Sue Ane Langdon

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Sue Ane Langdon
Sue Ane Langdon 1958.JPG
Langdon in 1958
Born Sue Lookhoff
(1936-03-08) March 8, 1936 (age 78)
Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
Other names
  • Sue Anne Langdon
  • Sue Ann Langdon
Occupation Actress
Years active 1959–1991
Spouse(s) Jack Emrek (m. 1959; wid. 2010)

Sue Ane Langdon (born Sue Lookhoff; March 8, 1936) is a retired American actress. She began her performing career singing at Radio City Music Hall and acting in stage productions. In the mid-1960s she appeared in the Broadway musical The Apple Tree,[1] which starred Alan Alda. In 1976, she appeared in Hello Dolly at The Little Theatre on the Square.[2] She was featured in many comedies as well as the occasional dramatic film. She appeared in a pair of Elvis Presley movies, Roustabout and Frankie and Johnny. Her starring role on Arnie won her a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Television.


Early life[edit]

Langdon was born in Paterson, New Jersey to Albert G. Lookhoff (February 26, 1901 – May 1, 1938) and Grace (née Huddle; January 12, 1908 – November 21, 1980). Grace Lookhoff, an operatic soprano, studied music at Washington University in Saint Louis and Juilliard. Her opera performances, beginning with her New York debut in Lewisohn Stadium, included appearances with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Three Choirs Festival (Worcester, Massachusetts), the Coolidge Festival (Washington, D.C.), and the Saint Louis Municipal Opera. Grace's teaching career indicates a timeline of where her daughter grew up.

Sue Ane was enrolled at the University of North Texas. She was also briefly enrolled full-time at Idaho State University.[3]


Langdon's film debut came in The Great Impostor (1961), which starred Tony Curtis. Langdon went on to have leading roles in films such as The Rounders (1965), A Guide for the Married Man (1967), A Man Called Dagger, The Cheyenne Social Club, A Fine Madness[4] which led to her posing nude for Playboy magazine. In that same year of 1966, United Artists Pictures released Frankie and Johnny in which Langdon co-starred along with Elvis Presley, Donna Douglas (Elly May Clampett of The Beverly Hillbillies fame) and Harry Morgan (of Dragnet and later M*A*S*H fame).

Langdon with Andy Griffith, 1962.

Langdon was the third actress to play Alice Kramden in Jackie Gleason's The Honeymooners sketches and shows, preceded by Pert Kelton and Audrey Meadows and followed by Sheila MacRae and Meadows again. Langdon shared a Life magazine cover with Gleason, but played the role only briefly in the 1960s version, during the American Scene Magazine era, before MacRae took the role over for the color hour-long musical versions.[5]

She appeared as Kitty Marsh during the NBC portion (1959–1961) of Bachelor Father, starring John Forsythe, Noreen Corcoran, and Sammee Tong. The next year, she appeared twice on Rod Cameron's syndicated crime drama COronado 9. In 1961 she made her first of three appearances on Perry Mason as Rowena Leach in "The Case of the Crying Comedian". In 1962, she appeared as nurse Mary Simpson in an episode of CBS's The Andy Griffith Show and as Kate Tassel in The "Catawomper" episode of Gunsmoke. She made her second guest appearance on Perry Mason in 1964 as murder victim Bonnie in "The Case of the Scandalous Sculptor." She made guest appearances on Bourbon Street Beat, Room for One More, Mannix, Thriller, McHale's Navy, Bonanza, Ironside, Banacek, The Wild Wild West, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Three's Company and Happy Days.

Personal life[edit]

Sue Ane Lookhoff married Jack Emrek (née Robert J. Hanusek; 1920–2010) on April 4, 1959 in Las Vegas, Nevada.[6] The couple remained married until his death on April 27, 2010 in Calabasas, California. Emrek was a motion picture, stage and television director.[7]


  1. ^ "The Apple Tree". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Shervey PhD, Beth; Palmer, Peter (2000). The Little Theatre on the Square: Four Decades of a Small-Town Equity Theatre. Southern Illinois University Press. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-8093-2354-8. 
  3. ^ Alumni Records, Idaho State University
  4. ^ Lisanti, Tom (2001). Fantasy Femmes of 60's Cinema: Interviews with 20 Actresses from Biker, Beach, and Elvis Movies. McFarland & Company. pp. 290–291. ISBN 978-0-7864-0868-9. 
  5. ^ "Sue Ane Langdon". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Per Nevada Marriage Index, 1956–2005
  7. ^ "Actress Comes Home for Visit in Texas". The Dallas Morning News. 21 February 1961. 

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