Hi, my name is Kathy and I'm from Alabama but have been coming to Carrollton for over 10 years now for my job and because I have been dating someonw here. I had no idea of Susan Hayward living here in Carrollton. The man I date took me by the house, as he is a contractor, and was going to a job not too far away. I was only 7 years old when she passed away but history always sparks an interest for me and then became fascinated with her life. I would like to know more about where her sons are living and occupations and if they ever come out to the house in Carrollton. Her pictures and life story have sparked me to know more about her.
Hi Kathy, and welcome!
I am only a few days ahead of you in introducing myself to this Board. My twin, Lynn, joined the group a few weeks ago. Like you, I've been a somewhat "recent convert" to Susan Hayward even though I am a Baby Boomer. I read a biography of her and realized that I had seen some of her films many years ago. I quickly became intrigued by her uniqueness AND her true talent and am slowly but surely trying to make up for lost time and see - or RE-see - as many of her films as I can get ahold of!
There are some amazing people on this Board who can share with you a wealth of information, and I have no doubt that they will see your post and fill you in on this truly one-of-a-kind performer.
Again, welcome (and how lucky you are to live in such a lovely part of the country...I'm in NYC which I adore, but I've driven through Georgia and its surroundings and have a real affinity for its beauty).
Nice to hear from you and especially to know that Susan has another admirer.
You mentioned you had gone past the house in Carrollton - did you visit Susan's grave? It is just across the road from the house where she lived. I was fortunate to be able to visit a few years ago and pay my respects to a lady who has been a major part of my life since I was a child.
You mentioned Susan's sons and wondered where they lived - Tim is living in Los Angeles and we are so lucky to hear from him and to see photos he puts up from time to time on his fly fishing site (which you can access from Ginger's site) and I believe Greg is living in Alabama.
We are a small group on this Board who have immense love and admiration for a great actress who became a Legend - Susan Hayward.
Hi Kathy...So nice to have you 'aboard' and hope you will continue to 'chat' with us on here. I have never had the opportunity to visit the south or see where Susan lived and was buried...but I did get to meet her, many years ago, while she was doing THE JOEY BISHOP SHOW (a late-night talk show). She had come to promote VALLEY OF THE DOLLS...the movie in which she replaced, ailing Judy Garland. If you look through the 'many' things on this wonderful site, you will find a shortened version of the night I saw her backstage at the television studio..(I think it is under JOEY BISHOP SHOW) on here and called.."MY FOOLISH MOUTH".
I also gave Ginger many photos to share with the fans. Hope we will hear more from you..and if you get a chance to see more of the area, where she lived, please post it for all of us to enjoy...
Hello and WELCOME, Kathy!!
I'm Lynn, Alic's twin sister, and I would have said hello earlier, but I was battling some mean little germ! It's so nice to meet you and to find other's who recognize Susan Hayward as 'special' amongst other actresses of her time.
Like my twin, I was 'late' in becoming really aware of her until, after watching one of her old films on television, it struck me how not only was she an unusual actress in her ability to focus on each role--but how her personality seemed decades ahead of her time!
I've never been to Carrolton (I live in Manhattan) or to your home area, but I'll bet you're not expecting a one to two foot blizzard today!?! I did try to beat the shopping rush this morning, but frantic New Yorkers over-react to a storm warning here like there will never be another food delivery to the city again--not until they are just skeletons lying at home on the floor with am empty jar of peanut butter clutched in their tibias (is it?)!! Anyway, so, by 7 a.m., I found myself mingling with the hoards, desperately grabbing milk and bread!!! ...And starting this note an hour late!
As a newbie to the board, myself, I found that the best way to learn about Susan and her films, is to start in the Archives, at whatever page number was the Board's first, when by Ginger.
Not only will you learn about Susan and her films, but many of the longest posters from years ago had lots of fascinating stories to tell. (And DO read Errol's post "My Foolish Mouth", which had me laughing so hard, as I imagined behaving exactly as he did, when he finally got to meet and talk with Susan!!!)
