Susan Sullivan's striking statuesque blonde beauty and sophisticated persona often finds her cast in roles that require intelligence and authority. Although born in New York City, she was raised on Long Island and became interested in acting as a youngster, appearing locally as an actress and model. At the age of 16, she was a student at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and when it came time for college, she was offered three scholarships. Sullivan chose to attend Hofstra University, bypassing offers from Carnegie-Mellon and New York University. She did apprentice work at the Cleveland Playhouse, the Hartford Stage Company and the National Repertory Theatre before making her Broadway debut alongside Dustin Hoffman in "Jimmy Shine."