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Also Known As: Died: August 26, 1998
Born: August 29, 1928 Cause of Death: lung cancer
Birth Place: Jackson Heights, New York Profession:

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The award-winning daughter of agent Paul Kohner and Mexican actress Lupita Tovar, Susan Kohner delivered well-received performances in a handful of films in the 1950s and early 60s before retiring from acting after her 1964 marriage to fashion designer John Weitz.The petite, dark-haired, exotic beauty worked onstage in productions ranging from Tennessee Williams' "The Rose Tattoo" to William Inge's "Bus Stop." Kohner first won acclaim on screen as an Italian girl briefly romanced by WWII hero Audie Murphy in the biopic "To Hell and Back" (1955). She scored as a half-breed making an ill-fated journey across Apache territory in the Western "The Last Wagon" (1956) and won praise as a plain-looking neighborhood girl romanced by juvenile delinquent Sal Mineo in "Dino" (1957). 1959 proved to be a banner year for the young player. Kohner earned an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her turn as Juanita Moore's willful daughter in Douglas Sirk's remake of "Imitation of Life." She was an Arab princess in love with John Saxon in the Biblical epic "The Big Fisherman" and showed skill as the woman in the life of a jazz musician in "The Gene Krupa Story," again reteamed with Sal Mineo as Krupa. Her...

The award-winning daughter of agent Paul Kohner and Mexican actress Lupita Tovar, Susan Kohner delivered well-received performances in a handful of films in the 1950s and early 60s before retiring from acting after her 1964 marriage to fashion designer John Weitz.

The petite, dark-haired, exotic beauty worked onstage in productions ranging from Tennessee Williams' "The Rose Tattoo" to William Inge's "Bus Stop." Kohner first won acclaim on screen as an Italian girl briefly romanced by WWII hero Audie Murphy in the biopic "To Hell and Back" (1955). She scored as a half-breed making an ill-fated journey across Apache territory in the Western "The Last Wagon" (1956) and won praise as a plain-looking neighborhood girl romanced by juvenile delinquent Sal Mineo in "Dino" (1957). 1959 proved to be a banner year for the young player. Kohner earned an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her turn as Juanita Moore's willful daughter in Douglas Sirk's remake of "Imitation of Life." She was an Arab princess in love with John Saxon in the Biblical epic "The Big Fisherman" and showed skill as the woman in the life of a jazz musician in "The Gene Krupa Story," again reteamed with Sal Mineo as Krupa. Her next two features "All the Fine Young Cannibals" (1960) and "By Love Possessed" (1961) found her cast a George Hamilton's love interest and are among her least successful screen portrayals. Her final screen appearance was as Montgomery Clift's wife in "Freud," John Huston's 1962 biopic.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Ride a Violent Mile (1957) Susan Crowley
2.
 The Dalton Girls (1957) Columbine Dalton
3.
 Powder River (1953) Debbie Allen
4.
 Woman in the Dark (1952) Anna Reichardt
5.
 Pony Soldier (1952) Emerald Neeley
6.
 Captive of Billy the Kid (1952) Nancy McCreary
7.
 Million Dollar Pursuit (1951) Ronnie LaVerne
8.
 In Old Amarillo (1951) Madge Adams
9.
 The Wild Blue Yonder (1951) Connie Hudson
10.
 Spoilers of the Plains (1951) Frankie Manning
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husband:
Ralph Winters. Casting director. Married in 1951; divorced in 1959; father of her three children.
husband:
Jerry Friedman. Second husband; divorced.

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daughter:
Deborah Winters. Actor. Survived her.
daughter:
Rebecca Winters. Survived her.
son:
David Winters. Survived her.

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