Susan Gordon

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Susan Lynn Gordon
Susan Gordon.jpg
Born (1949-07-27)July 27, 1949
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Died December 11, 2011(2011-12-11) (aged 62)
Teaneck, New Jersey, U.S.
Cause of death
Thyroid cancer
Occupation Actress
Years active 1958–1967
Height 5'00" (1.5m)
Spouse(s) Avraham Aviner
(m. August 14, 1977 – Her death)
Children 6
Parents Bert I. Gordon (father)
Flora M. Gordon (mother)

Susan Gordon (July 27, 1949 – December 11, 2011) was an American child actress who appeared in films and numerous episodes of television programs such as The Twilight Zone, My Three Sons, and The Donna Reed Show.[1]

Life and career[edit]

The daughter of Bert and Flora Gordon, Susan began her career at age eight in Attack of the Puppet People. This film, and two others in which she appeared, were directed by her father: Tormented and Picture Mommy Dead.[2][3] In 1959, she acted and sang in the semi-biographical film, The Five Pennies with Danny Kaye.

On television, Gordon appeared in The Twilight Zone episode "The Fugitive", as Jenny, a child with a leg brace who befriends an alien. Other series included Gunsmoke, Alfred Hitchcock Presents,[4] My Three Sons, The Danny Thomas Show, Route 66, Ben Casey, and The Donna Reed Show. On November 27, 1959, Gordon appeared in the live NBC Television broadcast of Miracle on 34th Street.


She was a resident of Teaneck, New Jersey, where she had settled after returning to her Jewish roots and marrying Avi Aviner, who had been a communal leader to the Jews of Tokyo. She died on December 11, 2011, due to thyroid cancer[5] and was buried in Kedumim.[6] She was survived by her parents, husband, six children, five grandchildren, two sisters and a half sister.[7]


  1. ^ Barnes, Mike (December 14, 2011). "Susan Gordon, Child Actress of the ’50s and ’60s, Dies at 62". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  2. ^ "Susan Gordon dies at 62". Variety. December 14, 2011. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  3. ^ "Actress Susan Gordon Dies at 62". December 15, 2011. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  4. ^ "Actress, Resident Susan Gordon Dies at 62". December 15, 2011. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  5. ^ Simonson, Robert (December 21, 2011). "Susan Gordon, Stage and Child Film Actress, Dies at 62". Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  6. ^ Levin, Jay (December 19, 2011). "Susan Aviner, child star and Teaneck businesswoman, at 62". The Record. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Former Child Star Susan Gordon Dies at 62". Retrieved 2012-07-02. 

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