Monday, November 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Barbara Payton


Margie: Edna, today is the birthday of actress Barbara Payton (1927- 1967). I bet our readers never heard of her. Actually, I probably never would have either but she was in some of the movie magazines I used to read.

Remember that magazine called Confidential? Lawsy me, I didn't dare let Mama catch me reading that. She said movie magazines were "pure trash."

Edna: Hmm, count me in with our readers who've never heard of her. But I have to say, it doesn't surprise me one bit that you'd be reading magazines Mama thought was trashy.

Goodness, but she wasn't very old when she died. What happened?

Margie: Edna, it's a tragic story. She supposedly got her movie roles via the old casting couch routine then she began drinking which led to her being called a "party girl." That was not what a female wanted to be called back then.

In the end she died a prostitute on a park bench. I wonder if the library has her autobiography?

Edna: Oh my, that is a sad story! But I bet it's not an unusual one, especially for Hollywood in those days. I'd be curious to read her autobiography, her story sounds like the kind of thing they would make a movie-of-the-week out of.

Would I know any of her movies?

Margie: Probably not. You never liked that kind. I do know one thing for sure, Edna. She was a smart lady to have an affair with that delicious Guy Madison. What a hunk!!!


Poetic Shutterbug said...

I never heard of her either and what a tragic story and at such an early age. I don't know Guy Madison either so I'll have to Google him. Now if a a movie of the week is produced I'm sure one of you two girls can play the lead given your "experience."

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Okay, I just Googled him and now I'm having heart palpitations.

Margie and Edna said...

Margie: Poetic, he surely is what they used to call a heartthrob!!
Oh, I'd play the lead because Edna is too stuffy. She could play my maid!

Alicia aka "Fashiona" said...

Edna is right...unfortunately all of Hollywood starlets lives end tragically. I am an AMC and TCM junkie so she does look familiar.

philly5113 said...

Awesome eyebrows. So sad but it seems that so many hollywood starlets have sad endings.

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