- Godmother of Bobbie Poledouris.
- Sister-in-law of actress Caryl Lincoln.
- Her stage name was inspired by a theatric poster that read "Jane Stanwyck in 'Barbara Freitchie.'"
- Her nickname among co-workers was "Missy" or "The Queen."
- In 1944, the government listed her as the nation's highest-paid woman, earning $400,000.
- Often called "The Best Actress Who Never Won an Oscar."
- According to biographical film Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire (1991) (TV), Stanwyck became a model for women actors. Such stars as Sally Field and Virginia Madsen have publically pointed to Stanwyck as their model.
- American Film Institute Life Achievement Award. 
- Sister of actor Bert Stevens.
- In the early 1950s, made a television commercial for Lustre Creme's shampoo campaign.
- Was of Scots-Irish and English descent.
- Her mother died when she was accidentally knocked off a trolley by a drunk. Barbara was 4 at the time.
- Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1973.
- Measurements: 33 1/4-23-33 1/2 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).
- Her son, Dion Anthony "Tony" Fay, was born in February, 1932. He was adopted on December 5, 1932.
- Worked briefly as a fashion model in the late 1920s.
- Was listed #11 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years of The Greatest Screen Legends."
- Her wicked turn as Phyllis Dietrichson in Double Indemnity (1944) was ranked #8 on the American Film Institute's villains list of the "100 Years of The Greatest Screen Heroes and Villains."
- She was voted the 40th "Greatest Movie Star of All Time" by Entertainment Weekly.
- Her stormy marriage to Frank Fay finally ended after a drunken brawl, during which he tossed their adopted son, Dion, into the swimming pool. Despite rumours of affairs with Marlene Dietrich and Joan Crawford, Stanwyck wed Robert Taylor, who had gay rumours of his own to dispel. Their marriage started off on a sour note when his possesive mother demanded he spend his wedding night with her rather than Barbara.
- Picked up the starring role in Ball of Fire (1941) after Ginger Rogers dropped out.
- She became estranged from her son in February, 1951.
- She lost a kidney in 1971.
- In 1981, she was beaten and robbed in her bedroom by an intruder who woke her up at one in the morning.
- In 1985, her house was destroyed in a fire. She was upset to lose all of Robert Taylor's love letters.
- She did not have a funeral and has no grave. Her ashes are scattered in Lone Pine, California.
- Her siblings were named Maude, Mable, Mildred ("Millie"), and Malcolm Byron Stevens. Her parents were Byron and Catherine McGee Stevens.
- Ailing, she was replaced by Susan Hayward in Heat of Anger (1972) (TV), which was to have been a pilot for a prospective TV series to be called "Fitzgerald and Pride."
- Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 1751 Vine St.
- Graduate of Erasmus Hall High School, Brooklyn, New York.
- Stanwyck's papers are in the American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming, P.O. Box 3924, Laramie, WY 82071.
- Turned down the role of Angela Channing of "Falcon Crest" (1981).
- Her performance as Phyllis Dietrichson in "Double Indemnity" (1944) is ranked #98 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
- Her performance as Phyllis Dietrichson in "Double Indemnity" (1944) is ranked #58 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
- Was best friends for many years with Frank Sinatra's first wife, Nancy.
- The film A Star is Born (1937) starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March is said to be modeled after Stanwyck's rise to stardom and first husband Frank Fay's descent into obscurity.
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