Barbara Payton (1927–1967)


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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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Known For

Bride of the Gorilla Mrs. Dina Van Gelder
(1951)
Dallas Flo
(1950)
Four Sided Triangle Lena / Helen
(1953)

Filmography

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 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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 1952 The Arthur Murray Party (TV Series)
Herself - Actress
- Episode #3.6 (1952) ... Herself - Actress
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 2014 Flickers! (TV Series)
Dina Van Gelder
- Pilot (2014) ... Dina Van Gelder
 2002 E! Mysteries & Scandals (TV Series documentary)
Herself
- Barbara Payton (2002) ... Herself
 1974 AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Cagney (TV Special documentary)
Actress 'Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye'

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Other Works:

(Summer 1953) She acted in James M. Cain's play, "The Postman Always Rings Twice," in a Kenley Players production in Lakewood Park Theatre in Barnesville, Pennsylvania with Tom Neal in the cast. John Kenley was artistic director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 5 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)
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Here a socially acceptable Mr. Tone [Franchot Tone] was begging to pay my bills legally and Mr. Have-Nothing [Tom Neal] was living in my house, lifting his weights by the pool . . . Tom didn't think he could afford a wife--like me. See more »

Trivia:

Jessica Lange read Payton's autobiography "I Am Not Ashamed" while filming The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), figuring that the character of hard luck roadhouse waitress Cora perhaps drifted to Hollywood to become an actress. Coincidentally, both Lange and Payton were born in Cloquet, MN, and Payton starred in a stage version of "The Postman Always Rings Twice" in 1953. See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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