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This Day in WWII 21 September 1939 - 1945


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USRubberCompanyAd-Sept1942.jpg United States Rubber Company Ad - September 1942

1939: 60,000 Poles, all that remains of the Polish Southern Army surrender at Zamosz and Tomaszov.

1941: The German Army cuts off the Crimean Peninsula from the rest of the Soviet Union.

Barbara%20Payton1.jpg *Barbara Payton

1942: RAF raids are conducted against Munich and the Saar valley.

1942: British forces begin their first land counter-offensive against the Japanese in Arakan, Western Burma.

1942: The inter-allied information committee estimates that the Germans have so far, executed 207,373 people in occupied Europe.

Barbara%20Payton2.jpg Barbara Payton

1943: The Red Army forces a crossing of the Dnieper at Dnepropetrovsk, thereby breaking into the German Panther line.

1943: Molotov insists on the resumption of Arctic convoys.

Barbara%20Payton3.jpg Barbara Payton

1944: U.S. troops of the 7th Army, invading Southern France, cross the Meuse River.

1944: Polish paratrooper's land between Arnhem and Nijmegen as the British force at Arnhem bridge is overwhelmed. Autumn rains impede the allied advance as the U.S. 85th Division takes Firenzwold.

Barbara%20Payton4.jpg Barbara Payton

1944: The Eighth Army's Greek Mountain Brigade take Rimini on the Adriatic coast. German forces of Army Group E evacuates the Peloponnes peninsula in Greece.

1944: U.S. planes hit Manila in the Philippines, sinking 40 ships, damaging 35 destroying 357 aircraft.

Barbara%20Payton5.jpg Barbara Payton

1945: Ghandi, Nehru, and the all-India Congress Party demands that all Southeast Asia should be free of imperialist domination.

Barbara%20Payton6.jpg Barbara Payton

*One of the saddest tales ever to come out of Hollywood has to be that of Barbara Payton. A blue-eyed, peroxide blonde sexpot who had a lot going for her, her life eventually disintegrated, mostly by her own doing. Things started out well enough for Barbara Lee Redfield, born on November 26, 1927, in Cloquet, Minnesota. From a modest, blue-collar background, she grew up to be a drop-dead gorgeous young woman and, following a quickie marriage at age 19, decided to leave home for good to try to capitalize on her good looks in Tinseltown. She headed for Hollywood in 1948 and, within a short time, was placed under contract by Universal, where she began the typical starlet route of bit parts. She reached her peak with routine but promising co-star work opposite James Cagney in "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" (1950), Gary Cooper in "Dallas" (1950) and Gregory Peck in "Only the Valiant" (1951).

Barbara%20Payton7.jpg Barbara Payton

Although her talent was overshadowed by her brassiness and looks, her slightly lurid appeal seemed to be enough to carry her through. Caught up in the glitz and glamor, however, her career started taking second place to a reckless life full of capricious romances involving a number of top stars and producers, many of them married. One of her more famous trysts ended up making headlines for her, and none of them favorable. She was juggling two boyfriends at the same time, classy "A" actor Franchot Tone and muscular "B" actor Tom Neal, and they fought almost to the death for Barbara's affections. On September 13, 1951, the men engaged in a deadly brawl and when it was over, Tone was in the hospital with broken bones and a brain concussion. Barbara ended up with both a black eye and a tarnished reputation. She married Tone after he recovered, but left him after only seven weeks and returned to the violence-prone Neal. That abusive relationship lasted four years, though they never married. During that time Barbara's career had plummeted to the point where she was making such dismal features as "Bride of the Gorilla" (1951), co-starring Raymond Burr. She went to England to try to rejuvenate her career, but no dice; it was over and her life was skidding out of control. Her once beautiful face now blotchy and her once spectacular figure now bloated, Barbara sank deeper into the bottle. From 1955 to 1963 there were various brushes with the law - among them passing bad checks, public drunkenness and, ultimately, prostitution. She was forced to sleep on bus benches, was beaten and bruised by her tricks, and lost teeth in the process. In 1967, after failed efforts to curb her drinking, she finally moved in with her parents in San Diego to try to dry out. It was too late. On May 8, 1967, the 39-year-old former starlet was found on the bathroom floor - dead of heart and liver failure. Somehow through all this misery she managed a tell-all book ironically entitled "I Am Not Ashamed" (1963).

Barbara%20Payton8.jpg Barbara Payton

TRIVIA:

Height: 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Spouse:

1. William Hodge (m. 1943, annulled)

2. John Payton Jr., an Air Force pilot (m. 10-Feb-1945, div. 1950, one child, John Lee Payton, born 1947)

3. Franchot Tone, actor (m. 1951, div. 1952)

4. George A. Provas (a.k.a. Tony Provas, m. 1957, div. Aug. 1958)

Her son, John Lee Payton Jr., was born on March 14, 1947.

Her son was serving in Vietnam when she died.

Dated or was romantically linked to actor Mickey Knox, producer Howard Hughes, actor John Ireland, gangster Mickey Cohen, actor George Raft, entertainment attorney Greg Bautzer, actors Gregory Peck, Tom Conway, Woody Strode, Guy Madison, Gary Cooper, Steve Cochran, and Jerry Bialac.

She had a six month affair with Bob Hope in 1949 in which he paid for her to live in a luxurious apartment. The affair ended when she began making demands for more money.

Her autobiography, I Am Not Ashamed, was actually ghostwritten by someone else. According to her ghostwriter, Leo Guild, Barbara had one favor to ask. She didn't want to be paid in cash or check. She wanted payment in red wine because there were claims on her cash.

UnitedStatesRubberAd-Sept1944.jpg United States Rubber Company Ad - September 1944

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