actress in the late 1920s, she made 85 films in 38 years in Hollywood, before turning to television.… Read More

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1907 Birth Barbara Stanwyck was born Ruby Catherine Stevens on July 16, 1907, in Brooklyn, New York. … Read More
1916 8 Years Old During the summers of 1916 and 1917, Ruby toured with Mildred, and practiced her sister's routines backstage. … Read More


1922 14 Years Old A few months later, she obtained a job as a dancer in the 1922 and 1923 seasons of the Ziegfeld Follies, dancing at the New Amsterdam Theater. "I just wanted to survive and eat and have a nice coat," Stanwyck said. … Read More
1923 15 Years Old In 1923, a few months before her 16th birthday, Ruby auditioned for a place in the chorus at the Strand Roof, a night club over the Strand Theatre in Times Square.
1927 19 Years Old Around this time, Stanwyck was summoned by film producer Bob Kane to make a screen test for his upcoming 1927 silent film Broadway Nights. … Read More


While playing in Burlesque, Stanwyck had been introduced to her future husband, actor Frank Fay, by Oscar Levant. Stanwyck and Fay were married on August 26, 1928, and soon moved to Hollywood. … Read More
1935 27 Years Old The couple divorced on December 30, 1935. … Read More
1936 28 Years Old In 1936, while making the film His Brother's Wife (1936), Stanwyck became involved with her co-star, Robert Taylor. … Read More


1939 31 Years Old However, their 1939 marriage was arranged with the help of Taylor's studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, a common practice in Hollywood's golden age. … Read More
1944 36 Years Old …  Stanwyck became an early member of the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals (MPA) with its founding in 1944. … Read More


1950 42 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1950, Stanwyck and Taylor mutually decided to divorce, and after his insistence, she proceeded with the official filing of the papers. … Read More


1981 74 Years Old Stanwyck's retirement years were active, with charity work outside the limelight. She was awakened in the middle of the night inside her home in the exclusive Trousdale section of Beverly Hills in 1981 by an intruder, who hit her on the head with his flashlight, then forced her into a closet while he robbed her of $40,000 in jewels.
1982 75 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She received an Honorary Oscar at the 1982 Academy Award ceremony and the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1986. … Read More
1990 83 Years Old Stanwyck died on January 20, 1990 of congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at age 82 at Saint John's Health Center. … Read More
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