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Birth information

30 June 1917 Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Death information

14 March 1975 Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Edythe Marrenner

Nickname

Red
The Brooklyn Bombshell

How tall is Susan Hayward?

1.6 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Floyd Eaton Chalkley
Jess Barker

Life Story of Susan Hayward

The youngest of three children, Edythe Marrenner was born in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York. Her father and mother, who were of Irish and Swedish descent respectively, endowed her with the milky complexion and ruby mane that would become her trademark. She grew up in poverty in the shadow of her older sister Florence who was her mother's favorite. Edythe would nurse a life-long grudge over what she perceived as her mother's neglect.

As a teenager, Edythe was brought to Hollywood as one of the hundreds of girls who had won a chance to screen test for the part of Scarlet O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939). The test was abysmal. It would take several years of studio subsidized acting and voice lessons before her talent would emerge and she would be renamed Susan Hayward. Susan's personality is usually described as cold, icy, and aloof. She did not like socializing with crowds. She disliked homosexuals and effeminate men. Her taste in love ran strictly to the masculine, and both of her husbands were rugged Southerners. She loved sport fishing, and owned three ocean going boats for that purpose. Movie directors enjoyed Susan's professionalism and her high...

Significant features of Susan Hayward

Red hair
Voluptuous figure

Publications and Magazines about Susan Hayward

Beverly Linet Susan Hayward: Portrait of a Survivor. 1980
Christopher Andersen A Star, Is a Star, Is a Star!: The Lives and Loves of Susan Hayward. 1980
Doug McClelland The Complete Life of Susan Hayward. 1975
Kim Holston Susan Hayward: Her Films and Life. 2002
Robert LaGuardia and Gene Arceri Red: The Tempestuous Life of Susan Hayward. 1985
E. Moreno The Films of Susan Hayward. 1979
Doug McClelland Susan Hayward: The Divine Bitch. 1973
Gene Arceri Brooklyn's Scarlett Susan Hayward: Fire in the Wind. 2010

What movies did Susan Hayward play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole (1972) Dr. Maggie Cole, The Revengers (1972) Elizabeth Reilly, Heat of Anger (1972) Jessie Fitzgerald, Valley of the Dolls (1967) Helen Lawson, The Honey Pot (1967) Mrs. Sheridan, Where Love Has Gone (1964) Valerie Hayden Miller, Stolen Hours (1963) Laura Pember, I Thank a Fool (1962) Christine Allison aka Garden, Back Street (1961) Rae Smith, Ada (1961) Ada Gillis, The Marriage-Go-Round (1961) Content Delville, Woman Obsessed (1959) Mary Sharron, Thunder in the Sun (1959) Gabrielle Dauphin, I Want to Live! (1958) Barbara Graham, Top...

Birth information

30 June 1917 Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Death information

14 March 1975 Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Edythe Marrenner

Nickname

Red
The Brooklyn Bombshell

How tall is Susan Hayward?

1.6 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Floyd Eaton Chalkley
Jess Barker

Life Story of Susan Hayward

The youngest of three children, Edythe Marrenner was born in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York. Her father and mother, who were of Irish and Swedish descent respectively, endowed her with the milky complexion and ruby mane that would become her trademark. She grew up in poverty in the shadow of her older sister Florence who was her mother's favorite. Edythe would nurse a life-long grudge over what she perceived as her mother's neglect.

As a teenager, Edythe was brought to Hollywood as one of the hundreds of girls who had won a chance to screen test for the part of Scarlet O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939). The test was abysmal. It would take several years of studio subsidized acting and voice lessons before her talent would emerge and she would be renamed Susan Hayward. Susan's personality is usually described as cold, icy, and aloof. She did not like socializing with crowds. She disliked homosexuals and effeminate men. Her taste in love ran strictly to the masculine, and both of her husbands were rugged Southerners. She loved sport fishing, and owned three ocean going boats for that purpose. Movie directors enjoyed Susan's professionalism and her high...

Significant features of Susan Hayward

Red hair
Voluptuous figure

Publications and Magazines about Susan Hayward

Beverly Linet Susan Hayward: Portrait of a Survivor. 1980
Christopher Andersen A Star, Is a Star, Is a Star!: The Lives and Loves of Susan Hayward. 1980
Doug McClelland The Complete Life of Susan Hayward. 1975
Kim Holston Susan Hayward: Her Films and Life. 2002
Robert LaGuardia and Gene Arceri Red: The Tempestuous Life of Susan Hayward. 1985
E. Moreno The Films of Susan Hayward. 1979
Doug McClelland Susan Hayward: The Divine Bitch. 1973
Gene Arceri Brooklyn's Scarlett Susan Hayward: Fire in the Wind. 2010

What movies did Susan Hayward play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole (1972) Dr. Maggie Cole, The Revengers (1972) Elizabeth Reilly, Heat of Anger (1972) Jessie Fitzgerald, Valley of the Dolls (1967) Helen Lawson, The Honey Pot (1967) Mrs. Sheridan, Where Love Has Gone (1964) Valerie Hayden Miller, Stolen Hours (1963) Laura Pember, I Thank a Fool (1962) Christine Allison aka Garden, Back Street (1961) Rae Smith, Ada (1961) Ada Gillis, The Marriage-Go-Round (1961) Content Delville, Woman Obsessed (1959) Mary Sharron, Thunder in the Sun (1959) Gabrielle Dauphin, I Want to Live! (1958) Barbara Graham, Top...

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Edward G. Robinson and Susan Hayward in Blutsfeindschaft (1949)

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

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Susan Hayward and Richard Conte in Blutsfeindschaft (1949)

Played 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.

