Joe Hyams

Joe Hyams
1923 - 2008

Joe Hyams  American Author


Who is he dating right now?

Rest in peace.


Joe Hyams was previously married to Elke Sommer (1964 - 1993).


American Author Joe Hyams was born on 6th June, 1923 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and passed away on 8th Nov 2008 (hospital in) Denver, Colorado, USA aged 85. He is most remembered for bestselling biographies of Hollywood stars. His zodiac sign is Gemini.

Joe Hyams is a member of the following lists: United States Army soldiers, People from Cambridge, Massachusetts and New York University alumni.


Help us build our profile of Joe Hyams! Login to add information, pictures and relationships, join in discussions and get credit for your contributions.

Relationship Statistics

Married1 29 years - -
Total1 29 years - -


First Name Joe
Last Name Hyams
Full Name at Birth Joe Hyams
Alternative Name 'journalist To The Stars', 'Joe & Elke', @OfficialJoeHyams [facebook]
Age 85 (age at death) years
Birthday 6th June, 1923
Birthplace Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Died 8th November, 2008
Place of Death (hospital in) Denver, Colorado, USA
Cause of Death Coronary Artery Disease
Build Athletic
Hair Color Brown - Dark
Distinctive Feature Pipe-Smoker..., Non-Drinker..., Married 4 times..., 3 University degrees
(from Harvard & New York Universities)..., Studied either side of service in WW2..., Grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts..., Received a Purple Heart for South Pacific heroics..., He covered Hollywood as a syndicated columnist from 1951 to 1964..., Autobiography, Mislaid in Hollywood, was written in 1973..., Studied Martial Arts for over 50 years & became a MA icon..., Most famous & 3rd wife was actress Elke Sommer..., David Permut (movie producer): “Everybody knew Joe, and he knew everybody. He was a great wit, a great guy”..., Melissa Hyams (widow): ''Joe made many, many friendships. He always considered Bogie to be his mentor in Hollywood''..., Hyams is survived by sons Jay and Chris; daughters Beverly Hyams and Dianne Byrne; stepdaughters Charisse Older and Kara Connor; and five grandchildren..., Wrote best-selling biographies of Humphrey Bogart and James Dean..., First to write about the group of hell-raising entertainers that became known as the Rat Pack..., Hyams became Bogart’s best friend, and was the only journalist present at the actor’s home as he lay dying from cancer in January 1957..., He was the first to be told the news of Bogart’s death by his widow, the actress Lauren Bacall..., Studied martial arts under celebrated masters Ed Parker and Bruce Lee..., Covered "A" list couples Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall; Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn; and Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner..., His 1969 non-fiction book "Accomplices to the Crime: The Arkansas Prison Scandal" served as the basis for the Robert Redford film Brubaker (1980)..., His mother encouraged him to play the violin as a youngster. He flunked out of Brookline High School and worked loading furniture in the early days..., Briefly married to a nurse during WWII, he subsequently married a model, Ellie, and lived a Bohemian lifestyle in Greenwich Village..., His writing about Cary Grant's supervised LSD experiments attracted a lawsuit, but was settled by his agreeing to work on Grant's memoirs..., He and Elke Sommer were friends with Charles Manson murder victims, actress Sharon Tate and Hollywood hair stylist Jay Sebring. Joe was the one who introduced Sharon to Jay and the two (Sharon and Jay) became involved for a time..., He sometimes claimed that the ghost haunting his Hollywood mansion was that of its previous owner, MGM producer Nicholas Nayfack..., Best Selling Author, Hollywood Columnist and Martial Artist...
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Sexuality Straight
Ethnicity White
Nationality American
High School Brookline High School in Brookline, Massachusetts
University Harvard University (BA degree), New York University (BA degree in Hebrew), New York University (MA degree in Hebrew)
Occupation Text Syndicated columnist (1951-1964), Author
Occupation Author
Claim to Fame bestselling biographies of Hollywood stars
Music Genre (Text) Biographies of Hollywood stars, The Martial Arts, The Rat Pack, Eastern philosophy, Bohemian lifestyle in Greenwich Village, Non-Fiction Books Author
Instrument (text) Violin
Record Label Stars and Stripes (newspaper of United States Armed Forces), New York Herald Tribune (newspaper), Saturday Evening Post (publication), Ladies' Home Journal (publication), Redbook (publication), Guide Dogs of America (charity), The U.S. Army (South Pacific theatre), J.P. Tarcher (book publisher), Brown & Company (book publisher), Kensington Publishing Corporation (book publisher), New York: Saint Martin's Press (book publisher), New York: Warner Books (book publisher), New York: Berkley Publishing Group (book publisher), New York: New American Library (book publisher)
Pets Humphrey Bogart, Chuck Norris (coauthor of martial arts book), David Permut (movie producer), Sharon Tate (Charles Manson murder victim), Jay Sebring (Charles Manson murder victim)
Favorite Accessories Smoker's Pipe

Joe Hyams (June 6, 1923 – November 8, 2008) was an American Hollywood columnist and author of bestselling biographies of Hollywood stars.

More about Joe Hyams
Less about Joe Hyams

Dating History

Partner Comparison

Joe Hyams85 GeminiAuthor
Elke Sommer80 ScorpioActress


Kill the Golden Goose1979HamiltonMovie
Love in a Goldfish Bowl1961Movie
Pepe1960Charro (uncredited)Movie
The Wild and the Innocent1959Rival Barker (uncredited)Movie
Teacher's Pet1958Joe Hyams (uncredited)Movie
The Lost Missile1958Young - ReporterMovie
The Seven Lively Arts1957Interviewer, NarratorTV Show


Posted commentsView all comments (4)

ViraglioViraglioJan 12, 2020

ViraglioViraglioJan 12, 2020

SusieNov 11, 2008

Joe Hyams lived in Penrose Colorado married to wife, Lisa for the past 20 years. He passed away last Saturday

megatrendsOct 28, 2008

Joe hyams was the interviewer who recorded passages of the autobiography from CARY GRANT himself. He finally got away with the permisssion to publish on the Herald Tribune despite CG intention to profit himself on his life. He should have been a hell of a guy by winning over the idol CG. Besides, having Elke Sommer as his wife..., and besides training with Bruce Lee..., I expected to find more on him online.

Join the FamousFix discussion board >>



Top Contributors for Joe Hyams

Edit Page

Help keep Joe Hyams profile up to date.

Six Degrees

Six Degrees Connections

Connect any celebrity with Joe Hyams to see how closely they are linked... romantically!

Recent connections involving Joe Hyams