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PROVENANCE: This is part of a very large collection of personal items (photographs, letters & personal papers) previously owned by CLIFTON WEBB that I purchased and will be offering in the coming months. I believe this to be the largest collection of its kind with extremely rare and unique personal effects of Mr. Webb so I welcome any fans of his to bookmark my auctions.

DESCRIPTION: A vintage 1953 double weight original TITANIC film wrap party photograph showing BARBARA STANWYCK, ROBERT WAGNER & CLIFTON WEBB. This image comes from Mr. Webb's personal collection. (The writing on the image is only a digital watermark to protect it from being copied)

- SIZE: approx. 8" X 10"

- TONE: sepia toned B&W (not as yellow as the scan shows)

- FINISH: matte

- OTHER: double weight paper stock

- CONDITION:  very good with a 1" crease on the top center.   (Please note that I am extremely condition conscious so I always point out the slightest anomalies)

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(July 16, 1907 – January 20, 1990) was an American actress, a film and television star, known during her 60-year career as a consummate and versatile professional with a strong screen presence, and a favorite of directors including Cecil B. DeMille, Fritz Lang and Frank Capra. After a short stint as a stage actress, she made 85 films in 38 years in Hollywood, before turning to television. 

Stanwyck was nominated for the Academy Award four times, and won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. She was the recipient of honorary lifetime awards from the Motion Picture Academy, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Golden Globes, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and the Screen Actors Guild, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is ranked as the eleventh greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute.

Barbara Stanwyck was born Ruby Catherine Stevens in Brooklyn, New York on July 16, 1907. She was the fifth and last child of Byron and Catherine McGee Stevens; the couple were working-class natives of Chelsea, Massachusetts and were of English and Irish extraction, respectively. When Ruby was four, her mother was killed when a drunken stranger pushed her off a moving streetcar. Two weeks after the funeral, Byron Stevens joined a work crew digging the Panama canal; and was never seen again. Ruby and her brother Byron were raised by their sister Mildred, who was five years older than Ruby. When Mildred got a job as a John Cort showgirl, Ruby and Byron were placed in a series of foster homes (as many as four in a year), from which Ruby often ran away. Ruby attended various public schools in Brooklyn, where she received uniformly poor grades and routinely picked fights with the other students.

During the summers of 1916 and 1917, when Ruby was nine and ten years old, she toured with her sister Mildred, and practiced Mildred's routines backstage. Another influence toward performing was watching the movies of Pearl White, whom Ruby idolized. At age 14, she dropped out of school to take a job wrapping packages at a Brooklyn department store. Soon after she took a job filing cards at the Brooklyn telephone office for a salary of $14 a week, a salary that allowed her to become financially independent. Ruby disliked both jobs; she was interested in show business, but her sister Mildred discouraged the idea, so Ruby next took a job cutting dress patterns for Vogue; customers complained of her poor work and Ruby was fired. Ruby's next job was as a typist for the Jerome H. Remick Music Company, a job she enjoyed; her true interest, however, was still show business, and her sister gave up dissuading her. In 1923, a few months short of her 16th birthday, Ruby auditioned for a place in the chorus at the Strand Roof, a night club over the Strand Theatre in Times Square. A few months thereafter she obtained a job as a Ziegfeld girl in the 1922 and 1923 editions of the Ziegfeld Follies. For the next several years, Ruby worked as a chorus girl, performing from midnight to seven a.m. at nightclubs owned by Texas Guinan; she also occasionally served as a dance instructor at a speakeasy for gays and lesbians owned by Guinan. In 1926, Ruby was introduced to Willard Mack by Billy LaHiff, who owned a popular pub frequented by showpeople. Mack was casting his play The Noose; LaHiff suggested that the part of the chorus girl could be played by a real chorus girl, and Mack agreed to let Ruby audition. Ruby obtained the part, but the play was not a success. In a bid to add pathos to the drama, Ruby's part was expanded. At the suggestion of either Mack or David Belasco, Ruby adopted the stage name of Barbara Stanwyck; the "Barbara" came from Barbara Frietchie and the "Stanwyck" from English actress Jane Stanwyck. The Noose re-opened on October 20, 1926, became one of the most successful of the season, running for nine months and 197 performances. Stanwyck co-starred with actors Rex Cherryman and Wilfred Lucas. Cherryman and Stanwyck began a romantic relationship.