There are also great links you can get to from those sugggested, including the fun of reading one of Susan's twins, Tim's blog--where you will not only get family photos and facts---but you will learn more about his hobby--trout-fishing (complete with beautiful photos of every kind of colorful bait that has ever graced this planet!) It really is fun to follow Tim's blog. (Great family photos!)
At any rate, I found that by starting to read the Archives backwards to front (and I'm still only halfway finished!!), I learned so much about Susan and her life and all the differing reactions each poster has to the large variety of films she made.
She is, indeed, a woman worth reading about, as well as watching her films (Youtube has some of them)--and I found myself admiring more and more how she fought the difficulties that life threw at her. Enjoy, also, the beautiful and unusual collection of photos (both 'professional' and 'at home'), which posters like Trish, Errol, Ginger, etc, etc. contributed. (My favorites are the unposed photos of Susan and her boys, when they were children. You can tell that she sure loved them!)
The Board's been very slow lately, but please don't let that stop you from popping in with any questions, your thoughts, etc. I can tell that there are a lot of 'lurkers' who enjoy reading what's going on, plus a small but very faithful group whose admiration for Susan and her work is lovely to see!
Hope to hear from you again. What a coincidence that you are near Carrolton! I don't know which city in Alabama (I think??) Tim's brother, Greg, has his veterinary practice--but perhaps quite close to you!
Take care, and, again, WELCOME!
Since I do visit there regularly, I will post some pictures of the home and the land and of the church across the street. From what I understand, they donated alot of the land to the church. It's a really nice country spot with a great view and a nice church across the street. I will take pictures of her grave and post also. I live in Alabama but go to Carrollton regularly for my job and boyfriend. It has made me wonder how far her son lives away from me. I will post the pictures when I return this weekend. Thank you to everyone for your replies.
That is very kind of you! I'll look forward to seeing the photos.
Trish, here, has been our 'Visitng Susan Scholar' for not just information pertaining to the church and land that Susan and her husband contributed, but she (Trish) also has a lovely story about meeting a neighbor, who told her about the good friends her adult relatives became with the very kind Susan, next door!
Trish brought that area alive to us--just like you are doing now, and it sounds like such an idyllic rural place for her and Eaton to have enjoyed together for that all-too-short one decade they were blessed to share.
Thank you Kathy, for adding your own memories,as well!
Hi, again, Kathy!
I have just comdemned myself to writing 100 times on the blackboard that "I must not write a Susan story when I am three-quarters asleeep!!"
I have realized that I have make a mistake, and it was not Trish (such an accurate checker of facts), who was the writer of the folling story, which I talked about in my last post:
: ...... but she (Trish) also has a lovely story about meeting a neighbor, who told her about the good friends her adult relatives became with the very kind Susan, next door!"
I must have read this from either one of the books, or old articles, or, perhaps, someone else on the board??? All I know is that I committed the cardinal sin of anyone whose life has been spent editing---I lay half-asleep over my computer keys, neglecting to check exactly where these FACTS were from!"
I am so sorry, Trish!
Susan Hayward, very private, appeared seldom on any talk show.
Too bad there are not you tube videos available of her rare TV
appearance, once on Merv Griffin, the Joey Bishop Show, Person to Person
in the fifties, what other talk shows did she appear on>? anyone know?
Rick, I did not know that she had appeared on Merv Griffin. Tim, her son, did once along with other children of the "stars."
I have looked for the Person to Person interview, but no luck yet.
She was on a "Here's Hollywood" interview in the early 60's I believe, while filming in Europe, but I have read that a world series baseball game pre-empted it. I remember waiting for it to come on because it had been advertised, and it was never on (that I know of)...disappointed!
The audio of the Joey Bishop show is at you tube, and it is fascinating.. just search - Susan Hayward, The Joey Bishop Show..
I believe she was in a cameo of an early television show ( I'm referencing Beverly Linet's book on Susan -- will get back to with the info)...but I have never seen that..probably on kinescope and lost forever, but who knows, it might show up.