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Susan Howard

Susan Howard
Susan Howard in 1975
Born Jeri Lynn Mooney
(1944-01-28) January 28, 1944
Marshall, Texas
Occupation Actress, activist, writer
Spouse(s) Calvin Chrane (1974-present)
Charles Howerton (1962-64; divorced); 1 child

Jeri Lynn Mooney (born January 28, 1944), better known as Susan Howard, is an American actress, writer, and political activist, best known for portraying the character Donna Culver Krebbs on the primetime soap opera Dallas, 1979–87. She was also a co-star of the series Petrocelli, 1974–76. She is a screenwriter and member of the Writers Guild of America.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • TV and filmography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Howard was born and raised in the town of Marshall, Texas, where she was recognized for acting talent. She won a UIL award for Best Actress while in high school. Upon graduating from Marshall High School, she attended the University of Texas[1] for two years where she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority before leaving for Los Angeles to become an acting student at the Los Angeles Repertory Company.


Susan Howard had several guest appearances on major television shows during the 1960s and early 1970s: The Flying Nun (1967), I Dream of Jeannie (1968), Star Trek (1968) on which she carried the distinction of playing the first female Klingon on the original series (and the only one to ever speak), Bonanza (1969), and Mission: Impossible (1972).[1] In 1973, she appeared as Evan Sands on Lorne Greene's ABC crime drama Griff in the episode "Who Framed Billy the Kid?", with Nick Nolte as Billy Randolph, a football player accused of murder.

In 1974, she was cast as the co-star of the NBC series Petrocelli. Her performance was subsequently nominated for both the Golden Globe and Emmy awards.[2][3] Despite critical acclaim for Howard, the series was canceled in 1976. In 1978, she played a key role as Professor Kingsfield's daughter Susan in series one, episode ten of The Paper Chase. Then came her 1979 appearance on Dallas as Donna Culver. The producers of the show liked her performance so much that her guest spot was expanded to an eight-year stint; she has the distinction of being the only Dallas cast member to have written for the series as well ("Sitting Ducks" and "The Ten Percent Solution"). In 1987 the show decided to not renew her contract.[1] She has blamed this decision on her opposition to what she saw as pro-abortion storylines involving her character.[4]

Personal life

After leaving television Howard has become an increasingly active supporter of conservative causes, especially the Second Amendment. She is an active member of the leadership of both the NRA and the Texas Republican Party. Howard has also served as a commissioner of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and is currently a commissioner of the Texas Commission on the Arts. She became involved in the NRA after meeting Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre at the 1988 Republican National Convention in New Orleans.[5]

TV and filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1966 Love on a Rooftop Dorothy 1 episode "Homecoming"
1967 The Monkees Bride 1 episode "Monkees Manhattan Style"
1967 The Iron Horse Bess Hennings/Sara Collins 1 episode "The Return of Hode Avery", "Appointment with an Epitaph"
1967–1968 The Flying Nun Sister Susan/Sister Teresa 2 episodes "Old Cars for New", "Hot Spell"
1968 The Second Hundred Years Sonny 1 episode "Dude Hand Luke"
1968 Tarzan Jeff 1 episode "Trina"
1968 Star Trek Mara 1 episode "Day of the Dove"
1968–1969 I Dream of Jeannie Miss Temple/Salesgirl 2 episodes "Genie, Genie, Who's Got the Genie?: Part 2", "The Biggest Star in Hollywood"
1969 Here Come the Brides Alexander 1 episode "Wives for Wakando"
1969 The Outcasts Julie Mason 1 episode "The Candidates"
1969 Ironside Jo Lyons 1 episode "A Matter of Love and Death"
1969 The Virginian Rebecca Teague 1 episode "Halfway back from Hell"
1969 Bonanza Laurie Nagel 1 episode "The Medal"
1969 Land of the Giants Mrs. Garak 1 episode "Collector's Item"
1969–1971 Mannix Amanda Hewitt / Christina Preston 2 episodes "Who Killed Me?", "Round Trip to Nowhere"
1970 The Silent Gun Lorisa Cole TV movie
1970 The New People Fern 1 episode "The Siege of Fern's Castle"
1970 Quarantined Dr. Margaret Bedford TV movie
1970 The Immortal Annie Williams 1 episode "The Legacy"
1971 The F.B.I. Yvonne Shelby 1 episode "Center of Peril"
1971 The Mod Squad Gillian 1 episode "Cricket"
1971–1972 Love, American Style Webb Covington Jr.
1972 Mission: Impossible Nora Dawson 1 episode "Committed"
1972 The Sixth Sense Needa 1 episode "The Man who Died at Three and Nine"
1972 Medical Center Linda Crown 1 episode "Deadlock"
1972 Columbo Shirley Wagner 1 episode "The Most Crucial Game"
1973 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Dr. Claudia Schaeffer 1 episode "A Terminal Career"
1973 Savage Lee Raynolds TV movie
1973 Griff Evan Sands 1 episode "The Framing of Billy the Kid"
1973 The New Adventures of Perry Mason Ellen 1 episode "The Case of the Jailed Justice"
1973 Marcus Welby, M.D. Dr. Barbara Kerr / Greta Francis 2 episodes "A Necessary End", "The Tall Tree"
1973–1977 Barnaby Jones Frances Dunslay / Sandra Harris 2 episodes "Death Leap", "Yesterday's Terror"
1974 Indict and Convict Joanna Garrett TV movie
1974 Night Games Maggie Petrocelli TV movie
1974–1976 Petrocelli Maggie Petroceli Series regular
Nomination – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nomination – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
1976 The Rockford Files Sandy Blaylock 1 episode Feeding Frenzy
1977 The Oregon Trail 1 episode "The Gold Dust Queen"
1977 Most Wanted 1 episode "Ms. Murder"
1977 The Fantastic Journey Eve Castigan 1 episode "Vortex"
1977 Moonshine County Express Dot Hammer
1977 Sidewinder 1 Chris Gentry
1977 Killer on Board Julie Clayton TV movie
1978 Superdome Nancy Walecki TV movie
1978 The Busters Joanna Bailey TV movie
1978 The Paper Chase Susan Fields 1 episode "Kingsfield's Daughter"
1979 The Power Within Dr. Joanne Miller TV movie
1979 Vega$ Laurie Turner 1 episode "Classic Connection"
1979–1987 Dallas Donna McCullum Culver Krebbs Series regular
TV Land Pop Culture Award (2006)
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role on a Primetime Serial (1986)
Nomination – Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role on a Primetime Serial (1988)
1980 The Love Boat Cynthia Bowden Multiple episodes
1993 Come the Morning Constance Gibson TV movie


  1. ^ a b c Susan Howard:Biography – MSN Movies
  2. ^ "Primetime Emmy® Award Database".  
  3. ^ "Susan Howard".  
  4. ^ Dallas Exclusive Interviews
  5. ^ "NRA Board Spotlight: Susan Howard". America's 1st Freedom. December 2008. p. 55.

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