Susan's first marriage to actor Jess Barker was a stormy one that ended with a bitter custody battle of her twin sons and a suicide attempt by Susan. Her second to rancher Eaton Chalkley was a long and happy marriage until he died suddenly of hepatitis nine years later. Susan left Hollywood for five years in a state of deep mourning. She would later return in 1971.
Susan was diagnosed with brain cancer, allegedly the result of being exposed to dangerous radioactive toxins on location in Utah while making The Conqueror. All the lead actors John Wayne, Agnes Moorehead, John Hoyt, Hayward, and the director Dick Powell died of cancer. The case is still a scandal.
Susan's footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre are the only ones set in gold dust.
Susan took over the ballsy role of stage star Helen Lawson in Valley of the Dolls in 1967 after Judy Garland was fired.
Measurements: 36 1/2-26-35 1/2
Susan replaced an ailing Barbara Stanwyck in "Heat of Anger," which was to have been a pilot for a TV series to be called "Fitzgerald and Pride."
Susan was one of the many young actress' who auditioned for the role of Scarlett O'Hara, in the movie Gone With The Wind. The role eventually went to Vivian Leigh.
Susan was nominated for an Academy Award in 1956, for the movie I'll Cry Tomorrow.
Susan was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1953, for the movie With a Song in My Heart.
Susan was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1950, fot the movie My Foolish Heart.
Susan was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1948, for the movie Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman.
Susan has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6251 Hollywood Blvd.
Susan won the Academy Award for Best Actress, in 1958, for the movie, I Want to Live!.