Sandra Jane “Dede” Hayden

Sandra Jane “Dede” Hayden

Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 22 Sep 1956 (aged 16)
Van Nuys, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Chatsworth, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 11346982 View Source
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Sandra Hayden "DeDe"
Filmography as: Actress Actress - filmography
"Judge Roy Bean" .... Sally / ... (2 episodes, 1956) - Border Raiders > (1956) TV Episode .... Sally Kenyon - The Runaway (1956) TV Episode .... Sally

Van Nuys, California, Sept. 22, 1956
Sandra Jane Hayden, 15-year-old actress under contract to Universal-International Studios, was killed today in a collision.

She is the daughter of Jan Clayton, Broadway musical comedy star and currently the mother in the "Lassie" television series. Her stepfather is attorney Robert Lerner, heir to the dress shop chain.

Police said the girl, a student at Hollywood High School, was alone in her big car when it missed a stop sign before colliding with a car driven by Lloyd Prefer Jr., of Sherman Oaks. He received minor injuries.

Sandra is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. V. Clayton, Tularosa, New Mexico. Clayton, a rancher, is prominent in New Mexico politics. Sandra is the daughter of Russell Hayden, veteran screen character actor and now a television producer. He and Miss Clayton were divorced in 1943.

24 September 1956 funeral services are conducted at 2:00 p.m. in Encino at St. Nicholas Episcopal Church. She is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, near Encino.

More information from a site about her father:

One evening in September of 1956, Sandra was driving on Coldwater Canyon Road on her way from Jan Clayton's home to Russ and Mousie's. The actress was wearing her contact lenses and not her glasses, which family members later felt put her at risk for night driving. In the ensuing traffic accident, the young heiress to two fortunes died at the scene.
The Haydens never fully recovered from their grief over losing Sandy. For awhile they relocated in Arizona where Russ produced the series, "26 Men." But eventually they returned to Pioneertown to settle for good at Hayden Ranch. "They moved up here because young Sandy loved this place," explains Anita Porter. "They felt a closeness to her here." The Haydens responded to their loss by forming the Sandra Hayden Memorial Fund, which for many years held money-raising picnics at the ranch. Proceeds went to some deserving disabled person who had somehow slipped through the welfare net.

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