Anspach in 1979
Susan Florence Anspach
November 23, 1942
Queens, New York City, U.S.
|Died||April 2, 2018 (aged 75)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
(m. 1970; div. 1978)
Susan Florence Anspach (November 23, 1942 – April 2, 2018) was an American stage, film and television actress, who was best known for her roles in films during the 1970s such as Five Easy Pieces (1970), Play It Again, Sam (1972), Blume in Love (1973), and during the 1980s such as Montenegro.
She graduated from William Cullen Bryant High School in Long Island City in 1960. Paul Simon was a neighbor. She enrolled in the music department at the Catholic University of America. For her sophomore year she transferred to the drama department, where she appeared in the annual musical All Systems Are Go.
Anspach starred in several Broadway and off-Broadway shows, including as the female lead in the musical Hair and an Actors Studio play with Al Pacino. She first came to prominence in the 1970 film Five Easy Pieces. Vincent Canby of The New York Times called her "one of America's most charming and talented actresses".
Anspach originally was cast in the role of country singer Barbara Jean in the 1975 film Nashville, but her salary requirements exceeded the ensemble film's budget; she was replaced by Ronee Blakley.
In her film career, Anspach starred in 19 features and eight television movies and also was featured in two series, The Yellow Rose and The Slap Maxwell Story (with Dabney Coleman). She starred in the episode "All My Tomorrows" of the NBC romantic anthology series Love Story in 1973.
She had a daughter, Catherine Goddard (born October 15, 1968) with fellow late '60s musical Hair cast member Steve Curry, according to his October 6, 2014 obituary in the New York Times. She had a son, Caleb Goddard, in 1970, whom she claims was fathered by actor Jack Nicholson. She was married to actor Mark Goddard (1970-1978).
Anspach died from heart failure on April 2, 2018, aged 75, in Los Angeles, California.
|1970||The Landlord||Susan Enders|
|1970||Five Easy Pieces||Catherine Van Oost|
|1972||Play It Again, Sam||Nancy|
|1973||Blume in Love||Nina Blume|
|1976||McMillan & Wife||Lt. Kit Boone||1 episode|
|1978||The Big Fix||Lila|
|1981||The Devil and Max Devlin||Penny Hart|
|1987||Blue Monkey||Dr. Judith Glass|
|1987||Heaven and Earth||Karen McKeon|
|1988||Into the Fire||Rosalind Winfield|
|1989||The Rutanga Tapes||Kate Simpson|
|1989||Back to Back||Madeline Hix|
|1989||Murder, She Wrote||Lois Fricksey||1 episode|
|2002||Dancing at the Harvest Moon||Julia||TV Movie|
|2009||Wild About Harry||Martha|
|2011||Inversion||Edna Boswell||(final film role)|
- "It's Easier to Pull a Rabbit Than a Career Out of a Hat—Unless You're Susan Anspach". people.com.
- Gates, Anita (5 April 2018). "Susan Anspach, 75, Dies; Daring Actress in Maverick Films" – via NYTimes.com.
- Canby, Vincent (1981-11-08). "Makavejev'S 'Montenegro,' Set In Sweden". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
- Robert Altman in his DVD commentary to Nashville, Paramount DVD, 2000 release
- "Love Story". TV.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
- Steve Curry obituary, nytimes.com, October 7, 2014.
- von Strunckel, Shelley (June 23, 2006). "What the stars say about them — Jack Nicholson and Susan Anspach". The Sunday Times (UK): p. 36.
- Gates, Anita (April 5, 2018). "Susan Anspach, 75, Dies; Daring Actress in Maverick Films". The New York Times. Retrieved April 6, 2018.