Susan Oliver

Actress + Author + Aviator
Born Feb 13, 1932

Susan Oliver was an American actress, television director and aviator.

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1932 Birth Susan Oliver was born Charlotte Gercke, the daughter of George Gercke, journalist, and Ruth Hale Oliver, an astrology practitioner, in New York City in 1932. … Read More


1949 17 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 1949, Oliver joined her mother in Southern California, where Ruth was in the process of becoming a well known Hollywood astrologer. … Read More


1955 23 Years Old After working in summer stock, regional theater and in unbilled bits in daytime and primetime TV shows and commercials, she made her first major television appearance playing a supporting role in the July 31, 1955 episode of the live drama series Goodyear TV Playhouse, and quickly progressed to leading parts in other shows.
Oliver did numerous TV shows in 1957 and appeared on stage. … Read More
1958 26 Years Old In mid-1958, Oliver began rehearsals for a co starring role in Patate, her second Broadway play. … Read More
On April 6, 1960, the 28-year-old Oliver played a spoiled young runaway, Maggie Hamilton, in "The Maggie Hamilton Story" on NBC's Wagon Train. … Read More
1961 29 Years Old In 1961, Oliver played the part of Laurie Evans in the episode "Incident of His Brother's Keeper" on CBS's Rawhide and in 1963, she played Judy Hall in the episode "Incident at Spider Rock."also in 1962 Oliver appeared as Jeanie in the television series Laramie in the episode "Shadows in the Dust". … Read More


1964 - 1966 2 More Events
1967 35 Years Old In 1967, piloting her own Aero Commander 200, she became the fourth woman to fly a single-engine aircraft solo across the Atlantic Ocean and the second to do it from New York City. … Read More
1968 36 Years Old In 1968, she was contacted by Learjet to see if she was interested in getting a type rating in one of their jets with the intent to set record flights for them. … Read More
1970 38 Years Old In 1970, Oliver co-piloted a Piper Comanche to victory in the 2760-mile transcontinental race known as the "Powder Puff Derby", which resulted in her being named Pilot of the Year. … Read More


1972 40 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1972, her training for a glider rating was chronicled for an episode of the television series The American Sportsman and the segment aired in March 1973.
1976 44 Years Old Her last aviation medical exam was in May 1976; therefore, she could not legally pilot any aircraft except gliders after May 1978, marking the end of her piloting of powered aircraft.


1990 58 Years Old Oliver died from lung cancer on May 10, 1990, at the Motion Picture & Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, California.
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