1987: Barbara Stanwyck
15th AFI Life Achievement Award

Barbara Stanwyck was awarded the 15th Annual AFI Lifetime Achievement Award on April 9, 1987.



Ruby Stevens, later to become screen siren Barbara Stanwyck, at 11 months.



Barbara Stanwyck relaxing on the set of THE LADY EVE (1941).



In Douglas Sirk's turn-of-the-century drama, ALL I DESIRE (1953), Barbara Stanwyck portrayed a down-and-out actress returning to the family she had deserted ten years earlier. Above, with Richard Carlson.



Barbara Stanwyck in a Warner Bros. publicity photo.



Film historian Foster Hirsch has said that "Barbara Stanwyck is film noir's undisputed first lady." A strong example of this role can be seen in Lewis Milestone's THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS (1946), co-staarring Kirk Douglas (above, in his screen debut), Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott, and Judith Anderson.



Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda co-starred for the second time in Preston Sturges' brilliant comedy THE LADY EVE (1941). Stanwyck essentially played two parts in the film--as the seductive gambler who falls in love with Fonda and her masquerade as the elegant Lady Eve who wins him over.



Barbara Stanwyck at her sultry best!



Barbara Stanwyck strikes a seductive pose.


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