Beneath the glamour of old Hollywood, scandals and misery reigned. Blonde actress Barbara Payton stands as one of the most miserable and unfortunate starlets of the time.
Born 1927 in Minnesota, Barbara had big blue eyes, milky-white skin, and hair so blonde as to be nearly white. She made a mere 14 films before dying at the age of 39 from heart and liver complications. Before dying, Barbara had slipped into not only substance abuse, but prostitution. She oversaw the writing of a biography, I Am Not Ashamed, in 1963, four years before her death at her parents' home in San Diego.