Barbara Payton

Born Nov 16, 1927

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1927 Birth Born on November 16, 1927.


1944 16 Years Old In 1944, she met her second husband, decorated combat pilot John Payton, who at the time was stationed at Midland Air Base. The couple were married on February 10, 1945 and moved to Los Angeles where John enrolled at USC under the G.I. Bill. … Read More
1947 19 Years Old In September 1947, the Rita La Roy Agency in Hollywood took her on and brought her more work in print advertising, notably in catalogs for Studebaker cars and in clothing ads for such magazines as Charm and Junior Bazaar. … Read More


1948 - 1949 2 More Events
After her divorce from Payton in 1950, she lost custody of the couple's son in March 1956 after her ex-husband charged that she exposed John Lee to "profane language, immoral conduct, notoriety, unwholesome activities" and failed to provide the boy with a "moral education".
1951 23 Years Old 1 More Event
On September 14, 1951, Neal, a former college boxer, physically attacked Tone at Payton's apartment leaving him in an 18-hour coma with a smashed cheekbone, broken nose, and concussion. … Read More
1952 24 Years Old After being married, Tone discovered that she had continued her relations with Neal, and Tone was subsequently granted a divorce in May 1952. … Read More
1953 25 Years Old In May 1953, Payton announced that she and Neal were to be married that summer in Paris. … Read More
1955 27 Years Old Payton's hard drinking and hard living ultimately destroyed her both physically and emotionally. From 1955 to 1963, her growing alcoholism and drug addiction led to multiple skirmishes with the law, including arrests for the passing of bad checks and eventually an arrest on Sunset Boulevard for prostitution. … Read More
1957 29 Years Old In November 1957, Payton married George A. "Tony" Provas, a 23-year-old furniture store executive in Nogales, Arizona. They divorced in August 1958.


1962 34 Years Old Writer Robert Polito recalls a 34-year-old Payton in 1962, when she was a habitué of a Hollywood, Sunset Boulevard establishment, “Coach and Horses,” where the young Polito’s father tended bar: "Barbara Payton oozed alcohol even before she ordered a drink - her brassy hair; her face displayed a perpetual sunburn, a map of veins by her nose … she carried an old man’s potbelly … her gowns and dresses … creased and spotted … She must have weighed two hundred pounds … She does not so much inhabit a character as impersonate a starlet."
1963 35 Years Old In 1963, she was paid $1,000 for her autobiography, I Am Not Ashamed, which was ghost written by Leo Guild; the memoir was re-issued in 2016 by Spurl Editions. … Read More
1967 39 Years Old In 1967, ill and seeking refuge from her turbulent circumstances, she moved back to San Diego, California to live with her parents.


1967 40 Years Old On May 8, 1967, Payton died at her parents' home of heart and liver failure at the age of 39. … Read More
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