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A Visit to Marwyck, Barbara Stanwyck’s 1930s Movie-Star Ranch in the San Fernando Valley
Barbara Stanwyck was most happy at Marwyck, a ranch in Northridge, CA, commissioned by Stanwyck herself to celebrity architect Paul Williams and built in 1937. A quick glance at Barbara Stanwyck's biography will show a tumultuous and often-troubled path with scarce moments of happiness. Hers is a tale of great highs and crushing lows, filled with hard work, abuse, abandonment and sheer grit and determination. Yet during her time at the ranch, it seems that Stanwyck found true contentment, both personally and professionally. Following her divorce from the abusive and controlling Frank Fay and before the outbreak of WWII, Stanwyck