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Profile of Susan Flannery

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Susan Flannery, who portrays Stephanie Douglas Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful
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Susan Flannery is known worldwide for portraying Stephanie Douglas Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful. She is one of four original cast members still appearing on the series, along with Katherine Kelly Lang, John McCook and Ronn Moss. Flannery is also a regular director on the show, and has twice been nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award for her work.

Birth Name:

Susan Flannery

Date of Birth:

July 31, 1939, 1940 or 1943. There are conflicting reports that Susan declines to clarify.

Place of Birth:

Jersey City, New Jersey

Susan Flannery Portrays:

Stephanie Douglas Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful (1987-present)

Family:

Susan keeps her personal life extremely private. She is not married, and she has one daughter, Blaise, who is 22 years old and has lived in Australia with her musician boyfriend for the last several years.

Susan Flannery's Education:

  • Graduated from high school in New York City, where she was raised
  • Earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (as a theater major) at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri
  • Attended graduate school at Arizona State University in Tempe, toward earning a Master’s degree in theater, but did not finish

Career Highlights:

  • Dallas – Leslie Stewart (1981)
  • Women in White – Dr. Rebecca Dalton (1979)
  • Anatomy of a Seduction – Maggie Kane (1979)
  • The Gumball Rally (film) – Alice (1976)
  • Arthur Hailey’s The Moneychangers (miniseries) – Margot Bracken (1976)
  • The Towering Inferno (film) – Lorrie (1974)
  • Days of Our Lives – Dr. Laura Spencer Horton (1966-1975)
  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea – Edith Nelson (1964-1965)

Awards (won):

  • Daytime Emmy Award, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Series (for playing Stephanie Forrester on B&B): 2000, 2002, 2003
  • Daytime Emmy Award, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Series (for playing Laura Horton on Days): 1975
  • Golden Globe, Most Promising Female Newcomer (for playing Lorrie in The Towering Inferno): 1975

Biography of Susan Flannery:

Susan grew up in Manhattan and always knew she wanted to pursue acting. She studied theater before going to Hollywood, where she was discovered by legendary producer Irwin Allen (known as “The Master of Disaster” for pioneering the genre of disaster films and science-fiction television series).

Susan’s big break as an actress was in Allen’s popular TV series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, a 1960s action series that was set in a nuclear submarine. She was soon case as Dr. Laura Horton, a central character on Days of Our Lives. She played Dr. Horton for nearly a decade, taking home a Daytime Emmy for best lead actress. In the 1970s, she starred as Robert Wagner’s secretary and girlfriend in Allen’s classic disaster film, The Towering Inferno – a role for which she won a Golden Globe. Over the next several years, Susan starred in a range of successful television movies and miniseries.

In the 1980s, Susan returned to soaps in prime time, playing a public relations consultant on Dallas who was brought into revive Ewing Oil’s image but ultimately double-crossed J.R. Ewing. When The Bold and the Beautiful premiered on CBS in 1987, Susan starred as Stephanie Forrester, the matriarch of the fashion dynasty at the center of the show. She has played Stephanie ever since – and is one of just four of the original B&B cast members still on the show. Susan is regarded as one of the best actresses in daytime television and has won three Emmys for portraying Stephanie Forrester.

Over the last two decades, Susan has emerged as a popular and skilled director and producer. She regularly directs episodes of B&B (and has directed for other soaps, including The Guiding Light), and has twice been nominated for prestigious Directors Guild of America awards. She also coproduced A New Day in Eden, a popular but short-lived cable soap.

Susan has recently said she intends to retire from B&B in the next couple of years, but she has not set a date to leave the show. She says that she is open to other acting projects once she leaves B&B, but she will focus mainly on gourmet cooking at her Santa Barbara home, flying airplanes, traveling the world and spending time with her daughter.

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