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Susan Peters

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Susan Peters (born Suzanne Carnahan; July 3, 1921 – October 23, 1952) was an American film, stage, and television actress who appeared in over twenty films over the course of her decade-long career. In 1942, the year she signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Peters had a featured role in the Mervyn LeRoy-directed drama Random Harvest. That role earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress and established her as a serious dramatic performer. Peters went on to appear as the lead in numerous films for MGM, including roles in the romantic comedy Young Ideas (1943), and several war films: Assignment in Brittany (1943), Song of Russia (1944), and Keep Your Powder Dry (1945). On New Year's Day 1945, Peters's spinal cord was damaged from an accidental gunshot wound, leaving her permanently paraplegic. She returned to film portraying a wheelchair-bound villain in The Sign of the Ram (1948). Peters then transitioned to theater, appearing as Laura Wingfield in a critically acclaimed 1949 production of Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie. She followed this with a production of The Barretts of Wimpole Street, in which she portrayed crippled poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. By 1952, however, Peters had been suffering from clinical depression for several years due to the dissolution of her marriage and her limited career options. In late 1952 she began starving herself, which combined with her paralysis led to chronic kidney infections and pneumonia. She died of ensuing health complications that year at age 31.

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Jul 3, 1921 In Spokane, Washington, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Susan and God 1940-06-07
Latest Project:
Movie Sacred Lies 2011-01-01
Known For
Poster of Miss Susan
Poster of Andy Hardy's Double Life
Poster of Personalities
Poster of Scattergood Pulls the Strings
Movie Sacred Lies 2011-01-01
Series The Huntress Unknown 2000-07-26
Series Miss Susan Susan Martin 1951-03-12
Movie The Sign of the Ram Leah St. Aubyn 1948-03-03
Movie Keep Your Powder Dry Ann Darrison 1945-04-01
Movie Twenty Years After Unknown 1944-01-01
Movie Song of Russia Nadya Stepanova 1944-02-10
Movie Young Ideas Susan Evans 1943-08-02
Movie Assignment in Brittany Anne Pinot 1943-03-11
Movie Tish Cora Edwards Bowzer 1942-09-17
Movie Personalities (uncredited) 1942-01-01
Movie The Big Shot Ruth Carter 1942-06-13
Movie Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant Mrs. Howard Allwinn Young 1942-11-01
Movie Andy Hardy's Double Life Sue 1942-12-01
Movie Random Harvest Kitty 1942-12-17
Movie Here Comes Happiness Miss Brown (uncredited) 1941-03-14
Movie The Strawberry Blonde Girl (uncredited) 1941-02-21
Movie Scattergood Pulls the Strings Ruth Savage 1941-05-23
Movie Three Sons o' Guns Mary Tyler 1941-08-02
Movie Young America Flies One of Jack's Girlfriends 1940-07-13
Movie Susan and God Party Guest (uncredited) 1940-06-07
Movie Always a Bride Girl 1940-11-02
Movie Santa Fe Trail Charlotte 1940-12-20
Movie Money and the Woman Depositor (uncredited) 1940-08-17