Susan French

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Susan French
Born (1912-01-23)January 23, 1912
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died April 6, 2003(2003-04-06) (aged 91)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Occupation Stage, television, film actress and puppeteer
Years active 1965-1997

Susan French (January 23, 1912 – April 6, 2003) was an American stage, television and film actress.

French appeared in the TV movie People Like Us (1990). She also played the roles of Mrs. Shaw in the 1979 TV movie Captain America II: Death Too Soon, and Bessie Gilmore in The Executioner's Song (1982). French acted in the soap opera Bare Essence (1982–1983) and appeared in episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour ("The World's Oldest Motive," original air date April 12, 1965), Dallas, Falcon Crest, The Colbys, L.A. Law, Moonlighting, Quantum Leap, “Perfect Strangers” and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Her final television appearance was in an episode of Picket Fences. In addition, she had a recurring role on the CBS TV series Cagney & Lacey as Mrs. Skimmins.

French also appeared in Universal's 1980 film Somewhere in Time, starring Superman actor Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. Her other film credits include The Impossible Years (1968), Jaws 2 (1978), House (1985), The Verne Miller Story (1987), Flatliners (1990) and Younger and Younger (1993). Her last film role was in the live-action version of Fist of the North Star (1995). She also played the main character in a Remington Steele episode ("Love Among the Steele", 1983).

She had for many years a puppet theater in her home in Santa Monica, California and in 1964 published a book about making marionettes, Presenting Marionettes published by Art Horizons in hardcover.


French died in 2003 of natural causes in Santa Monica, California, aged 91. Half of her ashes were buried on Catalina Island while the other half were buried on Mackinac Island, Michigan between the "Is It You" trees near the "Somewhere In Time" Memorial Plaque.[citation needed]

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