Pines people- Susan Willis
Susan Willis was an actress who first came to the Pines on an invitation from longtime resident and an agent of the William Morris Agency in 1972. Gilbert Parker was a highly successful agent representing many top directors and actors. They met when Sue was a leading lady and Gil was an apprentice at the Cleveland Playhouse. That was the year that Sue decided to leave the Playhouse and try her luck in the East.
Born in Ohio, she attended Carnegie Tech ( now Carnegie Mellon University) for two years before being offered a fellowship at the Playhouse. She stayed for seven years. One of her most recognized roles was in the daytime soap opera All my Children, in which she played Helga, the Hungarian housekeeper, for three years.
She had a succesfull career in the theater. Her many roles in the theater include: Annie get your gun, Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, Much Ado about Nothing, Brigadoon, Kiss me Kate. She also appeared on Broadway with Ethel Merman in Gypsy as Mazeppa.
Susan was a seasonal renter who loved the Pines, and was very involved in FIPAP (Fire Island Art Project), in which she was a founding member. She acted in many productions. She studied painting under Pines artist John Laub. In 1999 Susan celebrated her 50th year in show business with a show held at Don’t Tell Mama in NYC.
Susan’s most recognizable role was on the daytime soap “All my children” as Helga the Hungarian housekeeper. She also had a small part on “Sex and the City.”