Oscar-Nominated Actress Dies

Jun 10, 2014  •  Post A Comment

An Academy Award-nominated actress who was the widow of a legendary Hollywood producer has died. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Martha Hyer, who was nominated for an Oscar in 1959 for "Some Came Running," died May 31 at her home in Santa Fe, N.M. She was 89.

Hyer was the widow of legendary producer Hal B. Wallis, who was behind "Casablanca," "The Maltese Falcon" and "True Grit," among other acclaimed productions. The pair were married for 20 years, until Wallis' death in 1986.

Best remembered for her role as Frank Sinatra's love interest in "Some Came Running," Hyer also had a notable turn in
"Sabrina" in 1954.

"The glamour girl also starred in 'Battle Hymn' (1956) with Rock Hudson; 'My Man Godfrey' (1957) with David Niven; 'Houseboat' (1958) with Cary Grant; 'The Best of Everything' (1959) with Joan Crawford; 'The Carpetbaggers' (1964) with George Peppard; and 'The Sons of Katie Elder' (1965) with John Wayne," THR reports.

The report adds: "Less prestigious pictures on her resume included 'Abbott and Costello Go to Mars' (1953), 'Francis in the Navy' (1955), 'Bikini Beach' (1964) and 'House of 1,000 Dolls' (1967).

"She was considered for the role of Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock’s 'Psycho' (1960) but lost out to another icy blonde, Janet Leigh."

In a career spanning the 1940s into the 1970s, Hyer also put in some time in television, with a series of appearances on "Burke's Law" in the 1960s along with a long string of guest spots on shows including "Route 66," "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "The Virginian."

martha hyer.jpgMartha Hyer

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