biography

Born Harriet Shapiro in Boston on July 9, 1927, petite actress Susan Cabot grew up in a series of foster homes. After arriving in New York, where she attended school, Cabot married at the age of 17, largely to escape her sad childhood. She had taken an interest in dramatics and singing, and by the time Cabot was 20 years old, she had matured into a beautiful young hopeful actress. She took jobs in early television and a few bit parts in films before she was discovered by a Columbia Studios director, who cast her in On the Isle of Samoa (1950; with Jon Hall). Cabot moved from New York to Hollywood, and in late 1950, she signed a contract with Universal-International. While Susan Cabot is best remembered for her role as Janice Starlin in the campy science fiction flick The Wasp Woman (1960; with Anthony Eisley and Barboura Morris), at Universal she was frequently cast in westerns.

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Sexy and glamorous 1950s shots of Susan Cabot

Unhappy with the roles offered to her at Universal, Cabot got a release from her contract in 1954 and headed back to New York, as she had been offered a good stage role. However, a big Broadway break never came her way, so in 1957, Cabot signed a contract with Roger Corman to do a series of quickie, low-budget films, starting with Carnival Rock (1957; with Dick Miller). Cabot and Corman were briefly an item as well. In addition to films, she also guest-starred on several popular TV shows in the late 1950s, including Have Gun---Will Travel.

the films of susan cabot

On the Isle of Samoa (1950)

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From the adventure flick On the Isle of Samoa. LEFT: With Jon Hall. RIGHT: With Raymond Greenleaf and Jon Hall

The Battle at Apache Pass (1952)

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From the Universal Technicolor western The Battle at Apache Pass with Richard Egan

The Duel at Silver Creek (1952) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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From the Universal-International western The Duel at Silver Creek

Son of Ali Baba (1952)

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From the colorful Universal-International adventure Son of Ali Baba

Gunsmoke (1953)

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Stills from the Universal western Gunsmoke. LEFT: With Paul Kelly. CENTER and RIGHT: With Audie Murphy

Ride Clear of Diablo (1954) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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From the Audie Murphy vehicle Ride Clear of Diablo, Cabot's last film at Universal

Viking Women and the Sea Serpent (1957)

Susan Cabot in Viking Women and the Sea Serpent

Susan Cabot is flanked by Sally Todd, Abby Dalton, and Michael Forest in the campy American International release Viking Women and the Sea Serpent

Carnival Rock (1957)

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Cabot stars as nightclub singer Natalie Cook in Roger Corman's Carnival Rock

Fort Massacre (1958) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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From Cabot's last western Fort Massacre. LEFT: With John Russell. RIGHT: With John Russell, Larry Chance, and Joel McCrea

Machine-Gun Kelly (1958)

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With Charles Bronson in American International's Machine-Gun Kelly

The Wasp Woman (1960) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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As cosmetics company president Janice Starlin, Cabot discovers the secret to eternal youth in The Wasp Woman, her final film. Shot on a shoestring budget of about $50,000, The Wasp Woman is the film that Susan Cabot is best remembered for

later years

After Susan Cabot's final star turn in The Wasp Woman, she left the screen to concentrate on singing and stage acting in touring company productions. In 1959, several newspaper columnists noted her romance to King Hussein of Jordan in the press. She gave birth to her son, Timothy, who suffered from dwarfism, in 1964; it is likely that King Hussein of Jordan was the father, as he paid Cabot a monthly sum of $1,500 following Timothy's birth. Her second husband, actor Michael Roman, adopted the boy after he married Cabot in 1968. However, the marriage broke up in 1983, in part due to Cabot's increasing mental fragility and paranoia. Cabot had been taking a growth hormone prescribed for her son, which was possibly a factor in heightening her mental illness. The growth hormone worked on Cabot's son, who eventually grew to be 5'4". On December 10, 1986, her son, citing years of abuse, beat her to death with a weight bar at their home in Encino, California after Cabot attacked him with the same bar. Cabot was 59 years old and was survived by her son, Timothy, and her mother, Mildred. Initially charged with second degree murder, Timothy Roman was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in December 1989.

