Susan Peters (July 3, 1921 – October 23, 1952) was an American stage, film and television actress. Wikipedia
Age: 31 (age at death)
Born: 3rd July, 1921, Spokane, Washington
Died: 23rd October, 1952, Visalia, California
Height: 5' 5" (165 cm)
Claim to Fame: Random Harvest
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Actor Charles Bickford brought to her attention a novel he has just read, Sign of the Ram, by Margaret Ferguson. The leading character is a paralyzed woman who wrecks her family by domination and murder. She discusses the novel with her agent, Frank Orsatti, who in turn interests producer-director Irving Cummings. A deal is set with Columbia Studios. Columbia players such as Glenn Ford, Evelyn Keyes, Larry Parks, Cornel Wilde, Ginger Rogers and co-stars Alexander Knox and Peggy Ann Garner greet her on her first day on the set. She knows people will come to see how she looks in a wheelchair, but if they leave thinking she’s an actress, she’ll be satisfied. The production is grueling on her. She has to have her husband or her aunt, Mary Carnahan, a trained nurse, with her throughout filming.
The producer-director team of Joe Pasternack and Henry Koster want her for The Unfinished Dance, a story about a famous ballerina who suffers a spinal injury. She rejected the idea, and the role goes to Karin Booth. She does not want to trade on her handicap by playing crippled girls; she breaks her MGM contract.
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