Susan Hayward Overview:

Legendary actress, Susan Hayward, was born Edythe Marrenner on Jun 30, 1917 in Brooklyn, NY. Hayward died at the age of 57 on Mar 14, 1975 in Hollywood, CA and was laid to rest in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cemetery in Carrollton, GA.


There was an inner driving force behind the career of this American star that belied the pretty face in the chestnut curls and showed itself in the set of the lips and the look behind the eyes. It led her swiftly from "sweet" heroines to tough ladies in the Stanwyck mould - but with more problems. First nominated for an Oscar for her alcoholic in Smash-Up (a role that set the pace for the remainder of her career), she was up for the Academy Award several times after that, finally winning for I Want to Live! ten years later. Married to actor Jess Barker (first of two) from 1944 to 1953. Died from a brain tumor.

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Susan Hayward was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one for Best Actress for I Want to Live! (as Barbara Graham) in 1958.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1947Best ActressSmash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947)AngieNominated
1949Best ActressMy Foolish Heart (1949)Eloise WintersNominated
1952Best ActressWith a Song in My Heart (1952)Jane FromanNominated
1955Best ActressI'll Cry Tomorrow (1955)Lillian RothNominated
1958Best ActressI Want to Live! (1958)Barbara GrahamWon

She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Susan Hayward's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #95 on Aug 10, 1951.

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Susan Hayward Quotes:

Eloise Winters: You dance with Mary Jane. I'm going to smoke a Parliament.

Mrs. Gerald Hayden: You have made it publicly obvious that you have only one concept of love... a vile and sinful one.
Valerie Hayden Miller: When you're dying of thirst, you drink fronm a mudhole.
Mrs. Gerald Hayden: You have devoted your life to mud and filth.
Valerie Hayden Miller: Only to get even with you.

[Eyeing Raden's bankroll]
Millie Pickens: Say, if I had a wad of folding dough like that I'd go right out and buy an outfit that would knock this neighborhood cockeyed!

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Was the original choice to play Margo Channing in All About Eve (1950), but was dropped from the project after being considered too young. The part was then given to Claudette Colbert before being given to Bette Davis, who went on to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance.

Was born on the same day, and same place (Brooklyn N.Y) as singer Lena Horne .

Took over the ballsy role of stage star Helen Lawson in Valley of the Dolls (1967) in 1967 after Judy Garland was fired.

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