Martha Hyer

Martha Hyer

Highest Rated: 100% The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)

Lowest Rated: 33% The Carpetbaggers (1964)

Birthday: Aug 10, 1924

Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Martha Hyer was an actress during the golden age of cinema, starring in over 70 films between 1946 and 1971 alongside some of the true greats of Hollywood including Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, John Wayne, and Cary Grant. The daughter of a prominent judge, Hyer studied speech and drama at Northwestern University in Illinois. She moved to California, first working as a stage actress before signing with RKO. Her first screen role was an uncredited appearance in "The Locket" (1946) followed by a run of smaller roles before making her TV debut in 1950 on "The Lone Ranger" (ABC, 1949-1957). By 1951's "Oriental Evil" she was playing the lead; she also met her husband, producer/writer/director C. Ray Stahl, while filming in Japan. After making two more films together, "Geisha Girl" (1952) and "The Scarlet Spear" (1954), the couple divorced. Now a popular actress on TV and the big screen, Hyer co-starred in the clasic romantic comedy "Sabrina" (1954) alongside Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart; "Houseboat" (1958) with Grant and Sophia Loren; and opposite Frank Sinatra in "Some Came Running" (1958), which saw Hyer nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the 1959 Academy Awards. Hyer was reportedly almost cast as Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" (1960) before losing the role to Janet Leigh; however, she did appear twice on the director's anthology series "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" (NBC 1962-65), including a starring role on the show's first episode. She continued to feature on the big screen in the likes of soapy romance "The Carpetbaggers" (1964), alongside low-budget features such as "Pyro" (1964) and "Bikini Beach" (1964). In 1966, she married producer Hal Wallis and scaled back on her acting commitments; her final film was "The Day of the Wolves" (1971), while her last TV appearance was a guest spot on the police series "McCloud" (NBC 1970-77) in 1974. Despite being retired, Hyer continued to live a lavish lifestyle, and unbeknownst to Wallis got herself into debt with loan sharks to cover her many expenses. She recounted this story and many others in her autobiography Finding My Way: A Hollywood Memoir in 1990. Martha Hyer died in 2014 at the age of 89.

Highest rated movies

The Sons of Katie Elder
Sabrina
The Chase
Born to Kill
Some Came Running
First Men in the Moon
Houseboat
The Carpetbaggers

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
50% 70% Rooster Cogburn Screenwriter - 1975
No Score Yet 71% The Day of the Wolves Maggie Anderson (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ladies of Crime Unknown (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 17% Crossplot Jo Grinling (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 78% Once You Kiss a Stranger Lee (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Catch as Catch Can Luisa Chiaramonte (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ordeal Billie Ramsey (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Some May Live Kate Meredith (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 69% The Happening Monica (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 6% House of 1,000 Dolls Rebecca (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 53% The Night of the Grizzly Angela Cole (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 58% Picture Mommy Dead Francene Shelley (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet In Saigon: Some May Live Kate Meredith (Character) - 1966
89% 73% The Chase Mary Fuller (Character) - 1966
100% 81% The Sons of Katie Elder Mary Gordon (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blood on the Arrow Nancy Mailer (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pyro Laura Blanco (Character) - 1964
67% 53% First Men in the Moon Katherine "Kate" Callender (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 40% Bikini Beach Vivien Clements (Character) - 1964
33% 62% The Carpetbaggers Jennie Denton (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wives and Lovers Lucinda Ford (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Girl Named Tamiko Fay Wilson (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Time I Saw Archie Peggy Kramer (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Right Approach Anne Perry (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Desire in the Dust Melinda Marquand (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 60% Ice Palace Dorothy Wendt Kennedy (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mistress of the World Karin Johansson (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 44% The Big Fisherman Herodias (Character) - 1959
64% 71% Houseboat Carolyn Gibson (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Once Upon a Horse Miss Amity Babb (Character) - 1958
77% 76% Some Came Running Gwen French (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kelly and Me Lucy Castle (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mister Cory Abby Vollard (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 23% Battle Hymn Mary Hess (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 54% The Delicate Delinquent Martha Henshaw (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 48% My Man Godfrey Cordelia Bullock (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Showdown at Abilene Peggy Bigelow (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Red Sundown Caroline Murphy (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Paris Follies of 1956 Ruth Harmon (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 57% Francis in the Navy Betsy Donevan (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kiss of Fire Felicia (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wyoming Renegades Nancy Warren (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 12% Lucky Me Lorraine Thayer (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Riders to the Stars Dr. Jane Flynn (Character) - 1954
93% 89% Sabrina Elizabeth Tyson (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 43% Down Three Dark Streets Connie Anderson (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Scarlet Spear Christine (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Battle of Rogue River Brett McClain (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 67% Cry Vengeance Peggy Harding (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 67% So Big Paula Hempel (Character) - 1953
33% 45% Abbott and Costello Go to Mars Janie Howe (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Stallion Caroline Cullen (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Geisha Girl Peggy Burns (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Oriental Evil Cheryl Banning (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Frisco Tornado Jean Martin (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 50% Roughshod Marcia (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rustlers Ruth Abbott (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 38% The Clay Pigeon Miss Harwick (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Judge Steps Out Catherine Bailey Struthers III (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 70% The Velvet Touch Helen Adams (Character) - 1948
83% 74% Born to Kill Maid (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thunder Mountain Ellie Jorth (Character) - 1947

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet McCloud Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Affair Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet 100% The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet 20% Bewitched Margaret Marshall (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1962 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Farmer's Daughter Doris Larsen (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Deputy Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet 100% Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lone Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1950