SUZANNE PLESHETTE BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Suzanne Pleshette was born on January 31st, 1937 in Brooklyn Heights, New York City. Her parents were both of Russian Jewish heritage. Her mother, Geraldine was a dancer and artist and her father, Eugene, worked as a stage manager and executive of the Paramount Theater in Brooklyn.
Pleshette attended high school at Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts and upon completion she went on attend Syracuse University for only one semester. She then transferred to study at Finch College, a baccalaureate women's college located in Manhattan, New York City, New York.
Her career began as a stage actress, making her Broadway debut on, "Compulsion" (1957). She then began trying to get into the film industry. Her first known screen appearance was in the episode titled, "Night Rescue" (1957) on a television series that aired on CBS called, "Harbourmaster". Some of her earlier known film work was, "The Miracle Worker" (1961) starring Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, "Rome Adventure" (1962) also starring Angie Dickinson, Rossanno Brazzi, Constance Ford, Chad Everett, Al Hirt and Troy Donahue, "The Birds" (1963) starring Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy, Veronica Cartwright, Karl Swenson, Charles McGraw, Morgan Brittany, Malcolm Atterbury and Doodles Weaver.
Her career continued strong with roles on film and television. Some of her other film roles were, "Nevada Smith" (1966) starring Steve McQueen, Karl Malden, Brian Keith, Arthur Kennedy, Raf Vallone, Janet Margolin, Pat Hingle, Howard Da Silva, Martin Landau, Iron Eyes Cody and Paul Fix, a western drama and "Support Your Local Gunfighter" (1971) starring alongside James Garner, Harry Morgan, Jack Elam, John Dehner, Marie Windsor, Henry Jones, Dick Curtis, Dub Taylor, Joan Blondell, Chuck Connors, Grady Sutton, Ben Cooper, Kathleen Freeman and Ellen Corby. Television appearances were made by Pleshette on, "Naked City", Ben Casey", "Wagon Train" and "Dr. Kildare". She also appeared on, "The Bob Newhart Show" from 1972-1978 where she received two nominations for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She was discovered for the part in this show after appearing on, "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson".
Pleshette was also the star of her own situation comedy which ran for only seven episodes, "The Suzanne Pleshette in Maggie Briggs" (1984). In the very popular television sitcom, "Will and Grace", Pleshette played the role of Karen Walker's mother for three episodes. This was her final performance in 2004 before retiring.
Suzanne Pleshette was married three times throughout her lifetime. First she married in 1964 her costar from the film, "A Distant Trumpet" (1964), Troy Donahue, but this marriage only lasted 8 months. She then proceeded to marry Tom Gallagher, a Texas oilman who she married in 1968 and remained with until he passed away from lung cancer on January 21st, 2000. Her final union was to Tom Poston, a fellow co-star from Newhart in 2001. The couple remained together until his passing on April 30th, 2007.
Pleshette passed away on January 19th, 2008 from lung cancer at her Los Angeles, California home at the age of seventy. She was interred at Hillside Memorial Park cemetery in Culver City, California.
Pleshette also received a olden Globe and Emmy nomination for her role on a television movie, "Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean" (1990) co-starring Lloyd Bridges, Joe Regalbuto and Raymond Singer, as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to the Motion Picture Industry.
2003 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter
2002-2003 Good Morning, Miami
2002-2004 Will and Grace
2001 Spirited Away
1998 The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
1994 The Boys Are Back
1993 A Twist of the Knife
1992 Battling for Baby
1990 Newhart, "The Last Newhart"
1990 Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean
1989 The Queen of mean
1988 Alone in the Neon Jungle
1987 A Stranger Waits
1985 Kojak, "The Belarus File"
1985 Bridges to Cross
1985 The Belarus File
1984 One Cooks, the Other Doesn't
1984 For Love or Money
1983 Dixie: Changing Habits
1982 Help Wanted: Male
1981 The Star Maker
1980 Oh, God! Book II
1980 If Things Were Different
1979 Hot Stuff
1979 Flesh & Blood
1978 Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid
1976 Law and Order
1976 Richie Brockelman: The Missing 24 Hours
1976 The Shaggy D.A.
1975 The Legend of Valentino
1972-1978 The Bob Newhart Show
1971 River of Gold
1971 In Broad Daylight
1971 Support Your Local Gunfighter
1970 Along Came a Spider
1970 Hunters Are for Killing
1970 Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came?
1969 Target: Harry
1969 If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
1969 Route 66, "The Strengthening Angels"
1968 Blackbeard's Ghost
1968 It Takes a Thief, "A Sour Note"
1968 The Power
1968 Flesh and Blood
1967 The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
1967 Wings of Fire
1967 The Invaders "The Mutation"
1967 The Invaders "The Pursued"
1966 The Ugly Dachshund
1966 Nevada Smith
1966 Mister Buddwing
1965 A Rage to Live
1964 A Distant Trumpet
1964 Youngblood Hawke
1964 Fate Is the Hunter
1963 The Birds
1963 Wall of Noise
1962 Rome Adventure
1962 Target: The Corruptors!
1962 40 Pounds of Trouble
1959 Summer of Decision
1959 One Step Beyond, "Delusion"
1958 The Geisha Boy
1958 Naked City
1954 Creature from the Black Lagoon