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Shannen Findlay

Remembering Barbara Stanwyck: A life in pictures

109 years ago, Barbara Stanwyck whose original name was Ruby Stevens, was born in Brooklyn, US.

The American motion picture and television actress gained traction in 1926 when she nabbed the leading role in Burlesque.

What made her a legend in her own right was not the number of revered awards, money or fame. Ms Stanwyck died being known as an iconic figure throughout the early ‘30s, for her sheer talent and her versatility that made her a force to be reckoned with during Hollywood’s Golden era.

Stanwyck was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress four times for her roles in Stella Dallas, Ball of Fire, Double Indemnity, and Sorry, Wrong Number.

The adaptable and gifted talent won three Emmy awards, a Golden Globe and an honorary Oscar in 1982.

Later, Stanwyck was made the recipient of honorary lifetime awards and eventually went on to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.

Barbara Stanwyck died 20 January 1990 in Santa Monica.

Scroll through the gallery above to see a glimpse of Barbara Stanwyck’s life through pictures.