Actress Martha Hyer, Oscar Nominated for ‘Some Came Running,’ Dies at 89

Actress Martha Hyer Obit Dead
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Actress Martha Hyer, who drew an Oscar nomination for her role in 1959 for her role in Vincente Minnelli’s film “Some Came Running,” died May 31 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was 89.

In “Some Came Running,” based on a novel by James Jones, author of “Here to Eternity,” the very beautiful Hyer was in the enviable position of playing a character, schoolteacher Gwen French, adored by Frank Sinatra’s character, writer Dave Hirsh, though she did not return the feelings.

The actress (pictured above with actor Peter van Eyck) also had roles in films including “So Big,” “Sabrina,” Jerry Lewis comedy “The Delicate Delinquent,” Francis the Talking Mule entry “Francis in the Navy,” “Houseboat,” sudsy pic “The Carpetbaggers” and Western “The Sons of Katie Elder,” after debuting on the bigscreen with an uncredited role in 1946 film noir “The Locket.” Like many if not most actors, Hyer transitioned into TV roles in the 1950s, appearing first on episodic anthology shows like “Four Star Playhouse,” “Lux Video Theatre” and “Playhouse 90” and later on “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour,” “Bewitched,” “Burke’s Law” and “The Beverly Hillbillies,” among other series.

She last appeared onscreen in a 1974 episode of “McCloud.”

Hyer was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and attended Northwestern U.

She was married to producer Hal B. Wallis from 1966 until his death in 1986.

Her autobiography, “Finding My Way: A Hollywood Memoir,” was published in 1990.

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  1. peter says:

    I don’t get it. I always thought Martha Hyer was sexier than her contemporary Grace Kelly, and the same type, and Martha worked longer and starred in many more films than Grace, so why is Grace iconic while Martha is a minor star? And the only films I remember Grace for are REAR WINDOW and TO CATCH A THIEF, remembered more for Hitchcock than Kelly!

  2. Jim Beaver says:

    Hyper also wrote the screenplay to Hal Wallis’s sequel to TRUE GRIT, called ROOSTER COGBURN, using the pseudonym Martin Julien.

  3. peter says:

    Don’t forget THE CARPETBAGGERS, right? Martha Hyer was gorgeous. Did she play Herodius in THE BIG FISHERMAN also?

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