Barbara Stanwyck is a relatively new actress to me, after purchasing a film noir boxset and watching 'Double Idemnity' I instantly warmed to her. I found myself glued to the screen when she was in a scene, which goes to prove why she is a highly regarded actress.
She was also one of the most beloved by her peers and directors alike due to her compassion and genuine interest in their well being.
She was married twice, but after her second marriage failed due to infidelity on his part (with Lana Turner) she never remarried, although she did have a 4 year affair with a young Robert Wagner.
After her film career ended, she went on to have a successful career on television appearing in various dramas and soap operas until her death in 1990.