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July 5, 1937 |
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Other names||Brooke Hayward Duchin|
|Spouse(s)||Michael M. Thomas (m. 1956–60)
Dennis Hopper (m. 1961–69)
Peter Duchin (m. 1985–2008) (divorced)
Early life and career
Born in Los Angeles, Hayward is the eldest, and only surviving, child from the marriage of former agent turned film, television, and stage producer Leland Hayward and actress Margaret Sullavan. Hayward's autobiography, Haywire, was based on her experiences as a child with two world-famous and iconic parents. Margaret Sullavan died of an accidental drug overdose on January 1, 1960, aged 50. Nine months after her mother's death, Hayward's sister Bridget, aged 21, was herself found dead from an overdose. Hayward's younger brother, Bill, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on March 9, 2008.
Debuting in Burt Balaban's 1961 film, Mad Dog Coll, Hayward had a brief acting career. She made a memorable performance in the Twilight Zone episode "The Masks" in March 1964. Also, she played a seaship captain's daughter in one Bonanza episode. Over the next 30 years, Hayward appeared in a handful of screen roles. Her last screen appearance was in a small role in John Guare's 1993 film adaptation of Six Degrees of Separation, with Stockard Channing, Donald Sutherland, and Will Smith.
Hayward, whose famous stepmothers include Nancy, Lady Keith (aka Slim Keith) and Pamela Harriman, was married to Michael M. Thomas from July 1956 until their July 1960 divorce; they had two children. Hayward later became the first wife of actor Dennis Hopper. They were married from August 1961 until 1969. That union produced a daughter, Marin Brooke Hopper, in June 1962.
She has been married to Peter Duchin since 1985—they met and began cohabiting in 1981. They separated in 2008. She divides her time between her loft in Manhattan and her country house in Litchfield County, Connecticut.
Hayward has three grandchildren: Anna and Cooper Thomas, and Violet Hayward Goldstone.
Brooke Hayward is a great-granddaughter of Monroe Hayward, former U. S. Senator from Nebraska, and a granddaughter of Colonel William Hayward, who led the United States' 369th Infantry Regiment, aka the "Harlem Hellfighters", the first regiment composed entirely of African-American soldiers during the First World War.
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