One of my favorite podcasts is called You Must Remember This — a Hollywood history series that covers the juicy details behind some of America’s most famous and infamous celebrities.
The storytelling is the best part about this podcast. The tales of careers-gone-wrong don’t require any prior knowledge of the actors involved, which is great because I haven’t heard of many of the characters.
I just finished Episode 10: “Barbara Payton,” and it was fascinating.
Payton went from a top actress reportedly earning $10,000/week to a heroin-addicted prostitute who died at age 39.
The most powerful thing about Barbara Payton’s story is her seeming self-awareness during her rapid downfall. She was keenly aware of her career slipping, but couldn’t overcome her addiction problems.
Sadly, this reminded me a lot of another actress who was insanely popular when I was young.
But that story isn’t finished yet.
Anyway, Payton’s autobiography I Am Not Ashamed has made its way to my pool reading list for later this year and I’m excited for the next episode!
Photo: Pablo Charnas, Wadowice, Poland.