Actress. Described as a "sort of beat-up Marilyn Monroe", she was a veteran of roughly 50 movies who shall probably be remembered for her Oscar-nominated performance as Oma in John Huston's 1972 cult classic "Fat City". Born Susan Jillian Creamer to a show business family, she was raised in New Canaan, Connecticut, made her 1963 professional bow in a touring production of "Time Out For Ginger", had small television parts on "The Patty Duke Show" and "Mr. Novak", was first seen on Broadway in 1965 in "Cactus Flower", and later appeared on the Great White Way in "King Lear", William Gibson's "A Cry of Players", "The Time of Your Life", and "Camino Real". Susan made her silver screen debut in 1971's "Shoot Out" which starred Gregory Peck as a bank robber then was seen in a few other films prior to her turn as the hard drinking Oma, Stacy Keach's girlfriend in "Fat City", a performance which earned her a Best Supporting Actress nomination. Continuing to take-on a wide variety of roles, she again teamed with Keach in the 1976 "The Killer Inside Me", was Lil in 1977's "Islands in the Stream" with George C. Scott as the Hemingway-based Thomas Hudson and also in 1977 earned a Best Supporting Actress Saturn Award for playing Carroll Baker's dimwitted daughter-in-law in Andy Warhol's "Bad". Seen on such small screen fare as "Kojak", "Baretta", and "Starsky and Hutch", she was praised for her portrayal of cigar smoking lesbian Solly Mosler in the 1984 "Angel" and the following year reprised her role in the sequel "Avenging Angel". In 1990 Susan played Johnny Depp's grandmother in "Cry Baby", another cult classic, and in 1991 made the first of many appearances in her self-written one woman show "My Rotten Life: A Bitter Operetta". She kept busy but in April 2000 was diagnosed with essential thrombocythemia, a rare blood clotting disorder that took both her legs; continuing to work in spite of her difficulties she was seen in several features including "Masked and Anonymous" (2003) and the 2012 "Kid Thing". Susan lived her final four years in Austin, Texas, was a noted abstract painter in her spare time, and was in production for "The Wanderer King" at her death.
Bio by: Bob Hufford