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William Leland HAYWARD, III

Male 1941 - 2008  (66 years)


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  • Name William Leland HAYWARD 
    Suffix III 
    Born 27 Mar 1941  Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Name William Leland "Bill" HAYWARD III 
    Died 20 Mar 2008  Castaic, Los Angeles County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Suicide 
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    • (1) www.findagrave.com:

      William Leland "Bill" Hayward, III
      Birth: Mar. 27, 1941, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
      Death: Mar. 9, 2008, Castaic, Los Angeles County, California, USA

      William L. Hayward, a lawyer and producer whose best-known films include "Haywire," a television movie based on a memoir by his sister Brooke about their charmed, tragic Hollywood family, was found dead on March 9, 2008 at his home in Castaic, Calif. He was 66.

      The cause was a self-inflicted gunshot wound, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office said.

      "Haywire," first broadcast on CBS in 1980, told the story of Brooke and William Hayward's parents, the agent and producer Leland Hayward and the actress Margaret Sullavan. The film, produced by William Hayward and Anna Cottle, starred Jason Robards as Leland Hayward and Lee Remick as Ms. Sullavan. It was based on Brooke Hayward's nonfiction book of the same title, published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1977.

      Together with Peter Fonda and Bert Schneider, William Hayward also produced the feature film "Easy Rider" (1969), which starred Mr. Fonda and Dennis Hopper. Mr. Hayward's other producing credits include "The Hired Hand" (1971), "High-Ballin' " (1978) and "Wanda Nevada" (1979), all starring Mr. Fonda.

      William Leland Hayward III, known as Bill, was born on March 27, 1941, in Los Angeles and reared there and in Connecticut. He had two older sisters, Brooke and Bridget. He earned a law degree from the University of West Los Angeles in 1989.

      Mr. Hayward was married and divorced three times. In addition to Brooke Hayward, he is survived by two children, Leland and Bridget, and a grandchild. As recounted in the book and film versions of "Haywire," Mr. Hayward's mother died in 1960 of an overdose of sleeping pills; his sister Bridget died later the same year, also of an overdose of sleeping pills. Leland Hayward died in 1971.

      Family links: Parents: William Leland Hayward (1902 - 1971), Margaret Sullavan (1909 - 1960)

      Burial: Unknown

      Created by: Daryl Mallett & Barbara Biggs
      Record added: Nov 30, 2009
      Find A Grave Memorial# 44983803
    Person ID I27418  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 13 Sep 2019 

    Father William Leland HAYWARD, II,   b. 13 Sep 1902, Nebraska City, Otoe County, NE Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1971, "Haywire," Yorktown Heights, Westchester County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Margaret Brooke SULLAVAN,   b. 16 May 1909, Norfolk, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1960, New Haven, New Haven County, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1936 
    Divorced 1947 
    Family ID F2184  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart