Susan Anspach

Actor, Acting teacher
An attractive blonde, Susan Anspach began her career on stage in the groundbreaking musical "Hair". After a couple of other plays, she segued to features with a supporting role as Beau Bridges' sister in Hal Ashby's ... Read more »
Born: 11/22/1942 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (30)

American Primitive 2006 (Movie)

Martha Cauldicott (Actor)

Back to Back 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1988 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Actor

Empty Nest 1988 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Rutanga Tapes 1989 (Movie)

Kate Simpson (Actor)

Into the Fire 1988 (Movie)

Rosalind Winfield (Actor)

The "Slap" Maxwell Story 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Monkey 1987 (Movie)

Dr Judith Glass (Actor)

James A. Michener's "Space" 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Misunderstood 1984 (Movie)

Lilly (Actor)

The Yellow Rose 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Encounter 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The First Time 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Gas 1980 (Movie)

Jane Beardsley (Actor)

Montenegro 1980 (Movie)

Marilyn Jordan (Actor)

The Devil and Max Devlin 1980 (Movie)

Penny Hart (Actor)

Running 1979 (Movie)

Janet (Actor)

The Big Fix 1978 (Movie)

Lila (Actor)

Blume in Love 1973 (Movie)

Nina Blume (Actor)

Play It Again, Sam 1972 (Movie)

Nancy (Actor)

Five Easy Pieces 1970 (Movie)

Catherine Van Ost (Actor)

The Landlord 1970 (Movie)

Susan Enders (Actor)

Cagney & Lacey: The Return (TV Show)

Actor

Dancing at the Harvest Moon (TV Show)

Actor

I Want to Keep My Baby! (TV Show)

Actor

Mad Bull (TV Show)

Actor

Portrait of an Escort (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Giraffe (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An attractive blonde, Susan Anspach began her career on stage in the groundbreaking musical "Hair". After a couple of other plays, she segued to features with a supporting role as Beau Bridges' sister in Hal Ashby's "The Landlord" (1970). Later that year, she earned notice for a steamy scene with Jack Nicholson in "Five Easy Pieces". Her subsequent feature appearances have been sporadic. Anspach hit her peak as the leading lady in Paul Mazursky's "Blume in Love" (1973) and was superb in Dusan Makavayev's disturbing, hilarious "Montenegro" (1981). The actress ventured into TV with such efforts as "I Want to Keep My Baby" (CBS, 1976) and the miniseries "James A. Michener's 'Space'" (CBS, 1985). She twice tried series work but both times the vehicle failed to catch on with the public: the primetime soap "The Yellow Rose" (NBC, 1983-84) and the dramedy "The 'Slap' Maxwell Story" (ABC, 1987-88). As she entered into middle age, good roles became fewer and she channeled her creative energies to teaching.

More recently, Anspach was in the news because of an ongoing dispute with actor Jack Nicholson. The two purportedly engaged in an off-screen romance and Anspach has maintained that her son Caleb was fathered by Nicholson, a claim which the actor reportedly acknowledged privately. It was when the matter became public thanks in part to a letter Anspach wrote to VANITY FAIR magazine in 1994 responding to a profile of Nicholson. Shortly thereafter, she claimed that the actor, who had loaned her money, demanded repayment. Her response was to take legal action. The case eventually was settled with Anspach retaining her home.

Relationships

Catherine

Daughter
born c. 1969

Mark Goddard

Husband
appeared on "Lost in Space" married in 1970 divorced in 1977

Caleb Goddard

Son
born September 26, 1970 Anspaugh alleges that his father is Jack Nicholson she has claimed that Nicholson has privately acknowledged Caleb as his son

Jack Nicholson Actor

Companion
Met c. 1969 Co-starred in "Five Easy Pieces" (1970) No longer together Anspach alleged they had a son, Caleb, born on Sept. 26, 1970; claims have been made that Nicholson privately acknowledged the child but refused to do so publicly

EDUCATION

Catholic University of America

Washington , Washington D.C.

Milestones

1996

Sued Jack Nicholson for breach of promise and to prevent foreclosure on her home; Anspaugh had taken out a second mortgage on her home with the Nicholson-owned Proteus Pension Plan; case eventually settled with Anspach retaining her home

1994

Wrote letter to VANITY FAIR, taking issue with the magazine's profile of Jack Nicholson which mentioned he had three children; Anspaugh claims her son Caleb was fathered by Nicholson

1994

Last TV apearance to date, a supporting role in the CBS TV-movie "Cagney and Lacey: The Return"

1991

Last feature to date "The Rutanga Files"

1985

Co-starred in the CBS miniseries "James A. Michener's 'Space'"

1985

Appeared in the West Coast production of "A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking"

1983

TV series debut as regular, "The Yellow Rose" (NBC)

1976

TV-movie debut, "I Want to Keep My Baby" (CBS)

1973

Had one of the leads in Paul Mazursky's "Blume in Love"

1969

Screen acting debut in "The Landlord"

1969

Had breakthrough screen role in "Five Easy Pieces"

Broadway debut in "Hair"

Had regular role on the ABC dramedy "The 'Slap' Maxwell Story"

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