Hunter Tylo

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Hunter Tylo
Hunter Tylo - Monte-Carlo Television Festival.jpg
Tylo at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, June 2012
Born Deborah Jo Hunter
(1962-07-03) July 3, 1962 (age 51)
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
Other names Deborah Morehart
Alma mater Fordham University
Occupation Actress, author
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s)

Tom Morehart (m. 1980; div. 1984)
Michael Tylo (m. 1987; div. 2005)

Gersson Archila (m. 2009)
Children 4

Hunter Tylo (born Deborah Jo Hunter, July 3, 1962) is an American actress, author and former model. She is best known for her role as Dr. Taylor Hayes (1990–2002, 2004, 2005–2013, 2014) on The Bold and the Beautiful.

Early life[edit]

Tylo was born Deborah Jo Hunter in Fort Worth, Texas, the daughter of Jo Anne and Morris Jabez Hunter. She is of Cherokee Native American descent on her mother's side. She has an older sister named Elizabeth and a younger brother named Cliff. Tylo has been credited as Deborah Morehart; Morehart was the last name of her first husband.

Career[edit]

In 1984, credited as Deborah Morehart, Tylo appeared in the sorority slasher film The Initiation with future Melrose Place actor Daphne Zuniga. Tylo subsequently became well known after playing regular roles in US daytime soap operas. Her television debut was on All My Children in 1985. She was fired from the role in 1988, on the grounds of having a relationship with another cast member, Michael Tylo (whom she married in 1987).[1]

In 1989, she was cast as Marina Toscano on Days of our Lives. The character was a rival who caused trouble for one of the soap's most popular couples, Steven "Patch" Johnson and Kayla Brady. Tylo later said, "Everyone hated my character.[...]I hated her. They [producers] said they were going to do something with her, but they never did. [...] I dreaded going to work for the last few weeks I was on the show." The character was killed off and Tylo left the series in 1990. Discouraged by her lack of success on soap operas, Tylo swore off acting and enrolled at Fordham University. As she and her husband were preparing to move to New York City, she was offered a role of Dr. Taylor Hayes on The Bold and the Beautiful. She initially resisted the part but eventually relented. She began her tenure in 1990.[1]

In 2000, Tylo released her autobiography, Making a Miracle.[2] Tylo left The Bold and the Beautiful in 2002. She returned to the show in 2004 for a two-episode appearance as a vision.[3] In May 2005, she returned as a series regular and left the series again in July 2013.[3][4]

Lawsuit[edit]

In 1996, Tylo was cast in the primetime soap opera Melrose Place and opted to leave The Bold and the Beautiful to take the role. However, she was fired by Melrose Place producer Aaron Spelling prior to filming any episodes for the series, when she announced she was pregnant. The character she was to play, Taylor McBride, was recast, Lisa Rinna taking the role. Tylo quickly returned to The Bold and the Beautiful. Tylo sued Spelling on grounds of discrimination for being pregnant and won $4.8 million from a Los Angeles jury. Spelling argued that Tylo's pregnancy rendered her unable to play the character, who was supposed to be a sexy seductress. During the trial, Tylo published pictures of herself while pregnant which showed that she retained a slim figure. Prior to trial, during the discovery phase of the litigation, Tylo's lawyers won a partial victory in an interlocutory appeal challenging a lower court's order compelling her to answer a broad range of personal questions. The Court of Appeal established Tylo's right to refuse to answer questions in her deposition about marital problems and psychological treatment, although the Court sustained the portion of the order which compelled her to answer questions about her efforts to become pregnant, her husband's ability or inability to get her pregnant, and communications with her agent with respect to her efforts and ability to get pregnant. The case is widely recognized as an important one in establishing the right of privacy in deposition and the right of actresses to continue to work while pregnant.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Marriages and children[edit]

Tylo has been married three times and has four children. She married her first husband, Tom Morehart, in 1980. They have a son, Christopher "Chris" Morehart, and divorced in 1984.[3]

