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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 13 September 1918Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date of Death 28 March 1980Los Angeles, California, USA  (lung cancer)
Birth NameRichard Benjamin Haymes

Mini Bio (2)

Arguably one of the best singers of the twentieth century, Dick Haymes was born in Argentina to a Scots/Irish father and Irish mother, but brought to the U.S. as an infant. Dick inherited his vocal gift from his mother who made ends meet during the Depression as a singer and voice teacher. A music gig in 1931 caught the eye of a local band leader and soon Dick was moving up, but it was slow-going. In 1939, while Dick was trying to pitch his songwriting talents to band leader Harry James, he ended up his featured vocalist, instead. During the war years Dick hooked up with the Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey orchestras before deciding to go solo. Nabbing his own radio program in addition to a Decca recording contract, Twentieth Century Fox soon expressed interest in his musical talents. Among his many film leads were State Fair (1945) opposite Jeanne Crain and Vivian Blaine, Diamond Horseshoe (1945) and The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947) both paired with Betty Grable, One Touch of Venus (1948) with Ava Gardner, and All Ashore (1953), a second string version of On the Town (1949), with Mickey Rooney and Ray McDonald as his shore-leave buddies. For such a pleasant and unassuming man, Dick's personal life certainly was a shambles aggravated by alcoholism and financial debt. Five marriages came and went (including actresses Joanne Dru, Nora Eddington, Rita Hayworth, and Fran Jeffries) before his sixth one finally stuck. By the 1960s, his life was all but ruined. He managed to travel to Europe and picked up the remnants of his career. His reputation had not tarnished there, and he enjoyed some renewed popularity; he never regained, however, the foothold in the business that he once had. Dick died of lung cancer in 1980. Though not as well remembered as other crooners of his time (Frank Sinatra, Tony Martin, Vic Damone), and not a particularly charismatic performer on film, this rich baritone's legacy IS his music. Some of Dick's more popular recordings include "The More I See You," "How Blue the Night," "For You, For Me, Forever More," "Speak Low," and "Another Night Like This."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Dick Haymes' birth in Argentina meant he was not legally an American citizen. In order to get out of the draft in 1944, he registered as a "resident alien" and was able to avoid service in the Armed Forces. There was little publicity at the time, but when he went to Hawaii in 1953 to pursue Rita Hayworth (who was on location for Miss Sadie Thompson (1953)), he was prevented from re-entering the mainland USA. Hawaii was not a State at the time, and the immigration service said Haymes lacked the proper re-entry papers for an alien. Haymes always believed the move was inspired by Harry Cohn who was trying to break up his relationship with Rita. Immigration tried to deport him to Argentina, but he won his fight, stayed in the USA and married Rita. However, the adverse publicity about his World War II decision started the decline in his career.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: John Dean

Spouse (6)

Wendy Smith (18 March 1966 - 28 March 1980) (his death) (2 children)
Fran Jeffries (17 November 1958 - 12 January 1965) (divorced) (1 child)
Rita Hayworth (24 September 1953 - 12 December 1955) (divorced)
Nora Eddington (17 July 1949 - 18 September 1953) (divorced)
Joanne Dru (21 September 1941 - 28 June 1949) (divorced) (3 children)
Edith Harper (1939 - 1939) (annulled)

Trivia (17)

In the late 1950s, while his career was on a lull, he partnered in nightclubs with his then-wife, singer Fran Jeffries (nee Fran Makris).
Starred in radio series "I Fly Anything" in late 1940s or early 1950s
Daughter, Stephanie, with Fran Jeffries, was born in 1959.
He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1724 Vine Street and for Radio at 6841 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
He married his first wife because she said she was pregnant. He left her three months later when he realized that it was not true.
Father of Dick Haymes Jr..
He had a step-daughter, Beverly Smith, from his widow Wendy.
His first child with his wife, Wendy, is named Sean Patrick and was born May 19, 1966. Their second child, Samantha, was born on March 16, 1968. Her name is now Samantha Haymes Maree Shiner.
He was separated from his widow at the time of his death.
His daughter, Samantha, did not attend his funeral. Her older siblings, from her father's previous relationships, had asked that her mother, who was divorcing Haymes at the time of his death, not attend the funeral and Samantha refused to attend without her mother.
His son Sean ran away after his father's death and did not return for four years.
His widow, Wendy, was born in 1938 and died in 2000.
After his death, his youngest daughter Samantha was adopted by her step-father, Andy Maree.
Ex-brother-in-law of Peter Marshall.
Was at one time a singer with Harry James and His Orchestra.
Older brother of Bob Haymes (aka Robert Stanton).
Haymes's birth in Argentina to non-U.S. citizens meant he was not an American citizen. In order to avoid military service during World War II, Haymes asserted his non-belligerent status as a citizen of Argentina, which was neutral at that time. Hollywood-based columnists Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper seized upon this at the time, questioning Haymes' patriotism. Since many of Hollywood's finest were joining the military (James Stewart, Clark Gable and Robert Taylor among others) many considered him a coward and it harmed his career.

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