Stanwyck

Stanwyck

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by Axel Madsen
     
 

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The authoritative biography of Barbara Stanwyck.

Barbara Stanwyck thrilled millions in scene after scene, picture after picture, over a six-decade career that took her from an impoverished childhood in the streets of Brooklyn to the pinnacle of Golden Age Hollywood. At once tough and vulnerable, straight-talking but emotionally elusive, she electrified every

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The authoritative biography of Barbara Stanwyck.

Barbara Stanwyck thrilled millions in scene after scene, picture after picture, over a six-decade career that took her from an impoverished childhood in the streets of Brooklyn to the pinnacle of Golden Age Hollywood. At once tough and vulnerable, straight-talking but emotionally elusive, she electrified every production in which she appeared, from Hollywood B-Flicks to such classics as Stella Dallas, Double Indemnity, and television's The Thorn Birds. She was an early role model for women dissatisfied with the standard Hollywood heroine, and a tantalizing challenge to men who wanted more. Her honesty and authenticity resonate even more powerfully today-but her complete story has never been told.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Madsen ( Chanel ) picks a tough subject in movie legend Barbara Stanwyck, who was born in Brooklyn in 1907 and orphaned at age three. She scrambled up through the Broadway chorus line and, by the time she reached Hollywood, was such a hard worker that Madsen has to struggle to avoid recounting endless lists of movies, memorable and otherwise. On the orders of MGM, Stanwyck married leading man Robert Taylor. We hear a lot about their troubled relationship, which Madsen portrays as a ``lavender'' marriage to conceal Taylor's homosexuality. Yet the meat here lies in the detailed descriptions of Stanwyck's movies, which include such classics as Stella Dall a s, The Lady Eve, Ball of Fire and Billy Wilder's spectacular Double Indemnity . The overall impression we're left with is of a talented woman who cared mainly for her career. Stardom and riches failed to buy her serenity in a youth-obsessed Hollywood, where Stanwyck died alone at the age of 84. Madsen's bio breathes intimacy on every page and avoids a gossipy tone. Photos not seen by PW. (July)
Library Journal
Barbara Stanwyck was one of this century's finest film actresses. She received three Academy AwardR nominations and won an honorary Oscar, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute, and three Emmys. Author of the excellent William Wyler: The Authorized Biography (Crowell, 1973), Madsen would appear to be an appropriate biographer for such a star. Unfortunately, his results this time are less impressive. He has no penetrating insights to impart, and some questionable statements and infelicities of style detract. Madsen's Stanwyck is about on a par with the identically titled book by Jane Ellen Wayne (LJ 12/85)-which is to say, average. The definitive book on Stanwyck's films is Ella Smith's Starring Miss Barbara Stanwyck (LJ 1/15/74; Crown, 1985. rev. ed.); the definitive book on Stanwyck's life has yet to be written.-John Smothers, Monmouth Cty. Lib., Manalapan, N.J.
Booknews
A sympathetic biography of Barbara Stanwyck (1907-1990). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595193981
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Pages:
484
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.08(d)

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Stanwyck 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading this book I was disappointed. Most of the book is all about the movies she was in and not much about her personal life. If you take out the material about her movies and cast and the indexes, there isn't much reading left. I would think there would be more information about her daily life.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great. Actress Neglected by. The. Oscars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book told me more about Barbara Stanwyck than I really needed to know. Very thorough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yawned