Born Judith Mae Hess, she came from a show business family and was encouraged to study dance and acting. Her acting career began as a teenager with appearances on the Howdy Doody television show, as Princess Summer Fall Winter Spring. Like her mother, she became a chorus line dancer but then went on to a major role in the 1955 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Pipe Dream. Life magazine did a story on rising Broadway talent with Tyler on the magazine's cover as one of the up-and-coming stars.
Offered an opportunity in Hollywood, Judy Tyler appeared in the film Bop Girl Goes Calypso then starred opposite Elvis Presley in Jailhouse Rock. After filming of the Presley movie finished, she and her second husband, Greg Lafayette, took a vacation. While driving through Wyoming, they were involved in an automobile accident that claimed both their lives.
Judy Tyler was buried in Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York.
Judy Tyler Facts
|Birth Name||Judith Hess|
|Birthday||October 9, 1933|
|Birthplace||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA|
|Date of death||July 4, 1957 (age 23)|