Her performance in The Noose earned rave reviews, and she was summoned by film producer Bob Kane to make a screen test for his upcoming 1927 silent film Broadway Nights where she won a minor part of a fan dancer after losing out on the lead role, because she could not cry during the screen test. This marked Stanwyck's first film appearance. She played her first lead part on stage that year in Burlesque; the play was critically panned, but Stanwyck's performance netted her rave reviews. While playing in Burlesque, Stanwyck was introduced to actor Frank Fay by Oscar Levant; Stanwyck and Fay both later claimed they had hated each other immediately, but they became close after the sudden death of Rex Cherryman at the age of 30. Cherryman had become ill early in 1928, and his doctor had advised a sea voyage; while on a ship to Paris, where he and Stanwyck had arranged to meet, Cherryman died of septic poisoning. Stanwyck and Fay married in August of that year and moved to Hollywood.

Stanwyck's first sound film was The Locked Door (1928), followed by Mexicali Rose in 1929. Neither film was successful; nonetheless, Frank Capra chose Stanwyck for his Ladies of Leisure (1930). Numerous memorable roles followed, among them the good-bad nurse who is against medical corruption in Night Nurse (1931), the ambitious woman from "the wrong side of the tracks" in Baby Face (1933), the self-sacrificing mother in Stella Dallas (1937), the con artist who falls for her would-be victim (played by Henry Fonda) in The Lady Eve (1941), the woman who talks an infatuated insurance salesman ( Fred McMurray) into killing her husband in Double Indemnity (1944), the columnist caught up in white lies and Christmas romance in Christmas in Connecticut (1945) and the doomed wife in Sorry, Wrong Number (1948). Stanwyck was one of the actresses considered for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wind (1939), although she wasn't given a screen test. In 1944, Stanwyck was the highest-paid woman in the United States. Pauline Kael described Stanwyck's acting, "[she] seems to have an intuitive understanding of the fluid physical movements that work best on camera" and in reference to her early 1930s film work "early talkies sentimentality ... only emphasizes Stanwyck's remarkable modernism."

Stanwyck was known for her accessibility and kindness to the backstage crew on any film set. She knew the names of their wives and children, and asked after them by name. Frank Capra said she was "destined to be beloved by all directors, actors, crews and extras. In a Hollywood popularity contest she would win first prize hands down."

When Stanwyck's film career declined in 1957, she moved to television. Her 1961–1962 series The Barbara Stanwyck Show was not a ratings success but earned her first Emmy Award.[14] The 1965–1969 Western series The Big Valley on ABC made her one of the most popular actresses on television, winning her another Emmy. She was billed as "Miss Barbara Stanwyck," and her role as head of a frontier family was likened to that of Ben Cartwright, played by Lorne Greene in series Bonanza. Stanwyck's costars included Richard Long (who had been in Stanwyck's 1953 film All I Desire), Peter Breck, Linda Evans, and Lee Majors.

Years later, Stanwyck earned her third Emmy for The Thorn Birds. In 1985, she made three guest appearances on the hit primetime soap opera Dynasty prior to the launch of its ill-fated spin-off series The Colbys in which she starred alongside Charlton Heston, Stephanie Beacham and Katharine Ross. Disappointed with the experience, Stanwyck remained with the series for only one season (it lasted for two), and her role as Constance Colby Patterson would prove to be her last. Earl Hamner Jr. (producer of The Waltons) had initially wanted Stanwyck for the lead role of Angela Channing on the successful 1980s soap opera, Falcon Crest, but she turned it down, thereby, the role was ultimately given to her best friend Jane Wyman.

