Susan Cabot

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Susan Cabot
Susan Cabot, circa 1950
Born Harriet Shapiro
(1927-07-09)July 9, 1927
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died December 10, 1986(1986-12-10) (aged 59)
Encino, California, U.S.
Cause of death Homicide
Resting place Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery
Occupation Actress
Years active 1947–1970
Spouse(s) Martin Sacker (m. 1944; div. 1951)
Michael Roman (m. 1968; div. 1983)
Children 1

Susan Cabot (July 9, 1927 – December 10, 1986) was an American film and television actress.

Early life

Born Harriet Shapiro to a Russian Jewish family in Boston, Massachusetts, Cabot led an early life filled with turmoil; she was raised in eight different foster homes.[1] She completed her education in New York City, and found employment as an illustrator. She supplemented her income by working as a singer, and also worked in theatre.


She made her film debut in 1947, by chance when Kiss of Death was filmed in New York, and she played a bit part. She expanded her acting work into television and was seen by a Hollywood talent scout who took her to Hollywood to work for Columbia Pictures. This brief period was not successful, and she moved to Universal Studios where she was signed to an exclusive contract. After a series of roles which Cabot played mainly in "B" western films, she grew frustrated and asked to be released from her contract. She moved back to New York, where she resumed her stage career with a role in A Stone for Danny Fisher. She was invited to return to Hollywood and appeared in a few more films, including The Wasp Woman in 1960, her final film role.

Personal life

In 1968, she married second husband Michael Roman with whom she had one son, Timothy Scott Roman, before divorcing in 1983.[2] Another contemporary actor, Christopher Jones, also claims paternity of her son.[3] Cabot was also romantically linked with King Hussein of Jordan for several years.[4]


On December 10, 1986, Cabot's son, Timothy Scott Roman, who suffered from dwarfism and psychological problems, beat her to death in her home in Encino, California, with a weightlifting bar. He was subsequently charged with involuntary manslaughter and received a three-year suspended sentence.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1947 Kiss of Death Restaurant extra Uncredited
1950 On the Isle of Samoa Moana
1951 Enforcer, TheThe Enforcer Nina Lombardo Uncredited
Alternative title: Murder, Inc.
1951 Tomahawk Monahseetah Alternative title: Battle of Powder River
1951 The Prince Who Was a Thief Girl Uncredited
1951 Flame of Araby Clio Alternative title: Flame of the Desert
1952 The Battle at Apache Pass Nona
1952 The Duel at Silver Creek Jane "Dusty" Fargo Alternative title: Claim Jumpers
1952 Son of Ali Baba Tala
1953 Gunsmoke Rita Saxon Alternative titles: A Man's Country
1954 Ride Clear of Diablo Laurie Kenyon Alternative title: The Breckenridge Story
1957 Carnival Rock Natalie Cook
1957 Sorority Girl Sabra Tanner Alternate titles: The Bad One
Sorority House
1957 The Viking Women and the Sea Serpent Enger Alternative titles: Undersea Monster
Viking Women
1958 War of the Satellites Sybil Carrington
1958 Machine Gun Kelly Florence "Flo" Becker
1958 Fort Massacre Piute Girl
1958 Houseboat Mrs. Eleanor Wilson Uncredited
1958–1959 Have Gun - Will Travel Angela
Becky Carver
2 episodes
1959 Surrender – Hell! Delia Guerrero Alternative titles: Blackburn's Guerrillas
Blackburn's Headhunters
1959 The Wasp Woman Janice Starlin Alternative titles: The Bee Girl
Insect Woman
1970 Bracken's World Henrietta Episode: "One, Two, Three... Cry"


  1. Susan Cabot
  2. 2.0 2.1 Brettell, Andrew; King, Noel; Kennedy, Damien; Imwold, Denise; Leonard, Warren Hsu; von Rohr, Heather (2005). Cut!: Hollywood Murders, Accidents, and Other Tragedies. Barrons Educational Series. p. 220. ISBN 0-7641-5858-9.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Das, Lina. "The Final Affair of Roman Polanski's Murdered Wife Sharon Tate". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 24 March 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Barker, Mayerene (April 13, 1989). "Defendant May Be Son of Hussein, Lawyer Says : Accused of Murdering Actress Mother in '86". Retrieved June 7, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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