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The Life and Loves of Barbara Stanwyck Hardcover – April, 2009
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About the Author
Jane Ellen Wayne, who was employed by The National Broadcasting Company for fifteen years, is the author of numerous biographies of Hollywood stars that include Robert Taylor, Lana Turner, Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Joan Crawford and Marilyn Monroe. Her most recent are The Golden Girls of MGM and The Golden Guys of MGM. She is listed in Who's Who of Women in the World and Contemporary Authors. Ms. Wayne resides in New York City.
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So why read this book/why did I like it? I thought it gave a pretty good rundown of Stanwyk's personal background, her career, and her personality. If you haven't read anything about Stanwyk before it's interesting and informative and provides some revelations. She was in many ways an uber-private person and quite an enigma as an actress who never had an acting lesson, wasn't particularly beautiful based on common perceptions of beauty, and was largely uneducated. This book is an essential primer for Stanwyk fans twenty years after her death.
I only give it one star because it has to be rated something, if possible I would give it -57 stars. Jane Ellen Wayne is a hack and hated Stanwyck with a passion. She fancied herself Robert Taylor's one true love (I'm surprised she loved his second wife considering she took Wayne's cherished fantasy away). The only people who would like this book are diehard Robert Taylor fans, as he comes out smelling like a rose (or at least that's what his fans probably think; they don't seem to realize that Wayne does his reputation more harm than good by completely overlooking his character flaws). If you enjoy this book and think it's good and/or fair, reevaluate your life.