Palm Springs International Film Society Presents
BOOKS ON FILM: “A Life of Barbara Stanwyck”

By Victoria Wilson with a Screening of "Stella Dallas"

Monday, February 10 - 7:30 PM, Doorsopen at 7:00 PM
Camelot Theaters
2300 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs
Admission is FREE and open to the public. Reservations will be accepted for Film Society members only. Society Members can RSVP to

The Palm Springs International Film Society will present BOOKS ON FILM, featuring “A Life of Barbara Stanwyck, Steel-True, 1907-1940” by Victoria Wilson. The evening will include a screening of “Stella Dallas” (1937), directed by King Vidor and starring Barbara Stanwyck. Copies of Ms. Wilson's book will be availablefor purchase at the venue.

Fifteen years in work, A LIFE OF BARBARA STANWYCK is the result of Victoria Wilson’s extraordinary grasp and knowledge of the subject as well as extensive original research from film archives. This monumental biography was written with the full support of Stanwyck’s family, friends, and coworkers. Wilson conducted more than one hundred interviews with actors, directors, costumers, cameramen, screenwriters, and make-up artists who worked with Stanwyck, including Lauren Bacall, Jane Fonda, Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal, Robert Wagner, and many more. She had complete access to letters, diaries, and notes.

“I was blown away, absorbed, riveted. What great smooth style, what brilliance, what depth. I collect celebrity biographies and this one is transcendent. This is huge and wonderful and rich. What an achievement!” -Anne Rice

“A large, thrilling, and sensitive biography…Wilson brilliantly sets the movies Stanwyck made against a whole period of American history, from the Roaring Twenties to the fast-changing coming-of-age motion picture industry at the dawn of World War II…What Wilson discovered—and shares in this book—is an artist’s extraordinary transformation from homeless child to one of the most magnetic stars in the history of Hollywood.”-Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Town and Country

Directed by: King Vidor
Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, John Boles, Anne Shirley, Barbara O’Neil, Alan Hale and Marjorie Main

Working-class Stella Martin marries high-end Stephen Dallas and soon they have a daughter named Laurel. But Stephen's incessant demands of Stella to become what she isn't leads to their eventual separation. Stephen later marries Helen Morrison (his prior fiancée), and Laurel becomes the focus of Stella's life and love. Nothing is too good for Laurel as far as Stella is concerned. Determined to give her all the advantages, she takes Laurel on a trip to an expensive resort where Laurel makes friends with rich kids. After an embarrassing incident, Stella realizes that her daughter would go farther in life without Stella as her mother. Her subsequent sacrifice is shattering.