Susan Hayward

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    • Susan Hayward



      Date of birth
      30 June 1918
      Brooklyn, New York, USA

      Date of death
      14 March 1975
      Hollywood, California, USA. (brain cancer)

      Sometimes Credited As:
      Edythe Marriner

      Birth name
      Edythe Marrenner


      5' 3½" (1.61 m)

      Floyd Eaton Chalkley (8 February 1957 - 9 January 1966) (his death)
      Jess Barker (24 July 1944 - 18 August 1954) (divorced) 2 children

      Was diagnosed with brain cancer, allegedly the result of being exposed to dangerous radioactive toxins on location in Utah while making The Conqueror (1956). All the leads John Wayne, Agnes Moorehead, John Hoyt, Hayward and the director Dick Powell died of cancer.
      The case is still a scandal.

      Interred at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Carrollton, Georgia, USA.

      She portrayed an alcoholic in three films, Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947), My Foolish Heart (1949) and I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955)) and was nominated for an Oscar for each performance.

      Her footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre are the only ones set in gold dust.

      Her first marriage to actor Jess Barker was a stormy one and ended with a bitter custody battle of her twin sons and a suicide attempt by Susan. Her second to rancher Eaton Chalkley was a long and happy one until he died suddenly of hepatitis nine years later. She left Hollywood for five years in deep mourning, returning in 1971.

      Took over the ballsy role of stage star Helen Lawson in Valley of the Dolls (1967) in 1967 after Judy Garland was fired.

      Was one of many starlets in 1939 who auditioned for the part of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939).

      Measurements: 36 1/2-26-35 1/2 (as noted in "Hollywood Studio Magazine), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

      Replaced an ailing Barbara Stanwyck in Heat of Anger (1972) (TV), which was to have been a pilot for a TV series to be called "Fitzgerald and Pride.

      Personal quotes
      "I learned at a very early age that life is a battle. My family was poor, my neighborhood was poor.
      The only way that I could get away from the awfulness of life, at that time, was at the movies. There I decided that my big aim was to make money. And it was there that I became a very determined woman."

      "I never thought of myself as a movie star. I'm just a working girl. A working girl who worked her way to the top -- and never fell off."

      "My life is fair game for anybody. I spent an unhappy penniless childhood in Brooklyn. I had to slug my way up in a town called Hollywood where people love to trample you to death. I don't relax because I don't know how. I don't want to know how. Life is too short to relax."

      "When you're dead, you're dead. No one is going to remember me when I'm dead. Oh maybe a few friends will remember me affectionately. Being remembered isn't the most important thing anyhow. It's what you do when you are here that's important."

      Susan Hayward was born Edythe Marrener in Brooklyn, New York, on June 30, 1918. Her father was a transportation worker, and Susan lived a fairly comfortable life as a child, but the precocious little redhead had no idea of the life that awaited her. She attended public school in Brooklyn, where she graduated from a commercial high school that was intended to give students a marketable skill. She had planned on becoming a secretary, but her plans changed. She started doing some modeling work for photographers in the NYC area. By 1937, her beauty in full bloom, she went to Hollywood when the nationwide search was on for someone to play the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind (1939). Although she--along with several hundred other aspiring Scarletts--lost out to Vivien Leigh, Susan was to carve her own signature in Hollywood circles. In 1937 she got a bit part in Hollywood Hotel (1937). The bit parts continued all through 1938, with Susan playing, among other things, a coed, a telephone operator and an aspiring actress. She wasn't happy with these bit parts, but she also realized she had to "pay her dues". In 1939 she finally landed a part with substance, playing Isobel Rivers in the hit action film Beau Geste (1939). In 1941 she played Millie Perkins in the offbeat thriller Among the Living (1941). This quirky little film showed Hollywood Susan's considerable dramatic qualities for the first time. She then played a Southern belle in Cecil B. DeMille's Reap the Wild Wind (1942), one of the director's bigger successes, and once again showed her mettle as an actress. Following that movie she starred with Paulette Goddard and Fred MacMurray in The Forest Rangers (1942), playing tough gal Tana Mason. Although such films as Jack London (1943), And Now Tomorrow (1944) and Deadline at Dawn (1946) continued to showcase her talent, she still hadn't gotten the meaty role she craved. In 1947, however, she did, and received the first of five Academy Award nominations, this one for her portrayal of Angelica Evans in Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947). She played the part to the hilt and many thought she would take home the Oscar, but she lost out to Loretta Young for The Farmer's Daughter (1947). In 1949 Susan was nominated again for My Foolish Heart (1949) and again was up against stiff competition, but once more her hopes were dashed when Olivia de Havilland won for The Heiress (1949). Now, however, with two Oscar nominations under her belt, Susan was a force to be reckoned with. Good scripts finally started to come her way and she chose carefully because she wanted to appear in good quality productions. Her caution paid off, as she garnered yet a third nomination in 1953 for With a Song in My Heart (1952). Later that year she starred as Rachel Donaldson Robards Jackson in The President's Lady (1953). She was superb as Andrew Jackson's embittered wife, who dies before he was able to take office as President of the United States. After her fourth Academy Award nomination for I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955), Susan began to wonder if she would ever take home the coveted gold statue. She didn't have much longer to wait, though. In 1958 she gave the performance of her lifetime as real-life California killer Barbara Graham in I Want to Live! (1958), who was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in the gas chamber. Susan was absolutely riveting in her portrayal of the doomed woman. Many film buffs consider it to be one of the finest performances of all time, and this time she was not only nominated for Best Actress, but won. After that role she appeared in about one movie a year. In 1972 she made her last theatrical film, The Revengers (1972). She had been diagnosed with cancer, and the disease finally claimed her life on March 14, 1975, in Hollywood. She was 56.
      IMDb mini-biography by Denny Jackson

