Barbara Stanwyck Kicked Linda Evans In The Ass

Categories: TV

Stanwyck.jpg

And it was for her own good.

Let me explain.

After shooting the immortal Beach Blanket Bingo, Linda Evans got a breakthrough role in the 1960s TV western The Big Valley, way before she struck gold on Dynasty.

Immediately, Valley's star, Hollywood icon Barbara Stanwyck, took Evans under her wisdom-drenched wing and gave her invaluable guidance.

Once, when Linda wasn't quite getting a particular scene, "Missy" Stanwyck pulled the blond neophyte aside and told her to enter the scene with presence.

After a few more bad takes, Evans tried again.

As Evans writes in her new book, Recipes for Life:

"I opened the door and started into the room.

"Then Missy gave me a swift kick in the butt, propelling me ahead of her with such force that I delivered my lines with a sudden vitality.

"As if she hadn't just booted me, Missy entered and said her lines with her usual perfection."

After the director happily yelled "Cut! Print!" Missy turned to Linda and said, "That's what I mean by presence."



Advertisement

My Voice Nation Help
10 comments
gato liso
gato liso

Two "girls in a pod"....Clifton Webb and B.S...  1954 film "titanic" Have lifeboat will travel..

Bellestarrr
Bellestarrr

Think of all the stars today..how boring ...how vanilla..or how dopey...yes the stars of yesterday had their problems too...but boy what screen presence they had..the lighting..the camera angles...the black and white....Marlene Dietrich in the Scarlett Empress..Mae West towering over all her costars....no special effects...amazing what we could do IN THE PAST.

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

I don't care who or what she liked, Babs was a no-nonsense gal who brought absolute conviction to every role she played.

mjm
mjm

was she a lesbian? Heard that when an interviewer tried to ask her if she slept with any women she yelled at him in true Stanwyck fashion "GET THE FUCK OUT OF MY HOUSE!!!!"

R Lavhoc
R Lavhoc

When Barbara had Henry Fonda in her Clinches in "Lady Eve" his pants must have looked like a Circus Tent when he stood up. 

Rob in Philly
Rob in Philly

This could be a whole new school of acting technique--the Stanwyck Shoving Technique--and for B'way, it would create a new job for two people, one on each side of the stage-to push each actor who makes an entrance.  I like it!

Warsaw
Warsaw

Go Barbara! Kicking Linda no doubt prepped her for all those mud fights with Joan Collins--in there show, that is.

Rabbit
Rabbit

Stanwyck was one of the greats.

Around The Web

Loading...