This chapter explores both the combination of elements behind Barbara’s tremendous public appeal and the complexities of her inner nature. The thoughts and feelings of many of her contemporaries, defining her outstanding star qualities, are shared; Barbara’s physical allure, sex appeal, and talent, together with the sorrowful undertones recurrently pervading her personality, are considered. Readers are given a deep look at Barbara’s true character—her professionalism, strong work ethic, passion for her vocation, goodwill toward others, generosity, and gnawing, mounting insecurities—as observed and described by those who knew and worked with her. Barbara’s charitable tendencies, as experienced by Robert Carville, her former dance partner and ex-lover, during one of the most trying ordeals of his life, are also addressed. The end of the chapter again illustrates Barbara’s continuing struggle to fulfill career obligations while striving to live a “normal” life with Jack and Sonny.
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