I used to watch Barbara Stanwyck in re-runs of The Big Valley when I was a kid. She was the luminous matriarch of the Barkley family, with three sons and a daughter, played by a young Linda Evans.

She spoke with a crisp voice that caused her soft tenor to be even more impactful when giving advice to her grown children. Her answers to the family dilemmas always included a broader wisdom on the nature of life and made her a strong, loving presence.

Maria Graceffo

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