Happy Birthday Barbara Stanwyck!
(July 16, 1907-January 20, 1990)
When we were shooting Golden Boy, the stages were dingy, dirty, and poorly ventilated. And the film wasn’t as fast in those days as it is now which necessitated the use of more electrical equipment, which, in turn, created heat. So anyone working from 8:45 in the morning until 7:30 at night could find it to be an exhausting experience. But when we would wrap production, and the staff and the cast and the crew would head for fresh air and home, very often Barbara would say to me "Golden Boy, get your ass into that set dressing room because we’re going to run tomorrow’s work." For an extra half to three quarters of an hour we would rehearse. She wanted me to be good. So if anyone ever needed a term for courtesy and consideration, generosity, and above all, professionalism, they would only need two words. One: Barbara. And the other: Stanwyck.
The Mad Miss Manton (1938)
Henry Fonda was delicious to work with. We made three films together, and I was sorry when each one was over. I wish we had done more movies together. I loved Hank.
- Barbara Stanwyck
Everyone who is close to me knows I’ve been in love with Barbara Stanwyck since I met her. She’s a delicious woman. We’ve never had an affair. She’s never encouraged me, but dammit my wife will verify it, my daughters and son will confirm it, and now you can testify to the truth.
- Henry Fonda