Barbara Stanwyck was born Ruby Catherine Stevens on July 16, 1907, in Brooklyn, New York. Charles Dickens might have written the story of Barbara Stanwyck’s childhood, which was, by her own admission, “completely awful.” She lost her mother at age four when a drunken stranger pushed the pregnant woman. Soon after that, her father, a bricklayer, Byron Stevens, abandoned his children to return to sea. She started working at age 13 and was raised in foster homes and by an elder sister but quit school. By the age of 15, she became a Ziegfeld chorus girl. Her husband was established actor Frank Fay: they were married on August 26, 1928. On December 5, 1932, a son, Dion Anthony, who was one month old was adopted by them. The marriage was a troubled one. Check out the following site, if you are seeking for additional information about barbara stanwyck bio.
Whereas Hollywood stardom was attained by Stanwyck, Fay career on Broadway didn’t translate to the screen. Also, Fay didn’t shy away from physical confrontations with his wife, particularly when he was inebriated. The couple divorced on December 30, 1935. Her marriage to Fay brought. The turning point came after a screen test was brought to the attention of director Frank Capra. His Ladies of Leisure (1930) revealed to the world a new star, an actress who, as Capra himself said, “do not act a scene she lives it.” Actor Robert Taylor and Stanwyck began living together. Some books have stated that Taylor was less in love with Stanwyck than she.
Their union on May 13, 1939, was arranged with the help of the studio, a frequent practice in the golden era of Hollywood. Taylor and she enjoyed their time together outdoors during the early years of their marriage and were the proud owners of acres of prime West Los Angeles property. Their large ranch and home in the Mandeville Canyon section of Brentwood, Los Angeles, California is still to this day referred to by locals as the old “Robert Taylor ranch.” Preferring to function as a free agent, Barbara’s star rose even higher when she played the greatest in self-sacrificing motherhood, the title character in Stella Dallas (1937). She then starred for Two in a screwball comedy Breakfast, followed by the downcast 1938 play Always Goodbye, the caper comedy Golden Boy and The Mad Miss Manton with William Holden.
Whatever her feelings for Taylor, Stanwyck was reportedly devastated when many of his old letters and photographs were lost in a house fire. She never remarried, collecting alimony of 15 percent of Taylor’s salary. According to one book, she tried to collect back alimony even from his second wife, Ursula after his deathwhile Ursula was struggling with problems. She suffered from vision loss and spinal distress along with the problems that contributed to her death. She died January 20, 1990, in Santa Monica, California with myocardial infarction from heart disease, chronic obstructive lung disease, emphysema, and pneumonia. She didn’t have a funeral and had no grave. Her ashes are scattered in Lone Pine, California.