Susan Blakely, the Golden Globe award-winning actress,
is a member of the ensemble cast of TNT’s and Warner Brothers’ hit series,
“SOUTHLAND.” Last year she starred in the sequel to “BEVERLY HILLS
Blakely first gained international recognition as an actress for her award-winning role in the mini-series "RICH MAN, POOR MAN,” for which she won the Golden Globe for Best Dramatic Actress and was nominated for an EMMY. In fact, she has been nominated three times for a Golden Globe award, twice for "RICH MAN, POOR MAN," and again for "WILL THERE REALLY BE A MORNING?" the autobiography of Frances Farmer. Blakely also won the Best Actress award from the California Independent Film Festival, for her starring role in the film, “HUNGRY HEARTS.”
Blakely also recently starred opposite her friend, Pauley Perrette (“NCIS”) in the short film called, “TO COMFORT YOU,” directed by Marc Saltarelli which was a selection by film festivals worldwide. Blakely and Perrette shared the Best Actress Award for the film which won the jury prize as Best Picture in the 2010 Beverly Hills Short Film Festival.
Blakely and Perrette were cast again by director Marc Saltarelli to pair again for his award-winning short film, “PRIDE” also written by Tom O’Leary (“To Comfort You”).
Blakely co-starred in Lifetime Television series created by Margaret Nagle, “SIDE ORDER OF LIFE from Warner/Horizon by the Jinks/Cohen Co. Blakely starred in the film "HATE CRIME," for which she won the Best Actress Award at the Sedona Film Festival. Blakely recurred as a guest star on episodes of CBS/Warner Bros. top hit comedy, Chuck Lorre’s “Two and a Half Men,” She also guest-starred in the highly rated series, “Nip/Tuck,” “Brothers and Sisters,” “Cougar Town” and “Worst Week.”
Blakely started her career in New York where she studied acting with such renowned acting coaches as Warren Robertson, Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner, and she later continued her years of studying in Los Angeles with Charles Conrad and Warner Loughlin.
In the theater, Blakely starred in the world premiere of “DIVA” at the La Jolla Playhouse, for playwright of Howard M. Gould. Blakely’s work in “DIVA!” won high praise in the San Diego Union Tribune which said, “Blakely’s performance never lets up. Her ‘Deanna’ is a force of nature…amoral, unstoppable...Blakely seduces us with her charm…Blakely’s elegant, arrogant ‘Deanna’ is the engine that drives the show.”
Blakely, who television’s famed three-network ceo, Fred Silverman once called "one of television's all-time best actresses," and legendary filmmaker, director Stanley Kubrick wrote, “Susan Blakely is one of the ten best actresses in the world.”
Blakely's feature film career began with starring roles in two classics, one from the Oscar-winning team of Merchant-Ivory, "SAVAGES," and the other "THE LORDS OF FLATBUSH," in which she starred with three other relative newcomers, Sylvester Stallone, Henry Winkler, and Perry King.
Before she became an actress, Susan Blakely was one of the world's top fashion models, gracing the covers of Vogue, Bazaar, Cosmopolitan Magazines. She was seen in hundreds of commercials, as one of the star-models of the Ford Agency. She was the only model to appear on the cover of TV Guide. During her busy schedule she would insist on taking time out from that lucrative career to study acting with the great teachers, Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner and Warren Robertson.
Perhaps her most memorable performance, dubbed "Magnificent" by the New York Times, was her portrayal of the late 30's film star, Frances Farmer, in "WILL THERE REALLY BE A MORNING," (3 Hour Special on CBS) for which she was again nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Dramatic Actress.
Blakely grew up in cities all over the world as an "Army Brat," in Frankfurt (where she was born,) Seoul, Carlisle, Arlington, Honolulu, and many others. Her father, Col. Larry Blakely, retired from the Army to pursue his passion for golf. Blakely's mother, "Weezie," a former art teacher, was also an accomplished golfer, formerly of St. Joseph, Missouri.
Blakely is married to Stephen Jaffe, former film and television producer, who is now the chairman of Jaffe & Company, Strategic Media, a national media consulting firm, specializing in legal and crisis management media consultancy and corporate public relations. They reside in Beverly Hills with their miniature Schnauzer, "Sophie."
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