Jess Barker & Susan Hayward

Susan Hayward and Jess Barker

Susan Hayward and Jess Barker  


Jess Barker and Susan Hayward were married for 10 years. They dated for 8 months after getting together in Nov 1943 and married on 24th Jul 1944. 10 years later they divorced on 18th Aug 1954.

They had 2 children, Timothy (76) and Gregory (76).


American Actor Jess Barker was born on 4th June, 1912 in Greenville, South Carolina, USA and passed away on 8th Aug 2000 North Hollywood, CA aged 88. He is most remembered for Leading Man in "B" Films. His zodiac sign is Gemini.

American Actress Susan Hayward was born Edythe Marrenner on 30th June, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA and passed away on 14th Mar 1975 Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA aged 57. She is most remembered for I Want To Live (1958). Her zodiac sign is Cancer.


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Relationship Statistics

DatingNov 1943 - 24th Jul 1944 8 months, 26 days
Married24th Jul 1944 - 18th Aug 1954 10 years
Total Nov 1943 - 18th Aug 1954 10 years, 9 months

(24 July 1944 - 18 August 1954) (divorced) 2 children
M1. Timothy Barker (19 February 1945)
M2. Gregory Barker (19 February 1945)
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.

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Relationship Timeline

18th August, 1954 - Divorce

October, 1947 - Breakup

19th February, 1945 - Child

19th February, 1945 - Child

24th July, 1944 - Marriage

November, 1943 - Hookup

Couple Comparison

Jess Barker
Susan Hayward
Jess Barker
Susan Hayward
Age (at start of relationship)
5' 11¾" (182 cm)
5' 3½" (161 cm)
Hair Color
Brown - Light
Eye Color
Brown - Dark
Brown - Dark


TimothyMale19th February, 194576 years old
GregoryMale19th February, 194576 years old



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