William Holden credited her with saving his career when they co-starred in Golden Boy (1939). They remained lifelong friends. When Stanwyck and Holden were presenting the Best Sound Oscar, Holden paused to pay a special tribute to Stanwyck. Shortly after Holden's death, Stanwyck returned the favor upon receiving her honorary Oscar, she said, with emotion, "Tonight, my golden boy, you got your wish."

Her first husband was actor Frank Fay. They were married on August 26, 1928. On December 5, 1932, they adopted a son, Dion Anthony "Tony" Fay. It was rumored he was simply a desperate attempt to save their marriage. (He and Stanwyck eventually became estranged.) The marriage was a troubled one; Fay's successful career on Broadway did not translate to the big screen, whereas Stanwyck achieved Hollywood stardom, after a bumpy start. Fay did not shy from physical confrontations with his young wife, especially when he was inebriated. Some claim that the marriage was the basis for A Star is Born. The couple divorced on December 30, 1935. Both Stanwyck and Fay fought for the custody of their adopted child, but in the end, Stanwyck won.

In 1936, while making the film His Brother's Wife, Stanwyck met and fell in love with her co-star, Robert Taylor. Following a whirlwind romance, the couple began living together. Their 1939 marriage was arranged with the help of Taylor's studio MGM, a common practice in Hollywood's golden age. She and Taylor enjoyed time together outdoors during the early years of their marriage, and were the owners of acres of prime West Los Angeles property. Their large ranch and home in the Mandeville Canyon section of Brentwood in Los Angeles is to this day referred to by locals as the old "Robert Taylor ranch".

Taylor had affairs during the marriage, including one with Ava Gardner. Stanwyck was upset when she learned of Taylor's fling with Lana Turner. She filed for divorce in 1950 when a starlet made Turner's romance with Taylor public. The decree was granted on February 21, 1951. After the divorce, they acted together in Stanwyck's last feature film The Night Walker (1964). Stanwyck was upset when his old letters and photos were lost in a house fire. She never remarried, collecting alimony of 15 percent of Taylor's salary until his death in 1969.

Stanwyck had an affair with actor Robert Wagner, whom she met on the set of Titanic. Wagner, who was 22, and Stanwyck, who was 45 at the beginning of the affair, had a four-year romance, as described in Wagner's 2008 memoir, Pieces of My Heart. Stanwyck broke off the relationship.

She was friends with actress Joan Crawford from the 1930s until Crawford's death from cancer in the spring of 1977.

She was a Protestant.

Stanwyck's retirement years were active, with charity work done completely out of the limelight. Her decline started following a robbery and beating at her Beverly Hills home in 1981.

Barbara Stanwyck died of congestive heart failure, emphysema and chronic obstructive lung disease at St. John's Hospital, in Santa Monica, California, in 1990. She was 82. Her body was cremated, and her ashes scattered in Lone Pine, California.

Awards and honors

Academy Awards

  • 1938 - nominated - "Best Actress in a Leading Role" - Stella Dallas
  • 1942 - nominated - "Best Actress in a Leading Role" - Ball of Fire
  • 1945 - nominated - "Best Actress in a Leading Role" - Double Indemnity
  • 1949 - nominated - "Best Actress in a Leading Role" - Sorry, Wrong Number
  • 1982 - won - Honorary Award: "For superlative creativity and unique contribution to the art of screen acting."

Emmy Awards

  • 1961 - won - "Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Series (Lead)" - The Barbara Stanwyck Show
  • 1966 - won - "Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series" - The Big Valley
  • 1967 - nominated - "Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series" - The Big Valley
  • 1968 - nominated - "Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series" - The Big Valley
  • 1983 - won "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special" - The Thorn Birds (part 1)

Golden Globes

  • 1966 - nominated - "Best TV Star - Female" - The Big Valley
  • 1967 - nominated - "Best TV Star - Female" - The Big Valley
  • 1968 - nominated - "Best TV Star - Female" - The Big Valley
  • 1984 - won - "Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV" - The Thorn Birds
  • 1986 - won - Cecil B. DeMille Award

Other awards

  • 1967 - won - Screen Actors Guild - Life Achievement Award
  • 1981 - won - Film Society of Lincoln Center - Gala Tribute
  • 1981 - won - Los Angeles Film Critics Association - Career Achievement Award
  • 1987 - won - American Film Institute - Life Achievement Award
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame - star at 1751 Vine Street

In 1973, she was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.





