My favorite scene in the movie was the one where Stella Dallas stands by a rail outside a church as Laurel is being married to her well-born fiancé. I had to indicate to audiences, through the emotions shown by my face, that for Stella joy ultimately triumphed over the heartache she had felt. Despite her shabbiness and loneliness at that moment, there was a shining triumph in her eyes as she saw the culmination of her dreams for her daughter.
- Barbara Stanwyck
Baby Face (1933)
Barbara Stanwyck in “Stella Dallas” (1937)
Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Taylor photographed together post divorce during the making of their third and last movie together The Night Walker, 1964
I didn’t get married to get divorced. Sure, I was bitter and hurt at first. When he told me he wanted his freedom I knew he really meant it and it took me a long time to get over it. I thought if I ever heard anyone say again “Time heals all wounds,” I’d kill ‘em. But, y’know, it does. The bitterness, has now turned into sort of a nostalgia and what might have been…
After the divorce, I sold the big house and bought a much smaller house on South Beverly Glen. All the furniture was sold at auction because there were too many memories connected with it. And I thought it would be better psychologically for me to be rid of it. I was right, because now I have an entirely modern house which only has an association with me which is very helpful, particularly if you have to get over something that you didn’t want to happen. Losing somebody you love by death or divorce is hard. But if they decide they want to be free, there’s nothing to battle for. You have to let go. Bob and I didn’t stay friends. We became friends again. Time does take care of things.
- Barbara Stanwyck
"You see Hopsi, you don’t know very much about girls. The best ones aren’t as good as you think they are and the bad ones aren’t as bad. Not nearly as bad." The Lady Eve,1941
Barbara’s a sharer. She doesn’t get any bang out of life if she can’t give something to somebody. Once, back in New York, a woman with a new baby sent her a note. She was hard up and she wanted to know if Barbara would help her get a baby carriage. That was all she wanted. What she got was the carriage and everything that went with it, the whole layette of baby clothes and equipment. On top of that, Barbara called up a dairy and arranged for that kid to have an order of milk every day for a year. She never met the woman or saw the baby. And that was before Barbara hit it big in Hollywood.
Sometimes she’s just sitting reading and she spots a hard luck item in the paper. “Here, Buck - take care of it.” “Look,” I’ll argue. “You aren’t the U.S mint; you aren’t Rockefeller. You’ll get broke. That makes her mad. “Take it out of the book. What’s the book for?” The Book is cash for household expenses. It takes an awful beating most of the time, because the Queen cares about folks who aren’t getting the breaks.”
- Uncle Buck
Barbara Stanwyck as Sugarpuss O’Shea in Ball of Fire, 1941
"That is the kind of woman that makes whole civilizations topple."