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pictured at left - Ty and Rita Hayworth, from Blood and Sand

This set of three pages is dedicated to the leading ladies who were paired with Ty in only movie!

Norma Shearer

born August 10, 1902 Montréal, Québec, Canada
died June 12, 1983 Woodland Hills, California (pneumonia)


movie with Ty: Marie Antoinette

other films include
Romeo and Juliet, Idiot's Delight, Escape

Norma Shearer married MGM chief, Irving Thalberg, in 1927. He put his talented wife in a number of carefully chosen movies. When he died of pneumonia at age 37 in 1936, she wanted to retire from the screen. MGM pressured her into staying. She personally asked Tyrone Power to be her leading man in 1938's Marie Antoinette, and he obtained studio approval to be loaned to MGM for that movie. She made only five movies following Marie Antoinette, retiring in 1942.

Penny Edwards

born August 24, 1928, Jackson Heights, New York
died August 26, 1998 Friendswood, Texas (lung cancer)


movie with Ty: Pony Soldier

other films include
North of the Great Divide, In Old Amarillo, Ride a Violent Mile

Penny Edwards started her career in music, appearing early on in Broadway's Ziegfeld Follies of 1943. She began her film career by appearing in small parts in musicals such as 1947's My Wild Irish Rose, 1947's That Hagen Girl , and 1949's Feudin', a Fussin' and a Fightin'. She drifted into westerns when she was chosen by a pregnant Dale Evans as her replacement in the Roy Rogers westerns.

Piper Laurie

born January 22, 1932 Detroit, Michigan


movie with Ty: Mississippi Gambler

other films include
Louisa, The Hustler, Children of a Lesser God

When Universal signed her to a contract, they changed her name from Rosetta Jacobs to Piper Laurie and put her in a movie, 1950's Louisa, with Ronald Reagan. Thoroughout the fifties, she made numerous costume dramas and sword-and-sandal features. She earned an Oscar nomination in 1961 for her role in The Hustler, but married soon after and retired for fifteen years. Since her return to the screen in 1976's Carrie, she has continued working steadily in film and television.

Rita Hayworth

born October 17, 1918 Brooklyn, New York
died May 14, 1987 New York, New York (Alzheimer's disease)


movie with Ty: Blood and Sand

other films include
Gilda, Tonight and Every Night, Cover Girl

Rita Hayworth (born Margarita Carmen Cansino ) was the daughter of Spanish dancer Eduardo Cansino. When she was twelve, she joined his stage act. Three years later, the head of Fox Film saw her performance and signed her to a contract. She made her film debut in 1935 in Dante's Inferno. She made a few films for Fox Films but was let go. She freelanced for various studios for years and didn't hit her stride until 1941, when she was cast in two movies for which she got excellent reviews: Blood and Sand and Strawberry Blonde. Her star was shining brightly by the time World War II hit, and she became a top pin-up girl for the G.I.'s.

Terry Moore

born January 7, 1929 Los Angeles, California


movie with Ty: King of the Khyber Rifles

other films include
Peyton Place, Man on a Tightrope, Between Heaven and Hell

For further information on Terry Moore, click here.

Victoria Shaw

born May 25, 1935 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
died August 17, 1988 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (emphysema)


movie with Ty: The Eddy Duchin Story

other films include
The Phantom Stockman, Edge of Eternity, The Crimson Kimono

Victoria Shaw began her career as a model in Sydney, where comedian, Bob Hope, discovered her. She was put under contract by Columbia in 1955, but her film career never took off.

Wanda Hendrix

born November 3, 1928 Jacksonville, Florida
died February 1981 Burbank, California (pneumonia)


movie with Ty: Prince of Foxes

other films include
Ride the Pink Horse, Miss Tatlock's Millions, The Highwayman

In 1949, Wanda Hendrix, then a starlet whose career was on the rise, married Audie Murphy, actor and most decorated soldier of World War II. Within seven months of their marriage, she had to leave Audie. His war heroics had certainly taken its toll on his mental state. Suffering from flashbacks and paranoia, he frightened his new wife, even holding her at gunpoint during some of his episodes. Her marriage also took a toll on her career. She made a few movies in the fifties, but retired in 1954, after her marriage to Jim Stack. After their marriage ended, in 1958, she attempted a comeback, but her career really never got off the ground again.

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