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Margaret Hayes (December 5, 1916 – January 26, 1977) was an American film, stage, and television actress.
In 1956, she guest-starred as an historical figure Dora Hand in three episodes of the ABC/Desilu western television series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, with Hugh O'Brian as marshal Wyatt Earp. In those segments she plays a popular dance hall girl who sings in the church choir and is the romantic interest of James H. "Dog" Kelley, the mayor of Dodge City, Kansas, from 1877 to 1881, played by Paul Brinegar. In Hayes' third appearance on the series, "So Long, Dora, So Long" (November 13, 1956), Dora is shot to death by a Texas cowboy, Jim Rellance, played by Joe Turkel. Rellance has his own interest in the older Dora, who instead urges him to find a younger woman. Rellance sets out to kill rival suitor Mayor Kelley but instead kills Dora by shooting into a cabin where Rellance mistakenly believes Kelley, rather than Dora, is sleeping.
In the episode, "The San Saba Incident" (October 18, 1957), of the CBS western television series Trackdown starring Robert Culp as Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman, the Ranger transports four prisoners to the Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville. Hayes plays one of the convicts, Abby Lindon, the only woman in the group.
Hayes's films included The Glass Key, Sullivan's Travels and Good Day for a Hanging. In 1958, in the film Damn Citizen, Hayes played opposite Keith Andes in the role of a real person, Dorothy Maguire Grevemberg, the wife of the crusading Louisiana State Police superintendent Francis Grevemberg.
She had one child, a daughter Nan, born in 1937, from her brief first marriage. She subsequently married actor Leif Erickson in 1942, but they divorced after a month. She married a third time, to producer Herbert B. Swope, Jr., in 1947. The couple had a daughter, Tracy Brooks Swope, who is also an actress. She and Swope divorced in 1973.
- Billy Hathorn, "Roy Bean, Temple Houston, Bill Longley, Ranald Mackenzie, Buffalo Bill, Jr., and the Texas Rangers: Depictions of West Texans in Series Television, 1955 to 1967", West Texas Historical Review, Vol. 89 (2013), pp. 105-106