Susan Johnson (actress)

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Susan Johnson (July 6, 1927 – February 24, 2003), also known as Susan Johnson-Kehn, was an American actress and singer. She appeared primarily in musical theatre, but also appeared in films and television.

Personal life[edit]

Born as Marilyn Jeanne Johnson in Columbus, Ohio, she attended Ohio State University.[1]

Her first marriage to actor Robert Pastene ended in divorce. She was married to her second husband, Lawrence Brown, who left her after a horrible motorcycle accident where Johnson sustained life-threatening injuries to her brain and inner ear. Her third marriage to professional baseball player Chet Kehn lasted from 1965 until his death in 1984.[2]

Stage and film roles[edit]

Johnson arrived in New York in 1947. She appeared on Broadway in Brigadoon (1950; revival), The Most Happy Fella (1956–57), Oh Captain! (1958), Whoop-Up (1958–59), and Donnybrook! (1961). She won the 1956 Theatre World Award for her role in The Most Happy Fella and was nominated for a Tony Award in 1958 for her role in Oh Captain!. She appeared in the films Sister Act (1992) and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993).


Susan Johnson-Kehn died of emphysema in 2003 in Sacramento, California, aged 75, survived by her daughter Corianne, from her third marriage.[2]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Notice of Susan Johnson's death,; accessed December 26, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Obituary,, March 10, 2003.