Acted in some plays in the 50s, including "The Postman Always Rings Twice" with husband Tom Neal. Was a prostitute all during the 60s until her death.
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He [Franchot Tone
] couldn't accept me as Barbara Payton from the day of our marriage. If he could have we might have been happy. But I was the Barbara Payton of Tom Neal
's--of my lover's--of my past--all of it. He hated me for what I had been and loved me for what I was. He tortured himself. I was only somebody for his doubts, fears, recriminations to bounce off. I resolved to let himself spend ...
In 1965, she was arrested and charged with possession of heroin and a hypodermic syringe. The charges were dismissed, due to "insufficient evidence."