Saturday, October 20, 2012

Reel Cowgirls of the Santa Susanas -- Barbara Stanwyck

Barbara Stanwyck (1907 – 1990) was an Academy Award nominated actress and television star.  During her 60-year career she was known as a consummate and versatile professional with a strong, realistic screen presence, and a favorite of directors including Cecil B. DeMille, Fritz Lang, and Frank Capra. 

After a short but notable career as a stage actress in the late 1920s, she made 85 films in 38 years in Hollywood, before turning to television in the 1960s.

Barbara at Marwyck Farms co-owned with Zeppo Marx (1937)

In the late 1930s Stanwyck co-owned a 140 acre thoroughbred horse breeding farm with her agent Zeppo Marx.  The farm known as Marwyck farms later became Northridge Farms, and was located north of Lassen Street along Reseda Boulevard in Northridge, California.  In the 1940s Northridge called itself the "Horse Capital of the West."  See Kevin Rodericks excellent article about movie stars in the San Fernando Valley at

Barbara Stanwyck's Santa Susana locations filmography:

Annie Oakley (1935) starring Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster and Melvyn Douglas (Iverson Ranch) RKO

California (1946) starring Ray Milland, Barbara Stanwyck and Barry Fitzgerald (Burro Flats)(Iverson Ranch) Paramount  

Cattle Queen of Montana (1954) starring Ronald Reagan, Barbara Stanwyck and Gene Evans (Iverson Ranch) RKO

Moonlighter, The (1953) starring Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray and Ward Bond (Iverson Ranch) Warner Bros.

"Zane Grey Theater" (1956) TV Series

"Wagon Train" (TV series) 1961 - 1964

"The Big Valley" (TV series)  1965 - 1969

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