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 roles as Lorna Forbes on the ABC daytime soap Loving from 1983 to late 1986 and 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
Susan Walters was born in Atlanta, Georgia. After winning the Miss Teen All American title in 1981 (representing Georgia), 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 to dedicate herself to primetime television.
Susan Walters' first major role was in the movie "Russkies" in 1987.
Aaron Spelling was so impressed with her work that he hired her in several of his productions : - in "Hotel" during its entire last season (as Ryan Thomas) 1987-1988; - in the 1988 television miniseries Elvis and Me as Priscilla Presley; - in Nightingales (as Bridget Loring) 1988-1989; - in Melrose Place (as Tiffany Hart).
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 2000, she also portrayed the lead character opposite her husband Linden Ashby on the TV-series "The War next door".
In 2001, Susan Walters decided to return to daytime (she left Loving in 1986) and 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 then portrayed Principal Rimkus in One Tree Hill.
She currently plays the recurring role of Lydia Martin's mother, Natalie on Teen Wolf.
Walters is happily married to actor Linden Ashby. They met on the set of "Loving" where they portrayed cousins Lorna Forbes and Curtis Alden. They often share screen on the same TV series (Loving, Spy Games, Melrose Place, The War next door, The Young and the restless, Teen Wolf etc.).
They have two daughters, Frances Grace, born 1991, and Savannah Elizabeth, born 1992.
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