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Suzanne Clauser

  • Birthplace: New York City
  • Birthday: August 25
Date of passing: 
April 11, 2016

Suzanne Clauser was a writer best known for penning Western-themed television movies as well as episodes of the long-running series Bonanza. She served as a regular writer on the show, and was credited with eight episodes from 1965 to 1972.

She also served as a writer on the miniseries Little Women, starring Meredith Baxter and William Shatner, and Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III, starring Kyle Chandler.

Additionally, she penned the novel and adapted screenplay for the television movie A Girl Named Sooner, about a young girl raised by an elderly woman (Cloris Leachman) in the backwoods of Indiana, before being taken in by a childless couple (Richard Crenna and Lee Remick).

Clauser also wrote the screenplays for the telefilms Pioneer Woman, with Joanna Pettet, Helen Hunt and Shatner; The Family Nobody Wanted, with Shirley Jones; Home to Stay, starring Henry Fonda; The Pride of Jesse Hallam, with Johnny Cash and Eli Wallach; Calamity Jane, starring Jane Alexander; and Message from Nam.

Suzanne Clauser was a writer best known for penning Western-themed television movies as well as episodes of the long-running series Bonanza. She served as a regular writer on the show, and was credited with eight episodes from 1965 to 1972.

She also served as a writer on the miniseries Little Women, starring Meredith Baxter and William Shatner, and Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III, starring Kyle Chandler.

Additionally, she penned the novel and adapted screenplay for the television movie A Girl Named Sooner, about a young girl raised by an elderly woman (Cloris Leachman) in the backwoods of Indiana, before being taken in by a childless couple (Richard Crenna and Lee Remick).

Clauser also wrote the screenplays for the telefilms Pioneer Woman, with Joanna Pettet, Helen Hunt and Shatner; The Family Nobody Wanted, with Shirley Jones; Home to Stay, starring Henry Fonda; The Pride of Jesse Hallam, with Johnny Cash and Eli Wallach; Calamity Jane, starring Jane Alexander; and Message from Nam.

In addition to Sooner, Clauser’s other published works include East of Mandalay and The Glad Season.

She died April 11, 2016, in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She was 86.

 

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