She stands out easily in a crowd with her wholesome beauty, knock-outfigure and dazzling smile. Ever-radiant TV and film resident SusanBlakely found success on several paths she chose for herself over theyears -- first as a model, then as an award-winning actress on TV and,finally, as a jewelry designer. The trim and trendy blonde alsoenhanced a mild stream of popular films during the 1970s and 1980s. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, she is the daughter of U.
S. Army ColonelLawrence Blakely. While growing up, she traveled extensively throughoutthe world with her family including Korea, Hawaii and, finally, Texas. Following a year of study at the University of Texas, Susan moved toNew York and managed to secure a place for herself as a high-pricedmagazine and TV ad model. At the same time, she was encouraged to tryher hand at acting and studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse.
Marriedin 1969 to lawyer and screenwriting hopeful Todd Merer, she chanced amove to Hollywood to seek her fame and fortune. Billed initially as Susie Blakely, she was cast in small, capricious,deb-like turns in such films as Savages (1972) (her debut) and The Way We Were (1973) . Her first popular movie role came aboutsurrounded by a high-and-mighty all-star cast in'Irwin Allen (I)' 's epic disaster The Towering Inferno (1974) , as the spoiled princess-likedaughter of unscrupulous skyscraper builder 'William Holden (I)' and wife of callous, pretty-boy opportunist'Richard Chamberlain (I)' . Lightweight as the role was, Susanwillingly accepted the challenge of proving herself in Hollywood asmore than just another starlet with a gorgeous face. She did.
. . andmore. . .
by earning a Golden Globe and Emmy nomination for herexceptional work as "Julie Prescott" in the acclaimed TV mini-seriesepic "Rich Man, Poor Man" (1976) with 'Peter Strauss (I)' and 'Nick Nolte' vying for her attention. It was star-making turnsfor all three leads. This monumental acting opportunity kicked off a highly rewarding careerin TV mini-movies, playing an array of flawed but fascinating andnewsworthy ladies, including Hitler mistress 'Eva Braun (I)' opposite 'Anthony Hopkins (I)' in The Bunker (1981) (TV) ;tormented actress 'Frances Farmer' in Will There Really Be a Morning? (1983) (TV) ; political wife'Joan Kennedy (I)' in The Ted Kennedy Jr. Story (1986) (TV) ; and crime attorney'Leslie Abramson' in Honor Thy Father and Mother: The True Story of the Menendez Murders (1994) (TV) . Challenging roles continued to pour in that belied her pretty-girlimage -- ranging from drug addicts to a housewife who changes into awerewolf!Less in the acting limelight these days, Susan nevertheless accomplishedan award-winning turn in the low-profile film Hungry Hearts (2002) , then starred on stage in the 2006 worldpremiere of "Diva!" at the La Jolla Playhouse.
In recent years, she hasbroadened her horizons once again as a semi-precious jewelrydesigner. . . and once again she has met with great success. Divorced fromher first husband in the 1970s, Susan remarried in 1982.
Her presenthusband, media consultant, litigation and political adviser'Steve Jaffe (I)' , has also reaped rewards as a film andtelevision producer. Many of his projects have included Susan -- theafore-mentioned 'Frances Farmer' TV biography, the TV-movie A Cry for Love (1980) (TV) , and the film Russian Holiday (1992) [aka Russian Roulette]. They reside inthe Beverly Hills area. .
|1||Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2||2011||as Vivian Ashe|
|2||Broken Silence: A Moment of Truth Movie||1998||as Margaret Carlyle|
|3||Out of Sight, Out of Mind||1990||as Alice Lundgren|
|4||Report to the Commissioner||1975||as Patty Butler|
|5||Superman: Screen Tests||2001||as Lois Lane (1977)|
|6||The 35th Annual Golden Globe Awards||1978||as Herself - Presenter|
|7||The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards||1981||as Herself - Presenter|
|8||The 47th Annual Academy Awards||1975||as Herself - Presenter: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration|
|9||The Concorde... Airport 79||1979||as Maggie Whelan|
|10||The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films||2014||as Herself|
|11||The Oklahoma City Dolls||1981||as Sally Jo Purkey|
|12||The Perfect Neighbor||2005||as Jeannie Costigan|
|13||The Ted Kennedy Jr. Story||1986||as Joan Kennedy|
|14||In the Heat of the Night||1988||as Claudia Merrill|
|15||Murder, She Wrote||1984||as Christina Hellinger|
|16||The Mike Douglas Show||1961||as Herself - Actress|
|17||A Cry for Love||1980||as Polly Harris|
|18||A Mothers Testimony||2001||as Donna Mulroney|
|19||Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore||1992||as Billie|
|20||And the Sea Will Tell||1991||as Gail Bugliosi|
|22||April Morning||1988||as Sarah Cooper|
|24||Blood & Orchids||1986||as Marie Farrell|
|25||Broken Angel||1988||as Catherine Coburn|
|26||Capone||1975||as Iris Crawford|
|27||Chain of Command||2000||as Meg Danforth|
|28||Co-ed Call Girl||1996||as Teri Halbert|
|29||Color Me Perfect||1996||as Dr. Linda Ryan|
|30||Crash Point Zero||2001||as Barbara Esmond|
|31||Dads a Dog||1989||as Melody McBride|
|32||Dead Reckoning||1990||as Alex Barnard|
|33||Displacement||2016||as Carol Sinclair|
|34||Dream a Little Dream||1989||as Cherry Diamond|
|36||Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films||2014||as Herself|
|37||Fatal Confession: A Father Dowling Mystery||1987||as Patricia Erdain|
|38||Grizzly Park||2008||as Unhappy Camper|
|39||Hate Crime||2005||as Martha Boyd|
|40||Her Married Lover||1999||as Laura Mannhart|