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Allison Hayes

Born Mary Jane Hayes in Charleston, West Virginia, she was in the class of 1948 at Calvin Coolidge High School. Hayes won the title of Miss District of Columbia. She went on to represent D.C. in the 1949 Miss America pageant. Although she did not win the competition, it provided her with the opportunity to work in local television before moving to Hollywood to work for Universal Pictures in 1954. Taking the name Allison Hayes, she played small roles in a handful of films at Universal for a couple of years. In 1955 she filed a lawsuit against the studio over injuries she sustained while filming her second picture, SIGN OF THE PAGAN. Universal released Hayes from her contract, and she was subsequently signed by Columbia Pictures. After appearing in a handful of Columbia films including COUNT THREE AND PRAY, MOHAWK, and WOLF DOG, Hayes was given in the lead role in ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN (1958). The film would eventually gain a cult following and become the performance for which she is best known. However, it did not escalate Hayes's career at the time. For several years she remained consistently employed in movies and on television (including an extended stint on the soap opera "General Hospital" and several appearances on her friend Raymond Burr's "Perry Mason" series). By the mid-1960s, though, Allison Hayes's career was all but over and she was beset by health problems. She would later admit that the pain of her illness led her to contemplate suicide, and that her symptoms were not taken seriously by doctors. After reading about metal poisoning in factory workers and recognizing the similarity of the symptoms described to her own, she hired a toxicologist to test a calcium supplement she'd been using for an extended time. The tests revealed that the pills contained an extreme amount of lead, and that Hayes was likely suffering from lead poisoning. She mounted a campaign to pressure the Food and Drug Administration into banning the supplement, but her condition deteriorated to the point of total incapacity. In 1976 she was diagnosed with leukemia, and began regular cancer treatment. Allison Hayes died February 26, 1977 at the UCSD Medical Center in La Jolla, California, just short of her 47th birthday. In a letter that arrived after her death, the FDA informed her of amendments being made to the laws governing the importation of nutritional supplements, largely as a result of her advocacy.



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Born:
Mar 6, 1930 In Charleston, West Virginia, U.S.A.
Movie/TV Credits:
38
First Appeared:
In the movie Francis Joins the WACS 1954-07-30
Latest Project:
Series The F.B.I. 1965-09-19
Known For
Poster of Shotgun Slade
Poster of Hong Kong Confidential
Poster of A Lust to Kill
Poster of Wolf Dog
Filmography

The F.B.I. (1965)

Drama Crime
Series
as Unknown
3.4 7 votes

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1964)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.8 11 votes

The Crawling Hand (1963)

Horror Science Fiction
Movie
as Donna
2.4 7 votes

Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? (1963)

Comedy
Movie
as Mrs. Grayson
4.0 1 votes

Acapulco (1961)

Action & Adventure
Series
as Chloe

Ripcord (1961)

Action & Adventure
Series
as Laura
7 1 votes

The Hypnotic Eye (1960)

Horror
Movie
as Justine
6 5 votes

The High Powered Rifle (1960)

Crime
Movie
as Sharon Hill

Surfside 6 (1960)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Rawhide (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown
7.7 9 votes

Counterplot (1959)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Connie Lane
5 1 votes

The Alaskans (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown

Shotgun Slade (1959)

Western
Series
as Franci Longo

Pier 5, Havana (1959)

Action Thriller
Movie
as Monica Gray

A Lust to Kill (1958)

Western
Movie
as Sherry

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)

Horror Science Fiction
Movie
as Nancy Fowler Archer
4.8 28 votes

Wolf Dog (1958)

Movie
as Ellen Hughes
3 1 votes

Hong Kong Confidential (1958)

Drama Action Thriller
Movie
as Elena Martine
5.5 1 votes

77 Sunset Strip (1958)

Drama Crime
Series
as Unknown
7.8 6 votes

Bat Masterson (1958)

Western
Series
as Unknown
7.5 2 votes

The Undead (1957)

Fantasy Horror
Movie
as Livia
4.4 6 votes

Zombies of Mora Tau (1957)

Adventure Fantasy Horror
Movie
as Mona Harrison
5.8 7 votes

The Unearthly (1957)

Science Fiction Horror
Movie
as Grace Thomas
3.6 5 votes

The Disembodied (1957)

Horror
Movie
as Tonda Metz
6 1 votes

Tombstone Territory (1957)

Western
Series
as Carole Thayer
8 1 votes

Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1957)

Crime Drama Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown

Perry Mason (1957)

Mystery Drama Crime Family
Series
as Unknown
7.9 23 votes

The Steel Jungle (1956)

Crime
Movie
as Mrs. Archer
5.0 2 votes

Mohawk (1956)

Action Western
Movie
as Greta Jones
6.3 3 votes

Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (1956)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
8.0 1 votes

Gunslinger (1956)

Action Romance Western
Movie
as Erica Page
2.6 6 votes

The Purple Mask (1955)

Adventure
Movie
as Irene de Bournotte
6 1 votes

The Millionaire (1955)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.0 2 votes

Double Jeopardy (1955)

Crime
Movie
as Barbara Devery
6.3 3 votes

Chicago Syndicate (1955)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Joyce Kern, alias Sue Morton

Count Three and Pray (1955)

Western Drama
Movie
as Georgina Decrais
3.5 5 votes

Francis Joins the WACS (1954)

Comedy Fantasy
Movie
as Lt. Dickson
6.8 4 votes

Sign of the Pagan (1954)

Drama History
Movie
as Ildico
3 1 votes