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Hunter Tylo
Born Deborah Jo Hunter
July 3, 1962 (1962-07-03) (age 47)
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
Other name(s) Deborah Morehart
Years active 1980 - present
Spouse(s) Tom Morehart (1980-1984)
Michael Tylo (1987-2005)
Gersson Archila (2009-present)

Hunter Tylo (born July 3, 1962) is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Taylor Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful, where she is one of the longest-serving cast members.

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Early life

Tylo was born Deborah Jo Hunter in Fort Worth, Texas, the daughter of Jo Anne and Morris Jabez Hunter. She is of Cherokee Native American descent on her mother's side. She has an older sister named Elizabeth and a younger brother named Cliff. Tylo has been credited as Deborah Morehart; Morehart was the last name of her first husband.

Career

In 1984, credited as Deborah Morehart, Tylo appeared in the sorority slasher film The Initiation with future Melrose Place actor Daphne Zuniga.

Tylo subsequently became well known after playing regular roles in US daytime soap operas.

Her television debut was on All My Children in 1985. She met her future husband Michael Tylo on the set playing his love interest. She left the show and married Tylo in 1987. She played Marina Toscano on Days of our Lives from 1989 to 1990.

Tylo played the role of Dr. Taylor Hayes as a series regular on The Bold and the Beautiful from 1990 through 2002. She returned to the show in 2004 for a two-episode appearance as a vision. In May 2005, she returned as a series regular.

Melrose Place controversy

In 1996, Tylo was cast in Melrose Place and opted to leave The Bold and the Beautiful to take the role. However, she was fired by Melrose Place producer Aaron Spelling prior to filming any episodes for the series, when she announced she was pregnant.

The character she was to play, Taylor McBride, was recast with Lisa Rinna taking the role. Tylo quickly returned to The Bold and the Beautiful. Tylo sued Spelling on grounds of discrimination for being pregnant and won $4.8 million from a Los Angeles jury.

Prior to trial, during the discovery phase of the litigation, Spelling's lawyers were partially successful in an interlocutory appeal that forced Tylo to answer questions in her deposition about her pregnancy (and her husband's ability to get her pregnant).[1]

Personal life

Tylo's first marriage was to Tom Moreheart; they had a son, Christopher "Chris" Morehart.

In 1987, she married Michael Tylo, with whom she had daughters Izabella Gabrielle and Katya Ariel Tylo and son Michael Tylo, Jr. The marriage ended in 2005.[2]

In 1998, her infant daughter Katya was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the eye called retinoblastoma. Doctors removed the affected right eye and began chemotherapy. Later in the year a tumor was detected in Katya's other eye; that tumor inexplicably disappeared. Katya recovered and wears a prosthetic right eye.

On October 18, 2007, Tylo's 19-year old son, Michael Tylo, Jr., drowned in the family pool in Henderson, Nevada.[3] The Clark County coroner concluded that "the cause of death was drowning due to seizure disorder," and the death was ruled accidental.[4]

In May 2008, Tylo filed a restraining order against boyfriend Corey Cofield, claiming that he had acted violently towards her and her children; she asked for the order to be withdrawn in October 2008, telling a judge that Cofield was attending therapy and was much better.[5]

On November 28, 2009, Tylo and her boyfriend Gersson Archila married in a secret ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada.[6]

In 2001, she wrote her autobiography, "Making a Miracle."[7]

References

  1. ^ Text of Tylo v. Superior Court (Spelling Entertainment Group, Inc.) (1997) 55 CA4th 1379 is available from:  ยท ceb.com
  2. ^ Hunter, Michael Tylo Ending 18 Years of Marriage Soap Central, November 14, 2005
  3. ^ Nudd, Tim (2007-10-19). "Actress Hunter Tylo's Son Drowns". People.com. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20153313,00.htm. Retrieved 2007-10-19. 
  4. ^ Hancock, Noelle (2007-10-19). "Hunter Tylo's Son Dies in Accidental Drowning". Usmagazine.com. http://www.usmagazine.com/hunter_tylo. Retrieved 2007-10-20. 
  5. ^ Hunter Tylo Forgives and Forgets TMZ, March 12, 2009
  6. ^ Hunter Tylo married in secret ceremony Soap Central, December 10, 2009
  7. ^ http://www.huntertylo.ws/HuntersCC/experience/index.html

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