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Susan Oliver

Actress + Author + Aviator
Born Feb 13, 1932

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

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  • Susan Oliver, Douglas Kerridge
    NYTimes - Aug 28, 2011
  • Susan Oliver, Douglas Kerridge New York Times
    Google News - Aug 26, 2011
  • Players Praised For Excellent Behaviour Wests Tigers
    Google News - Aug 16, 2011
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    Google News - Aug 13, 2011


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Susan Oliver.


1932 Birth Susan Oliver was born Charlotte Gercke, the daughter of journalist George Gercke and astrology practitioner Ruth Hale Oliver, 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 Hale Oliver 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.
In 1957, Oliver did numerous TV shows and had a starring role in a movie. … 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
1959 27 Years Old Oliver experienced an event in February of 1959 that belied her later aviation accomplishments. … 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-engined 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.


1972 40 Years Old According the FAA Registry, Oliver's last pilot certificate was issued on July 21, 1972, and included commercial pilot ratings for airplane single engine land, airplane multiengine land, instrument airplane, and private privileges for glider.
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 cancer on May 10, 1990, at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Calabasas, California.
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