Susan Hayward/biography /Page 3
In June of 1943, Susan was loaned out to United Artists to film "Jack London" with Michael O'Shea. She played the part of Charmian Kittredge London. She then went back to Republic Studios and made "The Fighting Seabees" with
John Wayne and Dennis O'Keefe.
Her role, however, in "The Hairy Ape" was the clincher. Suddenly she really began to get a lot of praise and attention. "The Hairy Ape" was a Eugene
O'Neill classic. It also featured William Bendix. Susan played a spoiled, heartless, enticing female. While working on "The Hairy Ape", she met
the handsome young actor from South Carolina, Jess Barker. They had met at the Hollywood Canteen in November, 1943.
In 1944, production started on "And Now Tomorrow" with Loretta Young. It would be the last film Susan would make for a year.
On July 24, 1944, Susan married Jess at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church. On February 19, 1945, Susan gave birth to twin boys,Timothy and Gregory at
St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif.
In May of 1945, three months after the birth of her twins, Susan began filming "Deadline At Dawn". She starred in the film with Oscar winner Paul Lukas.
In mid-1945 Walter Wanger, who was making his movies at Universal Studios
gave Susan a role in "Canyon Passage". This was a colorful western with
Dana Andrews, Brian Donlevy, and Patricia Roc. Hoagy Carmichael was in the film and he and Susan sang "Old Buttermilk Sky."
Then Wanger offered Susan a role that fit her to a "T". Dorothy Parker's "Angelica"
was being made into "Smash-Up,The Story of A Woman". Susan played the alcoholic wife of a radio singer/songwriter (played by Lee Bowman). For "Smash-Up", Susan received her first Oscar nomination. The film was released in 1947.
Two other films followed in 1947. "They Won't Believe Me" with Robert Young and "The Lost Moment" (which Susan hated,proclaiming that it was unbelievably bad) with Robert Cummings and Agnes Moorhead. Later came "Tap Roots" with Van Heflin and "The Saxon Charm" with Robert Montgomery, John Payne, and Audrey Totter. She then made "Tulsa" for Eagle-Lion Productions (where Wanger was now making his films). Later Wanger was forced to sell Susan's contract to 20th Century Fox. Darryl Zanuck raised Susan's salary to $200,000.00 per year.
In June of 1948 Susan began work on "My Foolish Heart" with Dana Andrews.
Susan received her second Oscar nomination for this film. Next came "Rawhide" with Tyrone Power and "I'd Climb The Highest Mountain" with William Lundigan. "Mountain" was filmed in Dawsonville, Ga., near Atlanta beginning in May 1950. Later came "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" with Dan Dailey and
George Sanders. This later became a Broadway play which introduced Barbra Streisand to the public.
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Susan was then cast in "David and Bathsheba" with Gregory Peck. In 1952, Susan
made three very different types of films. First was "The Jane Froman Story" which later was titled "With A Song In My Heart". This had been filmed in the summer of 1951. Susan mimed Froman's songs. This was the life story of singer Jane Froman
and the story of her devastating plane crash that left her crippled and later fighting to make a comeback as a singer. Susan was brilliant in this role and received yet another (her third) Oscar nomination; however, Shirley Booth won for "Come Back Little Sheba".
"The Snows Of Kilamanjaro" was filmed in the winter of 1951-1952. Gregory Peck and Ava Gardener were also in the film .
Thirdly, was "The Lusty Men" with Robert Mitchum, and at the end of that year Susan went to 9th place in the 1952 "Motion Picture Herald Poll" of American
Theater owners. She had been #19 in 1951.
Susan's biography continued...1952-1959..click "next"