Barbara Stanwyck (1907–1990)

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Today Barbara Stanwyck is remembered primarily as the matriarch of the family known as the Barkleys on the TV western The Big Valley (1965), wherein she played Victoria, and from the hit drama The Colbys (1985). But she was known to millions of other fans for her movie career, which spanned the period from 1927 until 1964, after which she appeared... See full bio »

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The Big Valley
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 20 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »


Known For

Double Indemnity Phyllis Dietrichson
Union Pacific Mollie Monahan
Ball of Fire Sugarpuss O'Shea
The Big Valley Victoria Barkley / Nellie Handley


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 1985-1986 The Colbys (TV Series)
Constance Colby
- Checkmate (1986) ... Constance Colby
- Anniversary Waltz (1986) ... Constance Colby
- The Reckoning (1986) ... Constance Colby
- A Family Affair (1986) ... Constance Colby
- Double Jeopardy (1986) ... Constance Colby
 1985 Dynasty (TV Series)
Constance Colby
- The Titans: Part 2 (1985) ... Constance Colby
- The Titans: Part 1 (1985) ... Constance Colby
- The Man (1985) ... Constance Colby
- The Californians (1985) ... Constance Colby
 1983 The Thorn Birds (TV Mini Series)
Mary Carson
- Part 4 (1983) ... Mary Carson (credit only)
- Part 3 (1983) ... Mary Carson (credit only)
- Part 2 (1983) ... Mary Carson (credit only)
- Part 1 (1983) ... Mary Carson
 1980 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)
Toni Blake
- Toni's Boys (1980) ... Toni Blake
 1973 The Letters (TV Movie)
Geraldine Parkington
 1971 A Taste of Evil (TV Movie)
Miriam Jennings
 1970 The House That Would Not Die (TV Movie)
Ruth Bennett
 1965-1969 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Victoria Barkley / Nellie Handley
- Point and Counterpoint (1969) ... Victoria Barkley
- Flight from San Miguel (1969) ... Victoria Barkley
- Danger Road (1969) ... Victoria Barkley
- Town of No Exit (1969) ... Victoria Barkley (credit only)
- The Other Face of Justice (1969) ... Victoria Barkley
 1964 Calhoun: County Agent (TV Movie)
Abby Rayner
 1964 The Night Walker
Irene Trent
 1964 Roustabout
Maggie Morgan
 1961-1964 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Kate Crawley / Caroline Casteel / Maud Frazer
- The Kate Crawley Story (1964) ... Kate Crawley
- The Molly Kincaid Story (1963) ... Kate Crawley
- The Caroline Casteel Story (1962) ... Caroline Casteel
- The Maud Frazer Story (1961) ... Maud Frazer
 1962-1963 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Lt. Agatha Stewart
- Search for a Dead Man (1963) ... Lt. Agatha Stewart
- Elegy (1962) ... Lt. Agatha Stewart
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Irene Phillips
- Special Assignment (1962) ... Irene Phillips
 1962 Walk on the Wild Side
Jo / Jo Courtney
 1962 Rawhide (TV Series)
Nora Holloway
- The Captain's Wife (1962) ... Nora Holloway (as Miss Barbara Stanwyck)
 1961 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Lili Parrish
- Star Witness: The Lili Parrish Story (1961) ... Lili Parrish
 1961 The Joey Bishop Show (TV Series)
Dora Dunphy
- A Windfall for Mom (1961) ... Dora Dunphy (as Miss Barbara Stanwyck)
 1961 The Barbara Stanwyck Show (TV Series)
Chris Mathews
- A Man's Game (1961) ... Chris Mathews
 1958-1959 Zane Grey Theatre (TV Series)
Leona Butler / Regan Moore / Julie Holman / ...
- The Lone Woman (1959) ... Leona Butler
- Hang the Heart High (1959) ... Regan Moore
- Trail to Nowhere (1958) ... Julie Holman
- The Freighter (1958) ... Belle Garrison
 1959 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
Barbara Stanwyck
- The McCoys Visit Hollywood (1959) ... Barbara Stanwyck (uncredited)
 1958 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)
Midge Varney
- Three Years Dark (1958) ... Midge Varney
 1958 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
Midge Varney
- Three Dark Years (1958) ... Midge Varney
 1957 Forty Guns
Jessica Drummond
 1957 Trooper Hook
Cora Sutliff
 1956 Crime of Passion
Kathy Doyle
 1956 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Irene Frazier
- Sudden Silence (1956) ... Irene Frazier
