Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Who Are Those Gals? ~ Susan Clark

Susan Clark was born Nora Golding on March 8, 1943 in Sarnia, Ontario Canada, the daughter of Eleanor Almond (née McNaughton) and George Raymond Golding. Clark grew up in Toronto, where she attended Northern Secondary School.

In the early 1960s Clark travelled to the UK where she appeared in several television series episodes. She was then employed by Universal Pictures from 1967 where she appeared in several television series and made her feature film debut in Universal's “Banning” (1967). Clark had leading roles in several Universal films, including “Coogan's Bluff” (1968) with Clint Eastwood, “Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here” (1969) with Robert Redford, “Valdez Is Coming” (1971) with Burt Lancaster, “Showdown” (1973) with Dean Martin, “Night Moves” (1975) with Gene Hackman, the disaster film “Airport” (1975), and another disaster film “City on Fire” (1979).

In 1976, she starred in a three-hour made-for-television movie biography of the aviator Amelia Earhart, and her marriage to noted publisher G.P. Putnam, for which she received an Emmy nomination for Best Actress. She posed topless for Playboy in the February 1973 issue pictorial entitled "The Ziegfeld Girls: A dazzling review starring the talking pictures' own Susan Clark".

Clark played Dr. Cleo Markham in “Colossus: The Forbin Project” (1970), hooker Cherry Forever in “Porky's” (1981), Elizabeth Murray in TV’s ‘Emily of New Moon’ (1998-2000), Elaine Moore in the television movie ‘Trapped’ (1973), and Muriel Mulligan in the 1994 television movie ‘Snowbound: The Jim and Jennifer Stolpa Story’. She played murderess Beth Chadwick in the Columbo TV episode ‘Lady in Waiting’.

In 2006, Clark appeared at the Manitoba Theatre Centre in the Warehouse production of “The Retreat from Moscow”, and in the 2007 Mainstage production of “The Importance of Being Earnest”.

She married American football player turned actor Alex Karras in 1980, and their daughter Katie was born the same year. They met when they co-starred in the TV movie, ‘Babe’, in which she played Babe Didrikson Zaharias (for which Clark won an Emmy in 1976), and he played her husband, professional wrestler George Zaharias. They also co-starred on the popular primetime sitcom ‘Webster’ (1983-1987) (TV series) together, portraying husband and wife. Clark and Karras remained married until his death on October 10, 2012.

CLARK, Susan (Nora Golding) [3/8/1943, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada -     ] – producer, theater, film, TV actress, stepsister of Linda Thorson (Linda Robinson) [1947-    ], married to producer, director, writer Robert L. Joseph (Robert Lazarus Joseph) [1923-2002] (1970-1973), married to professional football player, producer, actor, singer Alex Karras (Alexander George Karras) [1935-2012] (1980-2012) mother of Katie Karras [1980-    ].
Valdez is Coming – 1970 (Gay Erin)

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