She came out of the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Her parents were dog-tired poor and to say they didn't much like one another is putting it mildly. Young Edythe Marrener was years away from hearing herself called the more exotic Susan Hayward. All she did hear was a lot of fighting, much of which she was engaged in trying to be as noticed and feel as loved as her older sister and brother. In years to come she would grow to loathe and mistrust them. She always felt inferior in her family, always scrambling for a seat on her mother's lap or the soft touch of her mother's hand against her cheek.
Nothing ever came easily for her. She was born a fighter and she died one as well. All the stuff in between is Hollywood legend... the temperamental red-haired movie queen whose life offscreen was every bit as dramatic as her movie roles. (For a smattering of her more famous quotes, see imdb.com and glean a little something into her thoughts and temperament.)
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