Former Child Star Dies — She Was a Familiar Face to TV Viewers in the 1960s, Including Appearing in a Memorable ‘Twilight Zone’ Episode

Dec 15, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A child actress who was a familiar face in TV series in the 1960s has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Susan Gordon, who had a breakthrough role in the Danny Kaye feature film “The Five Pennies” in 1959, died Dec. 11 in Teaneck, N.J., after a battle with cancer. She was 62.

Gordon appeared on television in "The Donna Reed Show," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "My Three Sons" and "Gunsmoke,” along with a number of other series. She is rememberd by many for an appearance in a 1962 episode of “The Twilight Zone” called “The Fugitive,” in which she wore a leg brace and befriended an alien, played by J. Pat O’Malley, who was hiding out on Earth.

She also played the Natalie Wood role in a 1959 TV version of the Christmas classic "Miracle on 34th Street," with Ed Wynn playing the role of Kris Kringle, which aired live on NBC.

In her heyday, Hollywood scribe Walter Winchell described Gordon as "the most talented child actress since Shirley Temple."

Her other TV appearances included “Playhouse 90,” “Route 66,” “77 Sunset Strip” and “Ben Casey.”


Susan Gordon and J. Pat O’Malley, during taping of “The Twilight Zone”

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  1. A minor point — but one that is subject to enduring confusion — “Twilight Zone” was filmed, not taped. Tape is videotape, film is film. People in the industry or reporting on the industry should know the difference.

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