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Barbara Stanwyck: The Miracle Woman (Hardcover) Book

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Add this Barbara Stanwyck biography to your bookshelf and become engrossed in the life and career of one of the most talented Old Hollywood actresses. Born in 1907, Stanwyck led a Cinderella story of a life. Despite an unstable childhood in foster homes, Stanwyck climbed her way to the ranks of Broadway chorus girl and then continued on to the silver screen. This hardcover book explores many of Stanwyck's collaborations, including her work with famous directors such as Cecil B. DeMille and Frank Capra. During the span of her career, Stanwyck earned many prestigious awards and nominations, including a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Academy Awards. This fascinating account of her life goes behind the scenes to cover many of the roles that characterized Stanwyck's versatile filmography.

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Barbara Stanwyck (1907-1990) rose from the ranks of chorus girl to become one of Hollywood's most talented leading women-and America's highest paid woman in the mid-1940s. Shuttled among foster homes as a child, she took a number of low-wage jobs while she determinedly made the connections that landed her in successful Broadway productions. Stanwyck then acted in a stream of high-quality films from the 1930s through the 1950s. Directors such as Cecil B. DeMille, Fritz Lang, and Frank Capra treasured her particular magic. A four-time Academy Award nominee, winner of three Emmys and a Golden Globe, she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Academy.

Dan Callahan considers both Stanwyck's life and her art, exploring her seminal collaborations with Capra in such great films as Ladies of Leisure, The Miracle Woman, and The Bitter Tea of General Yen; her Pre-Code movies Night Nurse and Baby Face; and her classic roles in Stella Dallas, Remember the Night, The Lady Eve, and Double Indemnity. After making more than eighty films in Hollywood, she revived her career by turning to television, where her role in the 1960s series The Big Valley renewed her immense popularity.

Callahan examines Stanwyck's career in relation to the directors she worked with and the genres she worked in, leading up to her late-career triumphs in two films directed by Douglas Sirk, All I Desire and There's Always Tomorrow, and two outrageous westerns, The Furies and Forty Guns. The book positions Stanwyck where she belongs-at the very top of her profession-and offers a close, sympathetic reading of her performances in all their range and complexity.

  • Author: Dan Callahan
  • Publisher: University Press Of Mississippi
  • ISBN: 9781617031830
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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Version: Biography & Autobiography
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Fleeting Glimpses into Personal Life

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  • Dissects All Her Films


  • Disappointing
  • Disjointed
  • Not What I Expected

Best Uses

  • Aspiring Directors Maybe
  • For Actor Wannabes Only

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A big fan of Barbara Stanwyck, I expected a book to shed light on her personal life as well as more info on her roles and how she approached them. This book satisfies neither. It's mainly a
study of all of her films, with dissected scenes in which the author awkwardly tries to tie them to her earlier hard scrabble life in-so-much as how certain performances might have been delivered. And there-in lies the problem. "Might have been." It's fairly obvious that Mr. Callahan had never met his subject and there's a lot of postulating and little substance. Stanwyck fans will disappointed.

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