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Barbara Britton ACTOR


Barbara Britton was born on September 26th, 1919 in Long Beach, California with the birth name Barbara Brantingham.  She attended Polytechnic High School and after completing High School she attended Long Beach City College majoring in Speech with the intention of working as a speech and drama teacher.  However, while in School she began to show an interest in acting and began working on local stage productions.
When Britton was in a Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade a photo of her was put on the front page of the local newspaper.  A Talent scout took notice of her and she was signed to a Paramount Pictures Contract.
Her film debut was in, "Secret of the Wastelands" (1941) starring William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy, followed by some small roles in such films as, "Louisiana Purchase" (1941) starring Bob Hope, Vera Zorina, Victor Moore, Irene Bordoni and Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom, Academy Award winner "Reap the Wild Wind" (1942) with John Wayne, Ray Milland, Paulette Goddard, Robert Preston, Susan Hayward, Louise Beavers, Raymond Massey, Charles Bickford and Hedda Hopper, "So Proudly We Hail!" (1943) starring Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake, Walter Abel and John Litel and "Till We Meet Again" (1944) co-starring Ray Milland and Walter Slezak.  As her film career progressed she was continuing to get cast in a number of films but never as a lead role.  She added to her resume roles in such films as, "The Virginian" (1946) starring Joel McCrea, Brian Donlevy, Sonny Tufts, Fay Bainter, William Frawley, Tom Tully, Henry O'Neill and Paul Guilfoyle, "The Return of Monte Cristo" (1946) starring with Louis Hayward and George Macready, "Albuquerque" (1948) starring alongside Randolph Scott, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Lon Chaney Jr., George Cleveland, Irving Bacon and Russell Hayden and "The Bandit Queen" (1950) also starring Willard Parker and Barton MacLane.  In total during the 40's she worked on twenty six films, but none earning her any Academy Award nominations or helping her achieve the level of stardom she dreamed of. 
Frustrated with not being able to reach her full potential in the film industry, Britton returned back to working as a stage actress and also turned her career towards working as a television actress.  She starred in the 1950's television series, "Mr. and Mrs. North" starring with Richard Denning, "Climax!", "Lights Out" and also did some commercial work.  She is well known for her role as the spokesperson for the Revlon products in the 1950's and 1960's. 
On occasion, Britton would return to film making taking on roles in such films as, "Dragonfly Squadron" (1954) co-starring John Hodiak and Bruce Bennett, "Night Freight" (1955) starring with Forrest Tucker and Keith Larsen, "The Spoilers" (1955) starring Anne Baxter, Jeff Chandler, Rory Calhoun, Ray Danton, Wallace Ford, John McIntire, Willis Bouchey and Roy Barcroft and the musical film "Ain't Misbehavin'" (1955) starring Rory Calhoun, Piper Laurie, Reginald Gardiner, Jack Carson and Mamie Van Doren. Just one year before she passed away she was still making appearances on television with her last role being on a daytime soap opera called, "One Life to Live" (1979).
Britton married only one time during her lifetime, to her physician and psychoanalyst, Dr. Eugene Czukor in 1945 and they remained together until she passed away.  The couple had four children together, two of whom went on to pursue careers in the entertainment industry as well.  Just one year after Britton appeared on "One Life to Live", Britton passed away from gastric cancer in New York City, New York on January 17th, 1980 at the age of sixty.   She was survived by her husband and only two of her four children, Christina and Theodore.  

Barbara Britton was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to Television at 1719 Vine Street on February 8, 1960.

1968 One Life to Live 
1960 The Comedy Spot 
1955 The Spoilers 
1955 The Ford Television Theatre
1955 The Christophers
1950-1955 Robert Montgomery Presents 
1955 Night Freight 
1955 Appointment with Adventure
1955 Ain't Misbehavin'
1955 Climax!
1954 Danger 
1952-1954 Mr. & Mrs. North
1954 Dragonfly Squadron 
1952 Bwana Devil
1952 The Raiders 
1952 Ride the Man Down 
1952 Schlitz Playhouse
1951 Cameo Theatre
1950-1951 Armstrong Circle Theatre
1951 Lights Out
1951 Lux Video Theatre
1951 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse
1950 The Bandit Queen 
1950 Champagne for Caesar 
1949 I Shot Jesse James
1949 Cover Up
1948 Loaded Pistols 
1948 The Untamed Breed
1948 Mr. Reckless 
1948 Albuquerque 
1947 Gunfighters 
1946 The Return of Monte Cristo 
1946 The Fabulous Suzanne 
1946 They Made Me a Killer 
1946 The Virginian 
1945 Captain Kidd 
1945 The Great John L.
1944 Till We Meet Again
1944 The Story of Dr. Wassell 
1944 Showboat Serenade 
1943 The Last Will and Testament of Tom Smith 
1943 So Proudly We Hail! 
1943 Young and Willing 
1943 Freedom Comes High 
1942 Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch
1942 Wake Island 
1942 Beyond the Blue Horizon
1942 Reap the Wild Wind 
1942 The Fleet's In 
1941 Louisiana Purchase 
1941 Secret of the Wastelands 

Matinee Classics - Loaded Pistols starring Gene Autry, Barbara Britton, Chill Wills, Jack Holt, Russell Arms and Robert Shayne
Matinee Classics - Barbara Britton, movie and television actor
Matinee Classics - Barbara Britton
Matinee Classics - Mr. and Mrs. North Radio Show starring Carl Eastman, Joseph Curtin, Richard Denning, Peggy Conklin, Alice Frost and Barbara Britton
Matinee Classics - Mr. and Mrs. North starring Richard Denning and Barbara Britton
Matinee Classics - Freedom Comes High starring James Craig, Barbara Britton, Donald Cook, Cecil Kellaway, Mabel Paige and Charles Quigley
Matinee Classics - My Favorite Martian starring Ray Walston, Bill Bixby, Pamela Britton, J. Pat O'Malley, Alan Hewitt, Roy Engel and Wayne Stam
Matinee Classics - Secret of the Wastelands starring William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Brad King, Barbara Britton, Douglas Fowley, Keith Richards, Soo Yong, Richard Loo, Lee Tung Foo and Gordon Hart
Matinee Classics - So Proudly We Hail! starring Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake, George Reeves, Barbara Britton, Walter Abel, Sonny Tufts, Mary Servoss, Ted Hecht, John Litel, Dr. Hugh Ho Chang, Mary Treen, Kitty Kelly, Helen Lynd, Lorna Gray, Dorothy Adams, Ann Doran, Jean Willes, Lynn Walker, Joan Tours, Mimi Doyle, James Bell and Dick Hogan

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