Women’s History Month Profile: Susan Saint James

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Emmy Award-winning actress Susan Saint James (1946- ) was born in Los Angeles and raised in Rockford, where she began modeling as a teen-ager.

Saint James landed her first acting role in 1966 as Peggy Maxwell in the miniseries Fame Is the Name of the Game. She won an Emmy in 1969 for reprising the role in the subsequent series Name of the Game.

From 1971 to 1976, Saint James played opposite Rock Hudson in the mystery/romantic comedy series McMillan and Wife, receiving four Emmy nominations.

On the big screen, Saint James achieved success in the vampire comedy Love At First Bite in 1979. She also co-starred opposite Jane Curtain in 1980’s How to Beat the High Co$t of Living. In 1982, she played against type as a doctor in Don’t Cry, It’s Only Thunder.

From 1984 to 1989, Saint James returned to TV playing opposite Curtain on the sitcom Kate & Allie, receiving three more Emmy nominations.

Before leaving Rockford, Saint James attended St. Gregory School and St. Peter’s Junior High School. Now mostly out of acting, Saint James runs her own business and has her own children’s radio program. Most recently, Saint James appeared in a guest spot on the Feb. 28 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She was also a guest on the Feb. 2 Oprah Winfrey Show.

Saint James, a recovering alcoholic, now lives in Connecticut, and was inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. She remains married to Saturday Night Live Executive Producer Dick Ebersol. Her niece is Christa Miller, who co-starred on The Drew Carey Show.

From the March 29-April 4, 2006, issue

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