Appeared on the cover of Life magazine while performing on Broadway in the 1955 musical "Pipe Dream." She earned a Tony nomination in 1956 for her performance but lost out to Lotte Lenya in "The Threepenny Opera."
Due to her premature death, she never had the opportunity to see her performances in either of her two feature films.
Her untimely death at age 25 prompted singer-actor Kenny Baker to record a tribute song in her memory titled "Goodbye Little Star".
In the 1955 Tony-nominated musical "Pipe Dreams," Tyler, William Johnson and Jerry La Zarre introduced the Rodgers & Hammerstein song "All at Once You Love Her"
It is said Elvis Presley became infatuated with Judy Tyler while filming Jailhouse Rock (1957), and that he was so upset by her death that he could not bear to watch the film.
She moved in 1950 and worked as a singer/chorine at the Copacabana night club. There she met Colin Romoff, the pianist at the Copa, who became her vocal coach. They married two months later.
Was nominated for Broadway's 1956 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) for "Pipe Dream."