Susan Hayward

Susan Hayward

Highest Rated: 100% The Lusty Men (1952)

Lowest Rated: 35% Valley of the Dolls (1967)

Birthday: Jun 30, 1917

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

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.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet No Score Yet The Revengers Elizabeth Reilly (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heat of Anger Jessie Fitzgerald (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole Dr. Maggie Cole (Character) - 1972
57% 60% The Honey Pot Mrs. Lone Star Crockett Sheridan (Character) - 1967
35% 58% Valley of the Dolls Helen Lawson (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 29% Where Love Has Gone Valerie Hayden Miller (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stolen Hours Laura Pember (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Thank a Fool Christine Allison (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 70% Back Street Rae Smith (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 50% Ada Ada Gillis (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marriage-Go-Round Content Delville (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 20% Woman Obsessed Mary Sharron (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thunder in the Sun Gabrielle Dauphin (Character) - 1959
93% 83% I Want to Live! Barbara Graham (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 50% Top Secret Affair Dorothy "Dottie" Peale (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 10% The Conqueror Bortai (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 17% Untamed Katie O'Neill Kildare (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 73% I'll Cry Tomorrow Lillian Roth (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 58% Soldier of Fortune Mrs. Jane Hoyt (Character) - 1955
83% 52% Garden of Evil Leah Fuller (Character) - 1954
83% 64% Demetrius and the Gladiators Messalina (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 50% The President's Lady Rachel Donaldson (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 12% White Witch Doctor Ellen Burton (Character) - 1953
100% 83% The Lusty Men Louise Merritt (Character) - 1952
67% 62% With a Song in My Heart Jane Froman (Character) - 1952
83% 53% The Snows of Kilimanjaro Helen (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 33% I'd Climb the Highest Mountain Mary Elizabeth Eden Thompson (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 50% I Can Get It for You Wholesale Harriet Boyd (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 59% Rawhide Vinnie Holt (Character) - 1951
83% 31% David and Bathsheba Bathsheba (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 47% Tulsa Cherokee Lansing (Character) - 1949
71% 74% House of Strangers Irene Bennett (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 52% My Foolish Heart Eloise Winters (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Saxon Charm Janet Busch (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 83% Tap Roots Morna Dabney (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 62% The Lost Moment Tina Bordereau (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 60% Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman Angelica "Angie"/"Angel" Evans Conway (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 76% They Won't Believe Me Verna Carlson (Character) - 1947
100% 64% Canyon Passage Lucy Overmire (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 61% Deadline at Dawn June Goth (Character) - 1946
40% 20% The Hairy Ape Mildred Douglas (Character) - 1944
100% 73% The Fighting Seabees Constance Chesley (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet And Now Tomorrow Janice Blair (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Change of Heart Jill Wright (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 14% The Jack London Story Charmian Kittredge (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet Young and Willing Kate Benson (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Forest Rangers Tana 'Butch' Mason (Character) - 1942
80% 56% Reap the Wild Wind Cousin Drusilla Alston (Character) - 1942
95% 69% I Married a Witch Estelle Masterson (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 50% Among the Living Millie Pickens (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 58% Adam Had Four Sons Hester Stoddard (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet $1,000 a Touchdown Betty McGlen (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Our Leading Citizen Judith Schofield (Character) - 1939
100% 85% Beau Geste Isobel Rivers (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Girls on Probation Gloria Adams (Character) - 1938


No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1956


Tom Owens says: What? Are you afraid of coyotes?

Vinnie Holt says: Yeah. The kind with boots on.

Helen Lawson says: Broadway doesn't go for booze and dope.