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Also Known As: Died:
Born: November 23, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, acting teacher

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An attractive blonde, Susan Anspach began her career on stage in the groundbreaking musical "Hair." After a couple of other plays, she segued to features with a supporting role as Beau Bridges' sister in Hal Ashby's "The Landlord" (1970). Later that year, she earned notice for a steamy scene with Jack Nicholson in "Five Easy Pieces." Her subsequent feature appearances have been sporadic. Anspach hit her peak as the leading lady in Paul Mazursky's "Blume in Love" (1973) and was superb in Dusan Makavayev's disturbing, hilarious "Montenegro" (1981). The actress ventured into TV with such efforts as "I Want to Keep My Baby" (CBS, 1976) and the miniseries "James A. Michener's 'Space'" (CBS, 1985). She twice tried series work but both times the vehicle failed to catch on with the public: the primetime soap "The Yellow Rose" (NBC, 1983-84) and the dramedy "The 'Slap' Maxwell Story" (ABC, 1987-88). As she entered into middle age, good roles became fewer and she channeled her creative energies to teaching. Anspach was in the news because of an ongoing dispute with actor Jack Nicholson. The two purportedly engaged in an off-screen romance and Anspach has maintained that her son Caleb was fathered by Nicholson,...

An attractive blonde, Susan Anspach began her career on stage in the groundbreaking musical "Hair." After a couple of other plays, she segued to features with a supporting role as Beau Bridges' sister in Hal Ashby's "The Landlord" (1970). Later that year, she earned notice for a steamy scene with Jack Nicholson in "Five Easy Pieces." Her subsequent feature appearances have been sporadic. Anspach hit her peak as the leading lady in Paul Mazursky's "Blume in Love" (1973) and was superb in Dusan Makavayev's disturbing, hilarious "Montenegro" (1981). The actress ventured into TV with such efforts as "I Want to Keep My Baby" (CBS, 1976) and the miniseries "James A. Michener's 'Space'" (CBS, 1985). She twice tried series work but both times the vehicle failed to catch on with the public: the primetime soap "The Yellow Rose" (NBC, 1983-84) and the dramedy "The 'Slap' Maxwell Story" (ABC, 1987-88). As she entered into middle age, good roles became fewer and she channeled her creative energies to teaching. Anspach was in the news because of an ongoing dispute with actor Jack Nicholson. The two purportedly engaged in an off-screen romance and Anspach has maintained that her son Caleb was fathered by Nicholson, a claim which the actor reportedly acknowledged privately. It was when the matter became public thanks in part to a letter Anspach wrote to VANITY FAIR magazine in 1994 responding to a profile of Nicholson. Shortly thereafter, she claimed that the actor, who had loaned her money, demanded repayment. Her response was to take legal action. The case eventually was settled with Anspach retaining her home. Susan Anspach died of coronary failure on April 2, 2018 at the age of 75.

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CAST: (feature film)

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2.
3.
 Cagney & Lacey: The Return (1994) Deborah Nelson
4.
 Rutanga Tapes, The (1990) Kate Simpson
5.
 Blood Red (1989) Widow
6.
 Back to Back (1989)
7.
 Into the Fire (1987) Rosalind Winfield
8.
 Blue Monkey (1987) Dr Judith Glass
9.
 Misunderstood (1984) Lilly
10.
 First Time, The (1983) Lucy Dillon
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1985:
Appeared in the West Coast production of "A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking"
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Broadway debut in "Hair"
1985:
Co-starred in the CBS miniseries "James A. Michener's 'Space'"
1973:
Had one of the leads in Paul Mazursky's "Blume in Love"
1983:
TV series debut as regular, "The Yellow Rose" (NBC)
1976:
TV-movie debut, "I Want to Keep My Baby" (CBS)
1970:
Had breakthrough screen role in "Five Easy Pieces"
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Had regular role on the ABC dramedy "The 'Slap' Maxwell Story"
1970:
Screen acting debut in "The Landlord"
1991:
Last feature to date "The Rutanga Files"
1994:
Last TV apearance to date, a supporting role in the CBS TV-movie "Cagney and Lacey: The Return"
1996:
Sued Jack Nicholson for breach of promise and to prevent foreclosure on her home; Anspaugh had taken out a second mortgage on her home with the Nicholson-owned Proteus Pension Plan; case eventually settled with Anspach retaining her home
1994:
Wrote letter to VANITY FAIR, taking issue with the magazine's profile of Jack Nicholson which mentioned he had three children; Anspaugh claims her son Caleb was fathered by Nicholson
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Education

Catholic University of America: Washington, Washington D.C. -

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companion:
Jack Nicholson. Actor. Met c. 1969; no longer together.
husband:
Mark Goddard. Actor. Appeared on "Lost in Space"; married in 1970; divorced in 1977.

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daughter:
Catherine. Writer. Born c. 1969.
son:
Caleb Goddard. Writer, TV news producer. Born September 26, 1970; Anspaugh alleges that his father is Jack Nicholson; she has claimed that Nicholson has privately acknowledged Caleb as his son.

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