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Overview (3)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameSusan Jane Miller
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Susan Saint James was a lovely and loony TV successor to Shirley MacLaine, her mildly kooky and clumsy free spirits came into vogue in the "free love" era of the late 60s.

Saint James was born Susan Jane Miller in Los Angeles, California, to Constance (Geiger), a teacher, and Charles Daniel Miller, a businessman. She has German, Irish, and English ancestry. Saint James was raised in Rockford, Illinois. A model briefly during her teens in both the US and in France, she soon headed to Hollywood to try her luck. Luck certainly came her way quickly as she landed a seven-year contract with Universal Studios within a heart beat. And, if that wasn't lucky enough, her very first TV job would be in the highly popular 1966 crime thriller telepic Fame Is the Name of the Game (1966) starring ultra cool Anthony Franciosa and sexy femme fatale Jill St. John. Despite her model good looks, Susan downplayed her sexy allure in favor of a down-to-earth appeal. It paid off. She played the relatively innocent and awkward amateur sleuth "Peggy Maxwell", Anthony Franciosa's "girl Friday", who always snooped a bit too much and found herself in life-threatening circumstances with Anthony Franciosa saving the day. Audiences took to Saint James and her character quickly. She continued as Peggy when a series based on the mini-movie evolved. The Name of the Game (1968) with Anthony Franciosa, Robert Stack and Gene Barry was a hit as well and Susan copped an Emmy for her work during the 1968-1969 season. She also had a fun recurring role as a equally klutzy thief who complicates things for Robert Wagner's suave cat burglar in It Takes a Thief (1968). But, she hit her peak as Police Commissioner Rock Hudson's plucky wife in McMillan & Wife (1971) from 1971 to 1976, her character still managing to get into her usual share of danger and trouble. A couple of noticeable roles in the films Outlaw Blues (1977) and the popular Dracula spoof Love at First Bite (1979) opposite George Hamilton could not set the foundation for a lasting movie career, however. She wisely returned to the TV series format co-starring with Jane Curtin in the liberal-minded sitcom Kate & Allie (1984), which would last five seasons. She played an adventurous libber versus Jane Curtin's more conservative character. Susan chose to disappear from the limelight following the end of the series, move to Connecticut and devote her time to raising a family. She would also dedicate herself to charity work, notably the Special Olympics. She has since made very few appearances in specials and guest parts (the first episode of The Drew Carey Show (1995) was one, on which her niece, Christa Miller, was a co-star) from the 90s on. She is married to NBC executive Dick Ebersol, best known for his work on Saturday Night Live (1975) and is the mother of five children.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (3)

Dick Ebersol (21 November 1981 - present) ( 3 children)
Tom Lucas (6 November 1971 - 3 December 1979) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Richard Neubert (8 July 1967 - 1968) ( divorced)

Trivia (27)

Aunt of actress Christa Miller
Is a certified master gardener
The second time she hosted Saturday Night Live (1975), she admitted in her opening monologue that the first time she hosted the show, then producer Dick Ebersol, fell in love with her, got her pregnant, and married her.
Brother is Chuck Miller and sister is Mary Mercedes Dewey.
Daughter of Charles (1915-1993) and Constance (Geiger) Miller (1915-2011).
Her father, Charles Miller, guest-starred as a preacher on an episode of Kate & Allie (1984).
Friend of Keith Knudsen.
Volunteer for the Special Olympics for many years.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 11, 2008.
Named Honorary Captain of the Hartford Whalers during the National Hockey League's 75th Anniversary celebration.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 1645 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
Aunt-in-law of Bill Lawrence.
Was friends with actress Jane Curtin before they both starred in Kate & Allie (1984).
Lives in Connecticut, she runs Seedling & Pip, a company that creates gift baskets for newborn babies [September 2003]
Her acting mentor was the late Rock Hudson.
Credits Rock Hudson as her favorite acting mentor/best friend.
Suffered a miscarriage in September 1985.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 25, a daughter Sunshine Lucas on May 6, 1972. Child's father is her 2nd [now ex] husband, Tom Lucas.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 28, a son Harmony Lucas on November 10, 1974. Child's father is her 2nd [now ex] husband, Tom Lucas.
Gave birth to her 3rd child at age 36, a son Charlie Ebersol on December 30, 1982. Child's father is her 3rd husband, Dick Ebersol.
Gave birth to her 4th child at age 40, a son Willie Ebersol on October 21, 1986. Child's father is her 3rd husband, Dick Ebersol.
Gave birth to her 5th child at age 43, a son Edward "Teddy" Ebersol on June 10, 1990. Child's father was her 3rd husband, Dick Ebersol. Teddy died in a plane crash in Colorado on November 28, 2004 aged 14.
Was pregnant with her son Willie Ebersol during the filming of the 4th season of Kate & Allie (1984).
Maternal granddaughter of Charles Greiger (1890-1915), from Pennsylvania, and Jane (née Lamb) Viner (1888-1947), from Connecticut.
Maternal great granddaughter of Samuel (1863-1939), from England, and Emily (née Lyon) Lamb (1867-1921), from Rhode Island.
Had an affair with Clint Eastwood in 1969.
Inducted into the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame in 1994 (inaugural class).

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