As promised, and long delayed, here are some more glamorous portraits of Barbara Stanwyck. As I was working on these, I couldn’t help wondering why we no longer see beautiful portraits of movie stars. How can we be satisfied with paparazzi shots of stars in sweatpants at the corner market? I don’t want to see beautiful people caught looking their worst. Bring back dazzle, photography as art, and great lighting!
Baby Face (1933)
The Mad Miss Manton (1938)
Lady of Burlesque (1943)
Paramount general publicity 1943
I recently watched the PBS documentary Pioneers of Television: Westerns, and I was struck by what Linda Evans said about Barbara Stanwyck, her co-star on The Big Valley. I didn’t know she was one of the nicest people in Hollywood, taking the time to get to know all the crew members and really enjoying herself on set. This led me to check out the book Starring Miss Barbara Stanwyck by Ella Smith from my local library. I haven’t read much of the text, because the portraits in the book are too wonderful. This book is now out of print, but here are some of those images, with more to come. Perhaps it’s a cheat, to fill my blog pages, but what a great way to cheat!
With Joel McCrea in Internes Can’t Take Money
Columbia general publicity 1930
Breakfast for Two