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FILM
Kiss Of Death [DVD](1947) DVD
Superior "noir" crime thriller stars Victor Mature as a crook who turns state's evidence when his gang betrays him and leaves him to rot in jail. Richard Widmark, in his screen debut, is unforgettable as a sadistically giggling killer with an affinity for wheelchair-bound ladies and staircases. With Coleen Gray, Brian Donlevy, Karl Malden. 99 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; audio commentary; photo gallery; theatrical trailer.
The Enforcer (Remastered Edition) [Blu-ray](1951)
Humphrey Bogart is in fine form as a crusading D.A. out to convict the head of a vicious murder-for-hire ring. But when his star witness is killed, Bogart must race against time to find the evidence he needs. Everett Sloane, Zero Mostel, Ted de Corsia also star; co-directed by an uncredited Raoul Walsh. 87 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
The Enforcer (Remastered Edition) [DVD](1951) DVD
Humphrey Bogart is in fine form as a crusading D.A. out to convict the head of a vicious murder-for-hire ring. But when his star witness is killed, Bogart must race against time to find the evidence he needs. Everett Sloane, Zero Mostel, Ted de Corsia also star; co-directed by an uncredited Raoul Walsh. 87 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Classic Westerns: 10-Movie Collection [DVD] DVD
First, "Texas Rangers Ride Again" (1940), the sequel to 1936's "The Texas Rangers," stars Broderick Crawford and John Howard as Rangers who disguise themselves as cowboys to uncover a ranch foreman's devious scheme to slaughter the cattle and ship them off to market. Ellen Drew, Anthony Quinn also star. Next, frontiersman Jim Bowie discovers that a silver-rich mountain is in "Comanche Territory" (1950), but a greedy settler and his sister have stolen the deed and plan to massacre the Comanche for trespassing. Maureen O'Hara, Macdonald Carey, Will Geer, Charles Drake star. And, based in part on a true incident, "Tomahawk" (1951) stars Van Heflin as scout Jim Bridger, who seeks to peacefully settle a conflict in the Dakota Territory between the Sioux nation and a sadistic Cavalry officer who wants to wipe them out. Yvonne De Carlo, Alex Nicol, Preston Foster, Susan Cabot, and a young Rock Hudson star. Three-disc set also includes "When The Daltons Rode," "The Spoilers," "The Virginian"(1946), "Albuquerque," "Whispering Smith" (1948), "Sierra," and "Kansas Raiders." 14 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
The Duel At Silver Creek [DVD](1952) DVD
A murderous gang of claim-jumpers have marshal Stephen McNally in their pocket, thanks to beautiful leader Faith Domergue, so it falls on deputy Audie Murphy, whose family was killed by the outlaws, to bring them to justice in this frontier drama directed by Don Siegel. 77 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: French, Spanish; theatrical trailer.
Audie Murphy Westerns Collection -- Exclusive! [DVD] DVD
Audie Murphy starred with then-wife Wanda Hendrix in "Sierra" (1950), a rousing western with Murphy as the son of a falsely accused man and Hendrix as the lady lawyer determined to clear his dad's name. With Dean Jagger, Burl Ives, Tony Curtis. Murphy stars as a wagon freighter caught in the middle of a war brewing between an Indian tribe and a group of greedy white miners after their gold, in "Drums Across the River" (1953). Walter Brennan, Hugh O'Brian, Jay Silverheels also star. With the help of veteran gunslinger Dan Duryea, Murphy straps on the irons and sets out to avenge his father's and brother's murders at the hands of corrupt sheriff Paul Birch, in "Ride Clear of Diablo" (1954). With Susan Cabot, Abbe Lane, Russell Johnson. The action-packed oater "Ride A Crooked Trail" (1958) stars Murphy as a bank robber who assumes the identity of a famed U.S. marshal in order to evade capture. Gia Scala, Henry Silva, Walter Matthau co-star. 5 1/2 hrs. total on four discs. Standard/Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; biography; photo gallery.
Roger Corman's Cult Classics Triple Feature: Sci-Fi Classics [DVD] DVD
"King of the B-movies" Roger Corman helmed these three sci-fi favorites. In "Not of This Earth" (1957), an alien searching for the blood his race needs to survive lands on Earth and hypnotizes a doctor to help him. Stars Paul Birch, Beverly Garland, Jonathan Haze. Then, in "War of the Satellites" (1958), an extraterrestrial force declares war against Earth when the United Nations starts planning to launch the first satellite in space. With the great Dick Miller, Richard Devon, Susan Cabot. Two-disc set also includes "Attack of the Crab Monsters." 194 min. total. Standard/Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; audio commentary; interviews; more.
Fort Massacre [DVD](1958) DVD
Joel McCrea stars as a Cavalry sergeant who assumes command of his unit when its captain is killed and its lieutenant wounded. But as he leads his fellow soldiers through dangerous Apache territory, the men begin to realize that they're accompanying McCrea on a personal vendetta against the Indians who slaughtered his family. Forrest Tucker, Susan Cabot, John Russell, Denver Pyle co-star in this gritty western. 80 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.
Surrender--Hell! [DVD](1959) DVD
Barely escaping capture in the Philippines during World War II, Lt. Donald D. Blackburn (Keith Andes) begins an even more treacherous journey of survival in the wilds of the jungle. Blackburn is able to recruit an improvised army of savage natives to launch a fresh assault after bravely conquering hunger, disease, and the persistent threat of enemy fire. Based on a true story; Susan Cabot, Paraluman co-star. 85 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; bonus documentaries "The Battle of San Pietro" (1945), "The Stillwell Road" (1945), "This Is Korea!" (1951); theatrical trailer.
The Wasp Woman [DVD](1959) DVD
Cosmetics producer Susan Cabot thinks she's discovered a new age-retarding cream, but learns that the ``wasp enzymes'' in the formula turn her into an insect-headed monster at night! Horrific (dare we say it?) "B"-movie from Roger Corman co-stars Michael Marks, Barboura Morris. 73 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.

