Susan Flannery

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Susan Flannery
Susan Flannery 39th Daytime Emmy Awards.jpg
Born(1939-07-31) July 31, 1939 (age 75)
Jersey City, New Jersey[1][2]
OccupationActress
Years active1963-2012
 
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Susan Flannery
Susan Flannery 39th Daytime Emmy Awards.jpg
Born(1939-07-31) July 31, 1939 (age 75)
Jersey City, New Jersey[1][2]
OccupationActress
Years active1963-2012

Susan Flannery (born July 31, 1939) is an American soap opera actress. She is known for her role as Stephanie Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful (1987–2012) and for her role as Dr. Laura Spencer Horton on Days of our Lives (1966–1975).

Personal life[edit]

Flannery was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and attended school in Manhattan.[3] She has a daughter, Blaise, who is currently attending Macquarie University in Australia. Flannery currently lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Career[edit]

Flannery is known for playing Dr. Laura Spencer Horton on Days of our Lives from 1966 until 1975 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 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 opposite Kirk Douglas in The Moneychangers. She has also worked alongside Michael Jaffe as a producer.

Flannery since 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 four original cast members, two of which still appear on the series, along with Katherine Kelly Lang, Ronn Moss, and John McCook. Flannery is also a regular director on the show, and has twice been nominated for a 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 mediums. 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]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1964Guns of DiabloMolly
1967The Gnome-MobileAirline Stewardess
1974The Towering InfernoLorrieGolden Globe Award for New Star of the Year - Actress
1976The Gumball RallyAlice
1978Anatomy of a SeductionMaggie Kane
1982Money on the SideKaren Gordon
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1963Burke's LawLily's SecretaryEpisode: "Who Killed Harris Crown?"
1964Slattery's PeopleNancy RossmanEpisode: "Question: What Are You Doing Out There, Waldo?"
1964Voyage to the Bottom of the SeaKatie/The Sister3 episodes
1965Death Valley DaysJenny HardyEpisode: "Birthright"
1965Ben CaseyElinor CabotEpisode: "A Nightingale Named Nathan"
1966-1975Days of our LivesLaura Spencer HortonContract role
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1966Felony SquadStewardessEpisode: "The Immaculate Killer"
1966The Time TunnelLouise NealEpisode: "The Day the Sky Fell In"
1966The Green HornetJanet PrescottEpisode: "Trouble for Prince Charming"
1981DallasLeslie Stewart11 episodes
1987-2012The Bold and the BeautifulStephanie ForresterContract role
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (2000, 2002-2003)
1993The Young and the RestlessStephanie Forrester1 episode
2004Hope & FaithLaura Levisetti2 episodes

Awards (won)[edit]

Daytime Emmy Awards

Golden Globe Awards

References[edit]

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