2 April 2011 9:18 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

A classy dame.  A dynamite broad.  A tough cookie.  The language is definitely un-pc…and yet, it seems not only proper but singularly apt when talking about Barbara Stanwyck.  It was the language of the day when her star soared off into the ascent, and it would remain so her over the course of a 60-year career on stage, film, and TV, it would be criminal to clean it up for politeness’ sake.  It was the kind of language she unabashedly used herself in her later years, describing herself frankly, bluntly, and with characteristic modesty – as was her wont – as “…a tough old broad from Brooklyn.”

And, kiddo (as she’d probably say), she was. She had to be.

She was four-year-old Ruby Stevens when a drunk pushed her mother off a streetcar killing her, and her father, unable to cope, ran off.  She bounced from one foster home to another, »

- Bill Mesce

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