Nov. 18th, 1942
New York City, New York, USA
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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), 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 (as of 2009).
Sullivan was born in New York City, but was raised in the Long Island town of Freeport, Nassau County, New York, where she graduated from Freeport High School in 1960. She earned a BA in drama from Hofstra University in 1960. During the latter part of her college years (1963~64), she worked as a Playboy Bunny. She got her acting start in the 1960s playing opposite 'Dustin Hoffman' in the Broadway play Jimmy Shine. She landed a contract with Universal Studios in 1969, guest-starring on several shows. It was during this time she played parts in daytime dramas.
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. 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, 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). 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, Joan of Arcadia, Hope & Faith, and Two And A Half Men.
She 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.
Sullivan is now dating author Connell Cowan whom she has been seeing since 1989. Sullivan has a sister, Brigid, an executive at WGBH-TV in Boston, and a brother, Brendan, a methadone counselor in N.Y.C. When she was twenty-three, Sullivan dated 'Cary Grant'.
Sullivan has been a spokeswoman for Tylenol for many years, and is proud to be associated with the product (pointing out the fact that she has been able to buy a beach house with the proceeds).
- Was a Playboy Bunny
- Best known by the public for her roles as Maggie Gioberti Channing on _"Falcon Crest" (1981)_ (qv), and as Kitty Montgomery on _"Dharma & Greg" (1997)_ (qv).
- Attended HOFSTRA university.
- She is bicoastal with homes on the East and West coasts, and shares her life with noted psychologist and author Connell Cowan.