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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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CAST: (feature film)

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 Crossplot (1969)
4.
 Catch As Catch Can (1968) Luisa Chiaramonte
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 The Happening (1967) Monica
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 In Saigon: Some May Live (1967) Kate Meredith
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 War Italian Style (1967) Lieut. Inge Schultze
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 House of a Thousand Dolls (1967) Rebecca
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 The Chase (1966) Mary Fuller
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 Picture Mommy Dead (1966) Francene Shelly
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Born and raised in the Fort Worth, Texas, area
1941:
After completing high school, moved with family to San Antonio
1945:
While studying at Pasadena Playhouse's summer program, spotted by a talent scout from Paramount; auditions but is not given contract
1946:
Singer Ella Logan reportedly saw her photograph on her father's desk and Logan contacted her husband, a producer, to test Hyer
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Put under contract by RKO
1946:
Film debut in uncredited bit role as a party guest in "The Locket"
1947:
Had small role as a maid in "Born to Kill"
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Appeared in numerous B Westerns with Tim Holt in the late 1940s and early 1950s, like "Gun Smugglers" (1948) and "The Rustlers" (1949)
1951:
Contract with RKO ended
1951:
After marriage to producer-director Ray Stahl, settled in NYC
1952:
Was topbilled in "Geisha Girl", although did not play title character
1953:
Had featured role in "Abbott and Costello Go to Mars"
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Modeled briefly using the name Martha Lou Spring
1954:
Became a blonde for appearance in the Billy Wilder-directed "Sabrina"
1957:
Co-starred with Rock Hudson in "Battle Hymn", the fact-based drama about a minister haunted by his actions during WWII
1957:
Cast as the witchy older sister Cordelia in the remake of "My Man Godfrey"
1958:
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"
1959:
Portrayed the lusty Herodias in "The Big Fisherman", helmed by Frank Borzage
1963:
Played the attractive agent of a best-selling writer in "Wives and Lovers"
1964:
Cast as a call girl turned movie star in "The Carpetbaggers", based on the Harold Robbins' novel
1965:
Had featured role in "The Sons of Katie Elder", starring John Wayne and Dean Martin
1967:
Played the unconcerned wife of a kidnap victim in "The Happening"
1973:
Last film, "The Day of the Wolves"
1975:
Reportedly did uncredited screenwriting work on "Rooster Cogburn", starring John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn; produced by husband Hal Wallis
1980:
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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Education

Fairfax Hall Junior College: Waynesboro , Virginia - 1941 - 1943
Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois - 1943
Pasadena Playhouse: Pasadena , California - 1944 - 1945

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husband:
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.
companion:
Gene Kelly. Dancer, actor. Dated in 1954.
companion:
George Nader. Actor. Had on-again, off-again relationship in the mid- to late 1950s; was her date for the 1959 Academy Awards.
companion:
Jeff Richards. Actor. Dated in 1956.
husband:
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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father:
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.
mother:
Agnes Hyer. Died in 1969.
step-son:
Brent Wallis.

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