Orphaned at the age of four and raised by older sister and other relatives
Began working at as a fashion model at age 13, and was a Ziegfeld Girl by the age of 15
Broadway debut in the chorus of "The Noose"; co-starred with actors Rex Cherryman and Wilfred Lucas
First starring role on Broadway in "Burlesque"
First film appearance was a minor part in "Broadway Nights" (silent film)
Feature leading role debut in "The Locked Door"
Under joint contract with Columbia and Warner Bros. inspired by success of feature "Ladies of Leisure"
Appeared in a starring role in the feature "Illicit"
Was one of the first stars to go independent when her Warner Bros. contract expired
Won acclaim for her role in "Stella Dallas"; earned first Best Actress Academy Award nomination
Returned to TV with "The Thorn Birds" (1983) and "Dynasty II: The Colbys"
Co-starred with Gary Cooper in "Ball of Fire"; earned second Best Actress Academy Award nomination
Most famous role was in "The Lady Eve," starring opposite Henry Fonda
Starred in the noir feature, "Double Indemnity"; received third Academy Award nomination for Best Actress
Played a spoiled, bedridden daughter of a millionaire in "Sorry, Wrong Number" earned fourth Best Actress Academy Award nomination
Appeared opposite Ronald Reagan in the western "Cattle Queen of Montana"
Last starring role in a feature for five years, "Forty Guns"
Cast in a recurring role on the NBC TV series, "Wagon Train"
Hosted her own show, "The Barbara Stanwyck Show" (NBC); earned the star her first Emmy Award
Returned to features in "Walk on the Wild Side"
Acted in her last feature film "The Night Walker"
Cast as head of a frontier family in the Western series "The Big Valley" (ABC)
Gave an Emmy Award-winning performance in the ABC mini-series, "The Thorn Birds"
Made three guest appearances on the hit primetime soap opera "Dynasty" (ABC) as Constance Colby Patterson
Reprised the role of Constance Colby Patterson on the first season of the spin-off series "The Colbys" (ABC)