May 8, 1944
HOLLYWOOD, May 7 — Susan Hayward’s radiant happiness at playing the lead in “Dark Waters” was short lived, for Susie is out and Merle Oberon is in. This is the way it happened. Before Susan was so much as mentioned, Ben Bogeaus, the producer, was doing his best to get Merle. The deal was nearly closed, with Mike Levee negotiating the contract. But it wasn’t until Saturday that Merle found she could accept the offer.