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Allison Hayes Undressed

Allison Hayes (March 6, 1930 – February 27, 1977) was an American film actress.

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Born Mary Jane Hayes in Charleston, West Virginia, Hayes represented Washington, District of Columbia in the 1949 Miss America pageant. Although unsuccessful, it provided her with the opportunity to work in local television before moving to Hollywood to work for Universal Pictures in 1954.

Her first film ''Sign of the Pagan'' provided her with an important role in a relatively minor film. Playing opposite Jack Palance she played the part of a siren who ultimately kills him, but despite the strength of her debut, she played minor roles in her next few films. Originally cast in ''Foxfire'' (1955) she was removed from the film during a lawsuit she filed against Universal Studios for injuries, including broken ribs, that she had sustained during the filming of ''Sign of the Pagan''. Released from her contract, she was signed by Columbia Pictures in 1955.

''Chicago Syndicate'' did not require her to do more than look glamorous in a series of evening gowns, but her next film ''Count Three and Pray'' gave her the role that she later described as the best of her career. She played the wife of Van Heflin, and the film costarred Raymond Burr and Joanne Woodward in her debut. As a "Southern Belle" finally reduced to the role of a housekeeper, Hayes had several dramatic scenes, however when the film was released much of the attention of reviewers was focussed on Woodward, and Hayes was largely ignored. She appeared in films such as ''Steel Jungle'', ''Mohawk'' and ''Gunslinger'' (all 1956) but a fall from a horse during the filming of the latter left Hayes with a broken arm and unable to work. After she recovered she began appearing in supporting roles in television productions.

In 1958 she played the leading role in ''Attack of the 50 Foot Woman'' (1958). With its science fiction storyline and low budget special effects, the film attained popularity with some movie fans, and in the subsequent years has attracted a cult film following. The film did not lead to better roles, however she remained constantly employed, and also found work as a model. During 1963 and 1964 she played a continuing role in the soap opera ''General Hospital'' but by this time her career was virtually over. A close friend of Raymond Burr since filming ''Count Three and Pray'', she made several guest appearances on his ''Perry Mason'' series during this time. As her acting career declined, she began to experience severe health problems, and was unable to walk without a cane. In severe pain, her usually good natured personality began to change and she be


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