Edith Marrener was modeling hats in New York when she was discovered by Selznick's wife Irene. After auditioning for Cukor, who felt she had "definite possibilities," Selznick gave her a short term contract and she changed her name to Susan Hayward. When the option ran out she signed with Warner Brothers. Ten years later she received the first of five Academy Award nominations for Smash Up: The Story of a Woman. She was nominated again in 1950 for My Foolish Heart, in 1952 for With A Song in My Heart, in 1956 for I'll Cry Tomorrow and won in 1958 for I Want to Live.