Susan King fell in love with movies at the age of three watching Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) on television and seeing Houseboat (1958) with Cary Grant and Sophia Loren at the movies with her parents. Susan quickly became obsessed, as her parents took her to everything from Pillow Talk (1959), The Parent Trap (1961), The Apartment (1960) and Ride the High Country (1962).
She became a more serious student of cinema at 17, when she was introduced to such foreign films as Francois Truffaut’s Jules & Jim (1962); Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast (1946) and Orpheus (1950); and Jean Renoir’s Grand Illusion (1937), when she watched the PBS series Film Odyssey hosted by Charles Champlin.
She has put her M.A. in film history and criticism from USC to good use at the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, where she worked for a decade, and the Los Angeles Times, where she was an entertainment writer for 26 years, interviewing such legends as Helen Hayes, Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Janet Gaynor, Loretta Young, Lena Horne, Gregory Peck (Susan played 1930 movie trivia with the actor), Sidney Poitier, Charlton Heston, Debbie Reynolds, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Judi Dench, Sophia Loren and Leslie Caron.
Susan has been freelancing for the past three years for the L.A. Times, Variety, American Cinematheque, GoldDerby, TCM and AARP The Magazine.