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Actress Susan Saint James is best known for her roles on hit TV shows The Name of the Game (1968) and McMillan & Wife (1971). She was nominated twice for an Emmy award for her role as a divorced mom on the sitcom Kate & Allie (1984).
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Audiences and critics alike responded warmly to the show and its honest depiction of women rebuilding their lives and families after divorce. Saint James was nominated twice for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy - in 1984 and 1985.
The show ended around the same time as the birth of Susan Saint James's fifth child, Edward "Teddy" Ebersol, in 1989. He was her third son with third husband, former Saturday Night Live producer and current NBC Sports president Dick Ebersol. She also had a son and a daughter from her second marriage to Tom Lucas. Saint James stepped out of the spotlight and focused on her family, leading a quiet life in Litchfield County, Connecticut. She became active in the community and even started an online gift basket business based in the area.
In 2004, Susan Saint James experienced every parent's nightmare. Her son Teddy was killed in a plane crash that also injured her husband and oldest son Charlie. The three family members were heading home after a trip to Colorado when their chartered plane crashed shortly after takeoff. She and her family have spoken publicly a few times about their heartbreak, including a 2006 appearance on Oprah Winfrey's talk show. Also that year, Saint James made a guest appearance on the television crime drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
In 2008, Saint James received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in recognition of her work. She described it as "a compliment of the highest honor," according to Entertainment Tonight.
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