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The Life of Barbara Stanwyck

26th May 1964: American film stars Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Taylor who were married in 1939 and divorced twelve years later at a press party to mark the start of production of their new film 'The Night Walker'.
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26th May 1964: American film stars Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Taylor who were married in 1939 and divorced twelve years later at a press party to mark the start of production of their new film 'The Night Walker'.

She made eighty-eight movies in a career that spanned four decades and worked with some of Hollywood's most esteemed filmmakers: Cecil B. DeMille, Preston Sturges, King Vidor. Director Frank Capra called her the "greatest emotional actress the screen has yet know.

She made eighty-eight movies in a career that spanned four decades and worked with some of Hollywood's most esteemed filmmakers: Cecil B. DeMille, Preston Sturges, King Vidor. Director Frank Capra called her the "greatest emotional actress the screen has yet know."

In "A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True 1907-1940," biographer Victoria Wilson gives readers a full-scale look into the life of the screen actress starting from her formative years growing up in Brooklyn to her storybook marriage to leading man Robert Taylor, to her maturation as a silver screen legend.

Guest:
Victoria Wilson, author of “A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True 1907-1940” (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and a vice president and senior editor at Knopf

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