The Conqueror (1956), through which she was believed to have developed the brain cancer that would later kill her in 1975. A prior nominee four times, Hayward won an Oscar during her fifth bid for I Want to Live! (1958.) Barker never recovered career momentum and never got over his divorce from Hayward. Diving headlong into alcohol dependence, he died of cirrhosis in 2000 at age eighty-eight, having never re-wed and with framed photos of Hayward all over his small apartment. Their sons found success as a veterinarian (Gregory) and a public relations exec (Timothy.)
The Opposite Sex, 1956 and Designing Woman, 1957.) When movie opportunities waned, she went back to Broadway for "Destry Rides Again" opposite Andy Griffith. During one matinee, a stage curtain caught fire and she managed to keep the 1,500 member audience from panicking while it was quickly, if loudly, extinguished by some firemen. She sang a love song to Griffith, "Anyone Would Love You" louder and louder to cover the fracas and wound up with a hearty applause (with the show resuming after an extended forty-minute intermission and some clean-up!) Even that was less eventful than her set-to with the show's director Michael Kidd. She only took the role after being assured by producer David Merrick that she'd have at least some small part in the big "whip dance" production number, but Kidd refused to allow her even a moment in it and an argument led to him calling her a slut! She responded by slapping his face and he hit her back! Later, her mother attended the show and she let him have it across the face as well, even threatening to kill him. Merrick, savoring all the publicity, even if bad, never intervened. She had some legal battles in the 1960s, being called to testify in a trial that her ex-fiance was involved in over land fraud and then a suit (which she lost) to get her $55,000 engagement ring back from him. Gray wanted to play "Mame," but lost the role to Angela Lansbury, though later replaced Lansbury in the London run of "Gypsy," once again charming the London theatre crowd. Appropriately, she eventually played Carlotta in "Follies" singing "I'm Still Here," and still in good voice. Though she came to regret focusing more on stage than screen (because, as a result, most of her work was not recorded on film or video for posterity), her trio of films and her recordings testify to her unique talent. Gray died of a heart attack in 2002 at age seventy-eight.
|Rod Cameron (LOVE the hair...!)|
|Dolores Gray (There was no way I could resist this shot with some truly insane wristwear!)|
|Silvana Pampanini (Displaying one or more of her attributes.)|
|Monique Van Vooren|