TELEVISION
Have Gun Will Travel: The Complete First Season [DVD](1957) DVD
All 39 episodes from season one--including "Three Bells to Perdido," "The Colonel and the Lady," "The Bostonian," "Hey Boy's Revenge," and "The Statue of San Sebastian"--are collected in a six-disc set. 17 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; biographies; episode information.
Have Gun Will Travel: The Complete Second Season [DVD](1958) DVD
All 39 episodes from season two--including "The Man Who Wouldn't Talk," "The Ballad of Oscar Wilde," "The Moor's Revenge," "The Scorched Feather," and "Gold and Brimstone"--are collected in a six-disc set. 16 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; biographies.

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filmography

FILM
The Wasp Woman (1960) with Anthony Eisley, Barboura Morris, Bruno VeSota, and Aron Kincaid
Surrender---Hell! (1959) with Keith Andes
Machine-Gun Kelly (1958) with Charles Bronson, Barboura Morris, and Morey Amsterdam
Viking Women and the Sea Serpent (1958) with Abby Dalton, Sally Todd, Gary Conway, and Michael Forest
Fort Massacre (1958) with Joel McCrea, Forrest Tucker, and John Russell
War of the Satellites (1958) with Dick Miller, Bruno VeSota, and Mitzi McCall
Carnival Rock (1957) with Jonathan Haze, Dick Miller, and Bruno VeSota
Sorority Girl (1957) with Dick Miller and Barboura Morris
Ride Clear of Diablo (1954) with Audie Murphy and Dan Duryea
Gunsmoke (1953) with Audie Murphy, Paul Kelly, Charles Drake, Jack Kelly, Jesse White, and William Reynolds
The Battle at Apache Pass (1952) with Jeff Chandler, Richard Egan, Hugh O'Brian, James Best, and William Reynolds
The Duel at Silver Creek (1952) with Audie Murphy, Faith Domergue, and Gerald Mohr
Son of Ali Baba (1952) with Tony Curtis, Piper Laurie, Gerald Mohr, William Reynolds, and Hugh O'Brian
The Prince Who Was a Thief (1951) with Tony Curtis, Piper Laurie, and Peggie Castle
Flame of Araby (1951) with Jeff Chandler, Maureen O'Hara, Dewey Martin, and Richard Egan
The Enforcer (1951) with Humphrey Bogart
Tomahawk (1951) with Yvonne De Carlo, Van Heflin, Rock Hudson, and Alex Nicol
On the Isle of Samoa (1950) with Jon Hall
Kiss of Death (1947) with Victor Mature, Coleen Gray, and Brian Donlevy

TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
Bracken's World, episode One, Two, Three... Cry, originally aired March 27, 1970
Have Gun - Will Travel, episode Comanche, originally aired May 16, 1959
Have Gun - Will Travel, episode The High Graders, originally aired January 18, 1958

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