Skip to comments.Martha Hyer, Oscar-Nominated Actress for ‘Some Came Running,’ Dies at 89
Posted on 06/14/2014 11:35:06 AM PDT by nickcarraway
Martha Hyer, a Hollywood actress in the 1950s and 1960s who was likened to Grace Kelly for her cool, blond elegance and earned an Oscar nomination for her supporting role in Some Came Running (1958), opposite Frank Sinatra, died May 31 in Santa Fe, N.M. She was 89.
The Rivera Family Funeral Home confirmed the death but did not provide the cause.
Ms. Hyers most noted role was as an Indiana schoolteacher in Some Came Running, based on the James Jones novel about an embittered World War II veteran returning to his home town. She lost the Oscar to Wendy Hiller in Separate Tables (1958).
Ms. Hyer also played William Holdens wealthy fiancee in Sabrina (1954) and diplomat Cary Grants rich sister-in-law in the comedy Houseboat (1958).
Portraying sophisticated women came naturally for Ms. Hyer, who amassed an impressive collection of French Impressionist paintings and joked that she had to give up her mansion in the Hollywood Hills because she had run out of wall space.
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RIP. “Some Came Running” was Sinatra’s second best movie, after Manchurian candidate, and she had a lot to do with that.
One beautiful woman.
You don’t know the half of it.. She was naturally breathtaking.. She visited a set I was working on to visit the writer, who was her friend.. She sat down with all the guys, and was charming and funny, and joined in the fun..
I envy you having that experience.
Indeed. She was called Universal-International’s answer to Grace Kelly.
To honor her memory, I posted the classic Beverly Hillbillies episode she guest starred on-