Susan Sullivan

  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Put herself through college working as a Playboy Bunny at the Playboy Club in New York during the early 1960s. She recited Shakespeare while serving drinks.
  • Dated Cary Grant in the 1960s.
  • Apprenticed at the Cleveland Playhouse, the Hartford Stage Company and the National Repertory Theatre before making her Broadway debut alongside Dustin Hoffman in Jimmy Shine in 1968.
  • Was introduced to her longtime partner, psychologist and author Connell Cowan, by her Falcon Crest costar Dana Sparks.
  • Has acted professionally since graduating from college in 1964, but did not make her film debut until 1997's My Best Friend's Wedding.
  • Reunited with her Dharma & Greg daughter-in-law Jenna Elfman in a 2007 episode of Brothers & Sisters in which the two guest starred as a mother-daughter duo.


  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee


  • Brigid Sullivan — Sister
  • Brendan Sullivan — Brother
  • Connell Cowan — Significant Other
  • Cary Grant — Ex-significant Other


  • Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, United States (BA in Drama, 1964)

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