My all-time favorite Barbara Stanwyck film is Stella Dallas (reviewed HERE). One of my top 15 movies of all-time, this heart-tugging tearjerker was said to have been Miss Stanywck's own personal favorite. As Stella, her task "was to convince audiences that Stella's instincts were fine and noble even though, on the surface, she was loud, flamboyant, and a bit vulgar." I must say, she definitely convinced me of that, because I see Stella as a woman of sacrifice, not selfishness.
Rounding out my list of five favorite Barbara Stanwyck films are:
2. Double Indemnity (with Fred MacMurray)
3. Ball of Fire (with Gary Cooper)
4. Christmas in Connecticut (with Dennis Morgan)
5. Clash by Night (with Robert Ryan and Paul Douglas---reviewed HERE)
So, here's to you, Miss Barbara Stanwyck, on your 105th birthday. You were an amazingly talented actress, and you will always be one of my absolute favorites. Thanks for making so many wonderful movies and TV shows.