Below is a curated selection of some of the best published articles about Barbara Stanwyck. This is an essential Stanwyck list by some of the greatest columnists and film critics. Click on the titles to be re-directed to the article/interview. You will find hours of writing word enjoyment in the links provided this page. Did we miss some? Let us know.
In this 2001 article, film critic Richard Corliss, helps new and old classic fans rediscover the true value of Stanwyck’s legacy, art and filmography. A legacy that has continued growing through the years.
“Forget the Actors Studio. Today’s young performers, and not just the women, should go to Barbara Stanwyck School”
A follow-up article to our previous link, where Corliss brilliantly dissects the Barbara Stanwyck characters into four distinct phases.
“The best part of the women Stanwyck embodied is that almost all of them are still around, still kicking and biting — having a hell of a time, and giving one. You can join her in the edifying fun by watching some of her films”
“Barbara Stanwyck needed only a look to inform you of her less than noble intentions. With a raised eyebrow, a lowered eyelid or a bit lower lip, Stanwyck filled the screen with the promise of sex, a promise even the Hays Office couldn’t censor.”
“All the legendary Hollywood goddesses of the 1930s and ’40s had exclusive iron-clad contracts with major studios; Garbo at MGM, Davis at Warners, Crawford at MGM and then Warners, Dietrich at Paramount, Hayworth at Columbia, Grable at Fox. Barbara Stanwyck, alone among the supernovas, chose to go it alone, juggling short-term contracts with all the majors but never aligning herself exclusively with any one studio. No one studio had a vested interest in promoting her to the skies, buying the best properties for her, giving her the great roles, and creating a legend around her. She had to do that herself. That she was actually able to do so was testament to her steel-willed tenacity, her unwavering popularity with moviegoers through good movies and bad, and the sheer range of her talent”
People Magazine’s 1990 article on Stanwyck after her passing in 1990.
“At Barbara Stanwyck’s request, there was no funeral or memorial service. Save your flowers. It’s hard to think of a star not wanting attention, but that was Stanwyck. Down-to-earth. Self-assured. No nonsense.”