Family tree of Barbara STANWYCK


AmericanBorn Ruby Catherine STEVENS

American actres

Born on July 16, 1907 in Brooklyn, New York, USA , United States

Died on January 20, 1990 in Santa Monica, California, USA

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Barbara Stanwyck was born Ruby Catherine Stevens in Brooklyn, New York. She was the fifth and youngest child of Catherine Ann (née McPhee) and Byron E. Stevens. The couple were working class, her father a native of Massachusetts and her mother an immigrant from Nova Scotia, Canada. Ruby was of English and Scottish ancestry, by her father and mother, respectively. When she was four, her mother died of complications from a miscarriage after a drunken stranger accidentally knocked her off a moving streetcar. Two weeks after the funeral, Byron Stevens joined a work crew digging the Panama canal and was never seen again. Ruby and her brother, Byron, were raised by their older sister Mildred, who was only five years older than Ruby. When Mildred got a job as a John Cort showgirl, Ruby and Byron were placed in a series of foster homes (as many as four different homes in a year), from which Ruby often ran away.

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