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Martha Hyer - Overview

Date of Birth: Aug 10, 1924     Date of Death: May 31, 2014
Place of Birth: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Nationality: United States
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Martha Hyer was an actress during the golden age of cinema, starring in over 70 films between 1946 and 1971 alongside some of the true greats of Hollywood including Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, John Wayne, and Cary Grant. The daughter of a prominent judge, Hyer studied speech and drama at Northwestern University in Illinois. She moved to California, first working as a stage actress before signing with RKO. Her first screen role was an uncredited appearance in "The Locket" (1946) followed by a run of smaller roles before making her TV debut in 1950 on "The Lone Ranger" (ABC, 1949-1957). By 1951's "Oriental Evil" she was playing the lead; she also met her husband, producer/writer/director C. Ray Stahl, while filming in Japan. After making two more films together, "Geisha Girl" (1952) and "The Scarlet Spear" (1954), the couple divorced. Now a popular actress on TV and the big screen, Hyer co-starred in the clasic romantic comedy "Sabrina" (1954) alongside Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart; "Houseboat" (1958) with Grant and Sophia Loren; and opposite Frank Sinatra in "Som... Read More
Reportedly became involved in the potentially scandalous misuse of money; was in debt to loan sharks; husband called in FBI to investigate and resolve the matter
Reportedly did uncredited screenwriting work on "Rooster Cogburn", starring John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn; produced by husband Hal Wallis
Last film, "The Day of the Wolves"
Played the unconcerned wife of a kidnap victim in "The Happening"
Had featured role in "The Sons of Katie Elder", starring John Wayne and Dean Martin
Cast as a call girl turned movie star in "The Carpetbaggers", based on the Harold Robbins' novel
Played the attractive agent of a best-selling writer in "Wives and Lovers"