Susan Sullivan

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Susan Sullivan
Susan Sullivan.jpg
Sullivan in March 2010
BornSusan Michaela Sullivan
(1942-11-18) November 18, 1942 (age 71)
New York City, New York, United States
Years active1964–present
Partner(s)Connell Cowan
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Susan Sullivan
Susan Sullivan.jpg
Sullivan in March 2010
BornSusan Michaela Sullivan
(1942-11-18) November 18, 1942 (age 71)
New York City, New York, United States
Years active1964–present
Partner(s)Connell Cowan

Susan Michaela Sullivan (born November 18, 1942) is an American actress, with credits in daytime and primetime programs. Sullivan is best known for her roles as Lenore Curtin Delaney on the daytime soap opera Another World (1971–1976), as Lois Adams in the ABC sitcom It's a Living (1980-1981),[1] as Maggie Gioberti Channing on the primetime soap opera Falcon Crest (1981–1989), as Kitty Montgomery on ABC sitcom Dharma & Greg (1997–2002), and as Martha Rodgers in Castle (2009–present).

Life and career[edit]

Sullivan was born in New York City, the daughter of Helen (Rockett) and Brendan Sullivan, an advertising executive.[2] She was raised in the Long Island village of Freeport, Nassau County, New York,[3] where she graduated from Freeport High School in 1960. She earned a BA in drama from Hofstra University in 1964.[4] During the latter part of her college years (1963–64), she worked as a Playboy Bunny.[5] She got her acting start in the 1960s playing opposite Dustin Hoffman in the Broadway play Jimmy Shine.[3] She landed a contract with Universal Studios in 1969, guest-starring on several shows. It was during this time that she played parts in daytime dramas.

Sullivan in Rich Man, Poor Man, Book II (1976)

Starting with a role on A World Apart in 1970, she moved to a five-year stint as Lenore Moore Curtin Delaney on the daytime soap opera Another World. Taking over from Judith Barcroft, Sullivan played the role from 1971 to 1976. Sullivan played Charlton Heston's girlfriend Ann, a new character written into the TV version of the film Midway in 1976. She then played Dr. Elaina Marks opposite Bill Bixby in the Incredible Hulk pilot in 1977 and portrayed Poker Alice opposite James Garner as Bret Maverick and Charles Frank as Ben Maverick in The New Maverick the following year.

She played the role of Maggie Porter in the television drama Rich Man, Poor Man Book II.[6] She played Dr. Julie Farr in Having Babies from 1978 to 1979, and was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series,[7] which was made into two television movies and later a short-lived weekly series in 1978. In 1980, she appeared on the sitcom It's a Living, playing head waitress Lois Adams.

In 1981, Sullivan won the role of Maggie Gioberti in the CBS primetime soap drama Falcon Crest, replacing Samantha Eggar who had appeared in the original pilot. The series became a huge hit and Maggie became Sullivan's most prominent role to date. She appeared on the series from 1981 to 1989, during which time she was nominated for three Soap Opera Digest Awards. At the time Sullivan decided to leave the show in 1989, she had appeared in every episode of the series up to that date (207 out of the 227 episodes produced). Sullivan appeared in the first episode of season 9, when her character drowned.

Following Falcon Crest, Sullivan appeared on The George Carlin Show, co-starred on the short-lived political drama The Monroes in the mid-1990s, and played a supporting role in the movie My Best Friend's Wedding (as the mother of Cameron Diaz's character).[4] On Dharma and Greg, she played the snooty country-club matriarch, Kitty Montgomery, from 1997 to 2002. The series reunited Sullivan with actor Mitchell Ryan (who played her husband Edward), with whom she had worked on Having Babies. She appeared in four episodes in Season 3 of Hope and Faith as Nancy Lombard, Faith's therapist. Sullivan voiced Queen Hippolyta in the animated television series Justice League Unlimited. She has also appeared in the television series Brothers & Sisters,[8] Joan of Arcadia and Two and a Half Men.

She currently co-stars alongside Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic and Molly Quinn in Castle. Her character Martha Rodgers' acting career has somewhat paralleled her own, including references to appearances on soap operas. A clip of Sullivan's appearance in the pilot film for The Incredible Hulk has been shown onscreen, alleged to be Rodgers' appearance on the series.


