Susan Flannery Bio
Golden Globe® and Daytime 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.
Born and raised in New York, Flannery 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, Flannery 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.
Flannery was cast as Robert Wagner's secretary and lover in Allen's epic disaster film The Towering Inferno. Her performance in the film won her a Golden Globe® Award for "Outstanding Acting Debut in a Motion Picture."
Additionally, she received an Primetime 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.
In 2013, Flannery received her tenth Daytime Emmy® nomination in the category of “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series”. She had previously won the award for her role on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL in 2000, 2002 and 2003 as well as in the same category in 1975 for a role she played on Days of Our Lives.
Off?screen, Flannery produced the cable soap opera New Day in Eden with Michael Jaffe. She is a licensed pilot and a gourmet cook. In addition, she has served as a director on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and in 1995 was nominated for a Directors Guild® Award for her directing work on the series. She most recently has directed several episodes of the online soap opera Venice the Series.