Barbara Stanwyck Net Worth, Bio, Early Life, Stage and Film Career, Awards, Relationships and Death

Published Date   21st Oct. 2017, 01:54 am
Barbara Stanwyck Net Worth, Bio, Early Life, Stage and Film Career, Awards, Relationships and Death
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Birth Name: Ruby Catherine Stevens
Nationality: American

Versatile American actress/dancer/model with realistic screen presence, Barbara Stanwyck net worth increased as she made a notable career as stage actress and acted for 38 years in Hollywood.


Born in 1907, Barbara Stanwyck was one of the few actresses who were the directors’ favorite actress. She made her notable presence in acting career during 1900s appearing in stage for a brief time, Hollywood for over 3 decades and then turning into television.

Raised as an orphan, Barbara Stanwyck net worth heightened as she became the highest-paid woman in the United States. She is the recipient of Honorary Oscar, Screen Actors Guild, Los Angeles Film Critics Association and Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award.

Early Life and Background

Barbara Stanwyck was born on July 16, 1907 as Ruby Catherine Stevens. Her place of birth is Brooklyn, NewYork. She grew up with her 4 elder siblings. Her parents, Byron E. and Catherine Ann Stevens were working class people.

Stanwyck and her brother Byron grew up in foster home after their mother died in an accident and father went lost after joining to dig the Panama Canal. Stanwyck usually ran away from the foster home.

In her younger days, she used to tour with Mildred during 1916s and 1917s. She aspired to become a performer watching Pearl White movies. Consequently, she dropped out of school at 14 to take job at departmental school in Brooklyn.

Eventually, she grew to dislike the jobs she took as she wanted to enter the show business. Soon, she entered entertainment industry after becoming a chorus girl. In 1926, Barbara Stanwyck net worth started to grow as she made her way to Broadway as cabaret dancer in The Noose. Right before getting the role, she changed her name to Barbara Stanwyck.

Stage and Film Career

In late-1920s, Stanwyck glided to silver screen. She took up film Broadway Nights (1927) as a dancer as she could not cry while getting the lead role. The same year, she got lead role in hit Burlesque (1927). A couple of years later, she appeared in The Locked Door.

Eventually, Barbara Stanwyck net worth rose as she made prominent roles in a number of films including Ladies of Leisure (1930), Night Nurse (1931), Baby Face (1933), Union Pacific (1939), The Other Love (1947) and so on. She even managed to convince the director of Ladies of Leisure to give her the role she wanted.

After a series of popular movies, Barbara Stanwyck net worth skyrocketed making her one of the richest women in the United States. Her career did not only attract a lot of money but also created a new list of Golden Actresses including Joan Crawford and Bette Davis.

Barbara Stanwyck net worth and popularity increased as she earned Academy Award nomination for her roles in Stella Dallas (1937), Double Indemnity (1944) and Sorry, Wrong Number (1948). However she never won any of the awards. In 1982, she however, received an honorary Oscar.

Later Career Appearances

Stanwyck continued making appearances in television and some films. She has appeared in TV series Goodyear Theatre which ran from 1957 to 1960. Similarly, she appeared in The Barbara Stanwyck Show for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award. In 1965-69 series, Stanwyck landed a lead role as Victoria Barkley.

Furthermore, Stanwyck has made a number of other remarkable appearances in television including a hit miniseries The Thorn Bird (1983). She won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for her role. Her later popular dramas are Dynasty and The Colbys.

Personal Life, Relationships and Death

The actress fell in love with her actor Rex Cherryman who died of septic poisoning. In 1928, she married her Burlesque co-star Frank Fey. Barbara Stanwyck underwent an aborting which left her unable to become a mother due to complications. Later the couple adopted a son, Dion, in 1932.

Their marriage was a union of Broadway success (Fay) and Hollywood star (Stanwyck) which refuted men’s concept of power hierarchy. As a result, Fay turned into physically abusive husband. Finally, the couple divorced in 1935 after which Stanwyck won the custody of their son. However, even Dion estranged from Stanwyck in his later days.

In 1939, Stanwyck married actor Robert Taylor which lasted until they divorced in 1951. She was romantically involved with actor Robert Wagner with whom she remained in relationship for 4 years.

Actress Linda Evans was Stanwyck’s closest friend. After Evans’ mother passed away, Stanwyck took up Evans’ mother’s roles taking care of her.

On January 20, 1990, Barbara Stanwyck died of congestive heart failure in Santa Monica, California. Even though she was a famous actress, she underwent no funeral or memorial service upon her request.

Salary and Net Worth

Spending 38 years in Hollywood, achieving stardom and appearing in over 80 movies, Barbara Stanwyck net worth hiked with her extensive career. However, exact figure of her worth is not available.

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