In 1987, she married actor Michael Tylo, with whom she had daughters Izabella Gabrielle and Katya Ariel Tylo and son Michael Edward "Mickey" Tylo, Jr. In 1998, the couple's daughter Katya was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the eye called retinoblastoma. Doctors removed the affected right eye and began chemotherapy. Later in the year a tumor was detected in Katya's other eye; that tumor inexplicably disappeared. Katya recovered and wears a prosthetic right eye.[6] The couple divorced in 2005. On October 18, 2007, their son, Michael Tylo, Jr., drowned in the family pool in Henderson, Nevada.[7] The Clark County Coroner concluded that Michael Tylo, Jr.'s death was caused by "drowning due to seizure disorder," and was ruled accidental.[8]

In May 2008, Tylo filed a restraining order against boyfriend Corey Cofield, claiming that he had acted violently towards her and her children; she asked for the order to be withdrawn in October 2008, telling a judge that Cofield was attending therapy and was much better.[9] Tylo and Cofield broke up in September 2009.

On November 29, 2009, Tylo married Gersson Archila in a secret ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada.[10]

Religion[edit]

Tylo is a born again Christian.[11][6] She attributes her daughter Katya's recovery from cancer to constant prayer and credits her faith for helping her deal with the death of her son, Michael.[12] [13]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Tylo has been listed twice on People magazine's list of "50 Most Beautiful People In The World".[14]

Year Award Work Result Ref
1993
Most Valuable Professional Award for Best Actress The Bold and the Beautiful Won
[15]
1995
Soap Opera Digest Award for Hottest Female Star Nominated
1996
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Love Story
(shared with Katherine Kelly Lang and Ronn Moss)
Nominated
1997
Most Valuable Professional Award for Best Actress Won
1998
Telvis Award for Most Popular Television Stars in Finland — (shared with John McCook) Won
1999
Soap Opera Digest Award for Hottest Female Star Nominated
2002
Telvis Award for Favorite Foreign Actress Won
2003
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Plot Twist — (shared with Ronn Moss) Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hart, marla (17 June 1993). "Three's A Charm After Two Bad Starts, Hunter Tylo Comes Into Her Own In `B & B'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Hunter Tylo: Biography". tvguide.com. 
  3. ^ a b c "A Real-Life 'The Bold & the Beautiful' Wedding". etonline.com. December 10, 2009. 
  4. ^ Wasko, Beth (May 16, 2013). "B&B's Tylo Leaving, Too!". soapoperadigest.com. 
  5. ^ Text of Tylo v. Superior Court (Spelling Entertainment Group, Inc.) (1997) 55 CA4th 1379 is available from:  ceb.com 
  6. ^ a b Smolowe, Jill (November 5, 2007). "A Soap Star's Devastating Loss". people.com. 
  7. ^ Nudd, Tim (2007-10-19). "Actress Hunter Tylo's Son Drowns". People.com. Retrieved 2007-10-19. 
  8. ^ Hancock, Noelle (2007-10-19). "Hunter Tylo's Son Dies in Accidental Drowning". Usmagazine.com. Archived from the original on 2007-10-21. Retrieved 2007-10-20. 
  9. ^ J Kroll, Dan (March 15, 2009). "Tylo files for, rescinds restraining order against boyfriend". Soap Central. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  10. ^ Kroll, Dan J. (December 10, 2009). "Hunter Tylo married in secret ceremony". soapcentral.com. 
  11. ^ Gliatto, Tom (December 1, 1997). "Thrown a Curve". people.com. 
  12. ^ "People: Praise Be". Beaver County Times. October 14, 1998. p. A2. 
  13. ^ "Hunter Tylo: 'Nothing More Painful Than Losing a Child'". people.com. November 14, 2007. 
  14. ^ "Hunter Tylo Bio". Soap Opera Digest. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Awards List". boldandbeautiful.com. Retrieved March 17, 2013. 

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