There is sad news this evening, as the Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Oscar-nominated actress Martha Hyer has passed away at 89.
Hyer was nominated as Best Supporting Actress for SOME CAME RUNNING (1958).
Hyer spent the first few years of her career toiling in small roles, beginning with THE LOCKET (1946). She was something of a chameleon in her early movies, looking quite different from film to film, with changing hairstyles and hair colors.
One of her earliest roles was as Tim Holt's leading lady in THUNDER MOUNTAIN (1947); she's seen here in a publicity still for the film. She would appear in more Holt Westerns and go on to star in a significant number of additional Westerns opposite leading men such as George Montgomery, Rory Calhoun, Phil Carey, Jock Mahoney, and Ben Johnson.
Hyer's career moved into high gear in the mid to late '50s, with roles including SABRINA (1954), BATTLE HYMN (1957), and SOME CAME RUNNING (1958). She left acting after a 1974 appearance on MCCLOUD.
Hyer, who was the widow of producer Hal B. Wallis, wrote her autobiography, FINDING MY WAY: A HOLLYWOOD MEMOIR, in 1990.
The Santa Fe New Mexican obituary by Western film historian Robert Nott is quite thorough. I'll update this post with additional links as they are published.
Update: Here are obituaries from The Hollywood Reporter and People. Update: An obituary has now been posted at the Los Angeles Times.
Martha Hyer films previously reviewed at Laura's Miscellaneous Musings: THE LOCKET (1946), BORN TO KILL (1947), THUNDER MOUNTAIN (1947), ROUGHSHOD (1949), THE CLAY PIGEON (1949), THE LAWLESS (1950), RIDERS TO THE STARS (1954), BATTLE OF ROGUE RIVER (1954), DOWN THREE DARK STREETS (1954), WYOMING RENEGADES (1954), SABRINA (1954), and SOME CAME RUNNING (1958).
Update: Here's a review of SHOWDOWN AT ABILENE (1956).
Other well-known Hyer films include SO BIG (1953), RED SUNDOWN (1956), MY MAN GODFREY (1957), THE BEST OF EVERYTHING (1959), ICE PALACE (1960), BIKINI BEACH (1964), and THE SONS OF THE KATIE ELDER (1965).