Suzanne Pleshette

Pleshette on the series ”The Contenders”, 1963, ABC Television

Date of Birth: January 31, 1937

Place of Birth: Brooklyn Heights, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Death: January 19, 2008

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Suzanne Pleshette was an American actress. After beginning her career in theatre, she made the transition to films in the early 1960s, such as Rome Adventure and The Birds.

Suzanne was the daughter of Eugene Pleshette, a television network executive, and Geraldine Kaplan, a dancer who performed under the name Geraldine Rivers. Her cousin is actor John Pleshette.

She was married to oilman Tom Gallagher, until his death, and then to actor Tom Poston, until her death.

Suzanne’s paternal grandfather was named Max Pleshek/Pleshet. Max was a Russian Jewish immigrant.

Suzanne’s paternal grandmother was Gertrude Skwarek/Sklarew (the daughter of Morris Skwarek and Annie Spegelglass). Gertrude was a Russian Jewish immigrant.

Suzanne’s maternal grandfather was named Benjamin Kaplan. Benjamin was a Jewish emigrant from the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Suzanne’s maternal grandmother was named Gussie Goldstein. Gussie was a Russian Jew.

Sources: Genealogy of Suzanne Pleshette –

Obituary of Suzanne Pleshette –

Genealogy of Suzanne Pleshette (focusing on her father’s side) –

Obituary of Suzanne’s father –

Suzanne’s paternal grandmother, Gertrude Skwarek/Sklarew, on the 1915 New York State Census –

Suzanne’s mother on the 1940 U.S Census –

3 Responses

  1. transemacabre says:

    A great beauty of her era, in looks she resembled Arlene Martel, who was also Jewish.

  2. andrew says:

    Very fine. Unfortunately I didn’t remember her even though I watched The Birds a couple of times

  3. Sage says:

    Can you shrink the photo a bit?

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