biography

Born on July 26, 1950, in Surbiton, Surrey, England, actress Susan George was born into a show business family, with her father as a musician and her mother a former showgirl. George's mother encouraged her to seek a career in show business from the age of four, and by age 12 she was cast in the London production of The Sound of Music. From 1962 to 1965, she did quite a bit of work in television and was cast as a regular in the 1963 BBC adventure series Swallows and Amazons. She was later cast in a supporting role in her first film, the family flick Cup Fever (1965; with Bernard Cribbins). As George matured into adulthood in the late 1960s, she moved away from innocent roles in the sex comedy/drama All Neat in Black Stockings (1969; with Victor Henry and Jack Shepherd), the May-December romance Lola (1970; with Charles Bronson and Honor Blackman), and the Pete Walker horror thriller Die Screaming Marianne (1971; with Barry Evans).

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Late 1960s shots of Susan George

George's career peaked in the 1970s with such films as Straw Dogs (1971; with Dustin Hoffman), Fright (1971; with Honor Blackman), and Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974; with Peter Fonda and Adam Roarke). Her career was quite strong into the late 1970s and early 1980s, where she was featured in the fun horror flicks Tintorera: Killer Shark (1977), Venom (1981; with Klaus Kinski and Sterling Hayden), and The House Where Evil Dwells (1982; with Edward Albert and Doug McClure). On a personal note, George met fellow British actor Simon MacCorkindale in 1977, and the couple married in October 1984.

the films of susan george

Up the Junction (1968)

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Susan George (third from left) in one of her earlier film roles, the drama Up the Junction

The Strange Affair (1968)

Susan George

As Fred in the Paramount crime drama The Strange Affair

All Neat in Black Stockings (1969)

Susan George and Victor Henry

With Victor Henry in the sex comedy/drama All Neat in Black Stockings

Lola (1970)

Susan George and Charles Bronson

With Charles Bronson in the May-December romance Lola

Straw Dogs (1971)

Dustin Hoffman and Susan George

George stars with Dustin Hoffman in Sam Peckinpah's violent crime drama Straw Dogs

Dirty Mary,Crazy Larry (1974)

Susan GeorgeAdam Roarke, Susan George, and Peter Fonda

LEFT: As the title character Mary in the 20th Century Fox drive-in favorite Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry. RIGHT: With co-stars Adam Roarke and Peter Fonda

Mandingo (1975)

Ken Norton and Susan George

With Ken Norton in the period drama Mandingo

Out of Season (1975)

Susan George and Vanessa Redgrave

Vanessa Redgrave portrays George's mother and rival for the affections of Cliff Robertson in the drama Out of Season

A Small Town in Texas (1976)

Susan George and Bo Hopkins

George has taken up with sleazy small-town sheriff Bo Hopkins in the action flick A Small Town in Texas

Tintorera: Killer Shark (1977)

Hugo Stiglitz, Susan George, and Andrés García

With Hugo Stiglitz and Andrés García in René Cardona's Mexico-shot horror flick Tintorera: Killer Shark

Venom (1981)

Klaus Kinski and Susan George

From the independent horror thriller Venom with Klaus Kinski

The House Where Evil Dwells (1982)

Edward Albert and Susan George

With Edward Albert in the effective shot-in-Japan horror film The House Where Evil Dwells

The Jigsaw Man (1984)

Michael Caine and Susan George

With Michael Caine in Terence Young's thriller The Jigsaw Man

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Along with her husband, George served as of the films Stealing Heaven (1988; with Derek de Lint and Kim Thomson), That Summer of White Roses (1989; with Tom Conti and Rod Steiger), and The House That Mary Bought (1995; with Ben Cross). MacCorkindale also wrote the screenplays for the latter two films, in which George starred. Outside of films and television, the couple began a stud farm for Arabian horses called Georgian Arabians. Sadly, MacCorkindale left George a widow upon his death from cancer on October 14, 2010 at age 58. George, who largely pressed pause on her career in the mid 1990s, has recently returned to acting in the film Arjunan Kadhali (2015) and has accepted another role in an upcoming film.

