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Judy Tyler (born Judith Mae Hess; October 9, 1932 – July 3, 1957) was an American actress.[1]

Judy Tyler
Judy Tyler in Jailhouse Rock trailer.jpg
Tyler in 1957
Born
Judith Mae Hess

(1932-10-09)October 9, 1932
DiedJuly 3, 1957(1957-07-03) (aged 24)
Cause of deathCar accident
Resting placeFerncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1947–1957
Spouse(s)
Colin Romoff
(m. 1950; div. 1956)

Gregory Lafayette (m. 1957–1957)

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Early life and careerEdit

 
Tyler alongside Elvis Presley
 
Tyler in the broadway production of Pipe Dream (1955)

According to the 1932 New York City birth records, Judy Tyler was born Judith Mae Hess in Manhattan, New York on October 9, 1932. She spent her teen years in Teaneck, New Jersey. Tyler is frequently listed as having been born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. However, it was her mother, Lorelei, who was born in Wisconsin. The 1940 census also states that Tyler was born in New York. She came from a show business family and was encouraged to study dance and acting. Tyler's acting career began as a teenager, with regular appearances on Howdy Doody as Princess Summerfall Winterspring from 1950 to 1953.

Like her mother, she became a chorus girl, but then went on to land a starring role in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Pipe Dream. Life did a story on rising Broadway talent with Tyler on the magazine's cover as one of the up-and-coming stars. Tyler lived with her parents in Teaneck, New Jersey while appearing on Howdy Doody and Broadway.[2]

Offered an opportunity in Hollywood, Tyler appeared in the film Bop Girl Goes Calypso (1957), then starred opposite Elvis Presley in Jailhouse Rock (1957). She made a guest appearance on Perry Mason as Irene Kilby in "The Case of the Fan Dancer's Horse", which aired on December 28, 1957, nearly six months after her death.[citation needed]

DeathEdit

After completing filming of the Presley movie, she and her second husband, Gregory Lafayette (born Earl Gregory Nisonger Jr. on January 23, 1938 in New York City) left Hollywood to return to their home in New York. While driving through Wyoming on Wednesday, July 3, 1957, they were involved in an automobile accident on U.S. Route 287 near Rock River. She was killed instantly, aged 24, and her husband died the following day, aged 19. A passenger in the other car was killed as well. Police said Lafayette swerved to avoid hitting a car that was towing a trailer, and collided with the other vehicle involved in the crash.[2]

Tyler's cremated remains are in the private family room of her husband's family mausoleum in Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York.[citation needed]

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