 1956 These Wilder Years
Ann Dempster
 1956 The Maverick Queen
Kit Banion
 1955 There's Always Tomorrow
Norma Miller Vale
 1955 Escape to Burma
Gwen Moore
 1955 The Violent Men
Martha Wilkison
 1954 Cattle Queen of Montana
Sierra Nevada Jones
 1954 Witness to Murder
Cheryl Draper
 1954 Executive Suite
Julia O. Tredway
 1953 The Moonlighter
 1953 Blowing Wild
Marina Conway
 1953 All I Desire
Naomi Murdoch
 1953 Titanic
Julia Sturges
 1953 Jeopardy
Helen Stilwin
 1952 Clash by Night
Mae Doyle D'Amato
 1951 The Man with a Cloak
Lorna Bounty
 1950 To Please a Lady
Regina Forbes
 1950 The Furies
Vance Jeffords
 1950 No Man of Her Own
Helen Ferguson / Patrice Harkness
 1949 East Side, West Side
Jessie Bourne
 1949 The File on Thelma Jordon
Thelma Jordon
 1949 The Lady Gambles
Joan Boothe
 1948 Sorry, Wrong Number
Leona Stevenson
 1948 B.F.'s Daughter
'Polly' Fulton
 1947 Variety Girl
Barbara Stanwyck
 1947 Cry Wolf
Sandra Marshall
 1947 The Other Love
Karen Duncan
 1947 The Two Mrs. Carrolls
Sally Morton Carroll
 1947 California
Lily Bishop
 1946 The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
Martha Ivers
 1946 The Bride Wore Boots
Sally Warren
 1946 My Reputation
Jessica Drummond
 1945 Hollywood Victory Caravan (Short)
Barbara Stanwyck
 1945 Christmas in Connecticut
Elizabeth Lane
 1944 Hollywood Canteen
Barbara Stanwyck
 1944 Double Indemnity
Phyllis Dietrichson
 1943 Flesh and Fantasy
Joan Stanley (Episode 3)
 1943 Lady of Burlesque
Deborah Hoople - aka Dixie Daisy
 1942 The Gay Sisters
Fiona Gaylord
 1941 Ball of Fire
Sugarpuss O'Shea
 1941 The Great Man's Lady
Hannah Sempler Hoyt
 1941 You Belong to Me
Helen Hunt
 1941 Meet John Doe
Ann Mitchell
 1941 The Lady Eve
 1940 Remember the Night
Lee Leander
 1939 Golden Boy
Lorna Moon
 1939 Union Pacific
Mollie Monahan
 1938 The Mad Miss Manton
Melsa Manton
 1938 Always Goodbye
Margot Weston
 1937 Breakfast for Two
Valentine Ransome
 1937 Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas
 1937 This Is My Affair
Lil Duryea
 1937 Internes Can't Take Money
Janet Haley
 1936 The Plough and the Stars
Nora Clitheroe
 1936 Banjo on My Knee
Pearl Elliott Holley
 1936 His Brother's Wife
Rita Wilson
 1936 The Bride Walks Out
Carolyn Martin
 1936 A Message to Garcia
Senorita Raphaelita Maderos
 1935 Annie Oakley
Annie Oakley
 1935 Red Salute
Drue Van Allen
 1935 The Woman in Red
Shelby Barret Wyatt
 1934 The Secret Bride
Ruth Vincent
 1934 A Lost Lady
 1934 Gambling Lady
Jennifer Lady Lee
 1933 Ever in My Heart
Mary Archer aka Mary Wilbrandt
 1933 Baby Face
Lily Powers
 1933 Ladies They Talk About
Nan Taylor
 1932 The Purchase Price
Joan Gordon
 1932 So Big!
Selina Peake De Jong
 1932 Shopworn
Kitty Lane
 1932 Forbidden
 1931 The Miracle Woman
Florence Fallon
 1931 Night Nurse
Lora Hart
 1931 The Stolen Jools (Short)
Mrs. Frank Fay
 1931 Ten Cents a Dance
Barbara O'Neill
 1931 Illicit
Anne Vincent
 1930 Ladies of Leisure
Kay Arnold
 1929 Mexicali Rose
Mexicali Rose
 1929 The Locked Door
Ann Carter
 1927 Broadway Nights
Showgirl (uncredited)
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Show Show Self (32 credits)
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Unsold pilot: Starred in a pilot for an adventure series called "Calhoun", which would have co-starred Jackie Cooper. See more »

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4 Biographical Movies | 9 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 2 Interviews | 15 Articles | 9 Pictorials | 91 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Miss Barbara Stanwyck


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Personal Quote:

[on leaving her stage career behind in favor of Hollywood] But I fell in love with film. Besides, how do you keep a marriage together if you're back there and he's here? Now I'm scared to try [to return to the stage]. Now I'm a coward. They keep asking me, and I wish I had the courage, honey. See more »


In his autobiography, Cecil B. DeMille wrote that, among the actresses he directed, Barbara Stanwyck was his favorite. He said, "Barbara's name is the first that comes to mind, as one on whom a director can always count to do her work with all her heart.". See more »


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