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Overview (2)

Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, USA
Birth NameSusan Gail Carney

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, Susan grew up in Missouri, started winning beauty contests as a teenager in Kansas City where her modeling career began. Susan moved to California and enjoyed success in co-starring roles in major television series and a couple of motion pictures. Susan is best known as the original hostess on "Wheel of Fortune" from 1975 - 1982. She is the first woman ever nominated for an Emmy on a game show, the first woman to get a microphone and first woman to make her own clothing deal on a game show. After a trip to India working with Mother Teresa's nuns, Susan was compelled to do more with her life than "turn letters". She left the show and worked for a year as a chaplain intern at a cancer research hospital in Houston and co-hosted documentaries about leprosy with former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and Merlin Olsen. Susan earned a B.A. in Nutrition and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She has a degree in Theology from Logos International. Susan served on the Emergency Response Team with "Media Fellowship International" following the school shootings at both Columbine and Virginia Tech, counseling with survivors, family members and the television crews. Susan worked with "Friends of the United Nations" and received the World Unity Award for Humanitarian Service along with Edward James Olmos and Martin Luther King III. She started the Susan Stafford Foundation to deal with patient advocacy, human trafficking and ecology issues. Quite remarkable for someone who most people remember wearing beautiful gowns and clapping for contestants on Wheel of Fortune (1975) where people said they felt her love through the TV screen.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tammy Files, personal asst.

Spouse (2)

Dick Ebersol (4 July 1976 - 1981) ( annulled)
Gordon McLendon (20 February 1973 - 28 October 1974) ( divorced)

Trivia (14)

Filled in for Vanna White on Wheel of Fortune (1975) in 1986 when White had to miss a taping session because of the death of her then-boyfriend.
Once mentioned in an interview that the most amusing reaction to revealing her position as the original Wheel of Fortune (1975) hostess was, "You mean you used to be Vanna White?".
Former Vice President of Public Relations with Barry & Enright Productions
The Susan Stafford Foundation - working with patient advocacy, human trafficking, emergency response counseling and ecology
Recipient of a star on the Palm Springs Walk Of Stars.
Recipient of World Unity Award for Humanitarian Service along with Martin Luther King III and Edward James Olmos.
Former intern therapist at Chabad Chasidic Program working with clients chemical addictions.
Worked with Mid-East Communications Foundation with Casey Kasem.
Former co-president of Chabad Chai Circle with Dan Enright.
Chevy Chase picked her up and threw her in the ocean the moment she said "I do" during her Malibu wedding to Saturday Night Live (1975) exec Dick Ebersol.
Susan is an Ambassador of Entertainment for the Palm Springs Walk Of Stars and the Motion Picture Hall of Fame. Her autobiography, "Stop The Wheel, I Want To Get Off" is being reviewed by several publishers. [2008]
Was a good friend of Rod Roddy and after Rod died in 2003, presided at his memorial service in Texas.
Second wife of Gordon McLendon.
Mark Goodson, a powerful and popular producer of the game shows world, asked her if she would leave Wheel of Fortune (1975) to be a model on The Price Is Right (1972) to replace Anitra Ford who was leaving the show 1976. She thought about it and asked what billing she would receive. When Goodson told her no billing, but she would make up for it with money, she decided to stay with "Wheel of Fortune".

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