06:51 AM EDT 03/19/2015
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."
Top 5 Most Voted Stories
Mother-Daughter Duo Have Spent $86,000 on Matching Plastic Surgery: 'We Look How We Want to Look'
All About Josh Duggar's Wife Anna: Her Parents Are Even 'More Extreme' Than the Duggars, Says Source
Why Anna Duggar Married Josh Despite His Molestation Past
Justin Bieber Look-Alike Tobias Sheldon Found Dead at 35
Rosie O'Donnell's Daughter Chelsea Always Wanted to Leave Home 'as Soon as She Turned 18,' Says Source
Top 10 News Categories
The most buzzed about stars this minute!
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
More On PEOPLE.com
Got a News Tip?
Send it to our People.com editors!