Barbara Lee Payton Biography


Birthday: November 16, 1927 (Scorpio)

Born In: Cloquet, Minnesota, United States

Barbara Lee Payton was an American film actress known for her roles in films, such as ‘Once More, My Darling’, ‘Trapped’ and ‘Dallas’. She began her career as a model after she hired a photographer to take photos of her in fashionable outfits. She eventually started gaining attention from clothing designers and later also found work in advertising. She entered the acting field soon and received praise for her role in the semi documentary film ‘Trapped’. The film was about the treasury department and revolved around a story related to it. Other films that gained her attention include ‘Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye’, which was based on a novel by Horace McCoy. She also had a main role in the civil war film ‘Drums in the Deep South’. Despite having a fairly successful career, her life was ultimately destroyed because of her alcoholism and drug addiction. She eventually passed away due to liver and heart failure at a young age. Years after her death, she became the subject of several books such as ‘Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton Story’ and ‘LA Despair: A Landscape of Crimes and Bad Times’.
Quick Facts

Also Known As: Barbara Lee Redfield, Barbara Payton

Died At Age: 39


Spouse/Ex-: 1962–1967 - Jess Rawley, 1943–1943 - William Hodge, 1945–1950 - John Payton Jr, 1951–1952 - Franchot Tone, 1957–1958 - George A. Provas

father: Erwin Lee Redfield

mother: Mabel Irene Todahl

children: John Lee Payton

Actresses American Women

Died on: May 8, 1967

place of death: San Diego, California, United States

Cause of Death: Heart Failure

: Liver Failure

U.S. State: Minnesota

Barbara Payton’s career began after she was signed by a clothing designer to model for junior fashion wear. She later found more work in print advertising and also appeared in clothing ads for magazines such as ‘Charm’ and ‘Junior Bazaar’.
She made her film debut with a role in the 1949 film ‘Silver Butte’. She gained attention for her role in the film ‘Trapped’ which was released the same year. Directed by Richard Fleisher, the film was a semi-documentary about the treasury department.
Barbara Payton was next seen in the 1950 film ‘Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye’. Directed by Gordon Douglas, the film was about the life of a criminal who escapes from prison, murders his partner in crime, and then goes back to a criminal lifestyle. The same year, she also played a supporting role in the film ‘Dallas’.
Other films she appeared in over the next few years include ‘Bride of the Gorilla’ (1951), ‘Only the Valliant’ (1951), ‘Run for the Hills’ (1953), ‘The Great Jesse James Raid’ (1953)’, and ‘The Flanagan Boy’ (1953). Her last significant role was in the 1955 mystery film ‘Murder is My Beat’. The film was directed by Edgar G Ulmer. It revolved around a businessman who is found dead, after which his girlfriend is convicted of the murder.
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Personal Life
Barbara Payton was born on 16 November 1927 as Barbara Lee Redfield in Cloquet, Minnesota, in the US. She was the daughter of Erwin Lee Redfield and Mabel Irene Todahl. Her parents were Norwegian immigrants.
Her family later moved to Odessa, Texas, where her father started his own business. As she grew up over the years, she started gaining attention for her good looks. She eventually decided to start a modeling career, and therefore, she hired a photographer to take photos of her sporting fashionable outfits.
She eloped with her high school boyfriend William Hodge at the age of sixteen. The marriage was later annulled at the insistence of her parents. She later married combat pilot John Payton in February 1945 and had one son with him. She, however, felt confined in her life as a housewife and mother and left her husband to pursue her career.
She married Franchot Tone in September 1951. However, they divorced because she continued to have an illegitimate relationship with actor Tom Neal. Her fourth and last marriage was with a 23-year-old furniture store executive named George Provas. This marriage too ended in a divorce.
Barbara Payton’s life and career were eventually ruined due to her addiction to drugs and alcohol. She passed away on 8 May 1967, at her parents’ home, due to heart and liver failure. She was just 39 at the time of her demise. She was cremated and interred at the Cypress View Mausoleum and Crematory located in San Diego, California.

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