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Susan Ruttan

Personal information
Birth nameSusan Diane Dunsrud
Birth dateSeptember 16, 1948(age 68)
Place of birthOregon City, Oregon, U.S.
OccupationActress
SpouseMel Ruttan (August 26, 1967-November 22, 1970; his death)
Joseph Warbis (1990-1993)

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Susan Ruttan (born September 16, 1948, Oregon City, Oregon) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Roxanne Melman on L.A. Law (1986 1993). She reprised the role in 2002 for the TV reunion L.A. Law: The Movie.

Ruttan first attracted significant attention playing the scheming wife of George Jefferson's dry-cleaning archrival, Gil Cunningham, on The Jeffersons. Other television appearances included episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, AfterMash, Bosom Buddies, Third Rock from the Sun, Remington Steele, Yes, Dear, Newhart and Gilmore Girls. Buffy creator Joss Whedon cast numerous show alumni in 2008's Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, including Ruttan who appeared briefly in a non-speaking role. Ruttan played convicted killer Genene Jones in the television movie Deadly Medicine (1991). She has also appeared in an episode of Hannah Montana ("Promma Mia"). Ruttan also played in The Ultimate Christmas Present as Mrs.Clause

Her most dramatic role to date was in the 2004 remake of Helter Skelter, in which she played the mother of Linda Kasabian.


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