SUSAN GEORGE

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Susan GeorgeTwinky George discusses the permissive scene with Anthony Winston

Neatly attired in a mini-skirt and wearing long boots, Susan George looked radiant as ever. She has just reached the mature age of 19. But she seems admirably suited for her movie part of the rather precocious 16-year-old English schoolgirl Sybil Londonderry, better known to family and friends as Twinky.

“When I first read the script’ she says, ‘ I knew I was Twinky.”

It is a ‘tale of two cities’: London and New York. The young heroine meets a 58-year-old American writer, Scott Wardman, played by Charles Bronson, at a party in London and he quickly becomes the first man in her life. When her parents (Michael Craig and Honor Blackman) get to hear about it, the affair has gone pretty far (Twinky has rashly put down the details in her diary).

They are worried . . . not surprisingly. Despite their opposition, and although Scott himself is at first not too keen on a wedding the apparently ill-matched couple are married in Scotland, with help from grandfather Trevor Howard.

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So far, I think everything I’ve ever wanted to do, I’ve actually done,” says Susan

One of the most persistent grouses among British actresses was always that they didn’t get the good breaks in British pictures. The plum roles and films they moaned, always pivoted on the men. Think back, they’ll say, can you recall when a film last centered on a woman? Well, things have changed. Many English actresses are being given tremendous chances to show us what they’re made of.

Among them is Susan George who certainly can’t complain about the acting roles offered her.

Although still a youngster, she was born on 26th July 1950, she’s already tackled parts that many another talented actress might have wanted to get her teeth into.

Twinky was just one instance. To be cast in the important title role was fortunate, but then to have a top American actor, Charles Bronson, as your co-star – that’s bounty, indeed!

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TRANSATLANTIC SUSAN

in the privacy of her Hollywood home and in the glare of the London limelight

I have a home over here as well as in America,” she told me. “My English house is at Wraysbury, by the Thames, not far from where I was brought up in my parents” hotel at Maidenhead.

“My new home in Los Angeles is always full of friends from England who are just passing through. Most of my close acquaintances are people I have known for years and can feel comfortable with. It’s a kind of home-from-home for them, and the parties I have there are very informal. It’s hard to keep out of the limelight. I suppose I’m a kind of public figure to most people, and the gossip columnists are always writing something about me, but most of it is pure fabrication. There’s no substance to most of the things they say. You have to maintain your own personality if you want to survive in Hollywood. It can be a tough town, but you have to believe in yourself and not be taken in by the glamour of it all.

“I enjoy going to parties in Hollywood, but they’re mostly with people who are in showbusiness. We have the same interests and there’s a lot of shop talk. But don’t think I’m always going out on the town. Sometimes I just stay home and don’t go out for weeks. The newspapers have a certain kind of image of me and they want to uphold it whether there’s any truth or not. I have only to meet a male friend on the street and it becomes fodder for reporters as a ‘hot’ romance.

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Leo Star Birthday SUSAN GEORGE

Susan, who was born in Surbiton, Surrey, made her film bow at the age of 4, and by the time she had reached the ripe old age of 5 she was appearing in TV commercials. After leading parts in Children’s Film Foundation movies, her first feature film was The Sorcerers with Boris Karloff. Since then she has had many starring roles including Billion Dollar Brain, Up the Junction, Spring And Port Wine and Straw Dogs. We shall shortly be seeing her again in Dirty Mary And Crazy Larry in which she stars with Peter Fonda. Susan is typical of Leo in that she is a completely dedicated actress, always striving for perfection in all her roles.


Susan George (above) found the experience of working with Dustin Hoffman recently on The Straw Dogs “fascinating and rewarding”. She plays the role of the young sensual wife of Dustin. “The most marvellous and worthwhile role I’ve ever had. I feel it’s a turning point in my life,” she says. At 20, Susan who can be both sexy and sweet on the screen, is one of our most talented young actresses, with a figure to match, as you can see in our picture.


Susan George took me on a tour of her current home in the Hollywood Hills and discounted those rumours that she’s forsaken England for good. “I love England,” she told me, not without a trace of pride, “and nothing in the world would make me leave it permanently.” And just to make it feel a bit more like home, she flies the jolly old Union Jack from her rooftop. Before she returns to England at Christmas, she’ll be making another film here and recording a new song, with plans in the offing to record an album. I hadn’t heard her current song, presently in the top record charts, but across the kitchen table Susan perched on a chair and treated me to a rendering of three new songs she’d just scribbled into a notepad — and take it from me, the girl is loaded with talent. She writes beautiful, sensitive words, and in particular I loved a song called “Romance”. If she ever decides to record it, I’m certain the song will be a winner.


