Susan Peters (1921 – 1952 )

Susan Peters: born Suzanne Carnahan 3 July 1921, Spokane Washington; died: 23 October 1952, age 31, Visalia California; starved herself to death.

Peters started in Hollywood in 1940 and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Random Harvest (1942). On 1 January 1945, Peters accidentally shot herself in the abdomen while duck hunting with husband Richard Quine and was permanently paralysed. She made a comeback to movies and theatre but was restricted to wheelchair roles.

She divorced her husband in 1949, and performed her final television role in 1950. Depressed at her paralysis and declining health, she stopped eating and died from ensuing health complications including pneumonia and kidney infection. Her ex-husband shot himself 37 years later in 1989.


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