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Susan Hayward

Highest Rated:   100% I Want to Live! (1958)
Lowest Rated:   31% Valley of the Dolls (1967)
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Birthplace:   Brooklyn, New York, USA
Energetic red-haired leading lady Susan Hayward (born Edythe Marrener) specialized in portraying gutsy women who rebound from adversity. She began working as a photographer's model while still in high school, and when open auditions were held in 1937 for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind, she arrived in Hollywood with scores of other actresses. Unlike most of the others, however, she managed to become a contract player. Her roles were initially discouragingly small, although she gradually work her way up to stardom. For her role in Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947) -- the first in which she played a strong-willed, courageous woman -- Hayward received the first of her five Oscar nominations; the others were for performances in My Foolish Heart (1950), With a Song in My Heart (1952), I'll Cry Tomorrow (1956), and I Want to Live (1958), winning for the latter. Although the actress maintained her star status through the late '50s, the early '60s saw her in several unmemorable tearjerkers, and although she formally retired from films in 1964, that retirement was not a permanent one - as she later returned to the screen for a few more roles including parts in a couple of telemovies and one theatrical feature during the early 1970s. Her ten-year marriage to actor Jess Barker ended in 1954 with a bitter child-custody battle, and she died in 1975 after a two-year struggle with a brain tumor, one of several cast and crew members from 1956's The Conqueror to be stricken with cancer later in life.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Verifica incerta - Disperse Exclamatory Phase
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Thunder In The Sun
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole
  • Dr. Maggie Cole
1972
No Score Yet Heat of Anger
  • Actor
1971
31% Valley of the Dolls
  • Helen Lawson
1967
No Score Yet The Honey Pot
  • Mrs. Lone-Star Crockett Sheridan
1967
No Score Yet Where Love Has Gone
  • Valerie Hayden Miller
1964
No Score Yet Stolen Hours
  • Laura Pember
1963
No Score Yet I Thank a Fool
  • Christine Allison
1962
No Score Yet Back Street
  • Rae Smith
1961
No Score Yet Ada
  • Actor
1961
No Score Yet Woman Obsessed
  • Mary Sharron
1959
100% I Want to Live!
  • Barbara Graham
1958
No Score Yet Top Secret Affair
  • Dorothy 'Dottie' Peale
1957
No Score Yet The Conqueror
  • Bortai
1956
No Score Yet I'll Cry Tomorrow
  • Lillian Roth
1955
No Score Yet Soldier of Fortune
  • Mrs. Jane Hoyt
1955
No Score Yet Untamed
  • Katie O'Neill
1955
No Score Yet Garden of Evil
  • Leah Fuller
1954
80% Demetrius and the Gladiators
  • Messalina
1954
No Score Yet The President's Lady
  • Rachel Donelson Robards
1953
No Score Yet White Witch Doctor
  • Ellen Burton
1953
100% The Lusty Men
  • Louise Merritt
1952
No Score Yet With a Song in My Heart
  • Jane Froman
1952
100% The Snows of Kilimanjaro
  • Helen
1952
80% David and Bathsheba
  • Bathsheba
1951
No Score Yet I Can Get it For You Wholesale
  • Harriet Boyd
1951
No Score Yet Rawhide
  • Vinnie Holt
1951
No Score Yet I'd Climb the Highest Mountain
  • Mary Elizabeth Eden Thompson
1951
No Score Yet My Foolish Heart
  • Eloise Winters
1949
80% House of Strangers
  • Irene Bennett
1949
No Score Yet Tulsa
  • Cherokee Lansing
1949
No Score Yet Tap Roots
  • Morna Dabney
1948
No Score Yet They Won't Believe Me
  • Verna Carlson
1947
No Score Yet Smash Up: The Story of a Woman
  • Angie Evans Conway
1947
No Score Yet Lost Moment
  • Tina Bordereau
1947
100% Canyon Passage
  • Lucy Overmire
1946
No Score Yet Deadline at Dawn
  • June Goth
1946
No Score Yet And Now Tomorrow
  • Janice Blair
1944
No Score Yet The Hairy Ape
  • Mildred Douglas
1944
100% The Fighting Seabees
  • Constance Chesley
1944
No Score Yet Jack London
  • Charmian Kittredge
1943
No Score Yet Change of Heart
  • Jill Wright
1943
No Score Yet Jack Frost
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet Star Spangled Rhythm
  • Genevieve
1942
95% I Married a Witch
  • Estelle Masterson
1942
No Score Yet Young and Willing
  • Kate Benson
1942
67% Reap the Wild Wind
  • Drusilla Alston
1942
No Score Yet Among the Living
  • Millie Pickens
1941
No Score Yet Sis Hopkins
  • Carol Hopkins
1941
No Score Yet Adam Had Four Sons
  • Hester Stoddard
1941
100% Beau Geste
  • Isobel Rivers
1939
No Score Yet The Sisters
  • Telephone Operator
1938
No Score Yet The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse
  • Bit Part
1938
No Score Yet Hollywood Hotel
  • Starlet at Table
1937

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