Susan Sullivan

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Susan Sullivan
Susan Sullivan.jpg
Sullivan in March 2010
Born Susan Michaela Sullivan
(1942-11-18) November 18, 1942 (age 72)
New York City, New York, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1964–present
Partner(s) Connell Cowan

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),[1] 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 (2009–present).

Life and career[edit]

Sullivan was born in New York City, the daughter of Helen (Rockett) and Brendan Sullivan, an advertising executive.[2] She was raised in the Long Island village of Freeport, Nassau County, New York,[3] where she graduated from Freeport High School in 1960. She earned a BA in drama from Hofstra University in 1964.[4] During the latter part of her college years (1963–64), she worked as a Playboy Bunny.[5] She got her acting start in the 1960s playing opposite Dustin Hoffman in the Broadway play Jimmy Shine.[3] She landed a contract with Universal Studios in 1969, guest-starring on several shows. It was during this time that she played parts in daytime dramas.

Sullivan in Rich Man, Poor Man, Book II (1976)

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.[6] 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,[7] 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).[4] 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,[8] Joan of Arcadia and Two and a Half Men.

She currently 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.



Year Title Role Notes
1978 Killer's Delight Dr. Carol Thompson
1997 My Best Friend's Wedding Isabelle Wallace
2001 Puzzled Anabel Norton


Year Title Role Notes
1967 Dark Shadows Ghost Episode: "1.156"
1967 Winter's Tale, TheThe Winter's Tale Perdita TV film
1968 Macbeth Third Witch TV film
1970 Best of Everything, TheThe Best of Everything April Morrison TV series
1971 World Apart, AA World Apart Nancy Condon Episode: "25.June 1971"
1972 Between Time and Timbuktu Nancy TV film
1972-1975 Another World Lenore Moore Curtin Delaney TV series
1975 Medical Center Joanna Courtney Episode: "No Hiding Place"
1975 S.W.A.T. Julia Episode: "The Vendetta"
1975 McMillan & Wife Maggie Arnaud Episode: "Requiem for a Bride"
1975 Petrocelli Janet Wilson Episode: "Too Many Alibis"
1976 City of Angels Margaret Hillings Episode: "The House on Orange Grove Avenue"
1976 Midway Ann TV film
1976 Bert D'Angelo/Superstar Sharon Andress Episode: "Scag"
1976 Bell, Book and Candle Rosemary TV film
1976 Kojak Kelly McCall Episode: "Both Sides of the Law"
1976 Barnaby Jones Ruth Sorrell Episode: "Deadline for Dying"
1976-1977 Rich Man, Poor Man Book II Maggie Porter Main role (20 episodes)
1977 Kojak Carol Krug Episode: "When You Hear the Beep, Drop Dead"
1977 City, TheThe City Carol Carter TV film
1977 Roger & Harry: The Mitera Target Cindy St. Claire TV film
1977 Dog and Cat Maureen Episode: "Yesterday's Woman"
1977 Magnificent Magical Magnet of Santa Mesa, TheThe Magnificent Magical Magnet of Santa Mesa C.B. Macauley TV film
1977 Having Babies II Dr. Julie Farr TV film
1978 Incredible Hulk, TheThe Incredible Hulk Dr. Elaina Marks Episode: "The Incredible Hulk"
1978 Barnaby Jones Linda Gates Episodes: "Final Judgment: Parts 1 & 2"
1978 Deadman's Curve Rainbow TV film
1978 Having Babies III Dr. Julie Farr TV film
1978 Comedy Company, TheThe Comedy Company Linda Greg TV film
1978 New Maverick, TheThe New Maverick 'Poker' Alice Ivers TV film
1978-1979 Julie Farr, M.D. Dr. Julie Farr Main role
1979 Breaking Up Is Hard to Do Diane Sealey TV film
1979 Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat Dr. Emily Bradford 1 episode
1980 Taxi Nora Sutton Episode: "What Price Bobby?"
1980 Marriage Is Alive and Well Sara Fish TV film
1980 Ordeal of Dr. Mudd, TheThe Ordeal of Dr. Mudd Frances Mudd TV film
1980 City in Fear Madeleine Crawford TV film
1980-1981 It's a Living Lois Adams Main role (13 episodes)
1981 Fantasy Island Dorothy Nicholson 1 episode
1981-1989 Falcon Crest Maggie Channing Main role (207 episodes)
1983 Cave In! Sen. Kate Lassiter TV film
1986 Rage of Angels: The Story Continues Mary Beth Warner TV film
1990 Doctor Doctor Laura Stratford Episode: "Family Affair"
1991 Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless Reporter Twyla Cooper TV film
1994 Perfect Stranger, AA Perfect Stranger Kaye TV film
1994-1995 George Carlin Show, TheThe George Carlin Show Kathleen Rachowski (7 episodes)
1995 Monroes, TheThe Monroes Kathryn Monroe (8 episodes)
1997 Two Came Back Patricia Clarkson TV film
1997-2002 Dharma & Greg Kitty Montgomery Main role (119 episodes)
2001-2005 Justice League Queen Hippolyta (voice) Recurring role (6 episodes)
2002 Body & Soul Claire Episode: "Running Home"
2003 Dead Like Me Mary Kate Hourihan Episode: "Business Unfinished"
2003 I'm with Her Rosalyn Episode: "Meet the Parent"
2004 Joan of Arcadia Rich Woman God Episode: "The Gift"
2004 Drew Carey Show, TheThe Drew Carey Show Annette Newmark Episodes: "At Your Cervix", "Knot in the Mood", "Finale"
2005 Judging Amy Patricia Millhouse Episodes: "Hard to Get", "Too Little, Too Late"
2005-2006 Hope & Faith Nancy Lombard Recurring role (4 episodes)
2006 Two and a Half Men Dorothy Episode: "Walnuts and Demerol"
2006-2007 Nine, TheThe Nine Nancy Hale Recurring role (7 episodes)
2007 Brothers & Sisters Miranda Jones Episode: "Game Night"
2009-2014 Castle Martha Rodgers Regular role (134 episodes)


  1. ^ "The New York Times". The New York Times. 
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  3. ^ a b "Susan Sullivan". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  4. ^ a b "Susan Sullivan Biography". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  5. ^ "Ex Playboy Bunnies". Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Susan Sullivan - Biography - MSN Movies". 1942-11-18. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  7. ^ "Susan Sullivan | Academy of Television Arts & Sciences". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  8. ^ "Brothers & Sisters Shows Some Dharma Initiative - Today's News: Our Take". 2007-03-14. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 

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