She was first runner-up to Miss California in the Miss America Pageant.
Her feature film debut was in Robert Redford's "The Candidate".
She studied classical theater at The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
She attended Woodside High School in Redwood City, California.
She attended Cañada College in Redwood City, California.
In 1990 both Susan and her daughter Vinessa worked with director Peter Werner in Maine workshops.
Her first big break came by starring in "The Adventures of the Wilderness Family" and it's two sequels.
Susan appeared in her daughter Vinessa's first starring film "Coyote Summer" in 1996.
Her daughter, Vinessa Shaw, is a famous actress and model.
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