Susan Anton - actress, Broadway star, and still a singer today - never imagined that she'd go from an apple farm girl to the show opener for Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. But after her boyfriend dared her to try out for a beauty pageant, she became enamored with the entertainment business. She shares how her honest answer on Miss America changed pageant policy forever, what it was like dating Dudley Moore when she was 9 inches taller (and that's without heels), why she started picking up trash after a talk with God, and the best advice she got from Sammy Davis Jr.
LESSONS FROM SUSAN:
1. Be curious. It just might land you a date.
2. We should all get over appearances.
3. We need to recognize the trash around us and pick it up. Let’s make it better for the next person.
4. Cherish the incredible moments in life.
TOPICS IN THIS EPISODE:
Susan Anton's website
Follow Susan on Facebook
WeSpark's Jazz and the Cinema charity concert - starring Jeff Goldblum, Susan Anton, Sandra Booker, and more
Pasadena, CA, where you go to clean offices and work as a car hop
Eddie Foye Jr., pageant judge / Susan's mentor
Larry White, musical director
Carrie White, hairdresser / Susan & Jeff's matchmaker
The Will Rogers Follies, Broadway musical
Hurlyburly, the play
A Curious Mind by producer Brian Grazer
Dudley Moore, the 5'2" comedian / actor
Mike Nichols, director
Original Hurlyburly cast - William "Bill" Hurt, Christopher Walken, Sigourney Weaver
Jeff Lester, actor / producer / writer & Susan's husband
Pittsburgh, starring Jeff Goldblum
Women with a Purpose seminars
Sammy Davis Jr.'s advice for nerves: "Give everything you got, do best you can, and...they didn't come to see you anyway."
Laura Dern, actress
Megaformer - "pilates on steroids" invented by Sebastian Lagree
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