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Susan Sullivan Biography

Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States

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
  • 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


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