Susan Strasberg (Susan Strasberg)

Susan Strasberg

Actress, Author. The daughter of legendary Actors Studio co-founder Lee Strasberg and Paula Strasberg, she attended the High School of Performing Arts in New York City and debut on stage at age fifteen in the off-Broadway play “Maya” (1953). She would be mentored privately by her mother. During this time, she initiated her TV career with roles on the programs “Goodyear Playhouse”, “Kraft Television Theater” and a starring part in the short-lived series “The Marriage” (1954). In 1955, she launched her motion picture career in the Vincente Minnelli film “The Cobweb”, followed by Joshua Logan’s “Picnic” (1955), and received acclaim with her original portrayal of Anne Frank in the Broadway production of “The Diary of Anne Frank” (1955 to 1957), which earned her a Tony Award nomination and her gracing the cover of Life Magazine. She followed this with “Time Remembered” (1957 to 1958) which led to a real-life romantic relationship with her co-star Richard Burton. During the 1960s, Strasberg resided in Europe where she continued to appear in films and by the middle of the decade returned to the United States to marry actor Christopher Jones. Not long after, her life started to spiral downward beginning with the death of her mother and her marriage to Jones (whom indulged in the usage of LSD) turned abusive. Strasberg’s realization of sudden success at an early age caught up with her. She would also experiment with drugs and following the birth of her daughter Jenny who suffered from a heart defect (which she would receive corrective surgery), she blamed herself for the usage of substances as the cause. She would find within herself the inner-strength to overcome these traumas, as she ended her marriage to Jones and proceed with her career. Strasberg found her niche as a guest star on several TV programs during the 1970s and 1980s, among them “Marcus Welby, M.D.”, “The Streets of San Francisco”, “The Rockford Files” and “Murder, She Wrote”, among others.  She would author her autobiography “Bittersweet” (1980) and a book titled “Marilyn and Me” (1990) which recounted her close friendship with Marilyn Monroe. Strasberg died at age 60 following a battle with breast cancer. (bio by: C.S.)  Family links:  Parents:  Lee Strasberg (1901 – 1982)  Paula Miller Strasberg (1909 – 1966)  Spouse:  Christopher Jones (1941 – 2014)* *Calculated relationshipCause of death: Breast cancer


  • May, 22, 1938
  • USA


  • January, 01, 1999
  • USA

Cause of Death

  • Breast cancer


  • Cremated

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