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Barbara Stanwyck, Tough and Tender Screen Legend, Shines Again in New Biography

Barbara Stanwyck Shines Again in New Biography

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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See Screen Legend Bette Davis As Never Before

Bette Davis Remembered in Life.com Photo Gallery

Originally posted 04/05/2012 07:45AM

John Wayne may have carried a rifle, but Bette Davis was tougher – her very look could kill.

April 5 marks what would have been the 104th birthday of the screen icon, and to mark the occasion, Life.com has published never-before-seen photos of Davis in 1939, after her shattering Mildred in Of Human Bondage and Oscar role in Jezebel, and on the eve of the movie that would solidify her reputation as queen of Warner Bros. lot, Dark Victory.

Still to come would be indelible performances in The Letter, The Little Foxes, Now, Voyager, Mr. Skeffington, All About Eve, The Star and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? – each and every one earning her an Oscar nomination.

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