09:15 AM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 11/26/2013 10:55AM
Tough-talking, yet sensible. Earnestly sincere, yet hip to bull. Sandra Bullock in Gravity?
Well, sure. But the same was said (and much earlier) about screen legend Barbara Stanwyck – "A Stand-Up Dame," as PEOPLE called her in 1990, when, after a four-decade career, the formidable star of Annie Oakley, Stella Dallas, Meet John Doe, The Lady Eve, Double Indemnity, 1953's Titanic and TV's The Big Valley, among other popular vehicles of their day, died of heart failure at age 82.
"She wasn't a great beauty like Dietrich or Garbo or an actress with the range of a Bette Davis or a Katharine Hepburn," said PEOPLE, which splashed Stanwyck on a 1985 cover. "But she had grit, sex appeal and vulnerability, in spades."
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