      1. Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole (1972) (TV) .... Dr. Maggie Cole
      2. The Revengers (1972) .... Elizabeth Reilly
      ... aka Vengadores, Los (Mexico)
      3. Heat of Anger (1972) (TV) .... Jessie Fitzgerald
      ... aka Fitzgerald and Pride
      4. Valley of the Dolls (1967) .... Helen Lawson
      5. The Honey Pot (1967) .... Mrs. Sheridan
      ... aka It Comes Up Murder
      ... aka Mr. Fox of Venice
      ... aka The Honeypot (USA)
      6. Where Love Has Gone (1964) .... Valerie Hayden Miller
      7. Stolen Hours (1963) .... Laura Pember
      ... aka Summer Flight (USA)
      8. I Thank a Fool (1962) .... Christine Allison
      9. Back Street (1961) .... Rae Smith
      10. Ada (1961) .... Ada Gillis
      11. The Marriage-Go-Round (1961) .... Content Delville
      12. Woman Obsessed (1959) .... Mary Sharron
      13. Thunder in the Sun (1959) .... Gabrielle Dauphin
      14. I Want to Live! (1958) .... Barbara Graham
      15. Top Secret Affair (1957) .... Dorothy 'Dottie' Peale
      ... aka Their Secret Affair (UK)
      16. "Reflets de Cannes"
      - Episode dated 2 May 1956 (1956) TV Episode
      17. The Conqueror (1956) .... Bortai
      ... aka Conqueror of the Desert
      18. I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955) .... Lillian Roth
      19. Soldier of Fortune (1955) .... Mrs. Jane Hoyt
      20. Untamed (1955) .... Katie O'Neill(Kildare)(Van Riebeck)
      21. Garden of Evil (1954) .... Leah Fuller
      22. Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954) .... Messalina
      23. White Witch Doctor (1953) .... Ellen Burton
      24. The President's Lady (1953) .... Rachel Donaldson/Robards/Jackson, Narrator
      25. The Lusty Men (1952) .... Louise Merritt
      26. The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952) .... Helen
      ... aka Ernest Hemingway's The Snows of Kilimanjaro (USA: complete title)
      27. With a Song in My Heart (1952) .... Jane Froman
      28. David and Bathsheba (1951) .... Bathsheba
      29. I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1951) .... Harriet Boyd
      ... aka Only the Best (USA: TV title)
      ... aka This Is My Affair (UK)
      30. Rawhide (1951) .... Vinnie Holt
      ... aka Desperate Siege (USA: reissue title)
      31. I'd Climb the Highest Mountain (1951) .... Mary Elizabeth Eden Thompson

