Sorry for the long time between posts. I spent 7 days in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut area doing 5 more interviews in the last week of March (including 4 film/TV historians with specific knowledge of Susan Oliver’s very prolific career). Perhaps the highlight of the trip, however, was interviewing and spending most of the day with Susan’s freshman year roommate from Swarthmore College (where Susan spent only a year before economic circumstances led to her fateful decision to head to New York City and pursue a career in acting).
I also had the privilege of visiting Sanford Meisner’s prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse, where Susan studied alongside many distinguished peers, including Joanne Woodward, Steve McQueen, Sydney Pollack and David Hedison. I also shot some exterior footage of Susan’s old neighborhood in Greenwich Village (where I think I managed to find the only available street parking space in all of lower Manhattan).
This past weekend, I got a great interview from Tom DeSimone, the last director to ever work with Susan (in a 1988 episode of “Freddie’s Nightmares”). And I’m hitting the road this weekend to do three more interviews (read more about that in the next post). Stay tuned!