Suzanne Pleshette was a Hollywood star on the rise from a very early age. Even as a young 26-year-old, she had already earned an Emmy nomination and even more prestigious awards like a Laurel Award and a Golden Globe, seemingly setting her up for plenty of accolades ahead.
Despite never claiming another major award, Pleshette enjoyed a string of potential successes – having been nominated for three more Emmys, one Laurel Award, and even a Golden Globe. But Pleshette never seemed too bothered about it, always saying that she was thrilled just to be nominated. And let’s face it, that’s a huge achievement in and of itself.
Her First Emmy Nomination
Suzanne Pleshette was no stranger to the awards circuit during her illustrious career, and it all started over 60 years ago. The native New Yorker got her very first Primetime Emmy nomination in 1962 for a guest role! Pleshette played the role of Julie Lawler in the hit 1961 NBC medical drama, “Dr. Kildare.”
Although she only appeared in one episode of the show’s first season, she made enough of an impact to get nominated for a coveted Emmy. Other guest stars in the show included A-list actors like Robert Redford, James Earl Jones, Gena Rowlands, Angie Dickinson, and many others.
“The Birds” Was a Hit
This is one actress who showed just how versatile she was over the course of her career. The indelible performance of Suzanne Pleshette as the spurned schoolteacher Annie Heyworth in Alfred Hitchcock's timeless thriller, “The Birds,” continues to be talked about until this very day. Pleshette truly displayed her talent in this classic horror flick.
Pleshette's career skyrocketed after her captivating performance in the suspenseful 1963 horror-thriller, earning her a Laurel award for Top New Female Personality and a Golden Globe nomination. Her character may have met an untimely end, but for her real-life acting career, it was only the beginning.
Her First Marriage
In 1964, the on-screen romance between Suzanne Pleshette and Troy Donahue transitioned off of the silver screen when they tied the knot. The duo had delighted moviegoers in both 1962's sweeping love story “Rome Adventure” as well as their American western, “A Distant Trumpet,” in 1964.
After an all-too-brief marriage that didn’t last more than eight months, beloved stars Pleshette and Donahue found that, much to their dismay, they weren't quite a match and decided to part ways. As fate would have it, hopeful fans had no need to worry; the two captivating celebs were soon back on the market!
One of Her Great Loves
Shortly after her divorce from the silver screen star Troy Donahue, Suzanne Pleshette fell unexpectedly head over heels for handsome actor David Janssen, who she met while guest-starring on the drama series “The Fugitive.” And it seems that Janssen was crazy about her too.
At the time, they were both involved in other relationships – Janssen was married to his wife, Ellie Graham, and Pleshette was getting over her divorce from Troy Donahue. But the attraction was too much, and they began having an affair. It was a match made in heaven as far as Hollywood gossip was concerned.