Leading Man




Broadway Nights

Fan dancer


Joseph C. Boyle

Stanwyck's film debut and only silent film. A lost film.


The Locked Door

Ann Carter

Rod La Rocque

George Fitzmaurice

Stanwyck's first talking picture and first starring role.

Mexicali Rose

Mexicali Rose

Sam Hardy

Erle C. Kenton



Ladies of Leisure

Kay Arnold

Lowell Sherman

Frank Capra

Stanwyck's first film with Capra.

Ralph Graves



Anne Vincent Ives

James Rennie

Archie Mayo


Ricardo Cortez

Ten Cents a Dance

Barbara O'Neill

Ricardo Cortez

Lionel Barrymore


Night Nurse

Lora Hart

Ben Lyon

William A. Wellman

Stanwyck's first film with Wellman.

Clark Gable

The Miracle Woman

Florence "Faith" Fallon

David Manners

Frank Capra




Lulu Smith

Adolphe Menjou

Frank Capra


Ralph Bellamy


Kitty Lane

Regis Toomey

Nicholas Grinde


So Big!

Selina Peake De Jong

George Brent

William A. Wellman


The Purchase Price

Joan Gordon,
aka Francine La Rue

George Brent

William A. Wellman


Lyle Talbot


The Bitter Tea of General Yen

Megan Davis

Nils Asther

Frank Capra


Ladies They Talk About

Nan Taylor, Alias of Nan Ellis,
aka Mrs. Andrews

Preston Foster

Howard Bretherton


Lyle Talbot

William Keighley

Baby Face

Lily Powers

George Brent

Alfred E. Green


Ever in My Heart

Mary Archer Wilbrandt

Otto Kruger

Archie Mayo


Ralph Bellamy


Gambling Lady

Lady Lee

Joel McCrea

Archie Mayo


Pat O'Brien

A Lost Lady

Marian Ormsby Forrester

Frank Morgan

Alfred E. Green


Ricardo Cortez

The Secret Bride

Ruth Vincent

Warren William

William Dieterle



The Woman in Red

Shelby Barret Wyatt

Gene Raymond

Robert Florey


Red Salute

Drue Van Allen

Robert Young

Sidney Lansfield


Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley

Preston Foster

George Stevens

The only film in which Stanwyck played a real person.

Melvyn Douglas


A Message to Garcia

Raphaelita Maderos

Wallace Beery

George Marshall


John Boles

The Bride Walks Out

Carolyn Martin

Gene Raymond

Leigh Jason


Robert Young

His Brother's Wife

Rita Wilson Claybourne

Robert Taylor

W.S. Van Dyke


Banjo on My Knee

Pearl Elliott Holley

Joel McCrea

John Cromwell


The Plough and the Stars

Nora Clitheroe

Preston Foster

John Ford



Internes Can't Take Money

Janet Haley

Joel McCrea

Alfred Santell

McCrea plays Dr. Kildare.

This Is My Affair

Lil Duryea

Robert Taylor

William A. Seiter


Stella Dallas

Stella Martin "Stell" Dallas

John Boles

King Vidor

Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress

Breakfast for Two

Valentine "Val" Ransome

Herbert Marshall

Alfred Santell



Always Goodbye

Margot Weston

Herbert Marshall

Sidney Lansfield


The Mad Miss Manton

Melsa Manton

Henry Fonda

Leigh Jason



Union Pacific

Mollie Monahan

Joel McCrea

Cecil B. DeMille


Robert Preston

Golden Boy

Lorna Moon

William Holden

Rouben Mamoulian


Adolphe Menjou


Remember the Night

Lee Leander

Fred MacMurray

Mitchell Leisen



The Lady Eve

Jean Harrington

Henry Fonda

Preston Sturges


Meet John Doe

Ann Mitchell

Gary Cooper

Frank Capra


You Belong to Me

Dr. Helen Hunt

Henry Fonda

Wesley Ruggles


Ball of Fire

Katherine "Sugarpuss" O'Shea

Gary Cooper

Howard Hawks

Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress. For the song "Drum Boogie", Stanwyck was dubbed by jazz singer Martha Tilton.