Susan George

Age: 54

Born: Surbiton, Surrey

Looks: A Seventies blonde babe who oozed sex appeal. Although she’s still strikingly attractive, blonde and enviably slim, these days Susan prefers a more demure image.

Career: Shot to fame in the controversial 1971 movie Straw Dogs and made it big in Hollywood with Dirty Mary Crazy Larry. But followed up with a series of forgettable turkeys such as The House Where Evil Dwells.

Formed her own production company, Amy International, in the late Eighties and had some modestly successful films, such as Stealing Heaven. Now runs a stud farm in Northamptonshire.

Marital status: After dating some of the world’s most eligible bachelors, including Prince Charles, Susan married actor Simon MacCorkindale in 1984. The couple have no children.


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TURNING HERBS INTO HORSE CURES

Susan George has developed a range of homeopathic remedies for horses at the Arabian stud farm she runs in Northamptonshire with actor husband Simon MacCorkindale. The film and TV actress is honorary president of the Horse of the Year Show.


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is Dirty Mary, an earthy character in a film called Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry. Peter Fonda is Larry, a steel-nerved stock car racer turned outlaw. Mary goes along for the ride with Larry in more ways than one.

Does it seem odd to east an English girl as an American chick?

‘Why should it?’ says Susan. ‘I’ve had a lot of acting experience, 14 films and dozens of TV shows. I should be able to play an American. I’m used to acting with Americans anyway. I’ve acted with Telly Savalas,Charles Bronson, Dustin Hoffman.’

And at the moment Susan is making another film with an American co-star, Cliff Robertson. It is called Winter Rates, now in production at EMI Elstree Studios.


Susan George: “I’m No Walking Stick!”

For all the male fans of the sultry SUSAN GEORGE, beware of a woman who loves deeply—but has a career drive that is as strong as any man. SUSAN, who drives men wild in A Small Town In Texas with her seductive ways, has finally broken up with JACK JONES. It was not an easy decision for SUSAN but one she had to make as do many other actresses in order to pursue their careers. SUSAN admitted: “I didn’t work much during my four years with JACK JONES. Being with him was what was important to me. I will certainly always love him. But with him there was no way I could not sacrifice my career. Now my old career drive is into focus.” The ending of that relationship was very hard on SUSAN: “After I broke with JONES, I thought I’d had a limb removed. I hit rock bottom, driving around with my dog in the back of the car and a suitcase. I’ve discovered since then I’m really all right. I had let myself slip away until I didn’t know if I liked myself or not. Now I wake up and say, ‘Hey, I am a good person.’ I can discover now what I want to do. I’m no walking stick. It’s only added to my strength. But if I fell in love tomorrow, I would be more cautious, aware, and evaluate more.” A walking stick never—but don’t be too “cautious,” SUSAN. Many an actress has led a lonely life trying to curl up with only her press clippings to keep her warm!


It was Susan George’s mother, Billie, who stole the scene in a bright black and white outfit against her daughter’s paler shades when the two dined together at San Lorenzo in London. Susan helped Billie down the stairs before posing for photographs.


LIFE, even for beautiful I film stars, does not always run smoothly. Susan George waded through the ankle-deep carpet in her Buckinghamshire living room waving a piece of paper and recounting a tale familiar to us all.

“Look at this,” she says. “The postman left this note today saying he tried to deliver a parcel, but I wasn’t in – when I was. Now the Post Office say they’ve no record of a parcel for me.”

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I play it clean says Dirty Mary
(alias Susan George)

To say that Susan George is one of Britain’s brightest young stars might seem to be a blinding glimpse of the obvious, but what else can one say about an actress with such a string of successes to her name at the age of 24, and who is equally in demand on both sides of the Atlantic? Chauvinistic Hollywood columnists don’t as a rule care for English actresses playing American girl roles, but they gave unstinted praise for Susan’s performance in Dirty Mary Crazy Larry. Terrific’ was how one Hollywood writer described her portrayal, adding his praise for her handling of the American accent, which is always a touchy point with our American friends.

The key to her success lies, of course, in her ingrained, double-dyed professionalism. Susan was born in 1950 and made her film debut at the age of 10 with a brief appearance in a children’s film called Cup Fever. But it was when she reached the age of eleven-and-three-quarters that she was taught a lesson she has never forgotten. She was sent to audition to understudy one of the children in the stage version of The Sound Of Music, her agent drumming it into her that on no account was she to reveal her true age.

I went on the huge stage,’ she says, ‘and a voice boomed out from the back of the blackened stalls: “What is your name?” “Susan George, sir,” I replied. “How old are you, Susan George?” “Twelve, sir,” I fibbed, remembering what I’d been told. I sang my piece, waited around, and finally they told me the part was mine. I was more than thrilled and delighted, I was ecstatic – until the crunch came the following day when they discovered my real age.

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