Susan Hayward

Born Jun 30, 1917

Susan Hayward was an American actress. After working as a fashion model in New York, Hayward traveled to Hollywood in 1937 when open auditions were held for the leading role in Gone with the Wind (1939). Although she was not selected, she secured a film contract, and played several small supporting roles over the next few years.… Read More

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1917 Birth Born on June 30, 1917.


1935 18 Years Old She graduated in June 1935.


1937 20 Years Old Hayward began her career as a photographer's model, going to Hollywood in 1937, aiming to secure the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind. … Read More
1945 28 Years Old Hayward was married to actor Jess Barker for 10 years and they had two children, fraternal twin sons named Gregory and Timothy, born February 19, 1945. The marriage was described in Hollywood gossip columns as turbulent. They divorced in 1954. … Read More


1947 30 Years Old In 1947, she received the first of five Academy Award nominations for her role as an alcoholic nightclub singer in Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman, her second film for Wanger. … Read More
1952 35 Years Old …  Susan Hayward performed in the musical biography of Jane Froman in the 1952 film, With a Song in My Heart, a role which won her the Golden Globe for Best Actress Comedy film. … Read More


1957 40 Years Old In 1957, Hayward married Floyd Eaton Chalkley, commonly known as Eaton Chalkley. … Read More
1961 44 Years Old In 1961, Hayward starred as a working girl who becomes the wife of the state's next governor (Dean Martin) and ultimately takes over that office herself in Ada. … Read More


1967 50 Years Old In 1967, Hayward replaced Judy Garland as Helen Lawson in the film adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls. … Read More
1972 55 Years Old 1 More Event
After Hayward's second marriage and subsequent move to Georgia, her film appearances became infrequent, although she continued acting in film and television until 1972.
1973 56 Years Old Hayward was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1973.
1975 58 Years Old 1 More Event
On March 14, 1975, she suffered a seizure in her Beverly Hills home and died at age 57. … Read More
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