Susan Oliver

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Susan Oliver
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Born
Charlotte Gercke

(1932-02-13)February 13, 1932
DiedMay 10, 1990(1990-05-10) (aged 58)
OccupationActress
Years active1955–1988

Charlotte Gercke (later known as Susan Oliver; February 13, 1932 – May 10, 1990) was an American actress, pilot and television director.[1] She made her first appearance in television in the July 31, 1955 episode of the drama series Goodyear TV Playhouse.

Career[change | change source]

Oliver appeared on stage in 1957. She played the daughter of an 18th century Manhattan family in the Broadway stage play Small War on Murray Hill. It was a stage comedy.

Also in 1957, Oliver was in larger roles. They included Kaiser Aluminum Hour, The United States Steel Hour and Matinee Theater.

Oliver began rehearsals for a co-starring role in the Broadway play Patate in mid-1958. It won Oliver a Theater World Award for "Outstanding Breakout Performance". It was her last Broadway performance.

In 1964, Oliver was in the first pilot of the television program Star Trek. She played the female lead character Vina. In one scene, Oliver played an alien with green skin. Because of that, a documentary about her life was called The Green Girl.[2]

Oliver was later a cast member on the soap opera Days of Our Lives during 1975-1976. She was nominated in 1976 for an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress" for the made-for-TV movie Amelia Earhart.

Death[change | change source]

Oliver was born in New York City. She died from colon cancer that spread to her lungs. She was 58 when she died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Susan Oliver is Dead; Television Actress". New York Times. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  2. "Star Trek's original Green Girl the subject of Kickstarter documentary". ew.com - Entertainment Weekly. 13 Feb 2013. Retrieved 31 Dec 2015.

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