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Suzanne Pleshette Biography

Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States

Fast Facts

  • Her mother was a dancer who performed under the stage name Geraldine Rivers; her father once served as vice president of ABC TV
  • Made her film debut in the 1958 Jerry Lewis comedy The Geisha Boy
  • Third husband Tom Poston first romanced her when they appeared together in the 1959 Broadway production of The Golden Fleecing
  • In the 1970s, they crossed paths when he made guest appearances on her CBS sitcom The Bob Newhart Show
  • Both widowed, they reunited in 2000
  • In 1961, she replaced Anne Bancroft in the Broadway production of The Miracle Worker
  • Breakout film role came as the ill-fated schoolteacher in Alfred Hitchcock's classic The Birds (1963)
  • In 2002, the producers of NBC's Will & Grace recruited her for a recurring role as Karen Walker's estranged mother on the hit series; they later cast her as a grandmother in their short-lived NBC sitcom Good Morning, Miami
  • At her funeral, her pallbearers were six of her closest female friends, including Tina Sinatra


  • 1991Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: nominated
  • 1991Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1977Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1963Golden Globe-New Star of the Year - Actress: nominated