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Also Known As: Edythe Marriner Died: March 14, 1975
Born: June 30, 1918 Cause of Death: brain tumor
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, model, factory worker

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole (1972) Dr Maggie Cole
2.
 The Revengers (1972) Elizabeth [Reilly]
3.
 Heat of Anger (1972) Jessie Fitzgerald
4.
 Valley of the Dolls (1967) Helen Lawson
5.
 The Honey Pot (1967) Mrs. Lone-Star Crockett Sheridan
6.
 Where Love Has Gone (1964) Valerie Hayden Miller
7.
 Stolen Hours (1963) Laura Pember
8.
 I Thank a Fool (1962) Christine Allison
9.
 Ada (1961) Ada
10.
 Back Street (1961) Rae Smith
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1923:
Struck by a car and spent a year recovering from her injuries
:
Worked as a model in the mid-1930s; photos appeared in <i>Saturday Evening Post</i> accompanying story on modeling agency handling her
:
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
:
Signed to a contract with Warner Bros.
1937:
Had bit part in "Hollywood Hotel"
1938:
Film acting debut in "Girls on Probation"
1941:
Played notable early leading or second lead roles in "Among the Living", "Reap the Wild Wind" and "I Married a Witch"
1947:
Received first Oscar nomination as Best Actress for "Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman"; star status consolidated by this time
:
Made the annual exhibitors' list of top ten boxoffice stars, placing 9th two years in a row
1955:
Attempted suicide after custody battle with husband Jess Barker over their twins
1959:
Returned to the top ten boxoffice status poll; placed 10th
1964:
Last starring vehicle, "Where Love Has Gone"
1972:
Last film, "The Revengers"
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Education

Girls Commercial High School: Brooklyn , New York -
Feagin School of Dramatic Arts: New York , New York -

Notes

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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companion:
John Carroll. Actor. Engaged in early 1940s; relationship ended.
husband:
Jess Barker. Actor. Married on July 24, 1944; divorced on August 18, 1954.
husband:
Eaton Chalkley. Lawyer, businessman. From Georgia; met at a Christmas party in 1955; married from 1957 until his death on January 9, 1966.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Walter Marrener. Died in 1937.
mother:
Ellen Marrener.
sister:
Florence Marrener. Born c. 1910.
brother:
Walter Marrener Jr. Born c. 1912.
son:
Timothy Barker. Twin; born on February 19, 1945 in Santa Monica.
son:
Gregory Barker. Twin; born on February 19, 1945 in Santa Monica.
step-son:
Joseph Chalkley. Died in September 1964 at age 26 in an accident.
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