Rare and uncommonly early 6.8 x 9-inch black and white publicity portrait for 1939's Union Pacific, signed and inscribed in purple fountain pen. Not one of those deceptive secretarial examples signed later in her life which one encounters virtually everywhere! In fine condition, with trimmed borders; a small pin hole in each corner; and a studio snipe printed on the reverse side. Mesmerizing Barbara Stanwyck made her screen debut in 1927 and went on to appear in over 80 films, often portraying strong-willed, independent women with well-concealed vulnerabilities. She was unforgettable in Stella Dallas (1937), Union Pacific (1939), Golden Boy (1939), The Lady Eve (1941), Meet John Doe (1941), Ball of Fire (1942), the horror flick Lady of Burlesque (1943), Double Indemnity (1944), The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946), Sorry, Wrong Number (1948), and Executive Suite (1954), earning four Academy Award nominations and an honorary Oscar in 1981. In her later years, Stanwyck starred on T.V.'s "The Big Valley" (1965-1969) and in the popular miniseries The Thorn Birds (1983).