Miss Stanwyck's film career lasted from 1927 to 1964 and included four movies for which she received Academy Award nominations. She was nominated for the 1937 movie "Stella Dallas," for "Ball of Fire" in 1942 in which she starred with Gary Cooper, "Double Indemnity" with Fred MacMurray and Edward G. Robinson in 1944 and "Sorry, Wrong Number" with Burt Lancaster in 1948. Though she did not win the award for those films, she was the recipient of a special 1982 Oscar for the body of her work.
Miss Stanwyck became one of the first movie stars to appear on television, gaining greater fame for herself than she got from film. She appeared on "The Jack Benny Show" in 1952, and was a guest star in several Westerns. "The [Barbara Stanwyck] Show" ran from September 1960 to September 1961. She hosted the program of half-hour plays and appeared in most episodes.
By the time she was 15, she was dancing in shows in New York cabarets and with the Ziegfeld Follies. She met playwright Willard Mack and was cast in the chorus of a play, "The Noose." She was promoted to a leading role and it was at that point she got a new name. Mack decided [Ruby Stevens] wasn't a star's name, glanced at a playbill for "Jane Stanwyck in `Barbara Fritchie' " and dubbed her Barbara Stanwyck.
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