Susan Peters

Actor
A lovely and promising actress who worked her way up the ranks at MGM, Susan Peters' career was cut short by one of the worst tragedies to affect the Hollywood acting community during the 1940s. After an unpromising ... Read more »
Born: 07/03/1921 in Spokane, Washington, USA

Filmography

Actor (12)

Miss Susan 1950 - 1952 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Shot 1941 (Movie)

(Actor)

Andy Hardy's Double Life (Movie)

Wainwright College girl (Actor)

Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant (Movie)

Mrs. Howard Young (Actor)

Meet John Doe (Movie)

Autograph Hound (Actor)

Random Harvest (Movie)

Kitty (Actor)

Scattergood Pulls the Strings (Movie)

Ruth Savage (Actor)

Song of Russia (Movie)

Nadya Stepanova (Actor)

The Man Who Talked Too Much (Movie)

Girl (Actor)

The Sign of the Ram (Movie)

Leah St. Aubyn (Actor)

Young Ideas (Movie)

Susan Evans (Actor)

Biography

A lovely and promising actress who worked her way up the ranks at MGM, Susan Peters' career was cut short by one of the worst tragedies to affect the Hollywood acting community during the 1940s. After an unpromising start, the Spokane native had her first substantial part in the MGM film "Tish" (1942) and soon became a regular player for the studio. Her most famous credit was the celebrated drama "Random Harvest" (1942), where Peters impressed greatly in a supporting capacity. With an Oscar nomination now on her résumé, she demonstrated further promise in such productions as "Song of Russia" (1944), in which she essayed the female lead role opposite Robert Taylor. In a tragic turn of events, Peters was crippled in a hunting accident, but within a few months, she had resumed acting via radio assignments and was determined to move forward. Her movie days were over after only one more picture, but Peters earned praise for stage performances in travelling revivals of "The Glass Menagerie" and "The Barretts of Wimpole Street," and she also headlined her own television series for a time. Unfortunately, the strain of dealing with her condition caused Peters to plunge into depression and anorexia nervosa, both of which sapped her will to live and contributed to her premature death at age 31. Although the final years of her life were heartbreaking, Peters displayed considerable courage and the praise for her acting, both before and after the tragedy, was well-deserved.

Relationships

Richard Quine

Husband
married in 1943 divorced in 1948

EDUCATION

Max Reinhardt's School of Dramatic Arts

Los Angeles , California
attended after finishing high school

Milestones

1951

Last professional work included her TV series debut: played wheelchair-bound lawyer "Susan Peters" on the 15-minute NBC courtroom drama series, "Miss Susan"

1948

Returned to features; made her last film, "Sign of the Ram", playing the leading role of a wheelchair-bound character

1944

Last film for three years, "Keep Your Powder Dry" (filmed in 1944; released in March 1945)

1943

Promoted from "featured player" to "star" on MGM's list of contract players; others "promoted" that same year included Esther Williams, Margaret O'Brien and George Murphy

1943

Suffered severe spinal injury in a hunting accident

1942

Received top billing in the film, "Young Ideas"

1941

Played first leading lady roles in "Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant" and "Tish"

1941

Signed as contract player by MGM

1941

Received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress for "Random Harvest"

1940

Began in films, playing bit parts in films including "Susan and God" and "Santa Fe Trail"; in several cases worked using her birth name

Stage appearance in a production of "Holiday" led to her being briefly signed by Warner Brothers

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