Susan Howard

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Susan Howard
Susan Howard.jpg
Susan Howard in 1975
Jeri Lynn Mooney

(1944-01-28) January 28, 1944 (age 76)
OccupationActress, activist, writer
Years active1966–1993
(m. 1962; div. 1964)

Calvin Chrane
(m. after 1974)

Jeri Lynn Mooney (born January 28, 1944), better known as Susan Howard,[1] is an American actress, writer, and political activist. She is perhaps best known for portraying the character Donna Culver Krebbs on the prime time serial Dallas (1979–87), and as a co-star of the series Petrocelli (1974–76). She is also a screenwriter and member of the Writers Guild of America.[2]


Jeri Lynn Mooney was born on January 28, 1944 in Marshall, Texas to parents Cassell C. and Melba Ruth "Peg" Mooney. She had an older brother, James.[3][4] Her family is of Irish ancestry from Cork.[5] Mooney was recognized for her acting talent while growing up in Marshall. She won a University Interscholastic League award for Best Actress while in high school. Upon graduating from Marshall High School in 1960,[6] she attended the University of Texas for two years,[7] where she studied drama and was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority,[8] before leaving for Los Angeles to become an acting student at the Los Angeles Repertory Company.[9] She later took the stage name Susan Howard, as her father had nicknamed her 'Susie' and Howard was a family name.[4]


Howard had a number of notable guest appearances on major television shows during the 1960s and early 1970s: The Flying Nun (1967), I Dream of Jeannie (1968), Star Trek (1968), Bonanza (1969), Mannix (1969), Mission: Impossible (1972), and Columbo (1972).[8] She played the first female Klingon ("Mara") on the original Star Trek series and the only one to ever speak.[10]

In 1973, she appeared as Evan Sands on Lorne Greene's ABC crime drama Griff in the episode "Who Framed Billy the Kid?", with Nick Nolte as Billy Randolph, a football player accused of murder.

In 1974, Howard was cast as the co-star of the NBC series Petrocelli.[11]:828 Her performance was subsequently nominated for both the Golden Globe and Emmy awards.[12][13] Despite critical acclaim for Howard, the series was cancelled in 1976.[14]

In 1978, Howard played a key role as Professor Kingsfield's daughter Susan[11]:809 in season one, episode 10 of The Paper Chase. In 1979, she appeared on Dallas as Donna Culver.[11] The producers of the show liked her performance so much that her guest spot was expanded to an eight-year stint; she has the distinction of being the only Dallas cast member to have also written for the series ("Sitting Ducks" and "The Ten Percent Solution"). In 1987, the show decided to not renew her contract. She has blamed this decision on her opposition to what she saw as pro-abortion storylines involving her character.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Howard was married to actor Charles Howerton from 1962 to 1964. They had one daughter, Lynn.[3] In 1974, she married independent film executive Calvin Chrane.[4] Susan and her husband have lived in Boerne, Texas, since 1998.[9]

She is a member of the Writers Guild of America and wrote two episodes of Dallas.[9]


Since leaving television, Howard has become an increasingly active supporter of conservative causes, especially for gun rights. In 1989, she was co-host of "The 700 Club". Howard has been active in the leadership of both the National Rifle Association and the Texas Republican Party. Howard has served as a commissioner of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.[16] She became involved in the NRA after meeting Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre at the 1988 Republican National Convention in New Orleans.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
1977 Moonshine County Express Dot Hammer
1977 Sidewinder 1 Chris Gentry
1993 Come the Morning Constance Gibson


