Barbara Stanwyck began her acting career on stage in the late 1920s, followed by Hollywood. She became the highest-paid actress in the United States by 1944.
Starting with her first starring role in ‘The Locked Door’ (1929), she went on to appear in a diverse genre of movies: melodramas like 'Forbidden' (1932) and 'Stella Dallas' (1937); westerns like 'Union Pacific' (1939); thrillers such as 'Double Indemnity' (1944); and comedies like 'Remember the Night' (1940) and 'The Lady Eve' (1941). She moved to television in the 1960s and became very popular for her role in the Western series 'The Big Valley' (1965-69), which is considered one of her best roles.
Her earned four nominations for the 'Academy Award for Best Actress' – for ‘Stella Dallas’ (1937), ‘Ball of Fire’ (1941), ‘Double Indemnity’ (1944) and ‘Sorry, Wrong Number’ (1948). On television, she won three 'Emmy Awards' for her performances in 'The Barbara Stanwyck Show' (1961), 'The Big Valley' (1966) and 'The Thorn Birds' (1983) – the last of which also earned her a 'Golden Globe'.