Susan Clark

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Susan Clark
Susan Clark as Babe 1975.JPG
Clark as Babe Didrikson Zaharias in 1975.
Born Nora Golding
(1940-03-08) March 8, 1940 (age 76)
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actress
Years active 1963–2000
Spouse(s) Alex Karras (1980–2012; his death; 1 child)
Bob Joseph (1970–1973; divorced)

Susan Clark (born March 8, 1940) is a Canadian actress, known for her movie roles such as Coogan's Bluff, Colossus: The Forbin Project, and for her role as Katherine on the American television sitcom Webster, on which she appeared with her husband, Alex Karras.

Personal life[edit]

Clark was born Nora Golding in Sarnia, Ontario, the daughter of Eleanor Almond (née McNaughton) and George Raymond Golding.[1] Clark grew up in Toronto, Ontario, where she attended Northern Secondary School. She was one of several successful entertainers and many notable persons to have attended this school. She married Alex Karras, who became her Webster co-star, in 1980 and their daughter Katie was born the same year. They met when they costarred in the TV movie, Babe, in which she played Babe Didrikson Zaharias (for which Clark would win an Emmy in 1976), and he played her husband, professional wrestler George Zaharias. Clark and Karras remained married until his death on October 10, 2012.


Clark had leading roles in several films, including Coogan's Bluff with Clint Eastwood in 1968, Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here with Robert Redford in 1969, Valdez Is Coming with Burt Lancaster in 1971, Showdown with Dean Martin in 1973, Night Moves with Gene Hackman in 1975, the disaster film Airport 1975, and another disaster film City on Fire with Barry Newman, Leslie Nielsen and Shelley Winters. In 1976, Clark starred in a three-hour made-for-television movie biography of the aviator Amelia Earhart, and her marriage to noted publisher G.P. Putnam, for which she received an Emmy nomination for Best Actress. She posed topless for Playboy in the February, 1973 issue, in a pictorial entitled "The Ziegfeld Girls: A dazzling review starring the talking pictures' own Susan Clark".

Clark played Dr. Cleo Markham in the movie Colossus: The Forbin Project, hooker Cherry Forever in Porky's (in which Alex Karras also starred), Elizabeth Murray in Emily of New Moon, Elaine Moore in the television movie Trapped and Muriel Mulligan in the 1994 television movie Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story. She also played murderer Beth Chadwick in the Columbo episode "Lady in Waiting", which co-starred Leslie Nielsen and Jessie Royce Landis.

Most recently, in 2006 Clark appeared at the Manitoba Theatre Centre in the Warehouse production of The Retreat from Moscow, and in the 2007 Mainstage production of The Importance of Being Earnest.



Year Title Roles Notes
1967 Banning Cynthia Linus
1968 Madigan Tricia Bentley
1968 Coogan's Bluff Julie Roth
1968 Something for a Lonely Man Mary Duren TV movie
1969 Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here Dr. Elizabeth Arnold
1970 Challengers, TheThe Challengers Catherine 'Cat' Burroughs TV movie
1970 Skullduggery Dr. Sybil Greame
1970 Colossus: The Forbin Project Dr. Cleo Markham
1971 Valdez Is Coming Gay Erin
1971 Skin Game Ginger
1972 Astronaut, TheThe Astronaut Gail Randolph TV movie
1972 Poet Game Diana Howard TV movie
1973 Showdown Kate Jarvis
1973 Trapped Elaine Moore TV movie
1974 Double Solitaire Barbara Potter TV movie
1974 Midnight Man, TheThe Midnight Man Linda Thorpe
1974 Airport 1975 Helen Patroni
1975 Night Moves Ellen Moseby
1975 Apple Dumpling Gang, TheThe Apple Dumpling Gang Magnolia Dusty Clydesdale
1975 Babe Mildred 'Babe' Didrikson Zaharias TV movie
1976 McNaughton's Daughter Laurel McNaughton TV movie
1976 Amelia Earhart Amelia Earhart TV movie
1979 Murder by Decree Mary Kelly
1979 North Avenue Irregulars, TheThe North Avenue Irregulars Anne Woods, the Church Secretary
1979 City on Fire Diana Brockhurst-Lautrec
1979 Promises in the Dark Fran Koenig
1980 Double Negative Paula West
1980 Jimmy B. & André Stevie TV movie
1981 Choice, TheThe Choice Kay Clements TV movie
1981 Nobody's Perfekt Carol
1981 Sherlock Holmes Madge Larrabee TV movie
1982 Porky's Cherry Forever
1982 Maid in America Catherine Abel TV movie
1994 Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story Muriel Mulligan TV movie
1994 Tonya & Nancy: The Inside Story LaVona Harding TV movie
1995 Butterbox Babies Lila Young
1996 Toe Tags Trent's Mother TV movie


Year Title Roles Notes
1963 Sentimental Agent, TheThe Sentimental Agent Philippa Episode: "Finishing School"
1967 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Helen Silbey Episode: "Blind Man's Bluff"
1967 Virginian, TheThe Virginian Melanie Kohler Episode: "Melanie"
1967 Run for Your Life Kathryn Aller Episode: "Cry Hard, Cry Fast: Part 1"
Episode: "Cry Hard, Cry Fast: Part 2"
1969 Marcus Welby, M.D. Ruth Ann Adams Episode: "Hello, Goodbye, Hello"
1971 Bold Ones: The Lawyers, TheThe Bold Ones: The Lawyers Ellen McKay Episode: "In Defense of Ellen McKay"
1971 Columbo Beth Chadwick Episode: "Lady in Waiting"
1972 Marcus Welby, M.D. Judy Graham Episode: "Please Don't Send Flowers"
1972 Bold Ones: The New Doctors, TheThe Bold Ones: The New Doctors Janice Morrow Episode: "An Inalienable Right to Die"
1974 Barnaby Jones Karen Maybury / 'Leila Evanston' Episode: "Woman in the Shadows"
1983–1989 Webster Katherine Calder-Young Papadapolis 150 episodes
1991 Murder, She Wrote Meredith Hellman Episode: "Moving Violation"
1998–2000 Emily of New Moon Elizabeth Murray 17 episodes


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