Barbara Britton

Barbara Britton

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Barbara Britton
Film: West side of the 1700 block of Vine Street
Actress
Born Barbara Brantington on Sept. 26, 1919 in Long Beach, CA
Died Jan. 17, 1980 of cancer in New York, NY

Actress Barbara Britton rode the city of Long Beach's float in the 1941 Tournament of Roses Parade all the way to Hollywood.

The local girl's star began to shine bright when the 18-year-old drama student at Long Beach City College was chosen to become the Sun Goddess of the All-Winter Festival, ruling over 300 local events, the following year. Chosen for her "youth, wholesomeness, grace and beauty," she next attracted the attention of Paramount talent scouts leading to her first film, "Secrets of the Wastelands," a Hopalong Cassidy opus.

Over the next 20 years she appeared in 20 films, most notably opposite Randolph Scott in both "Captain Kidd" (1945) and "Gunfighters" (1947), and opposite Joel McCrea in "The Virginian" (1946).
Other noteworthy films include Cecil B. DeMille's "Reap the Wild Wind" (1942), Samuel Fuller's "I Shot Jesse James" (1949) and Arch Oboler's "Bwana Devil" (1953), the first 3-D film.

From 1952-54, Britton costarred opposite Richard Denning in the television series "Mr. and Mrs. North." They played a dazzling married couple who solved crimes before the police. Her last television role was playing Fran Craig Gordon on the ABC soap "One Life to Live" (1979).

For 12 years Britton was the spokesperson for Revlon cosmetics, that included appearing in live spots during the television show, "The $64,000 Question," and was among the most-watched television shows from 1955 to 1957.

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