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

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Susan Hayward and Richard Conte in Blutsfeindschaft (1949)

Her first marriage to 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.

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Susan Hayward and Richard Conte in Blutsfeindschaft (1949)

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

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Susan Hayward and Richard Conte in Blutsfeindschaft (1949)

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

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Susan Hayward and Richard Conte in Blutsfeindschaft (1949)

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

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Susan Hayward and Richard Conte in Blutsfeindschaft (1949)

In Italy, almost all of her films were dubbed by either Lydia Simoneschi or Rosetta Calavetta. She was occasionally dubbed by Dhia Cristiani.

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Susan Hayward and Richard Conte in Blutsfeindschaft (1949)

Reportedly did not get on at all with Bette Davis during the filming of Where Love Has Gone (1964).

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Susan Hayward and Richard Conte in Blutsfeindschaft (1949)

Was the original choice to play Margo Channing in All About Eve (1950), but was dropped from the project after being considered too young. The part was then given to Claudette Colbert before being given to Bette Davis, who went on to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance.

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Susan Hayward in Blutsfeindschaft (1949)

Born on the same day, and in the same place (Brooklyn, NY), as Lena Horne .

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Susan Hayward in Blutsfeindschaft (1949)

Among the parts she was considered for but did not play are Gold Diggers in Paris (1938) (played by Rosemary Lane), 3 Cheers for the Irish (1940) (Virginia Grey), Murder, He Says (1945) (Helen Walker), Forever Amber (1947) (Linda Darnell), Anna Lucasta (1949) (Paulette Goddard), Stella (1966) (Ann Sheridan), Band of Angels (1957) (Yvonne De Carlo), The Seventh Sin (1957) (Eleanor Parker), The Wayward Bus (1957) (Jayne Mansfield), Elephant Walk (1954) (Elizabeth Taylor), The Sun Also Rises (1957) (Ava Gardner), Can-Can (1960) (Shirley MacLaine), My Cousin Rachel (1952) (Olivia de Havilland), Sweet Bird of Youth (1962) (Geraldine Page), The Night of the Iguana (1964) (Ava Gardner), and Hedda (1975) (Glenda Jackson).

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Susan Hayward and Richard Conte in Blutsfeindschaft (1949)

Was scheduled to star in a Ross Hunter-produced remake of Stella Dallas (1937), but the film was canceled because "women's pictures" were no longer box-office.

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Gave birth to fraternal twin boys, Timothy Barker and Gregory Barker, on February 19, 1945. The father is first husband Jess Barker.

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John Wayne and Susan Hayward in Der Eroberer (1956)

When she was seven she was hit by a car and suffered a fractured hip. Doctors told her she might never walk again. However, after six months, she was able to get around on crutches and after a year was able to return to school. The injury left her with one leg that was 1-1/2 inches shorter than the other, and she had to wear a lift in her shoe. Classmates made fun of her odd way of walking, but it became a trademark strut for her in Hollywood.

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Her Best Actress Oscar statuette for I Want to Live! (1958) was presented to her by James Cagney and Kim Novak [6 April 1959 / RKO Pantages Theatre, Hollywood].

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Was the 49th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for I Want to Live! (1958) at The 31st Annual Academy Awards (1959) on April 6, 1959.

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Susan Hayward, Ted de Corsia, and Jeanne Gerson in Der Eroberer (1956)

Was just 1.5 years younger than Jo Van Fleet, who played her mother in I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955).

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Was just nine years younger than Bette Davis, who played her mother in Where Love Has Gone (1964).

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Had hoped to be able to take her twins sons along with her for the Soldier of Fortune " location shoot in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, she was in the middle of a very unpleasant divorce from Jess Barker at the time; citing concerns for his sons' health, he refused to give permission for them to leave the country. Under those circumstances, she declined to go on location: her scenes were all filmed at the Fox studio.

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Is one of 23 Oscar-winning actresses to have been born in the state of New York. The others are Alice Brady, Teresa Wright, Anne Revere, Celeste Holm, Claire Trevor, Judy Holliday, Shirley Booth, Patty Duke, Anne Bancroft, Barbra Streisand, Jane Fonda, Lee Grant, Beatrice Straight, Maureen Stapleton, Whoopi Goldberg, Mercedes Ruehl, Marisa Tomei, Mira Sorvino, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Connelly, Melissa Leo and Anne Hathaway.

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John Wayne, Susan Hayward, and Thomas Gomez in Der Eroberer (1956)

Daughter of Walter (1880-1938) and Ellen (née Pearson) Marrenner (1888-1958). Both were born and raised in New York.

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John Wayne and Susan Hayward in Der Eroberer (1956)

Younger sister of Florence (May 29, 1910-May 31, 1996) and Walter Marrenner (November 18, 1911-May 18, 1986).

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She won the Best Actress Oscar once and was nominated another four times, but has never appeared in a Best Picture-nominated film.

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Pedro Armendáriz and Susan Hayward in Der Eroberer (1956)

Returned to work three months after giving birth to her twins sons Timothy and Gregory to begin filming Deadline at Dawn (1946).

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Pedro Armendáriz and Susan Hayward in Der Eroberer (1956)

On August 30, 2019, she was honored with a day of her film work during the Turner Classic Movies Summer Under the Stars.

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John Wayne, Pedro Armendáriz, Susan Hayward, Lee Van Cleef, William Conrad, etc.

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John Wayne, Susan Hayward, and Agnes Moorehead in Der Eroberer (1956)

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