The Great Man's Lady

Hannah Sempler

Joel McCrea

William A. Wellman


The Gay Sisters

Fiona Gaylord

George Brent

Irving Rapper



Lady of Burlesque

Deborah Hoople,
aka Dixie Daisy

Michael O'Shea

William A. Wellman


Flesh and Fantasy

Joan Stanley

Charles Boyer

Julien Duvivier



Double Indemnity

Phyllis Dietrichson

Fred MacMurray

Billy Wilder

Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress

Edward G. Robinson

Hollywood Canteen



Delmer Daves

Stanwyck appeared in a cameo.


Christmas in Connecticut

Elizabeth Lane

Dennis Morgan

Peter Godfrey



My Reputation

Jessica Drummond

George Brent

Curtis Bernhardt


The Bride Wore Boots

Sally Warren

Robert Cummings

Irving Pichel

Stanwyck's last feature comedy.

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

Martha Ivers

Van Heflin

Lewis Milestone


Kirk Douglas


Lily Bishop

Ray Milland

John Farrow

Filmed in Technicolor; Stanwyck's first color film.


The Two Mrs. Carrolls

Sally Morton Carroll

Humphrey Bogart

Peter Godfrey


The Other Love

Karen Duncan

David Niven

Andre de Toth


Cry Wolf

Sandra Marshall

Errol Flynn

Peter Godfrey


Variety Girl



George Marshall



B.F.'s Daughter

Pauline "Polly" Fulton Brett

Van Heflin

Robert Z. Leonard


Sorry, Wrong Number

Leona Stevenson

Burt Lancaster

Anatole Litvak

Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress


The Lady Gambles

Joan Phillips Boothe

Robert Preston

Michael Gordon


East Side, West Side

Jessie Bourne

James Mason

Mervyn LeRoy



The File on Thelma Jordon

Thelma Jordon

Wendell Corey

Robert Siodmak


No Man of Her Own

Helen Ferguson/Patrice Harkness

John Lund

Mitchell Leisen


The Furies

Vance Jeffords

Wendell Corey

Anthony Mann


To Please a Lady

Regina Forbes

Clark Gable

Clarence Brown



The Man with a Cloak

Lorna Bounty

Joseph Cotten

Fletcher Markle



Clash by Night

Mae Doyle D'Amato

Paul Douglas

Fritz Lang


Robert Ryan



Helen Stilwin

Ralph Meeker

John Sturges


Barry Sullivan


Julia Sturges

Clifton Webb

Jean Negulesco


Robert Wagner

All I Desire

Naomi Murdock

Richard Carlson

Douglas Sirk


The Moonlighter


Fred MacMurray

Roy Rowland

Filmed in 3D.

Blowing Wild

Marina Conway

Gary Cooper

Hugo Fregonese



Witness to Murder

Cheryl Draper

George Sanders

Roy Rowland


Gary Merrill

Executive Suite

Julia O. Tredway

William Holden

Robert Wise


Fredric March

Walter Pidgeon

Cattle Queen of Montana

Sierra Nevada Jones

Ronald Reagan

Allan Dwan

Filmed in Technicolor.


