Hunter Tylo

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Hunter Tylo
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Deborah Jo Hunter

(1962-07-03) July 3, 1962 (age 57)
Other namesDeborah Morehart
Alma materFordham University
OccupationActress, author
Years active1980–present
Tom Morehart
(m. 1980; div. 1984)

Michael Tylo
(m. 1987; div. 2005)

Gersson Archila
(m. 2009; annulled 2018)

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 Taylor Hayes (1990–2002, 2004, 2005–13, 2014, 2018–) 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.[citation needed] She has an older brother Jay, who died August 29, 2018, and a younger brother named Cliff. Tylo has been credited as Deborah Morehart; Morehart was the last name of her first husband.


In 1984, credited as Deborah Morehart, Tylo appeared in the sorority slasher film The Initiation with future Melrose Place actress 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 an antagonist 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 decided to quit acting, and enrolled at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, intending to be a pre-med student. 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, while still pursuing her degree at Fordham.[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] In 2014 she returned to the show for a several weeks story arc.


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 impregnate her, and communications with her agent with respect to her efforts and ability to become 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 during her adolescence. 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.

Shortly after the death of her mother, Joanne Hunter, on November 29, 2009, Tylo married Gersson Archila in a secret ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada.[9] The marriage was annulled on August 30, 2018 due to Court findings of Gersson being of poor moral character; 3 convicted counts of spousal abuse, auto theft, drug paraphernalia, misrepresentation by false identity, and hiding a criminal past.


Tylo is a born again Christian.[6][10] 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.[11][12]



Year Title Role Notes
1984 The Initiation Alison
1988 Final Cut Anna
2001 Longshot Rachel Montgomery
2005 Down and Derby Teri Montana


Year Title Role Notes
1985–1988 All My Children Robin McCall Regular role[13]
1989–90 Days of Our Lives Marina Toscano Guest role[13]
1990 Zorro Senora Del Reynosa Episode: "Family Business"
1990–2002, 2004–2014, 2018–present The Bold and the Beautiful Dr. Taylor Hayes Recurring role[14]
1994 The Maharaja's Daughter Messua Shandar TV miniseries[15]
1994–95 Burke's Law Penelope Jordan, Ingrid Rose Episodes: "Who Killed the Soap Star?", "Who Killed the Hollywood Headshrinker?"
1996 Baywatch Heather Episode: "Windswept"
1997 Diagnosis: Murder Claire McKenna Episode: "Physician, Murder Thyself"
1997 The Nanny Hunter Tylo Episode: "The Heather Biblow Story"
2003 She Spies Dr. Marks / Andres Sarlin Episode: "Daze of Future Past"
2004 A Place Called Home Billie Jeeters TV film
2004 They Are Among Us June TV film
2005 SharkMan Amelia TV film

Awards and nominations[edit]

Tylo has been listed twice on People magazine's list of "50 Most Beautiful People In The World".[16]

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


  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".
  3. ^ a b c "A Real-Life 'The Bold & the Beautiful' Wedding". December 10, 2009. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014.
  4. ^ Wasko, Beth (May 16, 2013). "B&B's Tylo Leaving, Too!".
  5. ^ Text of Tylo v. Superior Court (Spelling Entertainment Group, Inc.) (1997) 55 CA4th 1379 is available from: 
  6. ^ a b Smolowe, Jill (November 5, 2007). "A Soap Star's Devastating Loss".
  7. ^ Gray, Mark; Nudd, Tim (2007-10-19). "Actress Hunter Tylo's Son Drowns". Archived from the original on 2007-10-21. Retrieved 2007-10-19.
  8. ^ Hancock, Noelle (2007-10-19). "Hunter Tylo's Son Dies in Accidental Drowning". Archived from the original on 2007-10-21. Retrieved 2007-10-20.
  9. ^ Kroll, Dan J. (December 10, 2009). "Hunter Tylo married in secret ceremony". Soapcentral.
  10. ^ Gliatto, Tom (December 1, 1997). "Thrown a Curve".
  11. ^ "People: Praise Be". Beaver County Times. October 14, 1998. p. A2.
  12. ^ "Hunter Tylo: 'Nothing More Painful Than Losing a Child'". November 14, 2007.
  13. ^ a b Har, Marla (June 17, 1993). "Three's a Charm". Chicago Tribune. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  14. ^ Executive producers: Lee Phillip Bell and William J. Bell; Head writer: William J. Bell (June 6, 1990). The Bold and the Beautiful. Season 25. Episode 804. CBS.
  15. ^ "They're Back!". Soap Opera Digest. American Media, Inc.: 23–24. August 16, 1994.
  16. ^ "Hunter Tylo Bio". Soap Opera Digest. Archived from the original on January 17, 2012. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  17. ^ "Awards List". Archived from the original on October 14, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2013.

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