Cosmopolitan magazine, FEBRUARY 1956 Model: Susan Hayward Artist: Jon Whitcomb. Susan Hayward & John Wayne's film "The Conqueror" released in March of '56 was a critical flop. The film was shot near St. George Utah an area that received fallout from the nuclear testing that was being conducted in Nevada in the early 50s. There is speculation that the fallout may have caused the cancers of 91 of the 220 people involved in the production. Susan died from brain cancer in 1975.