Born: July 3, 1962
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
Hunter Tylo (born Deborah Jo Hunter, July 3, 1962) is an American actress, author and former model. She is best known for her role as Taylor Hayes (1990-2002, 2004-14) on The Bold and the Beautiful.
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.
In 1984, credited as Deborah Morehart, Tylo appeared in the sorority slasher film The Initiation with future Melrose Place actress 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 was fired from the role in 1988, on the grounds of having a relationship with another cast member, Michael Tylo (whom she married in 1987).
In 1989, she was cast as Marina Toscano on Days of Our Lives. The character was a rival who caused trouble for one of the soap's most popular couples, Steven "Patch" Johnson and Kayla Brady. Tylo later said, "Everyone hated my character.I hated her. They said they were going to do something with her, but they never did. I dreaded going to work for the last few weeks I was on the show." The character was killed off and Tylo left the series in 1990.
Discouraged by her lack of success on soap operas, Tylo decided to quit acting, and enrolled at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York to study pre-med. As she and her husband were preparing to move to New York City, she was offered a role of Dr. Taylor Hayes on The Bold and the Beautiful. She initially resisted the part but eventually relented. She began her tenure in 1990, while still pursuing her degree at Fordham.
In 2000, Tylo released her autobiography, Making a Miracle. Tylo left The Bold and the Beautiful in 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 and left the series again in July 2013. In 2014 she returned to the show for a several weeks story arc.
In 1996, Tylo was cast in the primetime soap opera 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, 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. Spelling argued that Tylo's pregnancy rendered her unable to play the character, who was supposed to be a sexy seductress. During the trial, Tylo published pictures of herself while pregnant which showed that she retained a slim figure. Prior to trial, during the discovery phase of the litigation, Tylo's lawyers won a partial victory in an interlocutory appeal challenging a lower court's order compelling her to answer a broad range of personal questions. The Court of Appeal established Tylo's right to refuse to answer questions in her deposition about marital problems and psychological treatment, although the Court sustained the portion of the order which compelled her to answer questions about her efforts to become pregnant, her husband's ability or inability to impregnate her, and communications with her agent with respect to her efforts and ability to become pregnant. The case is widely recognized as an important one in establishing the right of privacy in deposition and the right of actresses to continue to work while pregnant.
Tylo has been married three times and has four children. She married her first husband, Tom Morehart, in 1980. They have a son, Christopher "Chris" Morehart, and divorced in 1984.
In 1987, she married actor Michael Tylo, with whom she had daughters Izabella Gabrielle and Katya Ariel Tylo and son Michael Edward "Mickey" Tylo, Jr. In 1998, the couple's 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. The couple divorced in 2005. On October 18, 2007, their son, Michael Tylo, Jr., drowned in the family pool in Henderson, Nevada. The Clark County Coroner concluded that Michael Tylo, Jr.'s death was caused by "drowning due to seizure disorder," and was ruled accidental.
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. Tylo and Cofield broke up in September 2009.
On November 29, 2009, Tylo married Gersson Archila in a secret ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Tylo is a born again Christian. She attributes her daughter Katya's recovery from cancer to constant prayer and credits her faith for helping her deal with the death of her son, Michael.
|1984||The Initiation||Alison||Credited as Deborah Morehart|
|1988||Final Cut||Anna||Credited as Deborah Morehart|
|2004||A Place Called Home||Billie Jeeters||TV film|
|They Are Among Us||June||TV film|
|2005||Down and Derby||Teri Montana|
|Hammerhead: Shark Frenzy||Amelia Lockhart||Syfy TV film|
|1985-88||All My Children||Robin McCall||Credited as Deborah Morehart|
|1989-90||Days of Our Lives||Marina Toscano|
|1990||Zorro||Senora Del Reynoso||Episode: "Family Business"|
|The Bold and the Beautiful||Dr. Taylor Hayes||Series regular|
|1994||The Maharaja's Daughter||Messua Shandar||TV miniseries|
|1994-95||Burke's Law||Ingrid Rose
|Episode: "Who Killed the Hollywood Headshrinker?" (1995)
Episode: "Who Killed the Soap Star?" (1994)
|1997||Diagnosis: Murder||Claire McKenna||Episode: "Physician, Murder Thyself"|
|2003||She Spies||Dr. Marks / Andres Sarlin||Episode: "Daze of Future Past"|
|2015||Queens of Drama||Herself||Series regular|
Tylo has been listed twice on People magazine's list of "50 Most Beautiful People In The World".
||Most Valuable Professional Award for Best Actress||The Bold and the Beautiful||Won||
||Soap Opera Digest Award for Hottest Female Star||Nominated|
||Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Love Story
||Most Valuable Professional Award for Best Actress||Won|
||Telvis Award for Most Popular Television Stars in Finland — (shared with John McCook)||Won|
||Soap Opera Digest Award for Hottest Female Star||Nominated|
||Telvis Award for Favorite Foreign Actress||Won|
||Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Plot Twist — (shared with Ronn Moss)||Nominated|