We then meet the new Mrs. Ameche, Martha Hyer, who was formerly Gordon's governess and worked her parents. Gordon received Hyer in a chilly fashion, complete with a snarled look we will see more of as the movie progresses.
Hyer is no saint, either, and soon begins to plot against Gordon. She informs Ameche that if he'll only have his daughter re-committed to a mental institution, everything will revert to him (i.e - them.) Hyer's makeup looks great throughout, but I especially love this shot of it, which affords us a nice view of her smoky, mascara-laden eyes.
She experiences yet another series of disturbing hallucinations, this time involving Reed's falcon (or is it a hawk.) Upon awakening, she thinks she sees Gabor entering her room. Or is it Hyer dressed as Gabor? Reality and fantasy are beginning to blend for the young girl.
The Best of Everything, 1959), but it just turned out that way. At this stage, Hyer was actively winning a variety of supporting and leading roles, albeit in films of variable quality. There were The Sons of Katie Elder (1965), The Chase (1966), The Night of the Grizzly (1966) and The Happening (1967) in this general time frame. Her frosty, plasticine demeanor actually worked pretty well in this rare villainous part.
You can see Ms. Lamarr here in a rare appearance on To Tell the Truth alongside her son Anthony (whose father was actor John Loder.) Even if you don't happen to care for her, the episode is very enjoyable to watch for the panelists and some vintage commercials! Though she later mangled her face with some really inadvisable cosmetic surgery, she looks and seems happy here and I hope she was.