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Martha Hyer

Martha Hyer

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Also Known As: Died: May 31, 2014
Born: August 10, 1924 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Fort Worth, Texas, USA Profession: Cast ...
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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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