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Susan Flannery
Susan Flannery
(born July 31, 1939) is an American actress and director known for her roles in the daytime dramas The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of Our Lives.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography 5 Awards (won) 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Flannery was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, on July 31, 1939, and attended school in Manhattan.[3] She received her BA degree from Stephens College, a women's college in Columbia, Missouri, in 1962. Career[edit] Flannery is known for playing Dr. Laura Spencer Horton
Laura Spencer Horton
from 1966 until 1975 on Days of Our Lives, where she met writer and daytime legend William J. Bell (who would later cast her in the daytime soap he would create called The Bold and the Beautiful
The Bold and the Beautiful
in 1987). She acted in feature films, including The Towering Inferno (1974) and The Gumball Rally (1976). She also acted in the primetime television series Dallas, playing Leslie Stewart during season four (1980–1981), and appeared in an ensemble cast with Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
and Christopher Plummer in the 1976 NBC miniseries The Moneychangers. Flannery became best known worldwide for portraying Stephanie Douglas Forrester on the American soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful (1987-2012). She was one of the original cast members of the series, only two of whom still appear ( Katherine Kelly Lang
Katherine Kelly Lang
and John McCook). Flannery was also a regular director on the show, and was twice nominated for a Directors Guild of America
Directors Guild of America
Award for her work. After 25 years, she decided to leave the show in 2012. In her final storyline, Stephanie Forrester lost her battle with lung cancer and died.[4][5] Flannery appeared in two episodes of ABC's situation comedy Hope & Faith in 2004 with other well-known actors from rival soaps. Flannery also appeared as a special guest on Good News Week. She appeared in a special episode of Wheel of Fortune with Deidre Hall (Marlena, Days of Our Lives) and Peter Bergman (Jack, The Young and the Restless) in 2006. Flannery also directed the October 13, 2008, episode of Guiding Light. Flannery came in at #1 in the Top 50 Soap Actresses of All Time poll on the internet blog We Love Soaps in 2010. She has taken an active role in the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) in securing cable rights and foreign residuals for actors when their work appears in other media. Her efforts have had a positive impact on how The Bold and the Beautiful actors are paid when the show is televised in countries outside the United States.[6] Personal life[edit] Flannery has an adopted daughter, Blaise. Gay rights activist Rita Mae Brown socialized with Flannery in Los Angeles in the mid-1970s. They met through their mutual friend Fannie Flagg. Brown wrote the following about Flannery in her 1996 memoir Rita Will.:[7]

She'd been a star in a long-running TV program and had left to take a prominent role in a film. Almost white-blonde, with a heart-shaped face, blue eyes and a great figure, she appeared every inch a woman ready to become a major movie star. She had looks, talent and drive. What she lacked was the ability to kiss ass. Just when her career should have rocketed, it began to drop to Earth. Approaching forty added to the tension. She is a fundamentally honest person, a decent one. Word got about [directors and screenwriters] that she was difficult. That was amended to "difficult dyke." It wasn't too long before she languished in her beautiful shared Montecito, California
Montecito, California
home wondering what the hell had happened. Were Susan at the same career fulcrum today [in 1996], she'd have a fifty-fifty chance of swinging up. In the mid-seventies, she had no chance. Today she's back on television [in supporting roles and character parts]. Because she didn't marry to play the game, she might as well have announced that she was gay. Other people announced it for her. She kept silent but stiff-armed any attempts to create a bogus heterosexual life. She and Fannie [Flagg] had been together for eight years. The cracks in their relationship widened under the pressure. Many of Susan and Fannie's friends knew they were lovers, but many didn't. The isolation, under the circumstances, had to have been extremely painful for Susan. My heart went out to her. After my initial visit [to their Montecito home], the three of us palled around together. The more I knew Susan, the more I liked her. If there had been a way for the three of us to live together, I would have tried it because I grew to respect Susan and to value her for the generous and kind person she is. Like her Irish forebears, she engaged her crisis with good humor and the hope that she'd learn something.[8] Filmography[edit]

Film

Year Title Role Notes

1965 Guns of Diablo Molly

1967 The Gnome-Mobile Airline Stewardess

1974 The Towering Inferno Lorrie Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for New Star of the Year - Actress

1976 The Moneychangers Margot Bracken TV miniseries

1976 The Gumball Rally Alice

1978 Anatomy of a Seduction Maggie Kane TV movie

1979 Women in White Dr. Rebecca Dalton TV miniseries

1982 Money on the Side Karen Gordon TV movie

1983 Shaft of Love Dr. Rose TV movie

Television

Year Title Role Notes

1963 Burke's Law Lily's Secretary Episode: "Who Killed Harris Crown?"

1964 Slattery's People Nancy Rossman Episode: "Question: What Are You Doing Out There, Waldo?"

1964 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Katie/The Sister 3 episodes

1965 Death Valley Days Jenny Hardy Episode: "Birthright"

1965 Ben Casey Elinor Cabot Episode: "A Nightingale Named Nathan"

1966-1975 Days of Our Lives Laura Spencer Horton Contract role Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1975)

1966 Felony Squad Stewardess Episode: "The Immaculate Killer"

1966 The Time Tunnel Louise Neal Episode: "The Day the Sky Fell In"

1966 The Green Hornet Janet Prescott Episode: "Trouble for Prince Charming"

1981 Dallas Leslie Stewart 11 episodes

1987-2018 The Bold and the Beautiful Stephanie Forrester Contract role Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (2000, 2002-2003)

1993 The Young and the Restless Stephanie Forrester 1 episode

2004 Hope & Faith Laura Levisetti 2 episodes

Awards (won)[edit] Daytime Emmy Awards

(2000, 2002, 2003) Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for The Bold and the Beautiful (1975) Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Days of Our Lives

Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award

(1975) Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for New Star of the Year – Actress for The Towering Inferno

References[edit]

^ " Susan Flannery
Susan Flannery
Biography". TVGuide.com. 1943-07-31. Retrieved 2015-08-10.  ^ "Showtimes, reviews, trailers, news and more - MSN Movies". Movies.msn.com. 2015-07-14. Retrieved 2015-08-10.  ^ Jacobs, Damon L. (2009-12-03). "The Susan Flannery
Susan Flannery
Interview, Part One". We Love Soaps. Retrieved 2015-08-10.  ^ Raftery, Liz (2012-08-21). " Susan Flannery
Susan Flannery
Leaves The Bold and the Beautiful After 25 Years - Today's News: Our Take". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2015-08-10.  ^ " Susan Flannery
Susan Flannery
Leaving 'The Bold And The Beautiful' (REPORT)". Huffingtonpost.com. 2012-08-20. Retrieved 2015-08-10.  ^ Jacobs, Damon L. (2009-12-05). "The Susan Flannery
Susan Flannery
Interview, Part Three". We Love Soaps. Retrieved 2015-08-10.  ^ Brown, Rita Mae (1997). Rita Will: Memoir of a Literary Rabble-Rouser. Bantam Books. pp. 311–312. ISBN 9780553099737.  ^ Brown, Rita Mae (1997). Rita Will: Memoir of a Literary Rabble-Rouser. Bantam Books. pp. 311–312. ISBN 9780553099737. 

External links[edit]

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Susan Flannery
on IMDb Susan Flannery
Susan Flannery
at AllMovie

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Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Elizabeth Hubbard
Elizabeth Hubbard
(1974) Susan Flannery
Susan Flannery
(1975) Helen Gallagher
Helen Gallagher
(1976) Helen Gallagher
Helen Gallagher
(1977) Laurie Heineman (1978) Irene Dailey (1979) Judith Light
Judith Light
(1980) Judith Light
Judith Light
(1981) Robin Strasser
Robin Strasser
(1982) Dorothy Lyman (1983) Erika Slezak
Erika Slezak
(1984) Kim Zimmer
Kim Zimmer
(1985) Erika Slezak
Erika Slezak
(1986) Kim Zimmer
Kim Zimmer
(1987) Helen Gallagher
Helen Gallagher
(1988) Marcy Walker (1989) Kim Zimmer
Kim Zimmer
(1990) Finola Hughes
Finola Hughes
(1991) Erika Slezak
Erika Slezak
(1992) Linda Dano
Linda Dano
(1993) Hillary B. Smith
Hillary B. Smith
(1994) Erika Slezak
Erika Slezak
(1995) Erika Slezak
Erika Slezak
(1996) Jess Walton (1997) Cynthia Watros
Cynthia Watros
(1998) Susan Lucci
Susan Lucci
(1999) Susan Flannery
Susan Flannery
(2000) Martha Byrne
Martha Byrne
(2001) Susan Flannery
Susan Flannery
(2002) Susan Flannery
Susan Flannery
(2003) Michelle Stafford
Michelle Stafford
(2004) Erika Slezak
Erika Slezak
(2005) Kim Zimmer
Kim Zimmer
(2006) Maura West
Maura West
(2007) Jeanne Cooper
Jeanne Cooper
(2008) Susan Haskell
Susan Haskell
(2009) Maura West
Maura West
(2010) Laura Wright
Laura Wright
(2011) Heather Tom
Heather Tom
(2012) Heather Tom
Heather Tom
(2013) Eileen Davidson
Eileen Davidson
(2014) Maura West
Maura West
(2015) Mary Beth Evans (2016) Gina Tognoni (2017)

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Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for New Star of the Year – Actress

Lois Maxwell
Lois Maxwell
(1948) Mercedes McCambridge
Mercedes McCambridge
(1950) Pier Angeli
Pier Angeli
(1952) Colette Marchand (1953) Pat Crowley, Bella Darvi, Barbara Rush
Barbara Rush
(1954) Karen Sharpe, Kim Novak, Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
(1955) Anita Ekberg, Victoria Shaw, Dana Wynter
Dana Wynter
(1956) Carroll Baker, Jayne Mansfield, Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood
(1957) Carolyn Jones, Diane Varsi, Sandra Dee
Sandra Dee
(1958) Linda Cristal, Susan Kohner, Tina Louise
Tina Louise
(1959) Janet Munro, Tuesday Weld, Angie Dickinson, Stella Stevens
Stella Stevens
(1960) Ina Balin, Hayley Mills, Nancy Kwan
Nancy Kwan
(1961) Ann-Margret, Jane Fonda, Christine Kaufmann
Christine Kaufmann
(1962) Sue Lyon, Patty Duke, Rita Tushingham
Rita Tushingham
(1963) Tippi Hedren, Elke Sommer, Ursula Andress
Ursula Andress
(1964) Mia Farrow, Mary Ann Mobley, Celia Kaye
Celia Kaye
(1965) Elizabeth Hartman
Elizabeth Hartman
(1966) Jessica Walter
Jessica Walter
(1967) Katharine Ross
Katharine Ross
(1968) Olivia Hussey, Marianne McAndrew
Marianne McAndrew
(1969) Ali MacGraw
Ali MacGraw
(1970) Carrie Snodgress (1971) Twiggy
Twiggy
(1972) Diana Ross
Diana Ross
(1973) Tatum O'Neal
Tatum O'Neal
(1974) Susan Flannery
Susan Flannery
(1975) Marilyn Hassett (1976) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(1977) Irene Miracle (1979) Bette Midler
Bette Midler
(1980) Nastassja Kinski
Nastassja Kinski
(1981) Pia Zadora
Pia Zadora
(1982) Sandahl Bergman
Sandahl Bergman
(1983)

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