Most of this article strikes me as fanciful but it’s fun to read and indicative of how celebrity “news” was written in 1940.
From Movie World, Australia 3/23/40
from Christine Webb, in Hollywood
Difficult to believe that this lovely, demure young thing is thirty-three years of age. It is the latest studio portrait of Barbara Stanwyck.
It is ten months since a shiny-eyed Barbara Stanwyck, with a platinum circlet on the third finger of her left hand, returned to Hollywood and ordered the name-plate over her dressing room door to be changed to “Mrs. Robert Taylor.”
I have just seen the premiere of her new film, Remember the Night. The Barbara who gleamed from the screen in a variety of exotic frocks was new to me. She seemed incredibly young.
She has never looked lovelier. She herself will tell you that she has never been so happy. What has Barbara been doing since her marriage? She and Bob spend all the time they can get together at their ranch in the San Fernando Valley.
There you wouldn’t feel comfortable unless you came dressed to romp with the dogs, go riding in the hills, or walking through the alfalfa which Bob has under cultivation. Bob and Barbara are deeply interested in each other’s career, but they never interfere.
Bob broke this unwritten rule only once–during the filming of Remember the Night. He objected to the “undress” scenes in which his wife appeared, and some of the love scenes, which he considered unnecessarily prolonged.
Barbara is proudly wearing a diamond-crusted bracelet around her slender wrist–a recent birthday present from Bob. They are planning a quiet little tete-a-tete at home on May 14–their first wedding anniversary.
Bob supposedly enjoyed picking out and even designing the jewels he gave to Barbara. I’ve read that he would draw up what he wanted and gave it to the jeweler to create. Barbara apparently was quite fond of the jewels he gave her. One piece in particular, a gardenia-shaped cluster of diamonds on a thin diamond chain that he gave her as a gift for her 40th birthday, was treasured. You can see it in many candid shots of Barbara over the years; she wore it often until 1981 when a thief broke into her home, knocked her out, and stole many of her jewels including that one.
Interesting. Mr. Taylor did love to give presents to the people he cared about. I’ll look for a photo of the gardenia-shaped cluster. Thanks for writing.