Susan Hayward

Model, Factory worker, Actor
Pretty, exuberant leading lady who began her Hollywood career in 1937 as a bit player and was a star by the mid-1940s. Talented and tempestuous, with a penchant for playing ripe melodrama with all the stops out, Hayward ... Read more »
Born: 06/30/1918 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (50)

The Revengers 1971 (Movie)

Elizabeth (Actor)

Valley of the Dolls 1967 (Movie)

Helen Lawson (Actor)

The Honey Pot 1966 (Movie)

Mrs Lone-Star Crockett Sheridan (Actor)

Stolen Hours 1963 (Movie)

Laura Pember (Actor)

Where Love Has Gone 1963 (Movie)

Valerie Hayden Miller (Actor)

Ada 1961 (Movie)

Ada (Actor)

Back Street 1961 (Movie)

Rae Smith (Actor)

I Thank a Fool 1961 (Movie)

Christine Allerson (Actor)

The Marriage-Go-Round 1960 (Movie)

Content (Actor)

I Want to Live! 1958 (Movie)

Barbara Graham (Actor)

Thunder in the Sun 1958 (Movie)

Gabrielle Dauphin (Actor)

Woman Obsessed 1958 (Movie)

Mary Sharron (Actor)

Top Secret Affair 1957 (Movie)

Dottie Peale (Actor)

The Conqueror 1956 (Movie)

Bortai (Actor)

I'll Cry Tomorrow 1955 (Movie)

Lillian Roth (Actor)

Soldier of Fortune 1955 (Movie)

Jane Hoyt (Actor)

Untamed 1955 (Movie)

Katie O'Neill (Actor)

Demetrius and the Gladiators 1954 (Movie)

Messalina (Actor)

Garden of Evil 1954 (Movie)

Leah Fuller (Actor)

White Witch Doctor 1953 (Movie)

Ellen (Actor)

The Lusty Men 1952 (Movie)

Louise Merritt (Actor)

I Can Get It For You Wholesale 1951 (Movie)

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The Snows of Kilimanjaro 1951 (Movie)

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They Won't Believe Me 1947 (Movie)

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Canyon Passage 1946 (Movie)

Lucy Overmire (Actor)

The Fighting Seabees 1944 (Movie)

Constance Chesley (Actor)

Hit Parade of 1943 1942 (Movie)

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Reap the Wild Wind 1941 (Movie)

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Star Spangled Rhythm 1941 (Movie)

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Adam Had Four Sons 1940 (Movie)

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Beau Geste 1938 (Movie)

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Girls on Probation 1938 (Movie)

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And Now Tomorrow (Movie)

Janice Blair (Actor)

Comet over Broadway (Movie)

Amateur Actress (Actor)

David and Bathsheba (Movie)

Bathsheba (Actor)

Deadline at Dawn (Movie)

June Goth (Actor)

Heat of Anger (TV Show)

Actor

House of Strangers (Movie)

Irene Bennett (Actor)

I Married a Witch (Movie)

Estelle Masterson (Actor)

Jack London (Movie)

Charmain Kittredge (Actor)

My Foolish Heart (Movie)

Eloise Winters (Actor)

Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole (TV Show)

Actor

Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (Movie)

Angie Evans (Actor)

Tap Roots (Movie)

Morna Dabney (Actor)

The Forest Rangers (Movie)

Tana Mason (Actor)

The Hairy Ape (Movie)

Mildred Douglas (Actor)

The President's Lady (Movie)

Rachel Donelson Robards (Actor)

The Saxon Charm (Movie)

Janet Busch (Actor)

Tulsa (Movie)

Cherokee Lansing (Actor)

With a Song in My Heart (Movie)

Jane Froman (Actor)
Music (1)

Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Biography

Pretty, exuberant leading lady who began her Hollywood career in 1937 as a bit player and was a star by the mid-1940s. Talented and tempestuous, with a penchant for playing ripe melodrama with all the stops out, Hayward reached her peak in the early 1950s in such enjoyably sudsy vehicles as "My Foolish Heart" (1950), "With a Song in My Heart" (1952) and "I'll Cry Tomorrow" (1955). She was often cast as the brassy, defiant heroine, as in her Oscar-winning role "I Want to Live!" (1958), where she splendidly played the real-life Barbara Graham, a woman who was wrongly sentenced to death. Hayward's stardom petered out by the mid-60s, but she continued playing occasional leads and character roles (including a part as a past-her-prime film star in the abysmal "Valley of the Dolls" 1969) on film and TV until shortly before her death of a brain tumor in 1975.

Relationships

Ellen Marrener

Mother

Jess Barker

Husband
married on July 24, 1944 divorced on August 18, 1954

Gregory Barker

Son
twin born on February 19, 1945 in Santa Monica

Timothy Barker

Son
twin born on February 19, 1945 in Santa Monica

John Carroll

Companion
engaged in early 1940s relationship ended

Eaton Chalkley

Husband
from Georgia met at a Christmas party in 1955 married from 1957 until his death on January 9, 1966

Joseph Chalkley

Step-Son
died in September 1964 at age 26 in an accident

Walter Marrener

Father
died in 1937

Walter Marrener

Brother
born c. 1912

Florence Marrener

Sister
born c. 1910

EDUCATION

attended elementary school in Brooklyn with Jeff Chandler (ne Ira Grossel)

Feagin School of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York

Girls Commercial High School

Brooklyn , New York
school's name later changed to Prospect Heights High School

Milestones

1972

Last film, "The Revengers"

1964

Last starring vehicle, "Where Love Has Gone"

1959

Returned to the top ten boxoffice status poll; placed 10th

1955

Attempted suicide after custody battle with husband Jess Barker over their twins

1947

Received first Oscar nomination as Best Actress for "Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman"; star status consolidated by this time

1940

Played notable early leading or second lead roles in "Among the Living", "Reap the Wild Wind" and "I Married a Witch"

1938

Film acting debut in "Girls on Probation"

1937

Had bit part in "Hollywood Hotel"

1923

Struck by a car and spent a year recovering from her injuries

Made the annual exhibitors' list of top ten boxoffice stars, placing 9th two years in a row

Worked as a model in the mid-1930s; photos appeared in Saturday Evening Post accompanying story on modeling agency handling her

Signed to a contract with Warner Bros.

Met with David O Selznick in NYC about testing to play Scarlet O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind"; flown to Hollywood for a screen test

Bonus Trivia

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Besides her win for "I Want to Live" (1958), Hayward was also nominated for Best Actress for "Smash Up: The Story of a Woman" (1947), "My Foolish Heart" (1950), "With a Song in My Heart" (1952), and "I'll Cry Tomorrow" (1955).

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