|Date of Birth||16 July 1907 , Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA|
|Date of Death||20 January 1990 , Santa Monica, California, USA (congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive lung disease, emphysema)|
|Birth Name||Ruby Catherine Stevens|
|Height||5' 5" (1.65 m)|
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In 1928 Barbara moved to Hollywood, where she was to start one of the most lucrative careers filmdom had ever seen. She was an extremely versatile actress who could adapt to any role. Barbara was equally at home in all genres, from melodramas, such as Forbidden (1932) and Stella Dallas (1937), to thrillers, such as Double Indemnity (1944), one of her best films, also starring Fred MacMurray (as you have never seen him before). She also excelled in comedies such as Remember the Night (1940) and The Lady Eve (1941). Another genre she excelled in was westerns, Union Pacific (1939) being one of her first and TV's The Big Valley (1965) (her most memorable role) being her last. In 1983, she played in the ABC hit mini-series The Thorn Birds (1983), which did much to keep her in the eye of the public. She turned in an outstanding performance as Mary Carson.
Barbara was considered a gem to work with for her serious but easygoing attitude on the set. She worked hard at being an actress, and she never allowed her star quality to go to her head. She was nominated for four Academy Awards, though she never won. She turned in magnificent performances for all the roles she was nominated for, but the "powers that be" always awarded the Oscar to someone else. However, in 1982 she was awarded an honorary Academy Award for "superlative creativity and unique contribution to the art of screen acting." Sadly, Barbara died on January 20, 1990, leaving 93 movies and a host of TV appearances as her legacy to us.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Denny Jackson
|Robert Taylor||(14 May 1939 - 25 February 1952) (divorced)|
|Frank Fay||(26 August 1928 - 30 December 1935) (divorced) (1 child)|
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