The Violent Men

Martha Wilkison

Glenn Ford

Rudolph Maté


Edward G. Robinson

Brian Keith

Escape to Burma

Gwen Moore

Robert Ryan

Alan Dwan



There's Always Tomorrow

Norma Miller Vale

Fred MacMurray

Douglas Sirk


The Maverick Queen

Kit Banion

Barry Sullivan

Joseph Kane


These Wilder Years

Ann Dempster

James Cagney

Roy Rowland



Crime of Passion

Kathy Ferguson Doyle

Sterling Hayden

Gerd Oswald


Raymond Burr


Trooper Hook

Cora Sutliff

Joel McCrea

Charles Marquis Warren


Forty Guns

Jessica Drummond

Barry Sullivan

Samuel Fuller



Walk on the Wild Side

Jo Courtney

Laurence Harvey

Edward Dmytryk




Maggie Morgan

Elvis Presley

John Rich


The Night Walker

Irene Trent

Robert Taylor

William Castle



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(aka Webb Parmelee Hollenbeck, aka Webb P. Raum, November 19, 1889 – October 13, 1966) was an American actor, dancer, and singer known for his Oscar-nominated roles in such films as Laura, The Razor's Edge, and Sitting Pretty. In the theatrical world he was known for his appearances in the plays of Noël Coward, notably Blithe Spirit.

Originally called Webb Parmelee Hollenbeck, Webb was born in a rural part of Marion County, Indiana, which would, in 1906, become Beech Grove, a self-governing city entirely surrounded by Indianapolis. As a result, virtually all printed sources give the larger city as his place of birth. He was the only child of Jacob Grant Hollenbeck (1867–May 2, 1939), the ticket-clerk son of a grocer from an Indiana farming family, and his wife, the former Mabel A. Parmelee (aka Mabelle, and most sources give "Parmalee" or "Parmallee" as her surname) (March 24, 1869–October 17, 1960), daughter of David Parmelee, a railroad conductor. The couple married in Kankakee, Indiana, on 18 January 1888 and separated in 1891, shortly after their son's birth.

In 1892, Webb's mother, by now known as Mabelle, moved to New York City with her beloved "little Webb", as she called him for the remainder of her life. She dismissed questions about her husband, Jacob, who, like her father, worked for the Indianapolis-St. Louis Railroad, by saying, "We never speak of him. He didn't care for the theatre." The couple apparently divorced, since by 1900, Mabelle was married to Greene B. Raum Jr. The 1900 U.S. Census for New York City states that Mabelle and her son were using the surname Raum and living on West 77th Street with Green Berry Raum Jr., a copper-foundry worker, who gave his position in the household as Mabel's husband. Raum was the son of General Green Berry Raum, former U. S. Commissioner of Internal Revenue and former U. S. Commissioner of Pensions. Webb's father, Jacob, married, as his second wife, Ethel Brown, and died in 1939.

Privately tutored, Webb started taking dance and acting lessons at the age of five. He made his stage debut at seven in the impressive setting of Carnegie Hall by performing with the New York Children's Theatre in Palmer Cox's The Brownies. He used the name Webb Raum during his years as a child performer. This success was followed by a vaudeville tour playing The Master of Charlton Hall, succeeded by leading roles as Oliver Twist and Tom Sawyer in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He also studied painting with Robert Henri and voice with Victor Maurel. By his seventeenth birthday, he was singing one of the secondary leads in the Boston-based Aborn Opera Company's production of the comic opera Mignon.

By the age of nineteen, using the name 'Clifton Webb, he had become a professional ballroom dancer, often partnering "exceedingly decorative" star dancer Bonnie Glass (she eventually replaced him with Rudolph Valentino), and performed in about two dozen operettas before debuting on Broadway as Bosco in The Purple Road, which opened at the Liberty Theatre on April 7, 1913, and ran for 136 performances before closing in August. His mother (billed as Mabel Parmalee) was listed in the program as a member of the opening night cast. His next musical was an Al Jolson vehicle, Sigmund Romberg's Dancing Around. It opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on October 10, 1914, and had 145 performances, closing in February, 1915. Later that year, Webb was in the all-star revue Ned Wayburn's Town Topics, which boasted 117 famous performers, including Will Rogers, listed in the Century Theatre opening night program of September 23, 1915. It closed 68 performances later on November 20, 1915. In 1916, he had another short run with Cole Porter's comic opera See America First, which opened at the Maxine Elliott Theatre on March 28, 1916, and closed after 15 performances on April 8, 1916. The World War I year of 1917 proved to be better, with a 233-performance run of Jerome Kern's Love o'Mike, which opened at the Shubert Theatre on January 15, 1917. After moving to Maxine Elliott's Theatre and Casino Theatre, it closed on September 29, 1917. Future Mama star Peggy Wood was also in the cast. Webb's final show of the 1910s, the musical Listen Lester, had the longest run, 272 performances. It opened at the Knickerbocker Theatre December 23, 1918, and closed in August 1919.

