awards & nominations

I Want to Live! (1958)

Susan Hayward as "Barbara Graham"

This film tells the riveting true story of brazen bad girl Barbara Graham (Susan Hayward, in an Academy Award-winning performance), a perpetual offender who tries to go straight but is sent to death row after being implicated in a murder. When journalist Ed Montgomery (Simon Oakland), whose initial newspaper articles on Barbara's crime played up her recklessness, becomes convinced that she may be innocent, he begins a desperate campaign to save her from the gas chamber.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1959)NominatedForeign Actress
Academy Award (1958)WonActress
Golden Globe (1958)WonBest Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955)

Susan Hayward as "Lillian Roth"

This acclaimed biopic tells the cautionary tale of Broadway star Lillian Roth (Susan Hayward), who by the age of 20 has risen to fame due to the efforts of her pushy mother. Though a success on stage, Lillian has her hopes of happiness dashed when her fiancé dies tragically, and responds to her loss by drinking. Alcoholism and a string of failed marriages destroy Lillian's career and ultimately leave her destitute. After a brush with death, however, Lillian resolves to return to the spotlight.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1956)NominatedForeign Actress
Academy Award (1955)NominatedActress

Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947)

Susan Hayward as "Angelica "Angie"/"Angel" Evans Conway"

Nightclub singer Angie Evans (Susan Hayward) puts aside her successful career to marry struggling songwriter Ken Conway (Lee Bowman). Inspired by the birth of their daughter, Ken plays one of his ballads on a morning radio show, and his career explodes. As a stay-at-home wife and mother, Angie finds her shaky self-confidence slipping. Convinced Ken is having an affair with his secretary (Marsha Hunt), Angie begins drinking. When Ken files for divorce, Angie responds by kidnapping their daughter.

Academy Award (1947)NominatedActress