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You Must Remember This: #102: Barbara Payton (Dead Blondes Part 10)

01/08/2021

April 4,2017

Karina Longworth’s award winning and acclaimed podcast series about Hollywood

In our Joan Crawford series, we talked about Barbara Payton as the young, troubled third wife of Crawford’s ex Franchot Tone, whose inability to choose between Tone and another actor brought all three of them down into tabloid Hell. Today, we revisit Payton’s story, and expand it, to explore her rise to quasi-fame, and the slippery slope that reduced her from “most likely to succeed” to informal prostitution, to formal prostitution, and finally to a way-too-early grave.


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