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Barbara Lee Payton was an American film actress known for her role in the film ‘Dallas’

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BirthdayNovember 16, 1927
Died onMay 8, 1967
NationalityAmerican
FamousFilm & Theater Personalities, Actresses
City/StateMinnesota
Spouses1962–1967 - Jess Rawley, 1943–1943 - William Hodge, 1945–1950 - John Payton Jr, 1951–1952 - Franchot Tone, 1957–1958 - George A. Provas
Known asBarbara Lee Redfield
Childrens John Lee Payton
Birth PlaceMinnesota
GenderFemale
FatherErwin Lee Redfield
MotherMabel Irene Todahl
Sun SignScorpio
Born inMinnesota
Famous asActress
Died at Age39

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Who is Barbara Lee Payton?

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’.

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Career

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.

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.

Death

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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Barbara Lee Payton biography timelines

  • // 1927
    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.
  • // 1945
    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.
  • // 1949
    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.
  • // 1950
    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’.
  • // 1951
    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.
  • // 1955
    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.
  • // 8th May 1967
    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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Barbara Lee Payton's FAQ

  • What is Barbara Lee Payton birthday?

    Barbara Lee Payton was born at 1927-11-16

  • When was Barbara Lee Payton died?

    Barbara Lee Payton was died at 1967-05-08

  • Which age was Barbara Lee Payton died?

    Barbara Lee Payton was died at age 39

  • Where is Barbara Lee Payton's birth place?

    Barbara Lee Payton was born in Minnesota

  • What is Barbara Lee Payton nationalities?

    Barbara Lee Payton's nationalities is American

  • Who is Barbara Lee Payton spouses?

    Barbara Lee Payton's spouses is 1962–1967 - Jess Rawley, 1943–1943 - William Hodge, 1945–1950 - John Payton Jr, 1951–1952 - Franchot Tone, 1957–1958 - George A. Provas

  • Who is Barbara Lee Payton childrens?

    Barbara Lee Payton's childrens is John Lee Payton

  • Who is Barbara Lee Payton's father?

    Barbara Lee Payton's father is Erwin Lee Redfield

  • Who is Barbara Lee Payton's mother?

    Barbara Lee Payton's mother is Mabel Irene Todahl

  • What is Barbara Lee Payton's sun sign?

    Barbara Lee Payton is Scorpio

  • How famous is Barbara Lee Payton?

    Barbara Lee Payton is famouse as Actress

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