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Barbara Lee Redfield

Also Known As: "Tone"
Birthdate: (39)
Birthplace: Cloquet, MN, United States
Death: May 8, 1967 (39)
San Diego, CA, United States
Place of Burial: San Diego, CA, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Erwin "Flip" Redfield and Mabel Redfield
Ex-wife of William Hodge; John Payton, Jr.; Franchot Tone and George "Tony" Provas
Mother of <private> Payton
Sister of Frank Redfield

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About Barbara Payton

The words "notorious," "infamous," and "flamboyant" have all been used to describe Hollywood beauty Barbara Payton. A Warner Bros. contract player of the early 1950s, Payton had a promising start in motion pictures before taking a free-fall dive into an abyss of degradation and obscurity.

Born Barbara Lee Redfield in Cloquet, Minnesota to restaurateurs Erwin Lee "Flip" Redfield and the former Mabel Todahl, Payton headed to Hollywood in 1945 in search of a career in movies and was eventually placed under contract by Universal Studios where she began appearing in bit parts.

Her acting career, begun in 1949, was over in just seven years, and after only twelve films. It had, in effect, been crushed by the less than favorable reputation she had cultivated as an inveterate, loose-living "party girl." The tabloids and newspapers of the day kept her name in the public eye, for awhile, in a series of embarrassing headlines, until she finally faded out of view. She resurfaced in 1962, accompanied by even worse headlines that exposed her hellish life on the mean streets of L.A. Despite the popularity of her 1963 tell-all biography, I Am Not Ashamed, Barbara Payton's career never recovered.


Murder Is My Beat (1955) .... Eden Lane 
Run for the Hills (1953) .... Jane Johnson 
Bad Blonde (1953)... 
Great Jesse James Raid, The (1953) .... Kate 
Four Sided Triangle (1953) .... Lena/Helen 
Flanagan Boy, The (1953) .... Lorna Vecchi 
Drums in the Deep South (1951) .... Kathy Summers 
Bride of the Gorilla (1951) .... Mrs. Dina Van Gelder 
Only the Valiant (1951) .... Cathy Eversham 
Dallas (1950) .... Flo, Brant Marlow's Woman 
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950) .... Holiday Carleton 
Pecos Pistol, The (1949) .... Kay McCormick 
Trapped (1949) .... Meg Dixon, alias Laurie Fredericks 
Once More, My Darling (1949) (uncredited) .... Girl Photographer 
Silver Butte (1949) .... Rita Landon 
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Barbara Payton's Timeline

November 16, 1927
Cloquet, MN, United States