Susan Anspach

Susan Anspach

Highest Rated: 97% Play It Again, Sam (1972)

Lowest Rated: 18% The Devil and Max Devlin (1981)

Birthday: Nov 23, 1942

Birthplace: Queens, New York, USA

Susan Anspach was an American film actress who drew praise from critics for her bold performances in the acclaimed 70s films "Five Easy Pieces" (1970), "Play It Again, Sam" (1972), and "Blume in Love" (1973). Born and raised in Queens, New York, Anspach left home at the age of 15 to escape her physically abusing parents. She stayed with a family in Harlem in the ensuing years, and by the age of 18 had earned a scholarship to attend Catholic University of America. She studied music and drama at the university, and before long had fallen in love with acting. By the mid-1960s Anspach was living in New York as a struggling theater actress. Her friends and contemporaries during this period were the then-unknown New York stage actors Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight and Robert Duvall. Her first big stage acting break came in 1967 when she was cast as the lead in the original Off-Broadway version of the musical "Hair." The show was a big success and would eventually have its Broadway debut in 1968. A different actress, however, was cast as the female lead. Undeterred, by the late 60s and early 70s Anspach had begun making a name for herself as a film actress. In 1970 she appeared in Hal Ashby's "The Landlord," as well as alongside Jack Nicholson in the Oscar-nominated drama "Five Easy Pieces." Her role in the latter, as a new age pianist who makes love with Jack Nicholson's character, would go on to become Anspach's most memorable film performance. Anspach continued appearing in various well-regarded films throughout the 70s and 80s, including Woody Allen's romantic comedy "Play It Again, Sam," "Blume In Love," "Montenegro" (1981), and "Misunderstood" (1984). Her on-screen roles dwindled by the early 90s with just a few sporadic film and TV appearances in the ensuing years. Her last credited role was in the 2010 thriller "Inversion." After a noteworthy career spanning several decades and numerous memorable roles, Susan Anspach died in Los Angeles from heart failure on April 2, 2018. She was 75.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet American Primitive Martha (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dancing at the Harvest Moon Julia (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rutanga Tapes Kate Simpson (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 50% Into the Fire Rosalind Winfield (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heaven and Earth Karen McKeon (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 29% Blue Monkey Dr. Judith Glass (Character) $98.8K 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gone Are the Dayes Phyllis Daye (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 92% Misunderstood Lilly (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet American Eagle Chris Butler (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Deadly Encounter Chris Butler (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet The First Time Lucy Dillon (Character) - 1982
88% 77% Montenegro Marilyn Jordan (Character) - 1981
18% 25% The Devil and Max Devlin Penny Hart (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gas Jane Beardsley (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Portrait of an Escort Jordan West (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Running Janet (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Giraffe Betty Leslie-Melville (Character) - 1979
86% 51% The Big Fix Lila Shay (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mad Bull Christina Sebastiani (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Secret Life of John Chapman Wilma (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Want to Keep My Baby Donna Jo Martelli (Character) - 1976
83% 57% Blume in Love Nina Blume (Character) - 1973
97% 89% Play It Again, Sam Nancy Felix (Character) - 1972
92% 79% The Landlord Susan Enders (Character) - 1970
88% 84% Five Easy Pieces Catherine Van Oost (Character) - 1970

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hitchhiker Unknown (Character) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Space Unknown (Character) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Yellow Rose Unknown (Character) 1983-1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love Story Lee McKinley (Character) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Judd for the Defense Unknown (Guest Star) 1969

QUOTES FROM Susan Anspach CHARACTERS

Robert Eroica Dupea says: What are you doing screwing around with all this crap?

Catherine Van Ost says: I do not find your language very charming.

Robert Eroica Dupea says: It isn't. It's direct.

Catherine Van Ost says: I'd like you to leave so that I can take a bath. Is that direct?

Catherine Van Ost says: You're a strange person, Robert. I mean, what will you come to? If a person has no love for himself, no respect for himself, no love of his friends, family, work, something - how can he ask for love in return? I mean, why should he ask for it?