Published on January 14, 2014 by Amy
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 Dr. Taylor Hayes (1990–2002, 2004, 2005–2013) on The Bold and the Beautiful.
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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 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 was fired from the role in 1988, on the grounds of having a relationship with another cast member, Michael Tylo. She left the show and married Tylo in 1987. She played Marina Toscano on Days of our Lives from 1989–1990. 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. She also acted in the American movie Down and Derby in 2005. She left the show in 2013.
Hunter Tylo was the first soap opera actress to have an E! True Hollywood Story profile about her.
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, 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 get her pregnant, and communications with her agent with respect to her efforts and ability to get 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’s first marriage was to Tom Morehart; 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. 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.
In 2000, she wrote her autobiography, Making a Miracle. It was published on March 1, 2000.
On October 18, 2007, Tylo’s 19-year old son, Michael Tylo, Jr., drowned in the family pool in Henderson, Nevada. The Clark County Coroner concluded that “the cause of death was drowning due to seizure disorder,” and the death 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. On November 29, 2009, Tylo and her boyfriend Gersson Archila married in a secret ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada. On her marriage, Tylo stated ““Gersson Archila and I were married November 29, 2009. God has blessed me in the most special of ways…God has redeemed my life and future. My season of sadness has ended. We are a very happy family. I will post some photos for you all soon. I welcome your blessings and well wishes!”
In recent years, there have been many circulating rumors and comments about Tylo possibly having had plastic surgery. In an interview with Soap Opera Digest in 2006, speaking of plastic surgery, she stated: “The best thing to do is naturally take care of yourself by being healthy. That’s the most important thing you can do. I know people do it; it’s part of our business and women have the right to do it if they want to.” When asked if she has had it, she responded: “I’m not going to answer that! Let me ask you a personal question: What’s your shoe size?! I’m sorry. That was not nice.”