Susanna Styron

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Susanna Styron (born 1955) is an American film and documentary maker. She is one of the four children (three girls and one boy) of writer and novelist William Styron (1925-2006) and his wife, Rose.

She studied at Yale University, majoring in film studies, and, in 1976, she returned to Martha's Vineyard, where she had spent her childhood summers, to make the film, Suspended Sentence, as her senior thesis. The film is about young people who chose an alternative lifestyle on the Vineyard.

A more recent work, 9/12: From Chaos to Community, recounts the work volunteers performed to support post-9/11 rescue efforts and the camaraderie that developed among them.

Styron attended the AFI Conservatory as a directing fellow; she earned her MFA.

The family moved to Nyack, New York and Ms. Styron began teaching at Columbia University's graduate film program. Ms. Styron based her 1998 feature film, Shadrach (which starred Harvey Keitel and Andie MacDowell) on a short story written by her father.


In 1984, she married Darrell Larson, an actor, and settled in Santa Monica, California, later moving to Nyack, New York. They have two children, Emma and Lilah.

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