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Susan Cabot

American actress
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About
Occupation Actor Stage actor Television actor
Country United States of America
Date of birth Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Date of death Dec 10, 1986 Encino, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California
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Height: 1.5748 m
Authority IMDB id NNDB id ISNI id VIAF id Library of congress id
The details
Biography

Susan Cabot (July 9, 1927 – December 10, 1986) was an American film and television actress.

Early life

Born Harriet Shapiro to a Russian Jewish family in Boston, Massachusetts, Cabot led an early life filled with turmoil; she was raised in eight different foster homes. She completed her education in New York City, and found employment as an illustrator. She supplemented her income by working as a singer, and also worked in theatre.

Career

She made her film debut in 1947, by chance when Kiss of Death was filmed in New York, and she played a bit part. She expanded her acting work into television and was seen by a Hollywood talent scout who took her to Hollywood to work for Columbia Pictures. This brief period was not successful, and she moved to Universal Studios where she was signed to an exclusive contract. After a series of roles which Cabot played mainly in "B" western films, she grew frustrated and asked to be released from her contract. She moved back to New York, where she resumed her stage career with a role in A Stone for Danny Fisher. She was invited to return to Hollywood and appeared in a few more films, including The Wasp Woman in 1959, her final film role.

Personal life

In 1968, she married her second husband Michael Roman with whom she had one son, Timothy Scott Roman, before divorcing in 1983. Another contemporary actor, Christopher Jones, also claims paternity of her son. Cabot was also romantically linked with King Hussein of Jordan for several years.

Death

In the last years of her life, Cabot suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts, and was prey to a wide range of irrational, powerful fears. She was under a licensed psychologist's care, but the psychologist found her so troubled and ill that the sessions became "emotionally draining". Cabot became increasingly unable to care for herself. The interior of her home was littered with years of trash, and spoiled food lay everywhere.

In the weeks immediately prior to her death, Cabot's mental health deteriorated significantly. On December 10, 1986, Cabot's 25-year-old son, Timothy Scott Roman, beat her to death in her home in Encino, California, with a weightlifting bar. He was charged with second-degree murder. At trial, Roman testified that his mother had awakened him while screaming, not recognizing him, and calling for her mother, Elizabeth. When he attempted to call emergency services, she attacked him with a barbell bar and a scalpel. Roman seized the bar from her and beat her repeatedly on the head. He then hid the bar and scalpel, and told police that a man in a ninja mask had killed his mother (believing no one would believe his story about her mental illness). Roman's defense attorneys claimed their client's aggressive reaction to his mother's attack was due to the drugs he took to counteract his dwarfism and pituitary gland problems.

At the close of the trial, prosecutors changed the charge to voluntary manslaughter, as no evidence had been presented at trial to support premeditation (which was required for a murder conviction). Superior Court Judge Darlene E. Schempp deliberated 10 minutes, and then convicted Roman of involuntary manslaughter. Roman, who had already spent two-and-a-half years in jail, was sentenced to three years' probation on November 28, 1989.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1947 Kiss of Death Restaurant extra Uncredited
1950 On the Isle of Samoa Moana
1951 Enforcer, TheThe Enforcer Nina Lombardo Uncredited
Alternative title: Murder, Inc.
1951 Tomahawk Monahseetah Alternative title: Battle of Powder River
1951 The Prince Who Was a Thief Girl Uncredited
1951 Flame of Araby Clio Alternative title: Flame of the Desert
1952 The Battle at Apache Pass Nona
1952 The Duel at Silver Creek Jane "Dusty" Fargo Alternative title: Claim Jumpers
1952 Son of Ali Baba Tala
1953 Gunsmoke Rita Saxon Alternative titles: A Man's Country
Roughshod
1954 Ride Clear of Diablo Laurie Kenyon Alternative title: The Breckenridge Story
1957 Carnival Rock Natalie Cook
1957 Sorority Girl Sabra Tanner Alternate titles: The Bad One
Sorority House
1957 The Viking Women and the Sea Serpent Enger Alternative titles: Undersea Monster
Viking Women
1958 War of the Satellites Sybil Carrington
1958 Machine Gun Kelly Florence "Flo" Becker
1958 Fort Massacre Piute Girl
1958 Houseboat Mrs. Eleanor Wilson Uncredited
1958–1959 Have Gun - Will Travel Angela
Becky Carver
2 episodes
1959 Surrender – Hell! Delia Guerrero Alternative titles: Blackburn's Guerrillas
Blackburn's Headhunters
1959 The Wasp Woman Janice Starlin Alternative titles: The Bee Girl
Insect Woman
1970 Bracken's World Henrietta Episode: "One, Two, Three... Cry"
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