Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Starring Miss Barbara Stanwyck [Illustrated with 310 Photographs] Hardcover – March 6, 1985


See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$71.18 $10.70
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"

Popular New Biographies & Memoirs
Browse a selection of popular new biographies and memoirs.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing; 1st updated ed edition (March 6, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517556952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517556955
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,699,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Important Information

Ingredients
Example Ingredients

Directions
Example Directions

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

58 of 58 people found the following review helpful By E. S. Frasuer on August 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Ella Smith's coffee-table book on the career of Barbara Stanwyck is, bar none, the finest of its kind that this writer has ever read. Instead of being content to merely list Stanwyck's films and reprint old reviews (in the tradition of most "Films of" books), Ella Smith has gone the extra mile, and then some. This is because the idea originated with Smith (as opposed to a writer being "assigned" the project by a publisher), and it's entirely her baby. Smith designed the layout, selected the photographs and determined which of them would get the full page treatment (and her choices are absolutely breathtaking!)
In addition to including original reviews of Stanwyck's stage, film, and television work (as well as highlights from Stanwyck's interviews from that period) Smith personally viewed all of Stanwyck's work, and her observations are marvelously perceptive (drawing as they do on her own experience as actress, director and teacher). I was particularly pleased that she notes the powerful impact of Stanwyck's SILENT moments (whereas too many critics remember only the explosive ones). But most of all, I value the interviews Smith conducted with Stanwyck's co-stars and directors. These anecdotes are, in turn, touching and funny --- and reveal aspects of Stanwyck's personality that add greatly to the readers' regard for the woman, as well as the actress.
Of all the books written about Barbara Stanwyck, THIS is the only one worthy of her.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By T. R. on April 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is the most outstanding career retrospective ever published on a movie star, a flagrant labor of love done with intregity and intelligence. The end result is an example of quality ever film star biographer ought to follow. Each of Stanwyck's 80+ films are profiled in depth with exclusive commentary from scores of her coworkers - leading men, directors, screenwriters, etc. This landmark book was extremely important in reestablishing Stanwyck's reputation as one of the truly great women of the cinema. I fell in love with this book twenty years ago as a teenager in a local library - I had grown up watching reruns of Barbara in THE BIG VALLEY and had no idea of her incredible film career. I was thrilled when the author published a revised edition in the late 80's enabling me to actually own a copy of this gem and now with Miss Stanwyck's death (10 years ago - how time flies! It seems like yesterday) it is truly time for a second revised edition. If you own one book on one movie star LET THIS BE IT.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By a viewer on October 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The photographs alone in this fine volume are worth a mint!! I've worn out the spine on my copy which I grabbed in 1989 shortly before Stanwyck's death. This is the finest career analysis movie book that was ever written. The definitive Stanwyck biography ...that is...about her private life is yet to be written and probably never will be. Stanwyck was an enigma and remained so until the end. But this book, by Ella Smith, covers everything about her career that you would want to know...from her start in the theatre to the movies to the television work. It was a labor of love and I have never found another movie book comparable to it. A must for all Stanwyck fans!!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By francis edward pratt on September 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The book "Starring Miss Barbara Stanwyck" by Ella Smith was an outstanding biography of the great Barbara Stanwyck's career. It was a comprehensive study of the great actress Barbara Stanwyck and includes many photos from Barbara's very beginning in movies and until the end of her career in television. I admired Barbara Stanwyck very much prior to reading this book but adore her even more now. It was no coincidence that Barbara was loved so much by some of the greatest producers, directors, actors, and crews who ever lived. The book is a testament to both the professionalism and talents of Miss Stanwyck and to the class she exhibted on her many sets with everyone she was in contact with. It is apparent that the author of this book also admired this movie and televison star a great deal and wanted the world to know the reason why. Finally, I think that the ultimate compliment to the author Ella Smith of this fine book is from Barbara Stanwyck herself who states that "you made me live on pages and, lady, you did one hell of a job". This book is a must for all Barbara Stanwyck fans.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Leslie A. Claussen on July 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a lovely book with over three hundred black and white photo reproductions spanning Stanwyck's career. There is detailed information about almost every film and television show in which Stanwyck appeared, and about her career and work. The information consists of story outlines concentrating on Stanwyck's parts, and some background tales concerning actors, directors, producers and crew, but only as they figured in the making of the films, and admired Stanwyck.

Apart from her very early career, I found here no information about her private life at all, other than that she was a consummate professional who inspired great admiration in everyone with whom she worked.

Faced with such a bounty of information about Barbara Stanwyck's career, it seems greedy to want to know more. What genius drove Miss Stanwyck to her great performances is not explored here, nor is any aspect of her personal life, at all, other than in the very early years of her theatre career as it affected her early film performances.

Get this book for the photos, if that is what you want, or the play-by-play recitations of the films and television shows she appeared in, but do not expect to know more about this beautiful sphinx by reading "Starring Miss Barbara Stanwyck."
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?