Susan Strasberg

Susan Strasberg

Highest Rated: 84% The Other Side of the Wind (2018)

Lowest Rated: 18% The Delta Force (1986)

Birthday: May 22, 1938

Birthplace: Not Available

The daughter of renowned acting coaches Lee and Paula Strasberg, Susan Strasberg did not, as has often been assumed, attend her father's celebrated Actors Studio. She was, however, a close friend of several of her parents' most famous students--notably Marilyn Monroe, the subject of Strawsberg's affectionate 1992 memoir Marilyn and Me. While growing up, Strasberg harbored dreams of becoming a scientist like her idol Marie Curie, but many of her parents' friends urged the girl to give acting a try. Mildly curious, she made her off-Broadway debut in the 1952 production Maya. Two years later, she made her first television appearance as Shakespeare's Juliet, and shortly thereafter was cast as a regular on the Hume Cronyn-Jessica Tandy TV situation comedy The Marriage. At 17, Susan blossomed into full-fledged stardom when she played the leading role in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play The Diary of Anne Frank. By 1957, she was being tagged as "Helen Hayes' successor" by several influential critics. Her first film appearances in The Cobweb and Picnic (both 1955) also bode well for a long and lasting stardom. Unfortunately, Susan's ardent supporters began turning on her when she starred in Stage Struck, the 1957 remake of Morning Glory (1933). Her over-the-top rendition of the role that had won Katharine Hepburn an Oscar back in 1933 was almost universally drubbed by the critics, prompting Strasberg to flee the U.S. and resettle in Europe. In the early 1960s, director Franco Zeffirelli persuaded her to return to Broadway in his production of Dumas' Lady of the Camelias. Alas, this effort also proved disastrous, forcing her to grasp at straws to revive her reputation. Her best effort during this awkward phase of her career was the Yugoslav-Italian film Kapo (1960), in which she played a concentration camp survivor. Such excellent opportunities were rare indeed; for the most part, Strasberg was mired in such tripe as Psych-Out (1967) and The Name of the Game is Kill (1968). In 1973, Susan returned to television as co-star of the detective series Toma. Shesubsequently continued to accept character roles of fluctuating quality in both U.S. and Canadian productions. In 1980, Susan penned her autobiography Bittersweet, which detailed her brief marriage to actor Christopher Jones, the heart defect that long imperiled the life of her daughter Jennifer, and the debilitating burden of being too famous too soon. Reflecting on her career in 1974, Susan Strasberg compared her teen-aged stardom to "trying to play a violin before it's finished." In 1999, Strasberg died of cancer at the age of 60.


Highest Rated Movies



84% The Other Side of the Wind Julie Rich 2018
No Score Yet Marilyn In Manhattan Actor 1998
No Score Yet Working with Orson Welles Actor 1993
No Score Yet Light in the Jungle Helene Schweitzer 1991
No Score Yet The Runnin' Kind Actor 1989
No Score Yet Prime Suspect Actor 1988
18% The Delta Force Debra Levine 1986
No Score Yet Hollywood Ghost Stories Actor 1986
No Score Yet Hollywood Collection Actor 1985
No Score Yet Sweet Sixteen Joanne Morgan 1983
No Score Yet Prime Suspect Actor 1982
No Score Yet Mazes and Monsters Meg 1982
67% Bloody Birthday Miss Viola Davis 1981
No Score Yet In Praise of Older Women Bobbie 1978
No Score Yet My Sister, My Love Actor 1978
33% The Manitou Karen Tandy 1978
54% Rollercoaster Fran 1977
No Score Yet SST: Death Flight (Flight of the Maiden) Actor 1977
No Score Yet The Legend of Hillbilly John Polly Wiltse 1973
No Score Yet Frankenstein Elizabeth Lavenza 1973
No Score Yet Psycho Sisters Actor 1972
No Score Yet Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones Actor 1971
No Score Yet Chubasco Bunny 1968
No Score Yet The Name Of The Game Is Kill Actor 1968
75% The Brotherhood Emma Ginetta 1968
No Score Yet Psych-Out Jenny Davis 1968
39% The Trip Sally Groves 1967
No Score Yet McGuire, Go Home! (The High Bright Sun) Actor 1965
No Score Yet Il Disordine (Disorder) Isabella 1964
No Score Yet Heningway's Adventures of a Young Man Rosanna 1962
No Score Yet Scream of Fear Penny Appleby 1961
60% Kapo Edith 1959
No Score Yet Stage Struck Eva Lovelace 1958
50% Picnic Millie Owens 1955
71% The Cobweb Sue Brett 1955


No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Dorothy Harne-Davis 1987
No Score Yet Remington Steele
Miss Cooper 1986
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
Deborah Karen 1976
No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco
Helen Graves 1974
No Score Yet Night Gallery
Ruth Sheila 1973
No Score Yet Bonanza
Rosalita 1968
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected


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