Lillian Irene Hayman
Born(1922-07-17)July 17, 1922
DiedOctober 25, 1994(1994-10-25) (aged 72)
Alma materWilberforce University (BA)
OccupationActress, singer

Lillian Irene Hayman (July 17, 1922 – October 25, 1994) was an American actress and singer.


Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Hayman graduated from Wilberforce University with a BA before she began her career in the Broadway theatre.

She won the 1968 Tony Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, playing the mother of Leslie Uggams's character in the play Hallelujah, Baby!.[1] This performance attracted the casting agents for One Life to Live, who cast her as Sadie Gray. Hayman played Sadie Gray from 1968 until 1986, when her option was not picked up by then-executive producer Paul Rauch. According to co-star Ellen Holly's 1998 memoir, One Life: The Autobiography of an African American Actress, Hayman didn't even know that she had been fired until Rauch's assistant told her in the parking garage as she left the studio, "Mr. Rauch wants you to know that you just worked your last day."[2] The role of Sadie was briefly played by Esther Rolle in 1971 when Hayman was temporarily unavailable.[3] Hayman briefly left the cast of One Life to Live to appear in the primetime musical comedy series The Leslie Uggams Show. She also appeared in the 1971 Broadway production of the Kander and Ebb musical 70, Girls, 70.

Hayman portrayed Lucrezia Borgia in the 1975 film Mandingo, and made her final feature film appearance in the film's 1976 sequel, Drum.


On October 25, 1994, Hayman died of a heart attack at her home in Hollis, Queens, New York. She was 72 years old.[4]


Year Film Role Notes
1968 The Night They Raided Minsky's Singer in Speakeasy Sings: "Damn You!" Alternative title: The Night They Invented Striptease
1975 Mandingo Lucrezia Borgia
1976 Drum Lucrezia Borgia
Year Title Role Notes
1968–1986 One Life to Live Sadie Gray 1968–1970; 1973; 1978-1986 Original Cast Member
1969 The Leslie Uggams Show Regular cast member 10 episodes
1970 Barefoot in the Park Episode: "Somethin' Fishy"
The Mod Squad 1 episode
1972 Love, American Style Gloria 1 episode
The Corner Bar 1 episode


  1. ^ "Services held in NY for 'One Life to Live' actress Lillian Hayman, 72, who died of heart attack". Jet. 1995-01-09. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
  2. ^ Holly, Ellen (1996). One Life: The Autobiography of an African American Actress. Kodansha International. pp. 254–255. ISBN 1-56836-158-0.
  3. ^ Ware, Susan; Braukman, Stacy Lorraine (2004). Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary Completing the Twentieth Century. Harvard University Press. p. 553. ISBN 0-674-01488-X.
  4. ^ "Lillian Hayman, 72, Actress and Singer". The New York Times. 1994-11-02. Retrieved 2008-11-03.