Anspach in 1979
November 23, 1942 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
Anspach was born in New York City and was raised in Queens, New York, the daughter of Trudy, a one-time singer, and Renald Anspach. She graduated from William Cullen Bryant High School in Long Island City in 1960. Paul Simon was a neighbor. She enrolled in the music department at the Catholic University of America. For her sophomore year she transferred to the drama department, where she appeared in the annual musical, All Systems Are Go.
She went on to star in several Broadway and off-Broadway shows, including as the female lead in the musical Hair and an Actors Studio play with Al Pacino. She first came to prominence opposite Jack Nicholson in the 1970 film Five Easy Pieces. Vincent Canby of The New York Times called her "one of America's most charming and talented actresses". Anspach was originally cast in the role of country singer Barbara Jean in the 1975 film Nashville, but her salary requirements exceeded the ensemble film's budget; she was replaced by Ronee Blakley.
She has starred off-Broadway in A View from the Bridge with Robert Duvall, Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman. In her film career, Susan Anspach starred in 19 features and eight TV movies and also was featured in two series, The Yellow Rose and The Slap Maxwell Story (opposite Dabney Coleman).
- The Landlord (1970) (with Beau Bridges, Diana Sands, Pearl Bailey, Louis Gossett, Jr. and Lee Grant)
- Five Easy Pieces (1970) (opposite Jack Nicholson)
- Play It Again, Sam 1972 (opposite Woody Allen)
- Blume in Love (1973) (opposite George Segal and Kris Kristofferson)
- The Big Fix (1978) (co-starring with Richard Dreyfuss)
- Running (1979) (co-starring with Michael Douglas)
- The Devil and Max Devlin (1981) (opposite Bill Cosby and Elliott Gould)
- Gas (1981), a Canadian comedy film
- Montenegro (1981), a Swedish film
- Deadly Encounter (1982) (TV-film, opposite Larry Hagman)
- Misunderstood (1984), (with Gene Hackman, Henry Thomas, Rip Torn)
- Into The Fire (1988 film), (with Lee Montgomery, Olivia d'Abo)
- Dancing at the Harvest Moon (2002), (with Jacqueline Bisset, Valerie Harper)
- von Strunckel, Shelley (June 23, 2006). "What the Stars say about them — Jack Nicholson and Susan Anspach". The Sunday Times (UK): p. 36.
- Robert Altman, director, in his DVD commentary to Nashville, Paramount DVD, 2000 release
- Susan Anspach at the Internet Movie Database
- Susan Anspach at the Internet Broadway Database
- Susan Anspach at the University of Wisconsin's Actors Studio audio collection
- Susan Anspach at AllMovie