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March 11, 1952 |
Bath, Maine, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, nursing home caregiver, promising author and illustrator of children's books|
|Spouse(s)||Michael Virden (m. 1978; div. 1985)|
Born in Bath, Maine, Richardson first started acting in plays in high school. She graduated from Coatesville Area Senior High School in Coatesville, Pennsylvania in 1969, and moved to Hollywood in 1971.
Initially, Richardson played bit roles in feature films American Graffiti and A Star Is Born, and she guest-starred on the television series Happy Days and The Streets of San Francisco. Shortly before her 25th birthday, about six years after moving to the West Coast, Richardson was picked to play the fourth-oldest child in the Bradford family on Eight is Enough.
In her Eight Is Enough heyday, Richardson appeared in two installments of Battle of the Network Stars (May 1979 and December 1980), as well as numerous appearances on The $20,000 Pyramid, Password Plus, and Match Game, in addition to a one-hour All-Star episode of Family Feud in 1978 and a three-episode celebrity tournament on the daytime version in May 1979.
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On March 15, 1978, Richardson married Michael Virden, and shortly thereafter became pregnant, which was also written into Eight Is Enough. She gave birth to their daughter, Sarah, on February 27, 1980. After her pregnancy, a rumor was spread that Richardson would lose her job if she did not shed her pregnancy weight; she had gained 90 lb (41 kg). Finding it very difficult to slim down by normal means, she started using cocaine. After Eight Is Enough, Richardson suffered a debilitating tailbone injury after doing a concert.
In January 2013, The Huffington Post published a report from a National Enquirer interview with Richardson. She reported she had experienced extremely hard times, living in an unheated trailer with a rotting floor in Wagontown, Pennsylvania, not far from her hometown of Coatesville. Richardson said she had developed diabetes, suffered three mini-strokes, had lost 60 lb (27 kg), and lost her teeth as the result of a digestive condition.
|1974||Nakia||Nancy||Episode: "A Matter of Choice"|
|1975||Streets of San Francisco, TheThe Streets of San Francisco||Marlene Hollander||Episode "The Programming of Charlie Blake"|
|1975||Happy Days||Carol Danson||Episode: "Fonzie Joins the Band"|
|1976||A Star Is Born||Groupie|
|1977||The McLean Stevenson Show||Sharlene||Episode: "The Great Rift"|
|1977–81||Eight Is Enough||Susan Bradford Stockwell||112 episodes|
|1979||The Runaways||Kathleen Randolph||Episode: "Screams in the Night"|
|1981||Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat||Emily Parker||Episode: "He's My Brother/Zeke and Zelda/Teach Me Tonight"|
|1982||Fantasy Island||Ellen||Episode: "The Magic Camera/Mata Hari/Valerie"|
|1982||CHiPs||Snow Pink||Episode: "Battle of the Bands"|
|1982||One Day at a Time||Eloise||Episodes: "The Honeymoon Is Over", "First Things First"|
|1987||Eight Is Enough: A Family Reunion||Susan Bradford||TV movie|
|1987||Soldiers of Innocence||Sister Elizabeth|
|1989||Eight Is Enough Wedding, AnAn Eight Is Enough Wedding||Susan Bradford||TV movie|
- "Susan Richardson Broke: 'Eight Is Enough' Star Sick, Living In A 'Rotting' Trailer". The Huffington Post. January 31, 2013. Retrieved June 9, 2015.