It is said Elvis Presley became infatuated with Judy Tyler while filming Jailhouse Rock (1957), and that he was so upset by her death that he could not bear to watch the film.
Not only was Tyler killed instantly in her fatal crash, but her husband died in the hospital. A passenger in the other car was killed as well as her dog and cat.
Her untimely death at age 25 prompted singer-actor Kenny Baker to record a tribute song in her memory titled "Goodbye Little Star".
She moved in 1950 and worked as a singer/chorine at the Copacabana night club. There she met Colin Romoff, the pianist at the Copa, who became her vocal coach. They married two months later.
Was nominated for Broadway's 1956 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) for "Pipe Dream."