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Life of Barbara Stanwyck : Steel-True 1907-1940 (Reprint) (Paperback) (Victoria Wilson)

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“860 glittering pages” (Janet Maslin, The New York Times): The first volume of the full-scale astonishing life of one of our greatest screen actresses; her work, her world, her Hollywood through an American century.Frank Capra called her, “The greatest emotional actress the screen has yet known.” Now Victoria Wilson gives us the first volume of the rich, complex life of Barbara Stanwyck, an actress whose career in pictures spanned four decades beginning with the coming of sound (eighty-eight motion pictures) and lasted in television from its infancy in the 1950s through the 1980s. Here is Stanwyck revealed as the quintessential Brooklyn girl whose family was in fact of old New England stock…her years in New York as a dancer and Broadway star…her fraught marriage to Frank Fay, Broadway genius…the adoption of a son, embattled from the outset…her partnership with Zeppo Marx (the “unfunny Marx brother”) who altered the course of Stanwyck’s movie career and with her created one of the finest horse breeding farms in the west…her fairytale romance and marriage to the younger Robert Taylor, America’s most sought-after male star… Here is the shaping of her career through 1940 with many of Hollywood's most important directors, among them Frank Capra, “Wild Bill” William Wellman, George Stevens, John Ford, King Vidor, Cecil B. Demille, Preston Sturges, set against the times—the Depression, the New Deal, the rise of the unions, the advent of World War II and a fast-changing, coming-of-age motion picture industry.And at the heart of the book, Stanwyck herself—her strengths, her fears, her frailties, losses, and desires—how she made use of the darkness in her soul, transforming herself from shunned outsider into one of Hollywood’s most revered screen actresses.Fifteen years in the making—and written with full access to Stanwyck’s family, friends, colleagues and never-before-seen letters, journals, and photographs. Wilson’s one-of-a-kind biography—“large, thrilling, and sensitive” (Michael Lindsay-Hogg,Town & Country)—is an “epic Hollywood narrative” (USA TODAY), “so readable, and as direct as its subject” (TheNew York Times). With 274 photographs, many published for the first time.
Fifteen years in the making, ?860 glittering pages? (The New York Times), the first volume of the astonishing life of Barbara Sanwyck?one of our greatest screen actresses?explores her extraordinary range of eighty-eight motion pictures, her work, her world, and her Hollywood through an American century.

Frank Capra called her ?the greatest emotional actress the screen has yet known.? Yet Barbara Stanwyck (1907-1990) was also one of its most underrated stars. Now, Victoria Wilson gives us the most complete portrait of this magnificent actress, seen as the quintessential Brooklyn girl whose family was in fact of old New England stock?her years in New York as dancer and Broadway star?her fraught marriage to Broadway genius, Frank Fay?the adoption of a son; her partnership with Zeppo Marx, with whom she created a horse breeding farm; her fairytale romance and marriage to Robert Taylor, America?s most sought-after male star? Here is the shaping of her career working with Hollywood?s most important directors, all set against the times?the Depression, the rise of the unions, the coming of World War II, and a fast-evolving motion picture industry. At the heart of the book is Stanwyck herself?how she transformed herself from shunned outsider into one of America?s most revered screen actresses.

Volume One is the result of more than 100 exhaustive interviews with those who knew Stanwyck, many who never before had agreed to be interviewed: her family, friends, and co-workers from Lauren Bacall, Jane Fonda, and Jackie Cooper to Patricia Neal, Milton Berle, and Kirk Douglas; from Billy Wilder, Bruce Dern, and Anthony Quinn to Jane Powell, Charlton Heston, Arthur Laurents, and Sydney Lumet. ?An epic Hollywood narrative,? A Life of Barbara Stanwyck includes never-before-seen letters, journals, and photographs.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 1044
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, Performing Arts
Sub-Genre: Entertainment + Performing Arts, Women, Film + Video / History + Criticism
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Author: Victoria Wilson
Language: English
Street Date: November 24, 2015
TCIN: 16559144
UPC: 9781439194065
Item Number (DPCI): 247-36-6141
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