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Overview (4)

Born in Charleston, West Virginia, USA
Died in La Jolla, San Diego, California, USA  (blood poisoning)
Birth NameMary Jane Hayes
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Anyone who loves B-movies of the 1950s appreciates this lovely actress Allison Hayes. She was born Mary Jane Hayes on March 6, 1930 in Charleston, West Virginia. The raven-haired beauty was the 1949 Washington, D.C. entry into the Miss America pageant. Shortly afterwards, Mary Jane adopted the familiar first name of Allison. She got her start on local Washington television before heading to Hollywood in the early 1950s. Allison began her career with Universal Pictures; the studio groomed her, but only on the path of B-movies. In her film debut, Francis Joins the WACS (1954), she was a supporting actress to the speaking mule, which had the title role. She played the devilishly alluring "Livia" in The Undead (1957), and co-starred with B-movie legend Tor Johnson in The Unearthly (1957).

Allison achieved film immortality in Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958), in which she tore the roof off the place, and killed rival Yvette Vickers. After that, Allison was a staple in classic B-grade horror films. She was in the exploitation classic The Hypnotic Eye (1960), which had a trailer showing an alleged hypnotist mesmerizing a volunteer as he stuck long needles in her arms (this was some of the typical ballyhoo going on at the time). However, Allison was a versatile actress; she did drama very well, as when she guest-starred on the television series The Untouchables (1959), in the highly-rated episode, The Untouchables: The Rusty Heller Story (1960).

Allison had a flair for comedy, which she demonstrated when she appeared in the Dean Martin film, Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? (1963). Her last film appearance was with "The King", himself, Elvis Presley in Tickle Me (1965), with a hilarious script by the legendary writer Elwood Ullman. However, Allison's health declined steadily throughout the 1960s. Her death on February 27, 1977 was due either to leukemia or lead poisoning (due to doctor-prescribed calcium supplements). Allison Hayes died far too young; her fans will forever remember her legacy in films.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Frank Raymond

Family (1)

Parents William E. Hayes
Charlotte Gibson Hayes

Trade Mark (3)

Natural brunette hair
Deep sultry voice
Sultry big brown eyes

Trivia (5)

Participated in the 1949 Miss America pageant as Miss Washington, D.C.
Roger Corman says in his introduction to the DVD version of Last Woman on Earth (1960), that he first considered Allison for the title role in this film. He, instead, cast Betsy Jones-Moreland, after seeing her in a play in Hollywood.
In 1955, soon after she arrived in Hollywood, her agent wanted to get her an interview with Cecil B. DeMille. He took her to lunch on the Paramount lot, and the great director noticed her. She resembled the drawing he had made of "Sephorah", the wife of "Moses", in The Ten Commandments (1956). DeMille asked her to come to his office. There, under orders from her agent, she didn't mention that she was under contract to Universal-International. DeMille had her working on a scene with Henry Wilcoxon. When DeMille was informed that Allison was a U-I employee, he threw her and her agent off the lot.
Best remembered for her role as Nancy Archer in the cult classic Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958).
Was a gifted concert pianist.

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