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Suzanne Pleshette



Glamorous, down-to-earth leading lady Suzanne Pleshette was the daughter of the managing director of Brooklyn's Paramount Theater. She attended Performing Arts High School, Finch College, and Syracuse University. After some TV experience, she made her film debut in Jerry Lewis' The Geisha Boy (1958), then went on to replace Anne Bancroft as star of Broadway's The Miracle Worker. During her years at Warner Bros., Pleshette successfully avoided simpering ingénue roles, holding out for parts requiring beyond-her-years emotional depth. Her flair for comedy was delightfully tapped during her subsequent tenure with Disney in such films as The Ugly Dachsund (1967) and The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1968). Pleshette's film work, however, has never struck so responsive a chord with the fans as her television work, notably her portrayal of Emily Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show (1972-1978) -- a role that she briefly and hilariously reprised on the very last episode of Newhart's subsequent series, Newhart. She then starred in several short-lived TV series, including Maggie Briggs (1984), Bridges to Cross (1986), and The Boys Are Back (1994), and was also a ubiquitous presence in such made-for-TV movies as Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean. And yes: Incredible as it may seem, Suzanne Pleshette was once married to Troy Donahue. Pleshette died of respiratory failure in January 2008.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Fate Is The Hunter
  • Actor
2011
81% The Last Mogul (Life and Times of Lew Wasserman)
  • Actor
2005
33% The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
  • Zira
1998
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet A Twist of the Knife
  • Dr. Rachel Walters
1993
No Score Yet Battling for Baby
  • Marie Peters
1992
No Score Yet Alone in the Neon Jungle
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean
  • Leona Helmsley
1990
No Score Yet Alone in the Neon Jungle
  • Capt. Janet Hamilton
1988
No Score Yet Kojak: The Belarus File
  • Dana Sutton
1985
No Score Yet For Love or Money
  • Joanna Piper
1984
No Score Yet One Cooks, the Other Doesn't
  • Joanne Boone
1983
No Score Yet Dixie: Changing Habits
  • Dixie Cabot
1983
No Score Yet Help Wanted: Male
  • Laura Bingham
1982
No Score Yet The Star Maker
  • Margot Murray
1981
50% Oh, God! Book II
  • Paula Richards
1980
No Score Yet Hot Stuff
  • Louise Webster
1979
No Score Yet If Things Were Different
  • Actor
1979
50% The Shaggy D.A.
  • Betty Daniels
1976
No Score Yet Columbo: Dead Weight
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Skin Game
  • Actor
1971
67% Support Your Local Gunfighter
  • Patience Barton
1971
No Score Yet Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came?
  • Ramona
1970
No Score Yet Hunters Are for Killing
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
  • Samantha Perkins
1969
No Score Yet The Power
  • Margery Lansing
1968
80% Blackbeard's Ghost
  • Jo Anne Baker
1968
No Score Yet The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
  • Arabella Flagg
1967
No Score Yet Invaders 3
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet 'Til the End of the Night
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet Mister Buddwing
  • Fiddle
1966
57% Nevada Smith
  • Pilar
1966
No Score Yet The Ugly Dachshund
  • Fran Garrison
1966
No Score Yet A Rage to Live
  • Grace Caldwell
1965
No Score Yet A Distant Trumpet
  • Mrs. Kitty Mainwarring
1964
96% The Birds
  • Annie Hayworth
1963
No Score Yet 40 Pounds of Trouble
  • Chris Lockwood
1963
No Score Yet Rome Adventure
  • Prudence Bell
1962
No Score Yet The Geisha Boy
  • Pvt. Betty Pearson
1958
No Score Yet Golden Age of TV Dramas
  • Actor
1951
No Score Yet For Love or Money
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Lois

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