Barbara Payton

Movie Actress

Barbara Payton was born in Cloquet, Minnesota, United States on November 16th, 1927 and is the Movie Actress. At the age of 39, Barbara Payton biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, movies, and networth are available.

Other Names / Nick Names
Barbara Lee Redfield
Date of Birth
November 16, 1927
United States
Place of Birth
Cloquet, Minnesota, United States
Death Date
May 8, 1967 (age 39)
Zodiac Sign
Actor, Autobiographer, Film Actor, Prostitute, Stage Actor
Barbara Payton Height, Weight, Eye Color and Hair Color

At 39 years old, Barbara Payton has this physical status:

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Barbara Payton Religion, Education, and Hobbies
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Odessa High School, Odessa, TX
Barbara Payton Spouse(s), Children, Affair, Parents, and Family
William Hodge, ​ ​(m. 1943; annul. 1943)​, John Lee Payton Sr., ​ ​(m. 1945; div. 1950)​, Franchot Tone, ​ ​(m. 1951; div. 1952)​, George Anthony Provas, ​ ​(m. 1957; div. 1958)​, Jess Rawley, ​ ​(m. 1962)​
Dating / Affair
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Mabel Irene Todahl, Erwin Lee Redfield
Frank Leslie III
Barbara Payton Career

Payton first gained notice in the 1949 film noir Trapped co-starring Lloyd Bridges. In 1950, she was allowed to make a screen test for John Huston's production of the forthcoming MGM crime drama The Asphalt Jungle. The part of the sultry mistress of a mob-connected lawyer went to Marilyn Monroe.

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. 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. at a salary of $5,000 per 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 managed to hold her own among a cast of Hollywood veterans. Her portrayal of the hardened, seductive girlfriend, whom Cagney's character ultimately double crosses, was praised in newspaper reviews of the movie. Her acting skills were recognized, and her significant screen charisma was widely acknowledged.

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye was the high point in Payton's career. Her screen appearances opposite Gary Cooper in Dallas (1950) and Gregory Peck in Only the Valiant (1951), both Westerns, were lackluster productions that 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.