Stella, Sonny’s wife, is an outsider from this world of Italian-Americans in which she finds herself.
She grew up in an orphanage in Pennsylvania with one sister. Anxious for a better life, came to New York as a young woman to live on her own during the depths of the Great Depression.
With jobs scarce, she became a dime a dance girl, dancing with men for 10 cents in dance clubs that did that in the 1930s. The family looks down on her because of that and has never fully accepted her as a sister. She gets called an outlaw, a derogatory variation of calling her an in-law, meant to show she will never truly be part of the family.