Susan Hayward and Jess Barker

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Susan Hayward and Jess Barker

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(24 July 1944 - 18 August 1954) (divorced) 2 children

November 1943 meets actor Jess Barker while entertaining soldiers at the Hollywood Canteen
November 1943 starts an on-again, off-again romance with Barker
23 July 1944 marries Barker at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Los Angeles. She’s 20; he's 30. She has her lawyers draw up an agreement separating her income from his.
September 1944 the Barkers separate for two weeks but reconcile and purchase a house at 3737 Longridge Avenue, Van Nuys, California
is short tempered and bored with small-talk
19 February 1945 their twin sons, Timothy and Gregory, are born two months prematurely. The Barkers later quarrel about how to discipline their children.
1946 producer Walter Wanger takes a strong liking to her and signs her to a personal contract
1 October 1947 sues Barker for divorce on the grounds of cruelty and grievous mental anguish. The action is dropped two weeks later.
20 March 1948 is nominated for Best Actress for Smash-Up, but the Academy Award goes to Loretta Young
1951 her husband’s salary this year is $655; her income is $175,000
December 1951 Photoplay names her number ten of the twelve most beautiful women in Hollywood
February 1953 she and John Wayne are named the most popular stars of 1952
12 July 1953 after some drinking, there’s a violent quarrel at the Barker’s house. He moves out.
23 July 1953 announces she will file for divorce
September 1953 files for divorce
17 November 1953 after two hours of attempting to resolve the difficulties with the children’s court, the divorce action proceeds
17 August 1954 is awarded her divorce from Barker in Burbank Superior Court. She receives custody of the twins. It’s revealed that she extinguished a cigarette in her husband’s face.

Hayward was married to actor Jess Barker for ten years and they had two children, fraternal twin sons, born February 19, 1945. The marriage was described in Hollywood gossip columns as turbulent. They divorced in 1954. Hayward survived a subsequent suicide attempt after the divorce. During the contentious divorce proceedings, Hayward felt it necessary to stay in the United States and not join the Hong Kong location shooting for the film Soldier of Fortune. She shot her scenes with co-star Clark Gable indoors in Hollywood. A few brief, distant scenes of Gable and a Hayward double walking near landmarks in Hong Kong were combined with the indoor shots.
Commenced Dating
November 1943
24 July 1944
October 1947
18 August 1954
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Where/How First Met
while entertaining soldiers at the Hollywood Canteen


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Timothy  Male

Gregory  Male

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Jess Barker was married to Susan Hayward. They started dating in November, 1943 after meeting at while entertaining soldiers at the Hollywood Canteen. They were married on 24th July, 1944. After 10 years of marriage they separated in October, 1947, and divorced on 18th August, 1954. They had 2 children: Timothy, their eldest son, is 70 years old; and Gregory, their youngest son, is 70 years old.

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