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Barbara Stanwyck: A Biography Hardcover – March, 1984

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Coward Mc Cann; First Edition edition (March 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698112474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698112476
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #871,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By a viewer on July 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Clearly the author, Al Diorio is a Stanwyck fan. Citing no primary sources in his material, Diorio really doesn't tell us much about Stanwyck that we didn't already know. Stanwyck will always remain an enigma in the annals of Hollywood history because that was the type of person she was. Diorio paints a very flattering picture of Stanwyck and only adequately assesses her film work. The definitive Stanwyck biography is yet to be written. The closest thing to perfection in Stanwyck books is Ella Smith's fine career analysis "Starring Miss Barbara Stanwyck". Diorio's intentions are good and there is some merit in this biography. It's just a lukewarm attempt, something Stanwyck never was.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By francis edward pratt on September 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed the book titled The Biography of Barbara Stanwyck by Al DiOrio. However, I agree that it was a cut a paste account of the life of Barbara Stanwyck. The book did not give too much more information about Barbara's personal life and career than I already knew from both the internet and from the book Starring Miss Barbara Stanwyck by Ella Smith. Since I am such a big fan of Barbara Stanwyck and am eager to find out more about her, I am eagerly waiting for the Barbara Stanwyck biography by Virginia Wilson which is supposed to be the definitive book about Barbara's life and career. Hopefully, Virginia Wilson's account of Barbara Stanwyck's will be released soon and all of her fans will finally know the real Barbara Stanwyck.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wayne R. Klatt on January 19, 2009
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Barbara Stanwyck deserves better than this. The author tells the reader no more than a newspaper article would. Ruby Stevens' traumatic childhood and her chorus-girl period are the best parts of the book, but the rest is dealt with so routinely that the author gives no hint of having even seen her movies. Stanwyck is underrated, considering her versatility and, in the early years, her subtlety. Now that more of her 1930s films are being seen, it is time for someone to set this book aside and write a fresh one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Azuwere on April 23, 2012
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The book, Staring Miss Barbara Stanwyck, is a winner just like the Lady herself. A great read, great about the golden years in film and her years on the small screen. If you have a chance, this is a must read, just as Miss Stanwyck is a must watch when they have her work on TV.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandy P. on November 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Diorio wrote this as though he had personally interviewed Stanwyck herself. I do not know if he in fact did because I've heard different. it is a marvelous read that's kind & gentle on this.actress. It's impressive & a well written work on such an amazing lady. It will leave you with a smile and feeling good that you have read this book. It is a compliment to
This Leading Lady! I'm sure it would have had her worried before reading it but smiling and saying okay afterwards. I think you'll agree!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By marty on October 18, 2014
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was so very disappointed. When I read about celebrities lives it annoys me when half of the book talks about their films, I want to know about their love affairs and their lives not especially from infancy but as they progressed into their adult lives. This book didn't do it for me. I love Barbara Stanwyk as an actress but didn't get much out of her life other than she was so in love with Robert Taylor and he was the love of her life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Kingery on February 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A well written biography about one of the greatest film actresses.She had a range uneaqualed by any other actress including Davis or Hepburn.
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