Rest in Peace: Susan Gordon

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Rest in Peace: Susan GordonSusan Gordon was best known as a child actress and is remembered mostly for her appearance in the “Twilight Zone” episode “The Fugitive”, in which she befriends the ruler of a planet who is hiding out on earth. We’re sad to report the news that Susan passed away on December 11th at the age of 62 after battling cancer.

Gordon also appeared in such genre films as Attack of the Puppet People (directed by her father, Bert I. Gordon), Tormented, and Picture Mommy Dead as well as the TV series “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour”.

From the website:

Susan Gordon
b. July 27, 1949 in St. Paul, Minnesota
d. December 11, 2011 in Teaneck, New Jersey

Susan was last able to speak to us on November 8, 2011. Her final words in the conversation were: “I need to sleep” — she seemed to be consciously avoiding the word “goodbye” in ending conversations with us in her final months. Susan loved life and she did not wish to concede that she had reached the end of her journey. As a result, she did not advise us what to say on her official website after she was gone. We will just mention a few things we know from having been Susan’s friends for 15 years.

Rest in Peace: Susan GordonSusan Gordon loved her family, friends, and fans. She also loved laughing, dancing, singing, acting, traveling, cooking, creating, dreaming, watching movies, attending SAG screenings, meeting new people, chatting with friends, playing board games, taking cruises, tutoring math, conducting cooking classes, telling jokes, gushing about her children’s accomplishments, holding her grandchildren, visiting her mom and dad in California, talking to her sisters on the phone, helping friends, hosting large gatherings in her home, gazing at autumn leaves, and living life to its fullest. She loved the music of Jim Brickman, The Beatles, Norah Jones, Dido, the girl groups of the 1960s, and many others.

There have been more visitors to this website in the past 48 hours than there had been in the past 2 years. Also, hundreds of people have commented about Susan Gordon on Facebook walls, in Twitter feeds, on blogs, and at Internet message boards. Despite the fact that she had many friends and knew thousands of people, Susan was a very private person (and a very modest person). She would have been amazed by this public outpouring of affection.

Susan did not like football; yet, her final days called to mind a film about a football player. To paraphrase the epilogue from “Brian’s Song”:

Susan Gordon died of cancer at the age of 62. She left behind a great many loving family members and friends who miss her and think of her often. But when they think of her, it’s not how she died that they remember – but how she lived. How she did live!

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to offer our sincerest of condolences to Susan’s many friends, family members, and constituents.

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