The 1920s saw Webb in no less than eight Broadway shows, numerous other stage appearances, including vaudeville, and a handful of silent films. The revue As You Were, with additional songs by Cole Porter, opened at the Central Theatre on January 29, 1920, and closed 143 performances later on May 29, 1920. Busy with films, tours and vaudeville, (including an appearance at the London Pavilion in 1921 as Mr. St. Louis in Fun of the Fayre), he did not return to Broadway until 1923, with the musical Jack and Jill (Globe Theatre) which had 92 performances between March 22, 1923, and June 9, 1923, and Lynn Starling's comic play Meet the Wife which opened on November 26, 1923, and ran into the summer of 1924, closing in August. The play's juvenile lead was 24-year old Humphrey Bogart.

In 1925, Webb appeared on stage in a dance act with vaudeville star and silent film actress Mary Hay. Later that year, when she and her husband, Tol'able David star Richard Barthelmess, decided to produce and star in New Toys, they chose Webb to be second lead. The movie proved to be financially successful, but 19 more years would pass before Webb appeared in another feature film.

Webb's mainstay was the Broadway theatre. Between 1913 and 1947, the tall and slender performer who sang in a clear, gentle tenor, appeared in 23 Broadway shows, starting with major supporting roles and quickly progressing to leads. He introduced Irving Berlin's "Easter Parade" and George and Ira Gershwin's "I've Got a Crush on You" in Treasure Girl (1928); Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz's "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan" in The Little Show (1929) and "Louisiana Hayride" in Flying Colors (1932); and Irving Berlin's "Not for All the Rice in China" in As Thousands Cheer (1933). One of his stage sketches, performed with co-star Fred Allen, was filmed by Vitaphone as a short subject titled The Still Alarm. (Allen's experiences while working with Clifton Webb appear in Allen's memoirs.)

Most of Webb's Broadway shows were musicals, but he also starred in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, and his longtime friend Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit and Present Laughter, in parts that Coward wrote with Webb in mind.

Webb was in his mid-fifties when actor/director Otto Preminger chose him over the objections of 20th Century Fox chief Darryl F. Zanuck to play the elegant but evil radio columnist Waldo Lydecker, who is obsessed with Gene Tierney's character in the 1944 film noir Laura. (Zanuck reportedly found Webb too effeminate as a person and an actor.) His performance won him wide acclaim, and despite Zanuck's original objection, Webb was signed to a long-term contract with Fox. Two years later he was reunited with Tierney in another highly praised role as the elitist Elliott Templeton in The Razor's Edge (1946). He received Academy Award nominations for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for both.

Webb also received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 1949 for Sitting Pretty, the first in a three-film series of comedic "Mr. Belvedere" features with Webb portraying a snide and omniscient babysitter.

In the 1950 film Cheaper by the Dozen, Webb and Myrna Loy played Frank and Lillian Gilbreth, real-life efficiency experts of the 1910s and 1920s, and the parents of 12 children. The film's success led to a sequel, Belles on Their Toes, without Webb as the movie covers the family's life after the death of the father Frank Bunker Gilbreth.

