Tuesday, 16 July 2013

A tough old broad from Brooklyn











"My only problem is finding a way to play my fortieth fallen female in a different way from my thirty-ninth."

"Egotism - usually just a case of mistaken nonentity."

"I`m a tough old broad from Brooklyn. I intend to go on acting until I`m ninety and they won`t need to paste my face with make-up."


Barbara Stanwyck (16th July 1907 – 20th January 1990)

4 comments:

  1. When it comes to how women were perceived in the movies in the Golden Age, her stills are so telling - is there an actress today that would dare be photographed looking so cool, so defiant, so imperious - and yet still be considered the leading lady? Maybe Angelina, but she's a confection of sex and tatoos, not really an actress...

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    1. I think you've hit the nail on the head - where, these days, are the genuine Hollywood actresses, the genuine stars? I can only think of Olympia Dukakis and Anjelica Huston, and neither of them are spring chickens. Jx

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  2. My favorite Stanwyck films are BALL OF FIRE and THE LADY EVE.The woman had a way of being irresistible without being salacious. You always wanted more, you never got quite enough. A rare gift.

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    1. "Irresistible without being salacious" sums the lady up perfectly! Jx

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