Beverly Tyler (July 5, 1927 – November 23, 2005), was an American film actress and singer who was a Minor MGM leading lady who appeared in a handful of mostly B movies in the 1940s and 1950s.
Life and career
She was born Beverly Jean Saul in Scranton, PA, on July 5, 1927, the daughter of a secretary and factory employee, who secured piano and music lessons for their daughter at a young age. She began her career as a teenager on the local radio and went to Hollywood during World War II to work her way into motion pictures. She worked in over 30 motion pictures between 1943 and 1957, some of which included "The Green Years", "My Brother Talks to Horses" (1947), "The Fireball" (1950), "Voodoo Island" (1957), "The Toughest Gun in Tombstone" (1958), and "Hong Kong Confidential" (1958). She also was a regular face on TV, appearing in such syndicated programs as "The Andy Griffith Show", "Bonanza", and "Hazel". In May 1962, she married Jim Jordan, Jr., the son of the famed 1930s radio couple Fibber McGee and Molly" and had a son and three daughters. They remained married until Jordan Jr.'s death in December 1998. She also appeared on Broadway during her teenage years as the female lead in the 1945 production "The Firebird of Florence". During her time in Hollywood, she was well known as a "girl about town" being seen at some of Hollywood's most popular nightclubs with such leading men as Mickey Rooney, Rory Calhoun, and Peter Lawford. Her last appearance on the small screen was in 1961, and for the next couple of decades she focused on marriage, motherhood, and was a mainstay on the local theatre and supper club circuit in Reno until her retirement in 1990.
Beverly Tyler died as Beverly Jordan on November 23, 2005, in Reno, Nevada, from pulmonary embolism and was laid to rest at Washburn Street Cemetery in her hometown of Scranton, PA.
- 1946: The Green Years
- 1950: Rolling Fever
- 1952: The Cimarron Kid
- 1952: The Battle of Apache Pass
- 1957: Voodoo Island
- 1957: Chicago Confidential
- 1958: The Toughest Gun in Tombstone