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Also Known As: Susan Ellen Anton Died:
Born: October 12, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Oak Glen, California, USA Profession: singer, actor

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This tall, very shapely blonde performer is a former Miss California and second runner-up in the 1970 Miss America Pageant. Susan Anton made a splash on TV in the late 70s, and into the 90s has remained a frequent performer on the Las Vegas stage and in legit productions as well.Anton made her TV acting debut in "The Great American Beauty Pageant" (ABC, 1973), but she became a household face in 1976 when she was named the Muriel Cigar Girl and appeared in numerous advertisements. Her role as a woman turned practically into a robot to win the Olympics in the feature "Goldengirl" (1979), coupled with her nightclub performing gave her some celebrity status.An accomplished singer, particularly of country & western music, Anton co-starred with Mel Tillis in the 1978 ABC variety special "Mel and Susan Together" and the following year, headlined her own summer variety series on NBC. She starred as a photographer solving the murder of her brother in the "Stop Susan Williams" episodes of the NBC series "Cliffhangers" (1979). While Anton had an dramatic role in the sweet PBS special "The Boy Who Loved Trolls" (1984), she acted infrequently on TV until the 90s, when she played mother to junior lifeguard Nicole...

This tall, very shapely blonde performer is a former Miss California and second runner-up in the 1970 Miss America Pageant. Susan Anton made a splash on TV in the late 70s, and into the 90s has remained a frequent performer on the Las Vegas stage and in legit productions as well.

Anton made her TV acting debut in "The Great American Beauty Pageant" (ABC, 1973), but she became a household face in 1976 when she was named the Muriel Cigar Girl and appeared in numerous advertisements. Her role as a woman turned practically into a robot to win the Olympics in the feature "Goldengirl" (1979), coupled with her nightclub performing gave her some celebrity status.

An accomplished singer, particularly of country & western music, Anton co-starred with Mel Tillis in the 1978 ABC variety special "Mel and Susan Together" and the following year, headlined her own summer variety series on NBC. She starred as a photographer solving the murder of her brother in the "Stop Susan Williams" episodes of the NBC series "Cliffhangers" (1979). While Anton had an dramatic role in the sweet PBS special "The Boy Who Loved Trolls" (1984), she acted infrequently on TV until the 90s, when she played mother to junior lifeguard Nicole Eggert in episodes of "Baywatch" (syndicated) on which she appeared from 1992-1994. Over the years, however, she remained a staple of guest on variety and comedy specials featuring the likes of Bob Hope and David Copperfield.

The small screen prove more hospitable than features. Anton's film appearances have been minor, although she had top billing as the mother of a would-be tennis star teen in "Spring Fever" (1981). In "Cannonball Run II" (1983), she was merely the object of Burt Reynolds' ogling. More recently, she appeared in the independent films, "Options" (1989) and "Lena's Holiday" (1991). Yet Anton has never stopped working in nightclubs and on the stage. She toured in the Neil Simon musical "They're Playing Our Song" in 1982, and made her Broadway debut in the second cast of David Rabe's "Hurlyburly" in 1985. Six years later, Anton was tapped to play Ziegfeld's favorite, a leggy showgirl, in the award-winning Broadway musical "The Will Rogers Follies." She has also toured with The Rockettes.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Lena's Holiday (1991)
3.
 Options (1989)
4.
 Cannonball Run II (1984) Jill
5.
 Spring Fever (1983) Stevie Castle
6.
 Goldengirl (1979) Goldine Serafin
7.
 Great American Beauty Contest, The (1973) Betty Sue Allen--Last Year'S Miss American Beauty
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Raised near Yucaipa, California
1969:
Won the Miss California beauty pageant
1970:
Was second runner-up in the Miss America contest
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Worked in night clubs; recorded Country & Western album, "The First Time"
1973:
TV acting debut, "The Great American Beauty Contest"
1976:
Named the Muriel Cigar Girl; appeared in numerous TV commercials
1978:
Hosted own TV special, "Mel & Susan Together", co-starring Mel Tillis
1979:
Feature acting debut, "Goldengirl"
1979:
Starred in "Stop Susan Williams" episodes of "Cliffhanger" (NBC)
1979:
Starred in the NBC musical-variety series "Presenting Susan Anton"
1980:
Performed in Las Vegas
1982:
Appeared in a touring company of "They're Playing Our Song"
1985:
Broadway acting debut, "Hurlyburly"
1991:
Replaced Cady Hoffman in Broadway musical "The Will Rogers Follies" for eight weeks
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Had recurring role on "Baywatch" (syndicated)
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Toured the USA with the Rockettes
1997:
Hosted "Las Vegas!" for Travel Channel
2001:
Performed in the San Francisco production of "The Vagina Monologues"
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Notes

"Of all the surprises in my life, 'Baywatch' is one of the most delightful." --Susan Anton in Parade, March 20, 1994.

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husband:
Jack Stein. Divorced.
companion:
Dudley Moore. Actor, musician. Had long relationship in the 1980s.
husband:
Jeff Lester. Second husband; married in August 1992.

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father:
Wally Anton. Detective.
mother:
Lou Anton.

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