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Barbara Payton (1927–1967)

One of the saddest tales ever to come out of Hollywood has to be that of Barbara Payton. A blue-eyed, peroxide blonde sexpot who had a lot going for her, her life eventually disintegrated, mostly by her own doing. Things started out well enough for Barbara Lee Redfield, born on November 26, 1927, in Cloquet, Minnesota. From a modest, blue-collar ... See full bio »

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 1963 4 for Texas
Townswoman (uncredited)
 1955 Murder Is My Beat
Eden Lane
 1953 Run for the Hills
Jane Johnson
 1953 Four Sided Triangle
Lena / Helen
 1953 Bad Blonde
Lorna Vecchi
 1951 Bride of the Gorilla
Mrs. Dina Van Gelder
 1951 Drums in the Deep South
Kathy Summers
 1951 Only the Valiant
Cathy Eversham
 1950 Dallas
Flo
 1950 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
Holiday Carleton
 1949 The Pecos Pistol (Short)
Kay McCormick
 1949 Trapped
Meg Dixon
 1949 Once More, My Darling
Girl Photographer (uncredited)
 1949 Silver Butte (Short)
Rita Landon
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 1953 The Great Jesse James Raid (performer: "That's the Man for Me")
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 1974 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Cagney (TV Special documentary)
Actress 'Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye'

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Other Works:

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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3 Print Biographies | 4 Articles | See more »


Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)
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Personal Quote:

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 ... See more »

Trivia:

She died at her parents house. She had been living with them for the last several weeks of her life. See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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Looks exactly like... Nicolassimone25
I met Barbara in 1963. redhilser
Please know that BP was MUCH more than what she has been made out to be jod6cindy
4 For Texas - small acting role bobo-29
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive direct999
Anna Nicole Smith always reminded me of her... even before she died. rachaela
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