Susan Anspach

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Susan Anspach
Susan Anspach 1979.jpg
Anspach in 1979
Born (1942-11-23) November 23, 1942 (age 74)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1961-present
Spouse(s) Mark Goddard (1970-1978; divorced)
Children 2

Susan Anspach (born November 23, 1942) is an American stage and film actress. She is best known for her roles in films during the 1970s such as Five Easy Pieces (1970), Play It Again, Sam (1972), and Blume in Love (1973).

Private life[edit]

Anspach was raised in Queens, New York, the daughter of Trudy, a one-time singer, and Renald Anspach.[1] She graduated from William Cullen Bryant High School in Long Island City in 1960. Paul Simon was a neighbor.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Married to actor Mark Goddard, Anspach has a son, Caleb Goddard (born 1970).[2] In the October 6, 2014 obituary for fellow Hair cast member Steve Curry, the New York Times reported that Mr. Curry fathered a daughter, Catherine Goddard, with Anspach.[3]


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 opposite Jack Nicholson 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".[4] Anspach was originally 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.[5]

She has starred off-Broadway in A View from the Bridge with Robert Duvall, Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman. In her film career, Susan Anspach starred in 19 features and eight TV movies and also was featured in two series, The Yellow Rose and The Slap Maxwell Story (opposite Dabney Coleman). She starred in the episode "All My Tomorrows" (opposite Robert Foxworth) of the NBC romantic anthology series Love Story in 1973.[6]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "It's Easier to Pull a Rabbit Than a Career Out of a Hat—Unless You're Susan Anspach". 
  2. ^ von Strunckel, Shelley (June 23, 2006). "What the Stars say about them — Jack Nicholson and Susan Anspach". The Sunday Times (UK): p. 36.
  3. ^ Steve Curry obituary,, October 7, 2014.
  4. ^ Canby, Vincent (1981-11-08). "Makavejev'S 'Montenegro,' Set In Sweden". Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  5. ^ Robert Altman, director, in his DVD commentary to Nashville, Paramount DVD, 2000 release
  6. ^ "Love Story". CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 24, 2016. 

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