September 28, 1963 |
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Linden Ashby (1986-present)|
Susan Walters (born September 28, 1963) is an American actress and former model, best known for her role as Diane Jenkins on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless from 2001 to 2004, and again briefly in 2010. Walters had recurring roles as a principal on The CW's One Tree Hill and the mayor of Mystic Falls on The CW's The Vampire Diaries.
Life and career
Walters was born in Atlanta, Georgia. After winning the Miss Teen All American title in 1981 (representing Georgia), Walters' first major role was as Priscilla Presley in the 1988 television miniseries Elvis and Me. Her other screen credits include a starring role in 1990 in "Dear John" and short-lived prime time series Point Pleasant and a guest role on CSI: Miami. She is also known for her appearances as "Mulva" (really Dolores) on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld, which she played in 1993 and again from 1996 to 1997. She also starred as Anne Osborne in the television version of The Big Easy on the USA Network at this time (1996). In 1999, she appeared in the Disney Channel movie Horse Sense, as well as its 2001 sequel, Jumping Ship.
In 2001, Walters began portraying Diane Jenkins on The Young and the Restless. She was dropped to a recurring star after three years in 2004, though did not make any further appearances. In 2010, Walters briefly reprised the role for two episodes.
She began her career as Lorna Forbes Perelli on the soap opera Loving from the pilot on June 1983 to late 1986. She then left the daytime soap and appeared in various Aaron Spelling prime time television productions, such as "Hotel" during its entire last season (as Ryan Thomas), as well as Elvis and Me, Melrose Place (as Tiffany Hart) and was one of the student nurses on Nightingales during its entire run.
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