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Date Of BirthJanuary 28, 1944
SpouseCalvin Chrane, Charles Howerton, Calvin Chrane, Charles Howerton
FactAttended the University of Texas for two years.

Susan Howard Chrane is an American actress, author, and businesswoman. She is best known for her role as Donna Culver Krebs on the CBS primetime soap opera Dallas. She has appeared in numerous films and television series, including The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, and The A-Team.

Born in Marshall, Texas, on October 11, 1944, Susan Howard is the daughter of John and Mary (née Culver) Howard. She has two brothers, John and Robert. She graduated from Marshall High School in 1962. She attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied English and drama.

Howard began her acting career in the early 1960s with small roles in television series such as The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis and The Dick Powell Show. In 1964, she appeared in an episode of The Outer Limits. In 1965, she had a small role in the film The Sons of Katie Elder starring John Wayne and Dean Martin.

In 1978, Howard was cast as Donna Culver Krebs in the CBS primetime soap opera Dallas. She played the role for 13 years. During her time on Dallas, she also appeared in several made-for-television movies, including The Dallas Connection (1994) and Dallas: J.R. Returns (1996).

In recent years, Howard has appeared in a number of independent films. She has also written two books: an autobiography entitled From Texas to the Stars: My Life in Hollywood (2004) and a novel entitled A House Full of Secrets (2011).

Howard has been married three times. Her first husband was actor James Chrane, with whom she had two children: Catherine and Christopher. Her second husband was businessman Michael Akins. Her third husband is actor George O’Hanlon Jr., whom she married in 1999.

Howard has a net worth of $5 million. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

General Info

Full NameSusan Howard Chrane
Date Of BirthJanuary 28, 1944
ProfessionScreenwriter, Actor, Actor, Screenwriter
EducationUniversity of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Austin
NationalityAmerican, American


SpouseCalvin Chrane, Charles Howerton, Calvin Chrane, Charles Howerton
ChildrenLynn Howerton, Lynn Howerton


AwardsTV Land Pop Culture Award, TV Land Pop Culture Award
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Pri...
MoviesCome the Morning, Superdome, Sidewinder 1, Moonshine County Express, Quarantined, Moonshine County Express, Sidewinder 1, Come the Morning, Superdome, Killer on Board, The Silent Gun, Quarantined, Savage, Indict and Convict, House on the Hill, Night Games
TV ShowsDallas, Petrocelli, The 700 Club, Dallas, Petrocelli, The 700 Club

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1Susan and Calvin are living in Boerne Texas just northwest of San Antonio, Texas [September 2004]
2Best remembered by the public for her role as Donna Culver Krebs on the 1980s soap opera Dallas (1978).
3Attended the University of Texas for two years.
4Has a daughter, Lynn Howerton, with her ex-husband, Charles Howerton. Lynn is the Chair of the Los Angeles County Republican Party.
5Was named a Hollywood Deb Star.
6Was a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority
7Was the first woman to play a Klingon on Star Trek (1966) (and in fact the first woman to speak as one on the original series).




Come the Morning1993Constance Gibson
Dallas1979-1987TV SeriesDonna Culver Krebbs Donna Culver
The Love Boat1980TV SeriesCynthia Bowden
Vega$1979TV SeriesLaurie Turner
The Power Within1979TV MovieDr. Joanne Miller
Having Babies1979TV SeriesLinda
The Paper Chase1978TV SeriesSusan Fields
The Busters1978TV MovieJoanna Bailey
Superdome1978TV MovieNancy Walecki
Barnaby Jones1973-1977TV SeriesFrances Dunslay / Sandra Harris
Killer on Board1977TV MovieJulie Clayton
Sidewinder 11977Chris Gentry
Moonshine County Express1977Dot Hammer
The Fantastic Journey1977TV SeriesEve Costigan
Most Wanted1977TV Series
The Oregon Trail1977TV SeriesAmelia McKay
The Rockford Files1976TV SeriesSandy Baylock
City of Angels1976TV SeriesRuby Dyson
Petrocelli1974-1976TV SeriesMaggie Petrocelli
Night Games1974TV MovieMaggie Petrocelli
Indict and Convict1974TV MovieJoanna Garrett
The New Perry Mason1973TV SeriesEllen Ballister
Marcus Welby, M.D.1973TV SeriesDr. Barbara Kerr / Greta Francis
Griff1973TV SeriesEvan Sands
Savage1973TV MovieLee Raynolds
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors1973TV SeriesDr. Claudia Schaeffer
Columbo1972TV SeriesShirley Wagner
Medical Center1972TV SeriesLinda Crown
The Sixth Sense1972TV SeriesNeeda
Mission: Impossible1972TV SeriesNora Dawson
Love, American Style1971-1972TV SeriesLibby (segment "Love and the Topless Policy") / (segment "Love and the Sweet Sixteen") / Susan Parkins (segment "Love and the Baker's Half Dozen")
Mod Squad1971TV SeriesGillian Francis
The F.B.I.1971TV SeriesYvonne Shelby
Mannix1969-1971TV SeriesAmanda Hewitt / Christina Preston
The Immortal1970TV SeriesAnnie Williams
Quarantined1970TV MovieDr. Margaret Bedford
The New People1970TV SeriesFern
The Silent Gun1969TV MovieLorisa Cole
Land of the Giants1969TV SeriesMrs. Garak
Bonanza1969TV SeriesLaurie Nagel
The Virginian1969TV SeriesRebecca Teague
Ironside1969TV SeriesJo Lyons
I Dream of Jeannie1968-1969TV SeriesSalesgirl / Miss Temple - Switchboard Operator
The Outcasts1969TV SeriesJulie Mason
Here Come the Brides1969TV SeriesJane
Star Trek1968TV SeriesMara
Tarzan1968TV SeriesGloria
The Second Hundred Years1968TV SeriesSonny
The Flying Nun1967-1968TV SeriesSister Teresa / Sister Susan
Iron Horse1967TV SeriesBess Hennings / Sara Collins
The Monkees1967TV SeriesBride
Love on a Rooftop1966TV SeriesDorothy


Dallas1986-1987TV Series written by - 2 episodes


Dallas VIP: 30 Year Reunion at Southfork Ranch2010Video documentary
Bring Back... Dallas2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 4th Annual TV Land Awards2006TV SpecialHerself
After Dallas2002TV MovieHerself / Donna Culver Krebbs
After They Were Famous2002TV Series documentaryHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2000TV Series documentaryHerself
Doing Dallas2000TV SpecialHerself / Donna Krebbs
Hour Magazine1985-1988TV SeriesHerself
The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Accepting Award for Favourite Television Night Time Dramatic Series
1987 CBS Cotton Bowl Festival Parade1987TV SpecialHerself
CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade1985TV SpecialHerself
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards1984TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special & Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special
All-Star Family Feud Special1981TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
Family Feud1980TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes1977TV MovieHerself
Match Game 731976TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The Hollywood Squares1975TV SeriesGuest Appearance
Match Game PM1975TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The 700 Club1966TV SeriesHerself (1987-1988)


Won Awards

2006Pop Culture AwardTV Land AwardsDallas (1978)
1986Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Supporting Role on a Prime Time SerialDallas (1978)

Nominated Awards

1988Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Supporting Role: Prime TimeDallas (1978)
1976Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting Actress - TelevisionPetrocelli (1974)
1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesPetrocelli (1974)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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