New Article: Miss Susan

I’ve been wanting to write an article about Miss Susan for quite a while and finally got around to doing it. For those keeping track, this is my first new article since August 2010. Only two of the estimated 210 15-minute episodes are known to exist, both at the Paley Center for Media. I watched one several years ago and have been gathering information ever since. It is difficult to write about a program for which so little information is available. I don’t know much about the cast or storylines but I was finally able to learn enough that I felt a full article was warranted. Here’s the brief overview of the article:

In January 1945, actress Susan Peters was involved in a hunting accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Two years earlier, she had received an Academy Award nomination and at the time of the accident her film career was in an upswing. After a period of recuperation, Peters returned to acting, first on the big screen, then on stage and finally on television in a daily NBC soap opera called Miss Susan, which ran for nine months during 1951. Peters died less than a year after the series went off the air. The circumstances of her life, themselves in many ways like a cruel soap opera, have become forever intertwined with Miss Susan, which otherwise would have slipped into total obscurity.

So, please, take a few minutes to read my latest article: Miss Susan.