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Susan Cabot (July 9, 1927 – December 10, 1986) was an American actress.

Early life

Born Harriet Shapiro to a Russian Jewish family in Boston, Massachusetts, Cabot's early life was one of turmoil, and she was raised in eight different foster homes. She completed her education in New York, New York, and found employment as an illustrator. She supplemented her income by working as a singer, and also worked in theater.


She made her film debut in 1947, by chance when Kiss of Death was filmed in New York, and she played a bit part. She expanded her acting work into television and was seen by a Hollywood talent scout who took her to Hollywood to work for Columbia Pictures. This brief period was not successful, and she moved to Universal Studios where she was signed to an exclusive contract. After a series of roles which Cabot played mainly in "B" western films, she grew frustrated and asked to be released from her contract. She moved back to New York, where she resumed her stage career with a role in A Stone for Danny Fisher. She was invited to return to Hollywood and appeared in a few more films, including The Wasp Woman in 1960, her final film role.

Personal life

Cabot first married in 1944 to Martin Sacker. They divorced in 1951. In 1959, she began a relationship with King Hussein of Jordan. The couple was engaged, but broke up after King Hussein discovered that Cabot was Jewish.

In 1968, she married second husband Michael Roman with whom she had one son, Timothy Scott Roman, before divorcing in 1983.


On December 10, 1986, Cabot's son, Timothy Scott Roman, who suffered from dwarfism and psychological problems, bludgeoned her to death in her home in Encino, California with a set of nunchucks. He was subsequently charged with involuntary manslaughter and received a three-year suspended sentence.

In popular culture

Director Stephan Elliott is in development to make a biopic about Cabot entitled Black Oasis with actress Rose McGowan portraying her.


1947 Kiss of Death Restaurant extra Uncredited

1950 On the Isle of Samoa Moana

1951 The Enforcer Nina Lombardo (Theresa's roommate) Uncredited

Alternative title: Murder, Inc.

Tomahawk Monahseetah Alternative title: Battle of Powder River

The Prince Who Was a Thief Girl Uncredited

Flame of Araby Clio Alternative title: Flame of the Desert

1952 The Battle at Apache Pass Nona

The Duel at Silver Creek Jane "Dusty" Fargo Alternative title: Claim Jumpers

Son of Ali Baba Tala

1953 Gunsmoke Rita Saxon Alternative titles: A Man's Country


1954 Ride Clear of Diablo Laurie Kenyon Alternative title: The Breckenridge Story

1957 Carnival Rock Natalie Cook

Sorority Girl Sabra Tanner Alternate titles: The Bad One

Sorority House

The Saga of the Viking Women Enger Alternative titles: The Saga of the Viking

Undersea Monster

Viking Women

The Viking Women and the Sea Serpent

1958 War of the Satellites Sybil Carrington

Machine-Gun Kelly Florence "Flo" Becker

Fort Massacre Piute Girl

Houseboat Mrs. Eleanor Wilson Uncredited

1959 Surrender – Hell! Delia Guerrero Alternative titles: Blackburn's Guerrillas

Blackburn's Headhunters

The Wasp Woman Janice Starlin Alternative titles: The Bee Girl

Insect Woman

Television Year Title Role Notes

1958–1959 Have Gun - Will Travel Angela

Becky Carver 2 episodes

1970 Bracken's World Henrietta 1 episode









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