52 (passed away Jul. 3rd, 1996)
Feb. 29th, 1944
Los Angeles, California, USA
5' 5 1/2"
Sharon Hugueny's Main TV Roles
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Sharon Elizabeth Hugueny was born a leap year baby on February 29, 1944 in Los Angeles, California. She was an intelligent, introspective, and sensitive child who preferred serious reading, writing, and music rather than the more frivolous interests of her peers. Sharon's parents, a World War II veteran and his wife, were loving but notoriously strict toward their three children (Sharon had a younger brother born in 1950 and a sister born in 1957). Any boy interested in dating teen aged Sharon was reportedly required to pass two interviews and a car inspection before being allowed to take her out. But, when a talent scout spotted Sharon at age 15 in a little theatre production of "Blue Denim", her parents did allow her to meet producer Delmer Daves and accept the contract offered to her by Warner Brothers. Sharon signed the seven year contract on her 16th birthday. Shortly thereafter Sharon began doing guest spots on television programs such as "Lawman" (1958) and "Maverick" (1957). While filming the 1961 movie Parrish (1961), actor later turned producer Robert Evans (I) visited the set and was immediately smitten with the lovely Sharon, whose dark beauty earned her comparisons to Elizabeth Taylor (I). The feeling was mutual and 17 year old Sharon began dating the 31 year old Evans, much to the dismay of her parents, friends, and studio. Within weeks the two became engaged and were married on May 28, 1961. The union was doomed from the start. Sharon was, by all accounts, extremely mature for her age. However, Evans seemed to regard her as a child, not a wife. Things went from bad to worse when Evans abandoned California for his clothing business, Evan Picone, in New York. This uprooting took Sharon thousands of miles away from her family, work, and friends. Warner Brothers placed her on suspension. Evans later said that taking Sharon to New York was like forcing a persian cat into the amazon. They obtained a quick Mexico divorce less than six months after they wed. Sharon's career, unfortunately, never recovered. She was one of the many actresses of the 1960s who posessed great beauty and tremendous acting talent, but were never provided with the material to showcase these assetts. Sharon virtually disappeared from public view from 1965 until the mid 1970s, except for a few television guest spots, and little is known about her life during these years. Things were apparantly looking up for Sharon in 1977. She had married Gordon Cornell Layne in 1976 and was en route to sign a contract when tragedy intervened. Sharon was struck by a speeding police car. Not only did this end Sharon's career, it very nearly ended her life. Following a long recovery, Sharon and Layne moved to the peaceful area of Lake Arrowhead, California. The couple remained in Lake Arrowhead and Sharon died there from cancer on July 3, 1996. She was only 52 years old.
- Wrote a play at age 14 which was later performed at the San Fernando State College.
- Was hit by a speeding police car in 1977, while en route to sign a movie contract.
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