Iconic 1950s Starlet Takes Her Last Breath at 80, Family Mourning Her Passing

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April 16, 2019Apr 16, 2019

Old Hollywood starlet Susan Harrison has passed away, reported the Hollywood Reporter. The actress was best known for her role in "Sweet Smell of Success" in 1957.

In one of her two films, the beauty acted opposite Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis as the sensitive younger sister of an unscrupulous newspaper columnist. She also acted in "Key Witness" in 1960.

She also had notable guest starring roles on TV shows. That included appearances on 'The Twilight Zone' and 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents' before ending her brief career in 1963.

Harrison was 80 at the time of her death. She died on March 5 at a nursing facility in North Hills, California, her daughter, Darva Arellano, told The Hollywood Reporter.

In an Instagram post, she revealed that her mother's death was unexpected but peaceful.

"I am heartbroken...she was my heart, my anchor, my unfailing supporter and the best Granny ever to my son Cassius and my niece and nephew Naomi and Chase. She lived an amazing life and made friends wherever she went with her kindness, intelligence and great wit."

Her daughter continued, "She was the most beautiful and elegant woman I have ever seen, and remained beautiful to the day she died. Last but not least she was an amazingly talented and highly trained actress who started acting on Broadway and became a bona fide movie star. She had many titles, but to me she was my sweet Mom and there will never be another like her."

On television, Harrison was unforgettable in 1961 as the ballet dancer trapped alongside a clown, hobo, army major, and bagpiper in a nondescript room in the Twilight Zone episode "Five Characters in Search of an Exit."

Harrison was born on Aug. 26, 1938, in Leesburg, Florida. She was born to vaudeville performers, and then studied at the School of Performing Arts in the Bronx and then at Boston University.

In the 1960s on NBC's "Bonanza," she appeared as a gypsy and love interest of Michael Landon's character. But after a 1963, she left show business to focus on her family.

In February 2000, her daughter, then known as Darva Conger, was declared the winner of Fox's Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? However, her marriage to Rick Rockwell was annulled months later.

After news of her death was released, fans took to Twitter to remember her. They posted sets of photos of the beautiful actress. 

Survivors also include her son D.H. and grandchildren Cassius, Naomi and Chase. Please join us in praying for her family as they mourn her unexpected loss.