Leland Hayward, II (1902 - 1971)

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Birthplace: Nebraska City, NE, USA
Death: Died in Yorktown Heights, NY, USA
Occupation: Hollywood and Broadway agent & theatrical producer, Broadway producer, Agent and theatrical producer
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Inez (Lola) Gibbs (14 February 1930 - 27 November 1934) (divorced) Inez (Lola) Gibbs (28 March 1921 - 7 May 1924) (divorced)

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Leland Hayward was a Hollywood and Broadway agent and theatrical producer. He produced the original Broadway stage productions of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific and The Sound of Music.

Hayward was born in Nebraska City, Nebraska, the grandson of Monroe Leland Hayward, a senator from Nebraska. His father, Colonel William Hayward, was a celebrated hero of the first World War who commanded the 369th Infantry Regiment, the "Harlem Hellfighters." Hayward's father and mother, Sarah Coe Ireland, divorced when he was nine. Hayward's father subsequently remarried Maisie Manwaring Plant, one of the richest women in America at the time, who later traded her Fifth Avenue mansion to Cartier for a perfectly matched stand of pearls.

Hayward attended boarding school, then studied at Princeton University, but dropped out. He took on a number of jobs including newspaper reporter and press agent, but eventually became a talent agent in Hollywood. In the early forties, he handled about 150 artists including Fred Astaire who had been his first client, James Stewart, Ernest Hemingway, Boris Karloff, Judy Garland, Ginger Rogers, as well as the two former husbands of his wife, Henry Fonda and William Wyler. Some of his female clients he dated as well, including Greta Garbo and Katharine Hepburn.

In 1945 Hayward sold his talent agency and became a producer. His 1949 production of South Pacific was a great success. He produced both the 1948 play Mister Roberts and the 1955 film version.

Other noteworthy film productions include The Spirit of St. Louis (1957), and The Old Man and the Sea (1958). He was a co-producer (with David Merrick) of the 1959 show Gypsy. His biggest success, however, was The Sound of Music that opened the same year.

Hayward's forays into television were similarly notable. He produced The Ford 50th Anniversary Show on June 15, 1953, a live two-hour simulcast on CBS and NBC which looked back on the history of the United States and the world until 1953 (featuring a memorable extended duet by Ethel Merman and Mary Martin), and That Was The Week That Was, a groundbreaking American adaptation of a British television show, from 1963-1965.

Hayward's interest in aviation led to his co-founding, in 1941, Southwest Airways, with financial help from his Hollywood friends.

After suffering several strokes, Hayward died at his home, Haywire, in Yorktown Heights, New York on March 18, 1971. -------------------- Leland Hayward was a Hollywood and Broadway agent and theatrical producer. He produced the original Broadway stage productions of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific and The Sound of Music.


He studied at Princeton University, but dropped out. He took on a number of jobs including newspaper reporter and press agent, but eventually became a talent agent in Hollywood. In the early 1940s, he handled about 150 artists, including Fred Astaire, who had been his first client, James Stewart, Ernest Hemingway, Boris Karloff, Judy Garland, Ginger Rogers, as well as the two former husbands of his wife, Henry Fonda and William Wyler. Some of his female clients he dated as well, including Greta Garbo and Katharine Hepburn.

In 1945, Hayward sold his talent agency and became a Broadway producer in New York. His 1949 production of South Pacific was a great success. He produced both the play and the movie Mister Roberts.

Other noteworthy film productions include The Spirit of St. Louis (1957), and The Old Man and the Sea (1958). He was a co-producer (with David Merrick) of the 1959 show Gypsy. His biggest success, however, was the The Sound of Music that opened the same year.

Hayward's interest in aviation led to his co-founding, in 1941, Southwest Airways, with financial help from his Hollywood friends.”

Hayward was married five times, including the ex-wives of Henry Fonda and Howard Hawks.


After suffering several strokes, Hayward died at his home, Haywire, in Yorktown Heights, New York on March 18, 1971.

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William “Leland” Hayward II's Timeline

1902
September 13, 1902
Nebraska City, NE, USA
1921
March 28, 1921
Age 18
1924
May 7, 1924
Age 21
1930
February 14, 1930
Age 27
1934
November 27, 1934
Age 32
1934
Age 31
1936
November 15, 1936
Age 34
1939
1939
Age 36
1941
1941
Age 38