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Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton Story Paperback – March 26, 2007
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O'Dowd's book shatters the mold for how biographies are written. It is clear he understood Barbara as a person fully before he ever set pen to page. This book will take you on a heartbreaking journey. You'll want to put it down at times just to make the suffering stop, but you won't be able to. It grips you and takes you up to incredible highs and down to the deepest lows.
I can promise you will never look at a troubled celebrity the same way again after you read this book. This book was a labor of love and once you read it, you will see why.
As a big fan of Old Hollwyood, this book resonated with me. The only criticism I have is that I do not know with all the other resources Mr. O'Dowd could have used, why he quoted Dr. Joyce Brothers on the Narcissistic Personality when there are far more credible people to have quoted. And I do not know why he used Wikepedia for the same reason.
The collection of photographs is superb. I remember Ms. Payton and I think she was extraordinarily lovely, perhaps more so than just about any other female star at the time. But without ambition, direction or an inner compass, she was doomed. I wonder at all the people who were there to take from her and horrified none stepped forward to help her. Errol Flynn's friends would capture the man when he got really out of control, taking him away from being a danger to himself or others. One wonders after reading this book why nobody-not even her family-stepped forward to intervene. I came away feeling that the majority of Hollywood couldn't forgive her because she had stumbled into great success without really trying and then did nothing to improve her chances of staying at the top. Perhaps Ms. Payton held up a mirror to them and they didn't like what they saw in the reflection. Excess and lack of control are never pretty to see, but plenty of people were involved in her demise.
I think this stands as a fine example of how not to raise a child and how not to live one's life and my greatest pleasure was to learn her only child is happy and I think ultimately, that would have made Ms. Payton very proud.
Most of Barbara’s pain and suffering in life came from her arguing with reality instead of owning it.
People who usually suffer from mental illness have had horrific childhoods and Barbara Payton is no exception.
At an early age, Barbara Payton was raped, and sexually abused. Because of this, Barbara discovered her sexuality way too young and set her on a path of out-of-control, life-shattering promiscuity.
Barbara admitted she knew the time she was a teenager that she was never the girl that men would respect, so she had just decided that she would do whatever she wanted to do.
Although Barbara’s father worked full-time when he came home from work, he drank and so did her mother. They both were alcoholics.
Barbara’s brother and she would also inherit this insidious disease.
Barbara’s father was also very cold man, ignoring her for much of her childhood. This would leave a void in her life that she would never fill. If men liked Barbara she did not believe them and if they did not like her, she did not understand why.
Barbara would spend most of her adult life in co-dependant relationships that did little or nothing for her self-esteem or worth.
The devastating effects of Barbara growing up in an alcoholic household went far beyond her eventual addiction to alcohol.
Due to Barbara’s parent’s alcoholism, she learned at home to survive by living in denial as a coping mechanism. Unfortunately, this would play a major part in her downfall as an adult.
In 1948, Barbara came to Hollywood to find herself.
Upon arrival in Hollywood, she reputedly was a sex addict, who slept with so many men that the tabloids gave her the nickname “Queen of the Nightclubs.”
The legendary Bob Hope spotted Barbara and she became his mistress. Hope paid for her apartment and bills. This started an unfortunate prescient in her life.
Hollywood’s power players could not resist Barbara’s beauty, charm, and innate raw talent. She quickly found acting jobs that made many of her contemporaries envious.
It was around this time; Barbara was given pills to keep her weight under control so that she could stay fit.
Barbara had an addictive personality that now included her excessive use of alcohol, pills, and way too many sexually relationships.
By 1949, Barbara achieved success with the film noir “Trapped.”
It is incredible to watch Barbara in her fifth film “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” hold her own with the legendary James Cagney. This is a man who had been a movie icon and star for almost 20 years. Yet, Barbara dominates the screen as though she had been acting for years. Acting was easy for Barbara, life was her problem.
After the success of the 1950 film, Barbara signed an acting contract which paid her $10,000 a week. At the time, she was the highest paid female in Hollywood.
Instead of Barbara taking her career to the next level, she got involved in numerous affairs and scandals that made headlines and damaged her reputation as a serious actress.
In 1951, Barbara soon-to-be husband, popular and respected actor Franchot Tone got in a fight over her with the much younger actor Tom Neal.
Franchot was hospitalized and spent 18 hours in a coma. His cheekbone smashed, he had a broken nose, a concussion and needed plastic surgery.
The incident made headlines throughout the world, portraying Barbara as a femme fatal. It caused all three parties great embarrassment with reporters following Barbara everywhere to question her.
Although Barbara married Franchot, soon she would resume her relationship with Tom Neal.
In 1952, Barbara divorced Franchot and began living with Tom.
Barbara then toured the country with Tom in the play “The Postman Always Rings Twice” playing the deadly Cora, who conspires with her lover to plot the murder of her husband. This was not a wise career move especially after being publicly labeled a harlot.
By 1955, Barbara made her last film. Hollywood power players realized Barbara was a deeply disturbed woman unable to handle success and blacklisted her.
Barbara’s once promising career ended. She even went so far as to sell stories of her love life to tabloid papers that only made her seem more desperate and unstable.
In 1958, Barbara’s loyal agent and friends advised her to leave Hollywood and start over. Yet, she was not finished with Hollywood.
Barbara decided everyone else was wrong. She did not care that no agents, directors, or producers had any interest in revitalizing her career because she knew better.
When Barbara could no longer get a job as an actress in Hollywood, she tried working a couple of regular full-time jobs. Yet, her alcoholism was affecting her ability to hold a full-time job. In order to make ends meet, she choose an even more stressful profession that of being a prostitute.
Regardless of how many times Barbara was arrested for streetwalking and the toll it took on her mentally, physically, and spiritually, she did not give up hope that it was still possible for her to be an actress again. If only someone in Hollywood would give her a break.
Instead, Barbara would find even more degradation; humiliation, poverty, and suffering.
Barbara’s biographer John O’Dowd for the first time interviews her best friend, and son among many others close to her. The book is compassion and well-rounded portrait of a woman that was doing the best she could who clearly needed professional help.
This long overdue and through book brings compassion, depth and understanding to one of the most misunderstood figures in Hollywood history.
Let’s hope biographer John O’ Dowd starts a new trend in star biographies in which the writer shows empathy and respect to their subject.
Believe me when I say this, you will not be able to put this book down once you start reading it. It is that good!!!
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