1967The Winter's TalePerditaTV Movie
1968MacbethThird WitchTV Movie
1970The Best of EverythingApril MorrisonSeries regular
1970-1971A World ApartNancy CondonSeries regular
1972Between Time and TimbuktuNancyTV Movie
1971-1976Another WorldLenore Moore Curtin DelaneySeries regular
1975Medical CenterJoanna CourtneyEpisode: "No Hiding Place"
1975S.W.A.T.JuliaEpisode: "The Vendetta"
1975McMillan & WifeMaggie ArnaudEpisode: "Requiem for a Bride"
1975PetrocelliJanet WilsonEpisode: "Too Many Alibis"
1976Bert D'Angelo/SuperstarSharon AndressEpisode: "Scag"
1976Bell, Book and CandleRosemaryTV Movie
1977The CityCarol CarterTV Movie
1977The Incredible Hulk PilotDr. Elaina MarksTV Movie
1976-1977Rich Man, Poor Man Book IIMaggie PorterSeries regular, 20 episodes
1977Roger & Harry: The Mitera TargetCindy St. ClaireTV Movie
1977The Magnificent Magical Magnet of Santa MesaC.B. MacauleyTV Movie
1977Having Babies IIDr. Julie FarrTV Movie
1978Julie Farr, M.D.Dr. Julie FarrSeries regular, 7 episodes
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1978Deadman's CurveRainbowTV Movie
1978Having Babies IIIDr. Julie FarrTV Movie
1978The Comedy CompanyLinda GregTV Movie
1978Killer's DelightDr. Carol Thompson
1978The New Maverick'Poker' Alice IversTV Movie
1979Breaking Up Is Hard to DoDiane SealeyTV Movie
1979The Love BoatDr. Emily BradfordEpisode: "No Hiding Place"
1980TaxiNora SuttonEpisode: "What Price Bobby?"
1980Marriage Is Alive and WellSara FishTV Movie
1980The Ordeal of Dr. MuddFrances MuddTV Movie
1980City in FearMadeleine CrawfordTV Movie
1980-1981It's a LivingLois AdamsSeries regular, 13 episodes
1981Fantasy IslandDorothy NicholsonEpisode: "Perfect Husband, The/Volcano"
1983Cave In!Senator Kate LassiteTV Movie
1986Rage of Angels: The Story ContinuesMary Beth WarnerTV Movie
1981-1989Falcon CrestMaggie Gioberti ChanningSeries regular, 207 episodes
Nominated - Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role: Prime Time (1988-1989)
1990Doctor DoctorLaura StratfordEpisode: "Family Affair"
1991Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless ReporterTwyla CooperTV Movie
1994A Perfect StrangerKayeTV Movie
1994-1995The George Carlin ShowKathleen RachowskiSeries regular, 7 episodes
1995The MonroesKathryn MonroeSeries regular, 8 episodes
1997My Best Friend's WeddingIsabelle Wallace
1997Two Came BackPatricia ClarksonTV Movie
2001PuzzledAnabel Norton
1997-2002Dharma & GregKitty MontgomerySeries regular, 119 episodes
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1999)
Nominated - Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1998, 2000)
2003Dead Like MeMary Kate HourihanEpisode: "Business Unfinished"
2003I'm with HerRosalynEpisode: "Meet the Parent"
2004Joan of ArcadiaRich Woman GodEpisode: "The Gift"
2005Judging AmyPatricia MillhouseEpisodes: "Hard to Get" and "Too Little, Too Late"
2005-2006Hope & FaithNancy Lombard4 episodes
2006Two and a Half MenDorothyEpisode: "Walnuts and Demerol"
2007Brothers & SistersMiranda JonesEpisode: "Game Night"
2006-2007The NineNancy Hale7 episodes
2009–presentCastleMartha RodgersSeries regular


  1. ^ "The New York Times". The New York Times. 
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  3. ^ a b "Susan Sullivan". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  4. ^ a b "Susan Sullivan Biography". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  5. ^ "Ex Playboy Bunnies". Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Susan Sullivan - Biography - MSN Movies". 1942-11-18. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  7. ^ "Susan Sullivan | Academy of Television Arts & Sciences". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  8. ^ "Brothers & Sisters Shows Some Dharma Initiative - Today's News: Our Take". 2007-03-14. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 

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