John Payne and Natalie Wood (1947)

 

John Payne and nine year old Natalie Wood become
friends while filming “Miracle On 34th Street” (1947)

 

Natalie Wood and John Payne rehearsing lines for "Miracle On 34th Street" (1947)

Natalie Wood and John Payne rehearsing lines for
“Miracle On 34th Street” (1947)

 

John Payne and Natalie Wood having fun behind the scenes while filming "Miracle On 34th Street" (1947)

John Payne and Natalie Wood having fun behind the scenes while filming “Miracle On 34th Street” (1947)

 

A great expression on Natalie Wood's face as she studies John Payne while he hops on a pogo stick backstage while filming "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947)

A great expression on Natalie Wood’s face as she studies John Payne while he hops on a pogo stick backstage while filming “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)

 

 

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2 Responses to “John Payne and Natalie Wood (1947)”

  1. […] John Payne was born May 23, 1912 in Roanoke, Virginia. Payne’s mother, Ida Hope was a singer and graduated from the Virginia Seminary in Roanoke and married George Washington Payne, a developer in Roanoke. They lived at Fort Lewis, an antebellum mansion that became a state historic property but was destroyed by fire in the late 1940s. Payne attended prep school at Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania and then went to Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. He then transferred to Columbia University in New York City in the fall of 1930. Payne studied drama at Columbia and voice at Juilliard School. To support himself, he took on a variety of odd jobs, including wrestling and singing in vaudeville. In 1934, a talent scout for the Shubert theaters spotted Payne and gave him a job as a stock player. Payne toured with several Shubert Brothers shows, and frequently sang on New York-based radio programs. In 1936 Payne left New York for Hollywood working for various studios until 1940. He then signed with 20th Century Fox where he became a star in 1940s musicals like “Tin Pan Alley” (1940) with Alice Faye and Betty Grable, “Sun Valley Serenade” (1941) opposite Sonja Henie, “Week-End in Havana” (1941) with Alice Faye and Carmen Miranda, “Springtime in the Rockies” (1942) with Betty Grable and Carmen Miranda and “Hello, Frisco, Hello” (1943) opposite Alice Faye. A non-musical starring role during this period was in “To the Shores of Tripoli” (1942) with Randolph Scott and Maureen O’Hara which was one of the top films of 1942. […]

  2. […] November 29, 1981) was an American film and television actress best known for her screen roles in “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947), “Splendor in the Grass” (1961), “Rebel Without a Cause” (1955), and […]

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