Tuesday, July 11, 2017

RIP Susan Cummings

Twilight Zone Museum
July 11, 2017

Actress Susan Cummings (born Susanne Gerda Tafel July 10, 1930) at the time of her death on December 3, 2016 she was living in Sun Lakes, Arizona. A popular film and TV actress of the 1950s and 1960s, she appeared in several television shows and films. From 1958 to 1959, she portrayed Georgia, proprietress of the Golden Nugget Saloon, in the syndicated Western television series Union Pacific.

She made two guest appearances on Perry Mason — one as Lois Fenton in the title role in the 1957 episode, "The Case of the Fan Dancer's Horse", and as Margaret Swain in the 1959 episode, "The Case of the Lame Canary". She appeared as Patty in the iconic 1962 episode of The Twilight Zone, "To Serve Man", in which she deciphers an alien manifesto called To Serve Man and yells "It's a cookbook!" in a vain attempt to save the lead character. Cummings was at one time married to actor Keith Larson from1953 to 1960 and was the mother of Keith Larsen Jr. and Eric Larsen.

CUMMINGS, Susan (Susanne Gerda Tofel)
Born: 7/10/1930, Bavaria, Germany
Died: 12/5/2016, Sun Lakes, Arizona, U.S.A.

Susan Cummings’ westerns – actress:
The Adventures of Kit Carson (TV) – 1954, 1955
Secret of Treasure Mountain – 1956 (Tawana)
The Sheriff of Cochise (TV) – 1956 (Gloria)
Tomahawk Trail – 1957 (Ellen Carter)
Utah Blaine – 1957 (Angie Kinyon)
Man from God's Country - 1958 (Mary Jo Ellis)
Bat Masterson (TV) – 1958, 1959, 1960 (Valorie Mitchell, Lili Napoleon, Rona Glyn)
Union Pacific (TV) – 1958-1959 (Georgia)
The Rough Riders (TV) - 1959 (Rita Renee)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1960 (Stella Carney)
Johnny Ringo (TV) – 1960 (Lil Blanchard)
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV) – 1960 (Sadie Roberts)
The Man from Blackhawk (TV) 1960 (Glory Vestal)
Overland Trail (TV) – 1960 (Nitro Nell)
Riverboat (TV) – 1960 (Tekla Kronen)
Shotgun Slade (TV) – 1960
Laramie (TV) – 1961 (Holly Matthews
Cheyenne (TV) (Helen Ransom)