Turning 18 in 1965 terminated Susan's mother's chaperone job, after winning "Miss Teen USA" in 1965, a new freedom in the sixties brought a heyday of opportunities for coveted acting roles and multiple options to enhance an already successful life.
With a show business lifestyle and her "job", Susan was never enamored with her acting peers or fellow celebrities. Susan had a daughter "Courtney" in 1966 with actor Robert Logan that she raised herself. This blessing kept her stabilized and grounded, keeping her nose somewhat clean, in a business of temptation.
Some fond memories are working with Hayley on "THE PARENT TRAP." Yes, I was the other twin, after 50 years the truth can come out. Uncle Walt (Walt Disney) gave me a special "Duckster" for my "Best Unseen Performance by an Actress" in the film and allowing them to keep my role a secret. There are only three Ducksters in the world and I treasure mine. Sharing almost four months of my 12 year old life at the time while we made THE PARENT TRAP with Hayley Mills, Brian Keith, Maureen O'Hara, Leo G. Carrol, Una Merkel and Joanna Barnes, we became like family and stay in touch even today.
Another "fun" show in my youth was "WAGON TRAIN" with Ward Bond. Not just being "Betty Davis's" daughter in this "ELLA LINDSTROM STORY" but, because I was the athletic equestrian, Ward pulled me up onto the back of his horse and we trotted and cantered across acres of the Thousand Oaks set as part of this series show.
Along with acting, dancing was another gift I had that my mother developed through ardent classes in ballet, modern dance and jazz.
This ability opened doors to multiple TV specials. Pat Paulson and I did a great, romantic farce in delicate negligees, running heavenly in flowers and meadows, culminating in embraced passion, rolling down hills in cow pies, ending in the ocean wrapped in sea weed...it was part of the Glenn Campbell Special. Other notable specials were with Frankie Avelon at Easter, dancing and singing through the apple orchard, the Dean Martin show where my often utilized bikini body romped with Dean to a romantic love song, Buddy Greco and of course,
my all time favorite, the 1968 "ELVIS SPECIAL" where Elvis and I came together again igniting our chemistry to thrill the fans.
Many more TV shows, movies, "GNOME-MOBILE" with Walter Brennan and Ed Winn, PICCASSO'S SUMMER with Albert Finney, and LIVE A LITTLE, LOVE A LITTLE with Elvis made for an exciting decade.