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filmography

FILM
Arjunan Kadhali (2015)
The Silence (2010)
City of Life (2009)
In Your Dreams (2008) with Linda Hamilton
The House That Mary Bought (1995) with Ben Cross
That Summer of White Roses (1989) with Tom Conti and Rod Steiger
Lightning, the White Stallion (1986) with Mickey Rooney
The Jigsaw Man (1984) with Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, and Charles Gray
Pajama Tops (1984) with Robert Klein, Pia Zadora, and Alan Scarfe
Kiss My Grits (1982) with Bruce Davison, Bruno Kirby, and Anthony Franciosa
Computercide (1982) with Joe Cortese, Tom Clancy, David Huddleston, Donald Pleasence, and Liam Sullivan
The House Where Evil Dwells (1982) with Edward Albert and Doug McClure
Venom (1981) with Klaus Kinski, Oliver Reed, Nicol Williamson, Sarah Miles, Sterling Hayden, and Michael Gough
Enter the Ninja (1981) with Franco Nero and Christopher George
Tomorrow Never Comes (1978) with Oliver Reed, Raymond Burr, John Ireland, and Donald Pleasence
Tintorera: Killer Shark (1977) with Hugo Stiglitz, Fiona Lewis, and Priscilla Barnes
A Small Town in Texas (1976) with Timothy Bottoms, Bo Hopkins, Morgan Woodward, John Karlen, and George 'Buck' Flower
Out of Season (1975) with Vanessa Redgrave and Cliff Robertson
Mandingo (1975) with James Mason, Perry King, Brenda Sykes, Ken Norton, Paul Benedict, and Ben Masters
Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974) with Peter Fonda, Adam Roarke, Kenneth Tobey, and Lynn Borden
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1973) with Kirk Douglas, Stanley Holloway, Donald Pleasence, and Michael Redgrave
Sonny and Jed (1972) with Tomas Milian and Telly Savalas
Straw Dogs (1971) with Dustin Hoffman, Peter Vaughan, Jim Norton, and Ken Hutchison
Fright (1971) with Honor Blackman, Ian Bannen, John Gregson, and Dennis Waterman
Die Screaming Marianne (1971) with Barry Evans, Judy Huxtable, and Leo Genn
Eyewitness (1970) with Mark Lester, Lionel Jeffries, and Peter Vaughan
Spring and Port Wine (1970) with James Mason
Lola (1970) with Charles Bronson, Orson Bean, Honor Blackman, Michael Craig, Trevor Howard, Lionel Jeffries, and Robert Morley
All Neat in Black Stockings (1969) with Jack Shepherd
The Looking Glass War (1969) with Christopher Jones, Ralph Richardson, Anthony Hopkins, and Anna Massey
The Strange Affair (1968) with Michael York and Jeremy Kemp
Up the Junction (1968) with Suzy Kendall and Dennis Waterman
Billion Dollar Brain (1967) with Michael Caine, Karl Malden, Ed Begley, and Gregg Palmer
The Sorcerers (1967) with Boris Karloff
Davy Jones' Locker (1966) with Anthony Bate
Cup Fever (1965) with Bernard Cribbins

TELEVISION SERIES
EastEnders, 1985-present BBC TV series. George portrayed Margaret Walker during the 2001 season
Stay Lucky, 1989-1993 BBC TV series. George portrayed Samantha Mansfield during the fourth season
Cluedo, 1990-1993 ITV TV series. George portrayed Mrs. Peacock during the third season
The Castle of Adventure, 1990 syndicated TV series. George portrayed Allie Mannering
Swallows and Amazons, 1963 BBC TV series. George portrayed Kitty Walker

TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
Tales of Mystery and Imagination, episode The Black Cat, originally aired 1995
Counterstrike, episode The Dealbreaker, originally aired July 1, 1990
Blacke's Magic, episode Wax Poetic, originally aired May 5, 1986
Hotel, episode Hearts Divided, originally aired April 2, 1986
Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense, episode Czech Mate, originally aired March 2, 1985
Masquerade, episode The Defector, originally aired January 5, 1984
Tales of the Unexpected, episode Royal Jelly, originally aired March 1, 1980
Tales of the Unexpected, episode Lamb to the Slaughter, originally aired April 14, 1979
The Persuaders!, episode The Gold Napoleon, originally aired January 26, 1972
Tales of Unease, episode Ride, Ride, originally aired October 30, 1970
Doctor in the House, episode May the Best Man, originally aired June 19, 1970
The Root of All Evil?, episode The Right Attitude?, originally aired November 19, 1968
Mystery and Imagination, episode Dracula, originally aired November 18, 1968
Theatre 625, episode The Life Class, originally aired May 27, 1968
Theatre 625, episode The Lost Years of Brian Hooper, originally aired October 8, 1967
Armchair Theatre, episode Compensation Alice, originally aired July 1, 1967
The Human Jungle, episode Heartbeats in a Tin Box, originally aired December 7, 1964
ITV Television Playhouse, episode December Child, originally aired December 24, 1963
ITV Television Playhouse, episode Adam's Apple, originally aired January 18, 1963
The Dickie Henderson Show, episode The Christmas Show, originally aired December 26, 1962
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