Ruby Catherine Stevens aka Barbara Stanwyck
July 16, 1907 - January 20, 1990
When I first met Missy, she was stretched out on my living room floor offering the family dog coffee out of one of my mom’s antique coffee cups - what a vision! She was generous of time and spirit; caustic and funny, and a good bit like Auntie Mame. She arrived on the set before anybody else, and knew everyone’s lines so she could fully support her co-workers. She knew every crew member and their families by name. She was famous for her colorful language and actually taught me how to ‘hyphenate’ words with swear words! I once slipped in front of my father, who had no patience for inappropriate language from his offspring, and he became quite angry with me - a rare occurrence. He asked me where I’d heard such language and I blurted out “Missy taught me!” He looked at me, suppressed a smile, and promised to “deal with her!” I’m sure she got the better of him, and I never heard anything more about the incident. When I think of Missy, and I do often, I realize how blessed I am to have known her, and how much I miss her. Thoughts of her have never ceased to make me smile. To be loved by this magnificent woman was an incredible treat.
- Kate E. Johnson