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Margaret Hayes (born Florette Regina Ottenheimer; December 5, 1916 – January 26, 1977) was an American film, stage, and television actress.

Margaret Hayes
Margaret Hayes in Blackboard Jungle.jpg
Florette Regina Ottenheimer

(1916-12-05)December 5, 1916
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
DiedJanuary 26, 1977(1977-01-26) (aged 60)
Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
Other namesMaggie Hayes
Dana Dale
Dana Edwards
Alma materJohns Hopkins University
Years active1939–1964
Home townBaltimore, Maryland
Spouse(s)Charles DeBuskey (m. 193?; div. 1939)
Leif Erickson
(m. 1942; div. 1942)

Herbert B. Swope Jr.
(m. 1947; div. 1973)


Early yearsEdit

Hayes was born in Baltimore, Maryland (some sources say Pottsville, Pennsylvania).[1]

Her father was Jack Lewis Ottenheimer, a "musician, theatrical man and joke book writer."[2] (Some sources say that he was a real estate broker.[3])

While a student at Forest Park High School,[4] she joined the Emerson Cook Stock Company to gain more acting experience.[2] She entered Johns Hopkins University to become a nurse, but stuck to her dramatic ambitions. At the school, she joined "The Barnstormers", a theatrical organization, becoming the first female member of that group.[2]

Changing namesEdit

Using the name Dana Dale, Hayes found work as a model, "featured in the best cigarette, auto and fashion advertisements.[5] Her screen test for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind was unsuccessful, but she received a movie contract anyway. Publicists at her studio recommended Dana Edwards as a better name for movies, so she began using it. Eventually, she changed to Margaret Hayes for public purposes, and was called Maggie by her friends.[5]


Hayes' initial contract was with Warner Bros.. Having little success there, she signed with Paramount Pictures.[1]

Hayes was often billed as Maggie Hayes in her film credits. She is perhaps best known for her role as Lois Judby Hammond in the 1955 film Blackboard Jungle, which starred Glenn Ford. In 1956, she guest-starred as Dora Hand in three episodes of The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp. She appeared in the episode "The San Saba Incident" (October 18, 1957) of Trackdown, playing a female convict, named Abby Lindon.[6]

Hayes' films included The Glass Key, Sullivan's Travels and Good Day for a Hanging. In 1958, in the film Damn Citizen, Hayes appeared opposite Keith Andes in the role of a real person, Dorothy Maguire Grevemberg, the wife of the crusading Louisiana State Police superintendent Francis Grevemberg. She made four guest appearances on CBS's Perry Mason. In 1961, she portrayed the part of Mrs. North in the episode "Incident of the Night on the Town" on CBS"s Rawhide.[7]


After marrying Herbert Bayard Swope in 1946, Hayes temporarily retired from acting and turned to journalism, eventually becoming assistant fashion editor for Life magazine.[8]


In her later years, Hayes lived in Palm Beach, Florida, and was the host of a daily radio talk show[8] on WPBR.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Hayes had her first child, a daughter Nan (born 1937), from her brief first marriage to Charles DeBuskey. The couple divorced in 1939, and Hayes subsequently married actor Leif Erickson on June 12, 1942,[3] eloping with him to Minden, Nevada. They separated 28 days later, and Hayes received a divorce on October 2, 1942.[10]

She married a third time, to producer Herbert B. Swope, Jr. (son of triple Pulitzer Prize for Reporting journalist Herbert Swope), in 1947. The couple had a daughter, actress Tracy Brooks Swope (born 1953), and a son, Herbert Swope III. She and Swope divorced in 1973.


Partial filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b Harrison, Paul. "Margaret Hayes--She Didn't Even Know Her Own Name" (September 15, 1941). The Times Recorder. p. 11. Retrieved August 30, 2015 – via  
  2. ^ a b c "Margaret Decides To Stay Miss Hayes". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. February 14, 1943. p. 31.
  3. ^ a b "Star, Actress Wed". The Circleville Herald. June 13, 1942. p. 1. Retrieved August 30, 2015 – via  
  4. ^ "Margaret Hayes" (PDF). 41 (1). December 1953: 85. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Saga of Dana Dale, Margaret Hayes, Fleurette Ottenheimer". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. March 11, 1945. p. 24. Retrieved August 30, 2015 – via  
  6. ^ Billy Hathorn, "Roy Bean, Temple Houston, Bill Longley, Ranald Mackenzie, Buffalo Bill, Jr., and the Texas Rangers: Depictions of West Texans in Series Television, 1955 to 1967", West Texas Historical Review, Vol. 89 (2013), pp. 105-06
  7. ^ Margaret Hayes on IMDb
  8. ^ a b c "Margaret Hayes, actress, is dead". Tucson Daily Citizen. January 28, 1977. p. 12. Retrieved August 30, 2015 – via  
  9. ^ "Actress Margaret Hayes of TV, films succumbs at 61". Valley News. January 30, 1977. p. 45. Retrieved August 30, 2015 – via  
  10. ^ "Good Actor, Poor Hubby, Says Wife". Medford Mail Tribune. October 2, 1942. p. 9. Retrieved August 30, 2015 – via  
  11. ^ Walker, Paul (March 20, 1942). "Dime Novel Action in New Colonial Film; "Valley of Sun" Due at Senate Tomorrow". Harrisburg Telegraph. p. 21. Retrieved August 30, 2015 – via  
  12. ^ "(Orpheum ad)". The Havre Daily News. March 12, 1943. p. 5. Retrieved August 30, 2015 – via  

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