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April 23, 2014

Barbara Stanwyck

Barbara Stanwyck Big Valley 1965April is Women's Awareness Month. (Please wear color salmon - either normal #FFA07A or pink-salmon #FF91A4.)  Today we give great respect to the late Barbara Stanwyck, who never won an Oscar but achieved fame on Broadway and rose to highest acclaim in cinema and on television. From Wikipedia:
Barbara Stanwyck (born Ruby Catherine Stevens; July 16, 1907 – January 20, 1990) was an 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.

Not content playing the role of a passive Southern belle, Barbara's portrayal of matriarch Victoria Barkley during the mid-1960s television series The Big Valley was considered amazing. Though strong-willed and courageous, no one can deny her grace and elegance too. Despite being politically conservative, one should recall that Barbara lived in an era when social progress was something something something and stuff, making her very ahead of her time.

Barbara Stanwyck was married twice and died on January 20, 1990 at Saint John's Health Center.