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Hunter Tylo Biography

Née Deborah Jo Hunter Morehart on July 3, 1962, Hunter Tylo was raised in Fort Worth, Texas. The third of four children (she has an older brother and sister, as well as a younger brother), Hunter was a tomboy who enjoyed horseback riding and training guard dogs, and dreamed of becoming a veterinarian.

Using her striking looks to her advantage (surely her Cherokee Indian heritage from her mother's side adds something to her exotic beauty), Hunter started modeling as a teenager, and became a supermodel in the '70s and '80s. Just three months shy of her 18th birthday, Hunter planned on attending Texas Women's University on scholarship, but an unexpected pregnancy halted her plans. With an illegitimate child in tow, Hunter married the father of her son on July 18, 1980. The marriage ended in divorce in 1982.

life in the family lane

A young single mother, Hunter worked three part-time jobs to provide for herself and her baby boy, Chris. She even worked as a strip club waitress to make ends meet. Some small appearances in films, such as the ABC made-for-TV movie License To Kill and 1984's The Initiation ensued, but they were nothing substantial. After doing some dinner theatre performances in Dallas, a casting director from All My Children spotted her and suggested she go to New York to audition for the part of Robin McCall.

All My Children was Tylo's home for the next two years, and also proved to change her destiny, as she met her future husband, actor Michael Tylo, on the set of the soap opera. The two married in July of 1987, and later that year, Hunter was pregnant with the couple's first child. Their son, Mickey, was born April 24th, 1988.

bold and beautiful indeed

After a short stint as the evil Marina Toscano Johnson on Days of Our Lives from 1989 to 1990, as well as commercial work for Nissan and Canada Dry, and guest appearances on shows like Zorro and Dallas, Tylo found her niche on the internationally renowned soap, The Bold and the Beautiful.

Beginning her lengthy run on The Bold and the Beautiful in 1990 as Dr. Taylor Hamilton Hayes Forrester, Tylo was an instant hit with fans.

During her Bold stint, she also found time to star in the 1994 television miniseries The Maharaja's Daughter and make guest appearances on show like Burke's Law and Baywatch.

bumps in the road

In 1996, Tylo broadened her professional horizons by leaving The Bold and the Beautiful and joining the cast of Melrose Place. But prior to shooting, she was fired for being pregnant. Taking the show's producers to court for wrongful termination, her case resulted in a judgment of nearly $5 million, in her favor.

In November 1996, Tylo gave birth to her first daughter, Izabella Gabrielle, and the Tylos' second daughter, Katya Ariel, was born in January 1998. After Katya was diagnosed with a deadly and rare form of eye cancer (retinoblastoma), Hunter helped enact a bill in California, ensuring that babies get their eyes checked as part of the routine six-week health exam.

a clean slate

In the meantime, Tylo had returned to The Bold and the Beautiful, picking up a Soap Opera Update Best Actress award in 1997, and earning a spot on People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" list in 1998, for the second time (she was previously on the list in 1993). In 2001, Hunter finally signed off of The Bold and the Beautiful, but the departure was only for six weeks. Discussions with head writers convinced her to sign on for another year. In October 2002, she officially departed from the show with her character permanently killed off.

In 2003, Hunter Tylo is scheduled to join the cast of a primetime television series, but more information has not yet been disclosed. Be on the lookout for this strong-willed stunner.


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