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Susan Strasberg: 10 Facts

Published: 1/21/2014
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Susan Strasberg  (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

Actress Susan Strasberg died on this day in 1999. Here are 10 facts to remember her by:

1. If the last name sounds familiar, it's no surprise. Strasberg was the daughter of famed drama teacher Lee Strasberg of the Actors Studio.

2. Her first movie role was in 1955's Cobweb. She played a young patient in a psychiatric facility.

3. Strasberg was just 18 when she received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the 1955 Broadway production of The Diary of Anne Frank. She originated the title role.

4. She was the youngest actress to star on Broadway with her name above the marquee title.

5. In the 1960s Strasberg lived in Italy, where she was known as "La Strasberg." Perhaps the experience helped her develop her accent for roles like this one:

6. Among the many TV shows she appeared on: Bonanza, Night Gallery, Remington Steele and The Rockford Files.

7. Strasberg was linked to a number of notable men. She had relationships with Frank Sinatra, Richard Burton and Warren Beatty, and she married actor Christopher Jones.

8. Not just an actress, Strasberg also was a best-selling author. Her two books were her autobiography, Bittersweet, and her memoir of a friendship, Marilyn and Me: Sisters, Rivals, Friends.

9. The Marilyn of the book title was the legendary Marilyn Monroe, who was a dear friend to Strasberg. Strasberg considered Monroe a member of the family.

10. Strasberg was 60 when she died of breast cancer on Jan. 21, 1999.

Written by Linnea Crowther. Find her on Google+.

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