September 21, 1953|
Bakersfield, California, U.S.
|Died||June 19, 1984
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Sunny Sue Johnson (September 21, 1953 – June 19, 1984) was an American actress who was most notable for portraying figure skater Jeanie in the 1983 film Flashdance.
The actress first appeared in the Baretta series on television. She also appeared in an episode of Charlie's Angels. She also had roles in the films The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia and the spoof Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype with the English actor Oliver Reed. She is listed in the credits of Animal House ("Otter's Coed"), but does not appear in the movie as her scene was cut due to time constraints.
On the night of June 18, 1984, the actress was found unconscious in the home she shared with her boyfriend, Archie Hahn. She was taken to UCLA Medical Center (now Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center), where she remained on a life-support system until June 19, when she was declared clinically dead. Without any hope of her mental recovery, her family agreed to take her off the respirator. Johnson had suffered a burst blood vessel in her brain. Sunny Johnson was 30 years of age at the time of her death.