Year Title Role Notes
1966 Love on a Rooftop Dorothy Episode: "Homecoming"
1967 Iron Horse Bess Hennings / Sara Collins 2 episodes
1967 The Monkees Bride Episode: "Monkees Manhattan Style"
1967–1968 The Flying Nun Sister Teresa / Sister Susan 2 episodes
1968 The Second Hundred Years Sonny Episode: "Dude Hand Luke"
1968 Tarzan Gloria Episode: "Trina"
1968 Star Trek Mara Episode: "Day of the Dove"
1968–1969 I Dream of Jeannie Salesgirl / Miss Temple - Switchboard Operator 2 episodes
1969 Here Come the Brides Jane Episode: "Wives for Wakando"
1969 The Outcasts Julie Mason Episode: "The Candidates"
1969 Ironside Jo Lyons Episode: "A Matter of Love and Death"
1969 The Virginian Rebecca Teague Episode: "Halfway Back from Hell"
1969 Bonanza Laurie Nagel Episode: "The Medal"
1969 Land of the Giants Mrs. Garak Episode: "Collector's Item"
1969 The Silent Gun Lorisa Cole Television film
1969–1971 Mannix Amanda Hewitt (S4-Ep14) / Christina Preston (S3-Ep11) 2 episodes
1970 The New People Fern Episode: "The Siege of Fern's Castle"
1970 Quarantined Dr. Margaret Bedford Television film
1970 The Immortal Annie Williams Episode: "The Legacy"
1971 The F.B.I. Yvonne Shelby Episode: "Center of Peril"
1971 The Mod Squad Gillian Francis Episode: "Cricket"
1971–1972 Love, American Style Libby / Susan Parkins 3 episodes
1972 Mission: Impossible Nora Dawson Episode: "Committed"
1972 The Sixth Sense Needa Episode: "The Man Who Died at Three and Nine"
1972 Medical Center Linda Crown Episode: "Deadlock"
1972 Columbo Shirley Wagner Episode: "The Most Crucial Game"
1973 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Dr. Claudia Schaeffer Episode: "A Terminal Career"
1973 Marcus Welby, M.D. Dr. Barbara Kerr / Greta Francis 2 episodes
1973 Savage Lee Raynolds Television film
1973 Griff Evan Sands Episode: "The Framing of Billy the Kid"
1973 The New Perry Mason Ellen Ballister Episode: "The Case of the Jailed Justice"
1973–1977 Barnaby Jones Frances Dunslay / Sandra Harris 2 episodes
1974 Indict and Convict Joanna Garrett Television film
1974 Night Games Maggie Petrocelli Television film
1974–1976 Petrocelli Maggie Petrocelli 44 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Television Series (1976)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1976)
1976 City of Angels Ruby Dyson Episode: "The House on Orange Grove Avenue"
1976 The Rockford Files Sandy Baylock Episode: "Feeding Frenzy"
1977 Most Wanted Ann Corbin 2 episodes
1977 The Fantastic Journey Eve Costigan Episode: "Vortex"
1977 Killer on Board Julie Clayton Television film
1977 The Oregon Trail Amelia McKay Episode: "The Gold Dust Queen"
1978 Superdome Nancy Walecki Television film
1978 The Busters Joanna Bailey Television film
1978 The Paper Chase Susan Fields Episode: "Kingsfield's Daughter"
1979 The Power Within Dr. Joanne Miller Television film
1979 Vegas Laurie Turner Episode: "Classic Connection"
1979 Julie Farr, M.D. Linda Episode: "Sisters"
1979–1987 Dallas Donna Culver Krebbs 198 episodes
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role (1986)
Nominated—Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role (1988)
1980 The Love Boat Cynthia Bowden Episode: "The Baby Alarm/Tell Her She's Great/Matchmaker, Matchmaker Times Two"
1987–1988 The 700 Club Herself / Co-host

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1976 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Television Series Petrocelli Nominated
1976 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Petrocelli Nominated
1986 Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role Dallas Won
1988 Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role Dallas Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Room, Adrian (2014). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. McFarland & Company. ISBN 9780786457632. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  2. ^ "Susan Howard Chrane". WGA Directory. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "A Surprise From Susan Howard". The Marshall News Messenger. Texas, Marshall. July 31, 1977. p. 6 A. Retrieved August 6, 2019 – via
  4. ^ a b c Angus, Joe (April 3, 1983). "Susan happy with her life". The Oklahoman. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  5. ^ "SUSAN HOWARD LIVE CHAT". Ultimate Dallas. Archived from the original on January 30, 2019. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  6. ^ "Notable Graduates". Marshall ISD. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  7. ^ Williamson, Joyce; Smith-Gassperson, Pat; Estell, Lucile (2011). Marshall. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. p. 121. ISBN 978-0-7385-7903-0.
  8. ^ a b Stowers, Carlton (January–February 1984). "The Alcalde Jan-Feb 1984". Keeping Up With Susan Howard (Jeri Lynn Mooney). The Alcalde. p. 25.
  9. ^ a b c "'Dallas' star to address GOP women". The Gonzales Inquirer. February 4, 2004. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  10. ^ Wilonsky, Robert (November 20, 2008). "Dallas Cast Reunion Leaves Fans Southforked". Dallas Observer. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  11. ^ a b c Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 229. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  12. ^ "Primetime Emmy® Award Database". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  13. ^ "Susan Howard". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Archived from the original on April 14, 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
  14. ^ Erickson, Hal (2009). Encyclopedia of Television Law Shows: Factual and Fictional Series About Judges, Lawyers and the Courtroom, 1948-2008. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. p. 226–227. ISBN 978-0-7864-3828-0.
  15. ^ "Dallas Exclusive Interviews". Ultimate Dallas. Archived from the original on March 30, 2019. Retrieved September 2, 2006.
  16. ^ Batsell, Jake (July 27, 2008). "'Dallas' still has a worldwide fan base". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  17. ^ "NRA Board Spotlight: Susan Howard". America's 1st Freedom. December 2008. p. 55.


  • Featured prominently in book "Petrocelli: San Remo Justice: An Episode Guide and Much More," by Sandra Grabman, published 2018 by BearManor Media. ISBN 978-1-62933-205-5.

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