Barbara Stanwyck – Photos and Quotes

Barbara Stanwyck

“I learned my lesson about billing a good many years ago. That was with a picture called Night Nurse in 1931. When the picture opened at the Strand Theater in New York, the sign said ‘Barbara Stanwyck and Ben Lyon in Night Nurse.’

“Second day: ‘Barbara Stanwyck and Ben Lyon in Night Nurse‘ with Clark Gable.’

“Third day: ‘Barbara Stanwyck, Ben Lyon, Clark Gable in Night Nurse.’

“Fourth day: ”Barbara Stanwyck, Clark Gable in Night Nurse.’

“Fifth Day: ‘Clark Gable in Night Nurse.'”Barbara Stanwyck

Source: Bob Thomas (1953)
Photo: Night Nurse (1931)

“I was never really young. I had to learn self-reliance early. So, I probably deserve little or no credit for the self-reliance with which I’m always ticketed. After all, self-preservation is pretty basic.” – Barbara Stanwyck (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“I was never really young. I had to learn self-reliance early. So, I probably deserve little or no credit for the self-reliance with which I’m always ticketed. After all, self-preservation is pretty basic.”Barbara Stanwyck

Source: Nancy Anderson (1971)

Photo: Alfred Chaney

Barbara Stanwyck The Noose

“Where can a kid learn timing nowadays? When I started, there were stock companies, vaudeville, and burlesque. It was rough and tumble but it was a great school.”Barbara Stanwyck

Photo: Stage play The Noose in 1927. The man in the picture is Rex Cherryman, who died from septic poisoning the following year. His body was cremated and his ashes were interred in a vault at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Glendale.

Barbara Stanwyck

“I enjoyed what I was doing. I had fun. If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have done it.”Barbara Stanwyck on her acting career.

Photo: 1929

Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Blondell in "Night Nurse" (1931). Bizarre Los Angeles
A scene from Night Nurse (1931). With Joan Blondell and a skeleton.

Ten Cents a Dance (1931). With  Sally Blane, Phyllis Crane, Martha Sleeper, and Blanche Friderici.

Barbara Stanwyck

“Well, if I’m not going to be happy here, if I’m not even going to have the satisfaction of making good pictures, I may as well quit. I can go back to the dramatic stage…If that fails me I can still turn cartwheels…And if both of those things fail me…well, I know I can scrub floors.”Barbara Stanwyck

Source: Adele Whitely Fletcher (1932)

Ladies They Talk About 1933
Ladies They Talk About (1933)

Barbara Stanwyck

“I have no regrets to blame on Hollywood. I’ve had to make no sacrifices. I am content.”Barbara Stanwyck

Source: Ben Maddox (1934)
Photo: The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)

Barbara Stanwyck 1933

“That was one of the first ones with the color question, the Oriental and the white woman. That was long before its particular theme was acceptable, such as today. But in those days Mr. Capra had quite a bit of trouble because the women’s clubs and things like that just didn’t cotton to the fact of this white woman falling in love with this Chinese warlord. They didn’t care for that. But I think he did it in great taste.”Barbara Stanwyck 

Photo: The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)

The Woman in Red Barbara Stanwyck 1935
The Woman in Red (1935)

Barbara Stanwyck loved doing westerns more than anything where she had to dress up frilly and chase after a man. At heart, she’s a cowgirl. Or a cowboy – she’s one of the toughest, most no-nonsense women in this town, and she stopped playing the old cat-and-mouse game years ago.” — Walter Huston

Photo: Annie Oakley (1935)

“Picture people have all the same problems other people have and they meet them in the same way. You know very well that girls who are glamourous on the screen act like that because they are paid to. They don’t go on feeling glamourous all the time offstage.”Barbara Stanwyck

Source: Lyle Rooks (1936)

Photo: John Miehle (1938)

Barbara Stanwyck

“Attention embarrasses me. I don’t like to be on display.”Barbara Stanwyck

From The Other Love (1947)

“Her face interests me. In fact, it’s the only face in Hollywood that does.” – artist Edgar Miller

Barbara Stanwyck in 1951. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“People look at me suspiciously when I stubbornly, year after year, give my correct age (which is now 43, incidentally). Personally, I think it’s the best age of my life.”Barbara Stanwyck

She was actually 44 years old going on 45 when her publicist signed her name to a guest column for Arlene Dahl in 1951.

Photo: Wallace Seawell (1951)

Barbara Stanwyck doll
Artist: Ron Kron. Year: 1986. A papier-mâché doll with a dress modeled after the one Stanwyck wore when she received her honorary Academy Award in 1981.

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