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Susan Hayward Biography

Birth Name:
Edythe Marrener
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Modeled as a teenager, appearing in The Saturday Evening Post
  • Her audition for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind resulted not in a part but in an eventual contract with Warner Bros
  • Furthered the stereotype of the "fiery redhead" by becoming famous for playing strong women who triumphed over adversity in films such as With a Song in My Heart (1952), I'll Cry Tomorrow (1956) and I Want to Live (1958), the last of which earned her an Oscar
  • Engaged in a contentious divorce and child-custody battle with first husband, actor Jess Barker
  • Died of a brain tumor

Awards

  • 1960BAFTA Film Awards-Best Foreign Actress: nominated
  • 1959Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 1958Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1958New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actress: winner
  • 1957BAFTA Film Awards-Best Foreign Actress: nominated
  • 1956Cannes Film Festival-International Prize For Best Performance: winner
  • 1955Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1953Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1953Golden Globe-Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1952Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1949Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1947Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated

Relationships

  • Walter Marrener Jr. -- Brother
  • Walter Marrener -- Father
  • Eaton Chalkley -- Husband (deceased)
  • Ellen Marrener -- Mother
  • Florence -- Sister
  • Gregory Barker -- Son
  • Timothy Barker -- Son