The American actress who is best remembered for her role as Gwen French in the film, Some Came Running and who also contributed funds towards the construction of a black box theatre, The Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theatre along with her husband is none other than Martha Hyer.
She was born on 10th August in 1924 in Fort Worth, Texas, the U.S. Her parents were Agnes Rebecca and Julien Capers Hyer. She studied drama at Northwestern University and became a graduate from there. Later, she moved to California and signed a contract with RKO.
She made her first appearance on the screen in 1946 with an uncredited speaking role in The Locket. After that, she appeared in several uncredited and bit roles in B-movies and she had the supporting role in 1953 in the drama, So Big. The following year, she had the role of Elizabeth Tyson in the Oscar-winning film, Sabrina.
She also had a supporting role in the war story, Battle Hymn in 1957. She next appeared in the film, Paris Holiday in 1958. She got fame and was nominated for the Academy Award for her performance in the film, Some Came Running in which she played the role of Gwen French.
After tuning, she faced troubles for getting roles in films and she appeared in two episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour in 1962 and 1965. In 1966, she appeared in the film, Chase. She also guest-starred in Family Affair in 1967. Her final film was The Day of the Wolves in 1971 and in 1974, she appeared for the last time in the television series, McCloud.
From 1951-1954, she was married to C. Ray Stahl. Later in 1966, she married Hal B. Wallis but they got divorced in 1986. On 31st May in 2014, she died from natural death. She has won the Golden Laurel Award and Bronze Wrangler Award.