Barbara Stanwyck

At thirteen Barbara Stanwyck wrestled with string and paper, wrapping bundles in a Brooklyn department store. From her meager salary she saved enough for dancing lessons. Two years later she appeared in the Ziegfield Follies, wearing a cummerbund of beads while perched on an elephant. Later she appeared in a flock of extravaganzas, hanging from living chandeliers composed of herself and a brace of other beauties. Drama critics said she possessed a vital quality of simple sincerity, obviously a Brooklyn characteristic.

From: John Richmond and Abril Lamarque, Brooklyn, U.S.A. (New York: Creative Age Press, 1946), p. 127. This excellent work is presently in the public domain and efforts to locate the authors for courtesy permissions have proven fruitless.

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