      32. My Foolish Heart (1949) .... Eloise Winters
      33. House of Strangers (1949) .... Irene Bennett
      34. Tulsa (1949) .... Cherokee 'Cherry' Lansing
      35. The Saxon Charm (1948) .... Janet Busch
      36. Tap Roots (1948) .... Morna Dabney
      37. The Lost Moment (1947) .... Tina Bordereau
      38. They Won't Believe Me (1947) .... Verna Carlson
      39. Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947) .... Angelica 'Angie'/'Angel' Evans Conway
      ... aka A Woman Destroyed (UK)
      ... aka Smash-Up
      40. Canyon Passage (1946) .... Lucy Overmire
      41. Deadline at Dawn (1946) .... June Goth
      42. And Now Tomorrow (1944) .... Janice Blair
      43. The Hairy Ape (1944) .... Mildred Douglas
      44. Skirmish On the Home Front (1944) .... Molly Miller
      45. The Fighting Seabees (1944) .... Constance Chesley
      ... aka Donovan's Army
      46. Jack London (1943) .... Charmian Kittredge
      ... aka The Adventures of Jack London
      ... aka The Life of Jack London
      ... aka The Story of Jack London (USA)
      47. Hit Parade of 1943 (1943) .... Jill Wright
      ... aka Change of Heart (USA: reissue title)
      48. Young and Willing (1943) .... Kate Benson
      ... aka Out of the Frying Pan
      49. I Married a Witch (1942) .... Estelle Masterson
      50. The Forest Rangers (1942) .... Tana 'Butch' Mason
      51. Paramount Victory Short No. T2-1: A Letter From Bataan (1942) .... Mrs. Mary Lewis
      ... aka A Letter from Bataan (USA: short title)
      52. Reap the Wild Wind (1942) .... Cousin Drusilla Alston
      ... aka Cecil B. DeMille's Reap the Wild Wind (USA: complete title)
      53. Among the Living (1941) .... Millie Pickens
      54. Sis Hopkins (1941) .... Carol Hopkins
      55. Adam Had Four Sons (1941) .... Hester Stoddard
      ... aka Legacy (USA)

      56. $1000 a Touchdown (1939) .... Betty McGlen
      57. Our Leading Citizen (1939) .... Judith Schofield
      58. Beau Geste (1939) .... Isobel Rivers
      59. Comet Over Broadway (1938) (uncredited) .... Amateur Actress
      60. Girls on Probation (1938) .... Gloria Adams
      61. The Sisters (1938) (uncredited) .... Telephone Operator
      62. Campus Cinderella (1938) .... Co-Ed
      63. The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938) (scenes deleted) .... Patient
      64. Hollywood Hotel (1937) (uncredited) .... Starlet at table

      1. The 46th Annual Academy Awards (1974) (TV) .... Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
      2. Think Twentieth (1967) .... Herself
      3. The 32nd Annual Academy Awards (1960) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter: Best Actor
      4. The 31st Annual Academy Awards (1959) (TV) .... Herself - Best Actress Winner
      5. "Toast of the Town"
      ... aka The Ed Sullivan Show (new title)
      - Episode #9.40 (1956) TV Episode .... Herself
      - Episode #9.24 (1956) TV Episode .... Herself
      6. The 28th Annual Academy Awards (1956) (TV) .... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role & Presenter: Costume Design Awards
      7. "Climax!"
      ... aka Climax Mystery Theater (USA)
      - The Louella Parsons Story (1956) TV Episode .... Herself
      8. Screen Snapshots: Hopalong in Hoppy Land (1951) .... Herself
      9. Star Spangled Rhythm (1942) .... Herself - Genevieve in Priorities Skit

      Archive Footage
      1. "Backstory"
      - Valley of the Dolls (2001) (2001) TV Episode .... Herself
      2. Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood (2001) (TV) (uncredited) .... Herself
      3. Isn't She Great (2000) (uncredited) .... Herself
      4. The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (1989) (TV) .... Herself
      5. Sixty Years of Seduction (1981) (TV) .... Herself
      6. Hollywood My Home Town (1965) .... Herself
      7. "Toast of the Town"
      - Episode #6.30 (1953) TV Episode .... Herself
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Susan Hayward made only 3 films with Duke,

      The Conqueror (1956) .... Bortai
      The Fighting Seabees (1944) .... Constance Chesley
      Reap the Wild Wind (1942) .... Cousin Drusilla Alston

      On the set of The Conqueror, Pilar Wayne,
      claimed, that Hayward had a crush on Duke.
      Hayward, would often be drunk, and wandered around
      the set making passes at Duke.
      That of course, doesn't imply, that she had to be drunk!!!
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • What a beautiful young woman Susan Hayward was! It is no wonder she was offered modeling work!

      As bad as it is, I just might have to watch The Conqueror again, now that I know a little more about some of the players, and also some of the background.

      There was definitely a plethora of links for this lovely star -
      (scroll down to second entry)
      (scroll down a little to see some statistics)

      Mrs. C :angel1:
    • Re: Pals Of The Saddle- Susan Hayward


      And also very professional, very standoffish during the working day and would not mix with either cast or crew.

      She had to fight for everything she earned and tragiclly died at an early age.


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