Jack and Mary Benny with their daughter, Joan. Barbara was close to both Mary and Jack Benny. She thought Jack the dearest man in the world. Jack was equally crazy about Barbara. "For my money," he said, “along with all the nobler virtues, such as loyalty and integrity, Barbara has the greatest sense of humor in Hollywood.” From Victoria Wilson's A LIFE OF BARBARA STANWYCK Steel-True 1907-1940.