Actresses of the 50s and 60s

Archive for the ‘1927’ Category

Barbara Payton 1927 – 1967

In 1927, American on July 15, 2018 at 3:17 am

Barbara Payton: American actress born Barbara Lee Redfield 16 November 1927, Cloquet Minnesota; died 8 May 1967, age 39, San Diego California; heart and liver failure; on screen 1949 – 1955 but remembered for scandals, alcoholism and descent into povert.

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Rita Gam 1927 – 2016

In 1927, American on June 28, 2018 at 12:20 pm

Rita Gam: born Rita Eleanore MacKay 1927, on screen 1950 – 1996.

Barbara Payton (1927 – 1967)

In 1927, American on May 6, 2018 at 1:57 pm

Barbara Payton: American actress born Barbara Lee Redfield 16 November 1927, Cloquet Minnesota; died 8 May 1967, age 39, San Diego California; heart and liver failure.

Payton was on screen 1949 – 1955 but is remembered for scandals, alcoholism and descent into poverty. In 1951 Payton’s lover actor Tom Neal beat up her fiancé Franchot Tone (Neal later served 6 years for killing his wife). In 1955 she was fined for writing bad checks, in 1956 Payton lost custody of her son, in 1961 was arrested twice in one week for drunkeness, in 1963 she was jailed for prostitution. In 1963, an autobiography, I Am Not Ashamed – ghost-written by Leo Guild – was published.

In 1967, shortly after Payton moved to San Diego to live with her parents, she was found dead on the bathroom floor.

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Lise Topart (1927 – 1952)

In 1927, French on April 22, 2018 at 5:47 am

Lise Topart: French actress born 24 October 1927, Paris France; died 3 March 1952, age 25, Nice France; aeroplane crash.

Topart appeared on stage and in several postwar French films.

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Janet Leigh 1927 – 2004

In 1927, American on February 4, 2018 at 10:47 pm

Janet Leigh (1927 – 2004): born Jeannette Helen Morrison, leading American actress of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Janet Leigh 1927 – 2004

In 1927, American on February 4, 2018 at 10:46 pm

Janet Leigh (1927 – 2004): born Jeanette Helen Morrison in California, “discovered” as a 17 year old by actress Norma Shearer while holidaying at the ski resort where Morrison’s parents worked; film credits 1947 – 2005.

Lisa Lu

In 1927, Chinese on February 1, 2018 at 9:36 pm

Lisa Lu: Chinese born actress (1927); American movie and television credits since 1958; still acting in 2018.

Janet Leigh, 1927 – 2004

In 1927, American on December 13, 2017 at 10:59 am

Janet Leigh (1927 – 2004): born Jeanette Helen Morrison in California, “discovered” as a 17 year old by actress Norma Shearer while holidaying at the ski resort where Morrison’s parents worked; film credits 1947 – 2005.

Dany Robin, 1927 – 1995

In 1927, French on December 12, 2017 at 8:04 am

Dany Robin (1927 – 1995): French actress born Danielle Robin, on screen from 1946 until Alfred Hitchcock’s French spy thriller Topaz (1969); died in a house fire at age 68.

Gina Lollobrigida in 1956

In 1927, Italian on December 5, 2017 at 11:18 am

Gina Lollobrigida and Alain Cuny in The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1956).