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Ronald Reagan and Susan Hayward in "Girls on Probation"
ORIGINAL CAPTION: This photo shows GOP Presidential candidate Ronald Reagan giving a swimming lesson to the late actress Susan Hayward when both were breaking into the movies and in the film, "Girls on Probation", in 1938. The cheesecake and beefcake poses were publicity shots, according to Beverly Linet, author of the new book: "Susan Hayward; Portrait of a Survivor." They were such unknowns at the time that the photo was never published. According to the caption with this handout photo Reagan and Miss Hayward didn't like each other. (UPI PHOTO/FILES)
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Susan Hayward (June 30, 1917 – March 14, 1975) was an American actress.

After working as a fashion model in New York, Hayward travelled to Hollywood in 1937 when open auditions were held for the leading role in Gone With the Wind (1939). Although she was not selected, she secured a film contract, and played several small supporting roles over the next few years. By the late 1940s the quality of her film roles had improved, and she achieved recognition for her dramatic abilities with the first of five Academy Award nominations for Best Actress for her performance as an alcoholic in Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman (1947). Her career continued successfully through the 1950s and she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of death row inmate Barbara Graham in I Want to Live! (1958).

Hayward married and lived in Georgia and following her Oscar-winning performance, her film appearances became infrequent, although she continued acting in film and television until 1972. She died in 1975 of brain cancer.

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