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June 13, 2023

35 Gorgeous Photos of Susan Oliver in the 1950s and ’60s

Born 1932 as Charlotte Gercke in New York City, American actress, television director, and aviator Susan Oliver made her first major television appearance in a supporting role in the July 31, 1955, episode of the live drama series Goodyear TV Playhouse, and quickly progressed to leading parts in other shows.

Oliver did numerous television shows in 1957, and appeared on stage. In July 1957, she was chosen for the title role in her first motion picture, The Green-Eyed Blonde. In mid-1958, she began rehearsals for a co-starring role in Patate, her second Broadway play. Its seven-performance run was even shorter than that of Small War on Murray Hill, but won Oliver a Theatre World Award for “Outstanding Breakout Performance”; it was her last Broadway appearance.

Oliver was cast in episodes of Adventures in Paradise, Twilight Zone, Route 66, Dr. Kildare, The Naked City, The Barbara Stanwyck Show, Burke’s Law, The Fugitive, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., I Spy, The Virginian, The Name of the Game, Longstreet, and Mannix. Her most challenging role during this time was as the ambitious wife of doomed country music legend Hank Williams (George Hamilton) in Your Cheatin’ Heart (1964). In 1976, she received her only Emmy Award nomination (for “Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress”) in the three-hour-long, made-for-TV movie Amelia Earhart.

Oliver was diagnosed with colorectal cancer that later metastasized to her lungs, and she died in 1990 at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, California, aged 58. Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see the beauty of young Susan Oliver in the 1950s and 1960s.


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