Luminous actress Susan Peters was born in Spokane on July 3, 1921.
Like Gail Russell, Peters had soulful eyes and a sort of glowing fragility on screen. And like Russell, she was gone all too soon: a hunting accident, paralysis, and an early death at the age of 31.
Susan Peters only made 19 films and a couple of shorts, but in her brief career she achieved a nomination for Best Supporting Actress in RANDOM HARVEST (1942).
Peters' work, including her brave wheelchair-bound role in THE SIGN OF THE RAM (1948), makes a classic film fan ache for what might have been.
I especially loved her in SONG OF RUSSIA (1944), which is somehow simultaneously wacky (Susan teaching children to make Molotov cocktails!) and moving (including a fantastic musical score). She's seen here with Robert Taylor:
With Jean-Pierre Aumont in ASSIGNMENT IN BRITTANY (1944):
With Lana Turner and Laraine Day in a publicity photo for KEEP YOUR POWDER DRY (1945):
For more information on Susan Peters, a biographical article is currently available online from Films of the Golden Age.
Susan Peters left us far too soon, but happily for movie fans, the work of a brief, shining career lives on.
Susan Peters movies reviewed at Laura's Miscellaneous Musings: SUSAN AND GOD (1940), THE BIG SHOT (1942), YOUNG IDEAS (1943), ASSIGNMENT IN BRITTANY (1943), SONG OF RUSSIA (1944) (also here), KEEP YOUR POWDER DRY (1945), and THE SIGN OF THE RAM (1948).
Update: And here's a review of DR. GILLESPIE'S NEW ASSISTANT (1942).
July 2016 Update: I paid my respects at Susan Peters' gravesite at Forest Lawn in Glendale, California.