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|Also Known As:||Martha Lou Spring||Died:||May 31, 2014|
|Born:||August 10, 1924||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Fort Worth, Texas, USA||Profession:||actor, model|
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Day of the Wolves (1971)
Once You Kiss a Stranger (1969) Lee
Catch As Catch Can (1968) Luisa Chiaramonte
In Saigon: Some May Live (1967) Kate Meredith
House of a Thousand Dolls (1967) Rebecca
The Happening (1967) Monica
War Italian Style (1967) Lieut. Inge Schultze
The Night of the Grizzly (1966) Angela Cole
Picture Mommy Dead (1966) Francene Shelly
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Born and raised in the Fort Worth, Texas, area
After completing high school, moved with family to San Antonio
While studying at Pasadena Playhouse's summer program, spotted by a talent scout from Paramount; auditions but is not given contract
Singer Ella Logan reportedly saw her photograph on her father's desk and Logan contacted her husband, a producer, to test Hyer
Put under contract by RKO
Film debut in uncredited bit role as a party guest in "The Locket"
Had small role as a maid in "Born to Kill"
Appeared in numerous B Westerns with Tim Holt in the late 1940s and early 1950s, like "Gun Smugglers" (1948) and "The Rustlers" (1949)
Contract with RKO ended
After marriage to producer-director Ray Stahl, settled in NYC
Was topbilled in "Geisha Girl", although did not play title character
Had featured role in "Abbott and Costello Go to Mars"
Modeled briefly using the name Martha Lou Spring
Became a blonde for appearance in the Billy Wilder-directed "Sabrina"
Co-starred with Rock Hudson in "Battle Hymn", the fact-based drama about a minister haunted by his actions during WWII
Cast as the witchy older sister Cordelia in the remake of "My Man Godfrey"
Received Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for playing a prim and proper writing teacher attracted to one of her students (Frank Sinatra) in "Some Came Running"
Portrayed the lusty Herodias in "The Big Fisherman", helmed by Frank Borzage
Played the attractive agent of a best-selling writer in "Wives and Lovers"
Cast as a call girl turned movie star in "The Carpetbaggers", based on the Harold Robbins' novel
Had featured role in "The Sons of Katie Elder", starring John Wayne and Dean Martin
Played the unconcerned wife of a kidnap victim in "The Happening"
Last film, "The Day of the Wolves"
Reportedly did uncredited screenwriting work on "Rooster Cogburn", starring John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn; produced by husband Hal Wallis
Reportedly became involved in the potentially scandalous misuse of money; was in debt to loan sharks; husband called in FBI to investigate and resolve the matter
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Fairfax Hall Junior College: Waynesboro , Virginia - 1941 - 1943
Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois - 1943
Pasadena Playhouse: Pasadena , California - 1944 - 1945
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Ray Stahl. Producer, director. Son of actress Roxanna McGowan and actor Charles Ray; had been adopted by stepfather director John M Stahl; introduced in 1949; became engaged in 1950; married on March 31, 1951; separated and divorced in 1953; died of malignant melanoma in April 1959.
Gene Kelly. Dancer, actor. Dated in 1954.
George Nader. Actor. Had on-again, off-again relationship in the mid- to late 1950s; was her date for the 1959 Academy Awards.
Jeff Richards. Actor. Dated in 1956.
Hal Wallis. Producer. Born in 1898; first met at a Hollywood party in 1949; remet on a flight in the early 1960s; married from December 31, 1966 until his death in Octoebr 1986.
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Julien C Hyer. Jurist, politician. Served as a state senator in Texas; was judge advocate with the US Army and was involved with the post-WWII trials of Nazi war criminals; died in 1974.
Agnes Hyer. Died in 1969.
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"Finding My Way"
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