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Author John O’Dowd revisits the life of the late Hollywood actress Barbara Payton in his new hardcover BearManor Media book, titled Barbara Payton: A Life in Pictures. An image driven follow-up to his first BearManor book on Barbara’s life and times, 2007’s Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton Story, the project contains over 1,000 photos and 550 pages, and offers an enlarged perspective of Barbara’s fascinating, if brief and star-crossed life.
Collected over the past two decades from dozens of sources—both in the United States, and abroad—the images in the book run the gamut from family photos and studio portraits, to candids, news photos, movie ads, and film stills. Accompanying the photos and their captions are over 170 quotes about Barbara and her life that have been culled from newspapers of the day, as well as from several people who knew her intimately. Hopefully, the combination of photographic and written material in the book will help provide a deeper understanding of Barbara, and what remains one of Hollywood’s biggest, and most shocking, self-inflicted tragedies.
Along with this new book and Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton Story, John O’Dowd is the co-author of the 2017 BearManor Media audio book, My Friend, Yvette Vickers: In Her Own Words, which contains a two-hour interview the late cult actress recorded for John a few years prior to her heartbreaking, 2011 passing, as well as another two hours worth of personal messages Yvette taped for John over the course of their ten-year friendship.
An audio version of Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton Story is currently being narrated by renowned voice actor and radio host David “Ghosty” Wills for a 2019 release, and the book has recently been optioned for a feature film project by producer Christopher Kopp, Director of Production and Development at Focus Features. Band of Brothers and The Sopranos actor and screenwriter Frank John Hughes is adapting John’s book for the (as yet untitled) screenplay.