Susan Richardson

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Susan Richardson
Born(1952-03-11) March 11, 1952 (age 62)
Coatesville, Pennsylvania, USA
OccupationActress
Years active1973-1999
Spouse(s)Michael Virden (1978-1985)
1 child
 
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Susan Richardson
Born(1952-03-11) March 11, 1952 (age 62)
Coatesville, Pennsylvania, USA
OccupationActress
Years active1973-1999
Spouse(s)Michael Virden (1978-1985)
1 child

Susan Richardson (born March 11, 1952 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania) is an American actress, best known for her role as Susan Bradford on the television series Eight is Enough, which she played from 1977 to 1981.

Career[edit]

Richardson first started acting in plays in high school. She graduated from Coatesville Area Senior High School in 1969, and moved to Hollywood in 1971. In the six years between moving to the West Coast and being cast on Eight is Enough, she played bit roles in the films American Graffiti and A Star Is Born, and guest-starred on the television series Happy Days and The Streets of San Francisco. Shortly before her 25th birthday, Richardson was picked to play the fourth-oldest child in the Bradford family on Eight is Enough.

On March 15, 1978, Richardson married Michael Virden, and shortly thereafter became pregnant, which was also written into the show. She gave birth to their daughter, Sarah, on March 27, 1980. After her pregnancy, a rumor was spread that Richardson would lose her job if she did not shed her pregnancy weight; she had gained 90 pounds and found it very hard to slim down by normal means, so she started using cocaine as a weight loss aid, and became addicted. (She later kicked the habit.) After Eight is Enough was canceled, she started a band called Harmony, and battled potential addiction to morphine following a debilitating tailbone injury (see [1]).

In her Eight is Enough heyday, Richardson appeared in two installments of Battle of the Network Stars (May 1979 and December 1980), as well as numerous appearances on The $20,000 Pyramid, Password Plus, and Match Game, in addition to a one-hour All-Star episode of Family Feud in 1978 and a 3-episode celebrity tournament on the daytime version in May 1979.

As of 2000 Richardson was working as a caregiver at a retirement home in Pennsylvania.[1]

In January 2013, The Huffington Post published a report from a National Enquirer interview with Richardson. She reported she had fallen on extremely hard times, living in an unheated trailer with a rotting floor in Wagontown, Pennsylvania, not far from her hometown of Coatesville. Richardson said she had developed diabetes, suffered several mini-strokes, and had also lost her teeth as the result of a digestive condition.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1973American GraffitiJudy
1974NakiaNancyEpisode: "A Matter of Choice"
1975Streets of San Francisco, TheThe Streets of San FranciscoMarlene HollanderEpisode "The Programming of Charlie Blake"
1975Happy DaysCarol DansonEpisode: "Fonzie Joins the Band"
1976A Star Is BornGroupie
1977McLean Stevenson Show, TheThe McLean Stevenson ShowSharleneEpisode: "The Great Rift"
1977-1981Eight Is EnoughSusan Bradford Stockwell112 episodes
1979Runaways, TheThe RunawaysKathleen RandolphEpisode: "Screams in the Night"
1981Love Boat, TheThe Love BoatEmily Parker1 episode
1982Fantasy IslandEllenEpisode: "The Magic Camera/Mata Hari/Valerie"
1982CHiPsSnow PinkEpisode: "Battle of the Bands"
1982One Day at a TimeEloiseEpisode: "The Honeymoon Is Over"
Episode: "First Things First"
1987Eight Is Enough: A Family ReunionSusan BradfordTV movie
1989Eight Is Enough Wedding, AnAn Eight Is Enough WeddingSusan BradfordTV movie

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