Webb's subsequent movie roles include that of college professor Thornton Sayre, who in his younger days was known as silent film idol Bruce "Dreamboat" Blair. Now a distinguished academic who wants no part of his past fame, he sets out to stop the showing of his old films on television in 1952's Dreamboat which concludes with Webb's alter ego Sayre watching himself star in Sitting Pretty. Also in 1952 he starred in the Technicolor movie biography of bandmaster John Philip Sousa, Stars and Stripes Forever. In 1953, he had his most dramatic role as the doomed husband of unfaithful Barbara Stanwyck in Titanic and in 1954 played the (fictional) novelist John Frederick Shadwell in Three Coins in the Fountain. The 1956 British film The Man Who Never Was saw him playing the part of Lt. Cmdr. Ewen Montagu in the true story of Operation Mincemeat the elaborate plan to trick the Axis powers about the Allied invasion of Italy during World War II. In 1957's Boy on a Dolphin, second-billed to Alan Ladd, with third-billed Sophia Loren, he portrayed a wealthy sophisticate who enjoyed collecting illegally obtained Greek antiquities. In a nod to his own identity, the character's name was "Victor Parmalee".

Webb's final film role was an initially sarcastic, but ultimately self-sacrificing Catholic priest in Leo McCarey's Satan Never Sleeps. The film, which was set in China, showed the victory of Mao Tse-tung's armies in the Chinese civil war, which ended with his ascension to power in 1949, but was actually filmed in England during the summer of 1961, using sets from the 1958 film, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, which had the same milieu.

A lifelong bachelor with fey mannerisms that often were reflected in his film roles, Webb was considered to be homosexual in the Hollywood community, though the details of his romantic life remain a mystery. His mother, Mabelle, lived with him until her death at age ninety-one in 1960, leading Noël Coward to remark, apropos Webb's grieving, "It must be terrible to be orphaned at 71."

Actor Robert Wagner, who co-starred with Webb in the movies Stars and Stripes Forever and Titanic and considered the actor one of his mentors, stated in his memoirs, Pieces of My Heart: A Life, that "Clifton Webb was gay, of course, but he never made a pass at me, not that he would have.

Due to health issues, Webb spent the last five years of his life as a recluse at his home in Beverly Hills, California, eventually succumbing to a heart attack at the age of 76. He is interred in crypt 2350, corridor G-6, Abbey of the Psalms in Hollywood Forever Cemetery, alongside his mother.

For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Clifton Webb has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard.







National Red Cross Pageant

Dancer, The Pavane - French episode



Polly with a Past

Harry Richardson



Let Not Man Put Asunder

Major Bertie



New Toys

Tom Lawrence


The Heart of a Siren


Alternative title: The Heart of a Temptress


The Still Alarm





Waldo Lydecker



The Dark Corner

Hardy Cathcart


The Razor's Edge

Elliott Templeton



Sitting Pretty

Lynn Belvedere



Mr. Belvedere Goes to College

Lynn Belvedere



Cheaper by the Dozen

Frank Bunker Gilbreth


For Heaven's Sake

Charles/Slim Charles



Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell

Lynn Belvedere

Alternative title: Mr. Belvedere Blows His Whistle


Howard Osborne



Belles on Their Toes

Frank Bunker Gilbreth



Thornton Sayre/Dreamboat/Bruce Blair


Stars and Stripes Forever

John Philip Sousa

Alternative title: Marching Along



Richard Ward Sturges


Mister Scoutmaster

Robert Jordan



Three Coins in the Fountain

John Frederick Shadwell


Woman's World

Ernest Gifford

Alternative title: A Woman's World


The Man Who Never Was

Lt. Cmdr. Ewen Montagu



Boy on a Dolphin

Victor Parmalee



The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker

Mr. Horace Pennypacker


Holiday for Lovers

Robert Dean



Satan Never Sleeps

Father Bovard

Alternative titles: The Devil Never Sleeps
Flight from Terror

Awards and nominations







Academy Award


Best Supporting Actor



The Razor's Edge


Best Actor in a Leading Role

Sitting Pretty


Golden Globe Award


Best Supporting Actor

The Razor's Edge



Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy

Stars and Stripes Forever


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