Barbara Stanwyck, or Missy or Stanny as she is often referred to with great affection in the classic film community, is one of the greatest actresses to ever live. Hands down. No contest. Even people who have never, or will never (pity on them) ever watch a classic film, are pretty likely to know who she is. Along with Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, she is one of the stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood who survived through whatever was thrown at her. From being called not pretty enough, to too old, she took it all in her stride and kept on coming back with brilliant performance after brilliant performance.
Never one to settle or to rest on her laurels, Stanwyck starred in some of the greatest films of the Golden Age, from Baby Face, to Double Indemnity, to The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, Stany could always be relied on to knock audiences out of their socks. And when she was branded “too old” to be leading lady in films anymore, she starred in such TV juggernauts as Dynasty, The Colbys and The Thorn Birds, for which she drew critical acclaim and attracted new fans.
And so I thought I just couldn’t allow a year to go by, especially a year in which Missy would probably have rolled up her sleeves and spat in the eye of rather than admit defeat; without honouring her with a blogathon.
- Stany had a long career and so her filmography is quite impressive, as are her television credits. Because of this, I will be allowing only two duplicates per entry, and three posts per participant. Please only submit new work, as I won’t be accepting any posts written previously.
- You can write about anything you like pertaining to Stany’s film career, television appearances she made, and her friendships and relationships with fellow film stars etc.
- This blogathon is dedicated to her life and work and I want to celebrate her, so let’s please keep things nice and not write anything derogatory or defamatory about her.
- The Blogathon is being held from the 17th to the 19th of July 2020, which is around her 113th birthday anniversary. Please submit your entries either before or by that date. If you find that you need a little extension, please let me know.
- Please take one of the banners and put it somewhere on your site to promote the blogathon. I’d also very much appreciate it if you included one of the banners in your post for the blogathon.
- And most importantly, please let me know what you would like to write about for the blogathon, by either commenting on this post, emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contacting me on twitter @noir_or_never. Please include the name of your blog and a link to it, as I don’t really want to act as an amateur sleuth and hunt for you! Please tag me on twitter when you share your entry on there, so I can retweet it 🙂
- Please check the participation list below to see what everyone else is covering and which subjects have been claimed twice.
I so hope that you’ll join me to celebrate this wonderful actress and her endlessly wonderful brand of sass!
Subjects claimed twice: Ball of Fire (1941) & Stella Dallas (1947)
Pale Writer: Golden Boy (1939) and Jeopardy (1953)
Dubsism: Forty Guns (1957)
Top 10 Films: Barbara and Frank Capra
Silver Screenings: Meet John Doe (1941)
Vitaphone Dreamer: Stella Dallas (1937)
Realweemidget Reviews: Charlie’s Angels episode
Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Baby Face (1933) and The Thorn Birds (1983)
Thoughts from the Music(al) Man: Remember the Night (1940)
Caftan Woman: The Barbara Stanwyck Show “Sign of the Zodiac”
Widescreen World: Titanic (1953)
Critica Retro: The Miracle Woman (1931)
Taking Up Room: The Lady Eve (1941)
Whimsically Classic: Ladies They Talk About (1933)
Hamlette’s Soliloquy: Ball of Fire (1941)
18 Cinema Lane: Cry Wolf (1947)
Love Letters To Old Hollywood: Ball of Fire (1941)
The Pure Preservation Society: BF’s Daughter (1948), Stella Dallas (1937) & Barbara’s film costumes in TBA
Movie Night’s Guide To Classic Film: Shopworn (1932)