Susan got an opportunity to expand her acting skills when she played Tina Waters, girlfriend to an underground hero in the 1977 film “Outlaw Blues.”
“It was fun being on the other side,” she said. “Being the conniving one."
After “Kate and Allie,” Susan slowed down her work schedule. After she met and married producer Dick Ebersol, she joked that every time she took a break from acting, she became pregnant.
Ironically, while the character Sally McMillan had been killed in an plane crash, tragedy struck the Ebersol family in real life almost thirty years later. In 2004 Dick Ebersol and two of Susan's sons were involved in a plane crash that killed their youngest son Teddy. Ebersol and son Charles survived.
Looking back on her two most popular TV series, Susan recalled:
"The 'Kate & Allie's" are the hardest to watch because the hairdo's and the styles,” she said in an interview with www.connecticutmag.com. “I just haven't come to terms with the '80s yet. I'm just like, 'What was I thinking with that mullet and those shoulders?' I mean, it's just awful.
“The "McMillians" are the most fun to watch because they're so wonderful and it was so much fun to do. And they're from so long ago. It's almost like watching period movies."