Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning motion picture and television star
and DGA nominee Susan Flannery portrays Stephanie Forrester, the strong-willed,
manipulative, but fiercely protective matriarch of the Forrester fashion
dynasty on The Bold and the Beautiful. She has played this role since
the premiere of B&B, and won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead
Actress in 2000.
Born and raised in New York, Susan received her BFA in Theater at Stevens
College in Missouri and attended graduate school at Arizona State before
arriving in Hollywood. Discovered by producer Irwin Allen, Susan made her
television debut in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and shortly thereafter
was offered the role of Dr. Laura Horton on Days of Our Lives, a role
which won her an Emmy Award during her eight year stint.
Susan was cast as Robert Wagner's secretary and lover in Allen's epic
disaster film The Towering Inferno. Her performance won her a Golden
Globe Award for "Outstanding Acting Debut in a Motion Picture."
Susan also received an Emmy nomination for her starring role in the
NBC mini-series The Moneychangers, opposite Kirk Douglas, and appeared in the
television movies Women in White and Anatomy of a Seduction. In 1981, she
did a 10-week stint as a devious, high-powered public relations consultant
in conflict with J.R. Ewing on Dallas.
Off-screen, Susan produced the cable soap opera New Day in Eden with Michael
Jaffe. She is a licensed pilot and a gourmet cook. In addition, she serves
as a regular director on B&B, and in 1995, was nominated for a Directors