Great Actresses – Great Scenes: #3 Barbara Stanwyck in ‘Double Indemnity’
Barbara Stanwyck made her screen debut in 1927 and her strong screen presence established her as a favourite of many great directors, including Cecil B. De Mille, Fritz Lang, and Frank Capra. She went on to appear in over 80 films, often portraying strong-willed, independent women, was nominated for the Academy Award four times, and won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. Perhaps her most famous role was that of Phyllis Dietrichson in Billy Wilder’s 1940 film noir, Double Indemnity. Adapted from a James M. Cain novel by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, Double Indemnity represents the high-water mark of 1940s film noir urban crime dramas and Barbara Stanwyck’s finest hour. Here she is, opposite Fred MacMurray as one of cinema’s most devilish femme fatals.