Award-winning actress Susan Flannery was born on July 31, 1943 in New York City. A theater graduate from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, she made her screen debut in 1963, as a guest in the crime drama Burke’s Law; a year later, she appeared in her first film, the Western Guns of Diablo. She became more prominent, however, when she joined the cast of the daytime soap Days of our Lives. She took on the role of Laura Spencer Horton, taking over from Floy Dean in 1966. She played the character until 1975; that same year, she earned a Daytime Emmy for Best Drama Actress for the role.
Flannery also wasn’t a stranger to prime time programs. She was a guest in such shows as Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Ben Casey, The Time Tunnel, Thriller and The Green Hornet. In 1981, she took a semi-regular role in the drama series Dallas, playing scheming public relations agent Leslie Stewart. Six years later, she would make a return to the daytime soap, becoming one of the original cast members of The Bold and the Beautiful. She played the role of Stephanie Forrester, co-founder of the fashion house Forrester Creations who is known for the strength of her character and her devotion to her family. From the program’s second episode, she still plays the role to date. She also picked up three Daytime Emmys for Best Drama Actress, in 2000, 2002 and 2003.
Flannery’s film career has also earned from considerable acclaim. She appeared in releases such as The Gumball Rally, The Gnome-Mobile and The Towering Inferno, for which she won a Golden Globe for Most Promising Female Newcomer in 1974.