Susan Howard

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Susan Howard
File:Susan Howard.jpg
Susan Howard in 1975
Born Jeri Lynn Mooney
(1944-01-28) January 28, 1944 (age 74)
Marshall, Texas
Occupation Actress, activist, writer
Spouse(s) Charles Howerton (m. 1962–64)
Calvin Chrane (m. 1974)
Children 1

Jeri Lynn Mooney (born January 28, 1944), better known as Susan Howard, is an American actress, writer, and political activist. She is known for portraying the character Donna Culver Krebbs on the primetime soap opera Dallas (1979–87), and as a co-star of the series Petrocelli (1974–76). She is also screenwriter and member of the Writers Guild of America.

Early life

Howard was born and raised in the town of Marshall, Texas, where she was recognized for acting talent. She won a UIL award for Best Actress while in high school. Upon graduating from Marshall High School, she attended the University of Texas[1] for two years where she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority before leaving for Los Angeles to become an acting student at the Los Angeles Repertory Company.


Howard had several guest appearances on major television shows during the 1960s and early 1970s: The Flying Nun (1967), I Dream of Jeannie (1968), Star Trek (1968) on which she carried the distinction of playing the first female Klingon on the original series (and the only one to ever speak), Bonanza (1969), and Mission: Impossible (1972).[1] In 1973, she appeared as Evan Sands on Lorne Greene's ABC crime drama Griff in the episode "Who Framed Billy the Kid?", with Nick Nolte as Billy Randolph, a football player accused of murder.

In 1974, she was cast as the co-star of the NBC series Petrocelli. Her performance was subsequently nominated for both the Golden Globe and Emmy awards.[2][3] Despite critical acclaim for Howard, the series was canceled in 1976. In 1978, she played a key role as Professor Kingsfield's daughter Susan in series one, episode ten of The Paper Chase. Then came her 1979 appearance on Dallas as Donna Culver. The producers of the show liked her performance so much, her guest spot was expanded to an eight-year stint; she has the distinction of being the only Dallas cast member to have written for the series, as well ("Sitting Ducks" and "The Ten Percent Solution"). In 1987, the show decided to not renew her contract.[1] She has blamed this decision on her opposition to what she saw as proabortion storylines involving her character.[4]

Personal life

After leaving television, Howard has become an increasingly active supporter of conservative causes, especially the Second Amendment. She is an active member of the leadership of both the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Texas Republican Party. Howard has also served as a commissioner of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and is currently a commissioner of the Texas Commission on the Arts. She became involved in the NRA after meeting Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre at the 1988 Republican National Convention in New Orleans.[5]


Film and TV roles
Year Title Role Notes
1966 Love on a Rooftop Dorothy Episode: "Homecoming"
1967 The Monkees Bride Episode: "Monkees Manhattan Style"
1967 The Iron Horse Bess Hennings / Sara Collins "The Return of Hode Avery" / "Appointment with an Epitaph"
The Flying Nun Sister Susan
Sister Teresa
"Old Cars for New"
"Hot Spell"
1968 The Second Hundred Years Sonny Episode: "Dude Hand Luke"
1968 Tarzan Jeff Episode: "Trina"
1968 Star Trek Mara Episode: "Day of the Dove"
I Dream of Jeannie Miss Temple
"Genie, Genie, Who's Got the Genie?: Part 2"
"The Biggest Star in Hollywood"
1969 Here Come the Brides Alexander Episode: "Wives for Wakando"
1969 The Outcasts Julie Mason Episode: "The Candidates"
1969 Ironside Jo Lyons Episode: "A Matter of Love and Death"
1969 The Virginian Rebecca Teague Episode: "Halfway back from Hell"
1969 Bonanza Laurie Nagel Episode: "The Medal"
1969 Land of the Giants Mrs. Garak Episode: "Collector's Item"
1969/71 Mannix Christina Preston / Amanda Hewitt "Who Killed Me?" / "Round Trip to Nowhere"
1970 The Silent Gun Lorisa Cole TV movie
1970 The New People Fern Episode: "The Siege of Fern's Castle"
1970 Quarantined Dr. Margaret Bedford TV movie
1970 The Immortal Annie Williams Episode: "The Legacy"
1971 The F.B.I. Yvonne Shelby Episode: "Center of Peril"
1971 The Mod Squad Gillian Episode: "Cricket"
Love, American Style Libby
Susan Parkins
"Love and the Topless Policy"
"Love and the Baker's Half Dozen"
1972 Mission: Impossible Nora Dawson Episode: "Committed"
1972 The Sixth Sense Needa Episode: "The Man who Died at Three and Nine"
1972 Medical Center Linda Crown Episode: "Deadlock"
1972 Columbo Shirley Wagner Episode: "The Most Crucial Game"
1973 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Dr. Claudia Schaeffer Episode: "A Terminal Career"
1973 Savage Lee Raynolds TV movie
1973 Griff Evan Sands Episode: "The Framing of Billy the Kid"
1973 The New Adventures of Perry Mason Ellen Episode: "The Case of the Jailed Justice"
1973 Marcus Welby, M.D. Dr. Barbara Kerr / Greta Francis "A Necessary End" / "The Tall Tree"
1973/77 Barnaby Jones Frances Dunslay / Sandra Harris "Death Leap" / "Yesterday's Terror"
1974 Indict and Convict Joanna Garrett TV movie
1974 Night Games Maggie Petrocelli TV movie
1974–1976 Petrocelli Maggie Petroceli Series regular
1976 The Rockford Files Sandy Blaylock Episode: Feeding Frenzy
1977 The Oregon Trail Episode: "The Gold Dust Queen"
1977 Most Wanted Episode: "Ms. Murder"
1977 The Fantastic Journey Eve Castigan Episode: "Vortex"
1977 Moonshine County Express Dot Hammer
1977 Sidewinder 1 Chris Gentry
1977 Killer on Board Julie Clayton TV movie
1978 Superdome Nancy Walecki TV movie
1978 The Busters Joanna Bailey TV movie
1978 The Paper Chase Susan Fields Episode: "Kingsfield's Daughter"
1979 The Power Within Dr. Joanne Miller TV movie
1979 Vega$ Laurie Turner Episode: "Classic Connection"
1979–87 Dallas Donna McCullum Culver Krebbs Series regular
1980 The Love Boat Cynthia Bowden Multiple episodes
1987–88 The 700 Club Herself/co-host
1993 Come the Morning Constance Gibson TV movie

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result
1975 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Petrocelli Nominated
1975 Primetime Emmy Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Petrocelli Nominated
1986 Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role Dallas Won
1988 Dallas Nominated


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Susan Howard:Biography – MSN Movies
  2. "Primetime Emmy® Award Database". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved March 17, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Susan Howard". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Retrieved March 17, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Dallas Exclusive Interviews
  5. "NRA Board Spotlight: Susan Howard". America's 1st Freedom. December 2008. p. 55.

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