Barbara Payton
Actress
Barbara Payton
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Marcos históricos do western: 1950-1951 - Tribuna do Norte - Natal
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Gregory Peck, Barbara Payton, Ward Bond, Gig Young, Lon Chaney Jr, Neville Brand, Jeff Corey, Warner Anderson. (Rawhide). Direção: Henry Hathaway. Produtor: Samuel G. Engel. Roteiro (original): Dudley Nichols. Fotografia (P&B): Milton Krasner
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Barbara Payton and Blood Sisters Band debut at Como's - Royal Oak Daily Tribune
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Only days after closing out Bob Seger's recent tour as a background vocalist, Detroit-based blues-rocker Barbara Payton will unveil her newest musical collaboration in a tri-female-led project known as the Blood Sisters Band
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Rape reports up in various cities - Ventura County Reporter
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Of the rapes reported in Moorpark, Detective Sgt. Barbara Payton of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department broke down the numbers. “Six were known suspects — ex-boyfriends, date rapes,” she said. Two requested no prosecution; “three were rejected by
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Bob Seger hits emotional sweet spots at last Palace show - The Detroit News
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The "special guests" some of us heard murmurings about turned out to be Seger's two children; Cole, who stepped up to play saxophone with the Motor City Horns, and Samantha, who slipped in between Laura Creamer, Barbara Payton and Shaun Murphy to sing
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Yvette Vickers's Secrets In Hollywoodland - LA Canyon News
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... and there are dozens if not hundreds of telephone hang-ups on the tape, part of what the star was complaining about in her letters and conversations to the bestselling author of “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton Story
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Rock and roll hasn't forgotten Bob Seger - Pitch Weekly (blog)
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Backup singers Murphy, Barbara Payton and Laura Creamer bring all kinds of dimensions to the set as well, ranging from the gospel shadings of "Good for Me" to Creamer's sassy tom-tom drumming on "Her Strut." The four-piece Motor City horns,
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Bob Seger to 'Turn the Page' in New Orleans for the first time in decades - NOLA.com
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Our newest is Barbara Payton; this is her second tour. We've got Jim “Moose” Brown from Nashville on guitar and piano. He wrote “It's Five O'Clock Somewhere” and produced Jamey Johnson. Having that many bandmembers stick around that long means you take
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Seger's 'Old Time Rock and Roll' soothes Tulsa's soul - Tulsa Today (blog)
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The four piece horn section complimented Alto Reed's saxophone and backup singers Shaun Murphy, Laura Creamer and Barbara Payton's vocals nicely. Glenpool's Mark Chatfield was spectacular on lead guitar, while Grand Funk Railroad's Don Brewer kept
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Barbara Payton
    THIRTIES
  • 1967
    Age 39
    In 1967, ill and seeking refuge from her turbulent circumstances, she moved back to San Diego, California to live with her parents.
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  • 1963
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The book originally included unflattering photographs of Payton and admissions that she had been forced to sleep on bus benches and suffered regular beatings as a prostitute. That year, she won a bit part in the western comedy film 4 for Texas, which was her last acting role.
  • 1962
    Age 34
    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."
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1957
    Age 29
    In November 1957, Payton married George A. "Tony" Provas, a 23-year-old furniture store executive in Nogales, Arizona. They divorced in August 1958.
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  • 1955
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Offered the choice of being admitted to the detox unit, Payton said, “I'd rather drink and die.” Following her brief hospitalization, she was driven by a county social worker to her parents’ home in San Diego. She told her family's neighbor, “I never wanted to be with them, I never wanted to see them again. But here I am, and I got all the booze I want.” Her father, Flip Redfield, and her mother, Mabel, were both heavy drinkers, and engaged with Payton in unabated drinking binges.
  • 1953
    Age 25
    In May 1953, Payton announced that she and Neal were to be married that summer in Paris.
    More Details Hide Details The couple cancelled their engagement and broke up the following year.
  • 1952
    Age 24
    After being married, Tone discovered that she had continued her relations with Neal, and Tone was subsequently granted a divorce in May 1952.
    More Details Hide Details The Payton/Neal relationship essentially ended their Hollywood film careers. During that time the couple capitalized on the notorious press coverage by touring in plays such as The Postman Always Rings Twice, based on the popular 1946 film of the same name. They would also star together in The Great Jesse James Raid, a B-movie western that received a limited released to theaters in 1953.
  • 1951
    Age 23
    Payton and Tone, who was still recovering from his injuries, were married on September 28, 1951 in Payton's hometown of Cloquet, Minnesota.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details The incident garnered huge publicity, and Payton decided to honor her engagement to Tone.
  • 1950
    Age 22
    In 1950, Payton met actor Franchot Tone and the two were later engaged.
    More Details Hide Details While engaged to Tone, Payton began having an affair with B-movie actor Tom Neal. She soon went back and forth publicly between Neal and Tone.
    After being screen-tested by James Cagney and his producer brother William, Payton starred with Cagney in the violent noir thriller Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye in 1950.
    More Details Hide Details William Cagney was so smitten with Payton's sensual appeal and beauty that her contract was drawn as a joint agreement between William Cagney Productions and Warner Bros. who together saw fit to bestow on Payton a salary of $5,000 a week; a large sum for an actress yet to demonstrate star power at the box-office. For a relative newcomer, in Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, Payton more than managed to hold her own among a cast of Hollywood veterans and alongside a super-star like Cagney himself. Her portrayal of the hardened, seductive girlfriend, whom Cagney’s character ultimately double-crosses, was critically praised in newspaper reviews of the movie. Her acting skills were recognized and her significant screen charisma widely acknowledged. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye was the highpoint in Payton’s career, the moment in time she was christened as a player with bonafide star power. Her other screen appearances opposite Gary Cooper in Dallas (1950) and Gregory Peck in Only the Valiant (1951), both westerns, were lackluster productions where her roles were no more than window dressing for the hero and did little to highlight her skills as an actress. Payton's career decline began with the 1951 low-budget horror film Bride of the Gorilla, co-starring Raymond Burr.
    In 1950, she was given the opportunity to make a screen test for John Huston's production of the forthcoming MGM crime drama The Asphalt Jungle.
    More Details Hide Details She was not chosen and the part of the sultry mistress of a mob connected lawyer went to Marilyn Monroe.
    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".
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  • 1949
    Age 21
    Payton first gained notice in the 1949 film noir Trapped, co-starring Lloyd Bridges.
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  • 1948
    Age 20
    Payton managed to combine the responsibilities of wife, new mother, and professional model, yet marriage was strained; Barbara and her husband separated in July 1948.
    More Details Hide Details Payton's drive, fueled by her high-energy personality, had become focused on promoting her career and showcasing her beauty around the town’s hot spots. Her notoriety as a luminous, fun-loving party girl in the Hollywood club scene caught the attention of William Goetz, an executive of Universal Studios. In January 1949, he signed her, age twenty-one, to a contract with a starting salary of $100 per week.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1947
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had a son, John Lee, who was born in February 1947.
  • 1944
    Age 16
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It was still early in their marriage that Barbara, restless and feeling confined by her life as a housewife, expressed a desire to pursue a modeling or acting career. Payton started a modeling career by hiring a photographer to take photos of her sporting fashionable outfits. This portfolio attracted the attention of a clothing designer, Saba of California, who signed her to a contract modeling junior fashions.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1927
    Born
    Born on November 16, 1927.
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