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Susan Flannery

Susan Flannery
Born (1939-07-31) July 31, 1939
Jersey City, New Jersey[1][2]
Occupation Actress, director
Years active 1963–2012
Children 1

Susan Flannery (born July 31, 1939) is an American soap opera actress. She is known for her role as Stephanie Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful (1987–2012) and for her role as Dr. Laura Spencer Horton on Days of Our Lives (1966–1975).


  • Personal life 1
  • Career 2
  • Filmography 3
  • Awards (won) 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Personal life

Flannery was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and attended school in Manhattan.[3] She has a daughter, Blaise.


Flannery is known for playing Dr. Laura Spencer Horton on Days of Our Lives from 1966 until 1975 where she met writer and daytime legend William J. Bell (who would later cast her in the daytime soap he would create called The Bold and the Beautiful in 1987). She acted in feature films including The Towering Inferno (1974) and The Gumball Rally (1976). She also acted in the primetime television series Dallas, playing Leslie Stewart during season four (1980–1981), and appeared opposite Kirk Douglas in The Moneychangers.

Flannery since became best known worldwide for portraying Stephanie Douglas Forrester on the American soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful (1987-2012). She was one of four original cast members, two of whom still appear on the series, along with Katherine Kelly Lang, Ronn Moss, and John McCook. Flannery is also a regular director on the show, and has twice been nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award for her work. After 25 years, she decided to leave the show in 2012. In her final storyline, Stephanie Forrester lost her battle with lung cancer, and died.[4][5]

Flannery appeared in two episodes of ABC's situation comedy Hope & Faith in 2004, with other well-known actors from rival soaps.

Flannery also appeared as a special guest on Good News Week. She appeared in a special episode of Wheel of Fortune with Deidre Hall (Marlena, Days of Our Lives) and Peter Bergman (Jack, The Young and the Restless) in 2006. Flannery also directed the October 13, 2008, episode of Guiding Light.

Flannery came in at #1 in the Top 50 Soap Actresses of All Time poll on the internet blog We Love Soaps in 2010.

She has taken an active role in the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) in securing cable rights and foreign residuals for actors when their work appears in other mediums. Her efforts have had a positive impact on how The Bold and the Beautiful actors are paid when the show is televised in countries outside the United States.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1965 Guns of Diablo Molly
1967 The Gnome-Mobile Airline Stewardess
1974 The Towering Inferno Lorrie Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year - Actress
1976 The Moneychangers Margot Bracken TV miniseries
1976 The Gumball Rally Alice
1978 Anatomy of a Seduction Maggie Kane TV movie
1979 Women in White Dr. Rebecca Dalton TV miniseries
1982 Money on the Side Karen Gordon TV movie
1983 Shaft of Love Dr. Rose TV movie
Year Title Role Notes
1963 Burke's Law Lily's Secretary Episode: "Who Killed Harris Crown?"
1964 Slattery's People Nancy Rossman Episode: "Question: What Are You Doing Out There, Waldo?"
1964 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Katie/The Sister 3 episodes
1965 Death Valley Days Jenny Hardy Episode: "Birthright"
1965 Ben Casey Elinor Cabot Episode: "A Nightingale Named Nathan"
1966-1975 Days of Our Lives Laura Spencer Horton Contract role
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1966 Felony Squad Stewardess Episode: "The Immaculate Killer"
1966 The Time Tunnel Louise Neal Episode: "The Day the Sky Fell In"
1966 The Green Hornet Janet Prescott Episode: "Trouble for Prince Charming"
1981 Dallas Leslie Stewart 11 episodes
1987-2012 The Bold and the Beautiful Stephanie Forrester Contract role
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (2000, 2002-2003)
1993 The Young and the Restless Stephanie Forrester 1 episode
2004 Hope & Faith Laura Levisetti 2 episodes

Awards (won)

Daytime Emmy Awards

Golden Globe Awards


  1. ^ "Susan Flannery Biography". 1943-07-31. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  2. ^ "Showtimes, reviews, trailers, news and more - MSN Movies". 2015-07-14. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  3. ^ Jacobs, Damon L. (2009-12-03). "The Susan Flannery Interview, Part One". We Love Soaps. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  4. ^ Raftery, Liz (2012-08-21). "Susan Flannery Leaves The Bold and the Beautiful After 25 Years - Today's News: Our Take". Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  5. ^ "Susan Flannery Leaving 'The Bold And The Beautiful' (REPORT)". 2012-08-20. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  6. ^ Jacobs, Damon L. (2009-12-05). "The Susan Flannery Interview, Part Three". We Love Soaps. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 

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