Name:
Susan Ward
Birth Date:
April 15, 1976
Birth Place:
Monroe, Louisiana, USA
Height:
5' 4
Nationality:
American
Profession:
actress
Education:
Ouachita Parish High School in Monroe
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Susan Ward
Make It or Break It

Background:

 American actress and model Susan Ward rose to fame in the late 1990s thanks to her portrayal of Meg Cummings on the NBC soap opera “Sunset Beach” (1997-1999), where she was also nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award for her performance. She is now playing the regular role of Chloe Kmetko on the ABC Family series “Make It or Break It” (2009-?), opposite Chelsea Hobbs, Josie Loren, Ayla Kell and Cassie Scerbo, among other actors. Ward has guest starred in many television shows, including “Friends,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “CSI: Miami,” “Monk” and “Criminal Minds.” Her film credits include “The In Crowd” (2000), “Shallow Hal” (2001), “Who's Your Caddy?” (2007), “Toxic” (2010) and “Costa Rican Summer” (2010). Starting out modeling at age 13, Ward has graced over 35 magazine covers and has been featured in over 350 magazines around the world. She has posed nude for “Maxim” and has appeared on FHM's list of “100 Sexiest Women In The World” several times, including 2000, 2001, and 2002.  

Ward is an animal lover, and she has three cats: Velvet, Buffy and Sawyer. She supports numerous animal charities and is an active member of Actors and Others for Animals. Ward is best friends with “Angel” star Charisma Carpenter, whom she met when they both auditioned for the role of Maggie Cory on NBC's “Another World.”   

Ward has been married to film producer David C. Robinson since 2005.             


BMX Rider

Childhood and Family:

“I grew up in an animal haven; my family had exotic birds, reptile, dogs, monkeys, snakes, rabbits and hamsters.” Susan Ward

In Monroe, Louisiana, Susan Ward was born on April 15, 1976, to Eddie and Emily Sue Ward. She was raised in a religious family, along with her brother, Michael. Growing up on a farm with a number of animals, young Susan dreamed of a career as a veterinarian. At age 13, while shopping in a local mall with her mother, she was approached by a modeling scout, who offered to take her to a model competition in New York. She agreed to do modeling in New York with the hope of collecting enough money for college. However, when her modeling career took off, she decided to take acting lessons and stay in the business. Susan used to race on the BMX bicycle circuit as a girl.

Susan attended Ouachita Parish High School in Monroe, but left the summer after her junior year. She then transferred to River Oaks High School in Monroe, where she graduated in 1994. After high school, she spent a semester at the Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, where she studied psychology.

On June 4, 2005, Susan was married to David C. Robinson, the vice-president of Morgan Creek Productions, the movie studio that produced “The In Crowd,” at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, California. The couple met when he cast her in the movie in 1999.


Sunset Beach

Career:

Susan Ward started modeling when she was 13 years old. She was signed by Ford modeling agency in New York City. For the next three years, she traveled to New York during the school holidays to model, and remained at home and attended school in Louisiana when she was not working. Ward, however, did not get into acting until after attending an acting class with a friend. Around the same period, her model agency landed the 16 year old girl a non speaking walk on in the television series “Swans Crossing” (1992), and when her contract with Ford ended, Ward decided to stay in New York permanently and pursue a career in acting.

After taking acting classes, Ward began going out on auditions and eventually got a part as Camille, a bitchy waitress, on the daytime soap “All My Children” (1995). In the following year, she won the role of Bree on the primetime teen drama “Malibu Shores,” starring Keri Russell and Tony Lucca. Executive produced by Aaron Spelling, the show debuted on NBC on March 9, 1996 as a midseason replacement but was canceled within one season due to poor ratings. The finale episode was broadcast on June 1, 1996. Ward lived in Los Angeles for three months to do the show, and was in New Zealand to film an episode of “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” when she was told that her show was canceled. Shortly after, she returned to New York and began audition for another roles.

“Every once in awhile, I think, 'Oh my God, can I do this? Can I carry a storyline?' It's been intimidating and exciting at the same time.” Susan Ward (on “Sunset Beach”

Ward's huge break came when she got her first major role as the main protagonist on Aaron Spelling's daytime soap opera “Sunset Beach,” in which she played the virginal Meg Cummings. The show ran on NBC from January 6, 1997 to December 31, 1999. Sydney Penny temporarily took over the role when Ward was unavailable to film a movie.  Ward was nominated for a 1999 Soap Opera Digest Award in the category of Favorite Couple, which she hared with Clive Robertson.

Ward provided the voice of Psyche in an episode of “Xena: Warrior Princess” called “ A Comedy of Eros,” which was broadcast on May 12, 1997. The same year, she also played the role of Sandy, Girl at party, on the direct to video “Poison Ivy: The New Seduction,” the third film in the “Poison Ivy” series. The erotic thriller starred Jaime Pressly and was directed by Kurt Voss. After “Sunset Beach” left the airwaves, Ward made her feature film debut as Brittany in the teen thriller “The In Crowd” (2000), opposite Lori Heuring and Matthew Settle. Directed by Mary Lambert, the film received mostly negative reviews and was not a success at the box office. Ward next had a supporting role as Jill in the Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow popular romantic comedy film “Shallow Hal” (2001), which was directed, written and produced by the Farrelly brothers, portrayed Wendy in the Justin Zackham directed comedy film “Going Greek” (2001), starring Dylan Bruno, Laura Harris and Simon Rex, and starred with Brad Rowe in the direct to video release “Would I Lie to You?” (2002), based on “The Importance of Being Earnest.” She also made guest appearances in television shows like “Men, Women & Dogs” (2001, as Sandra), “Friends” (2002, as Hayley) and “Boomtown” (2003, as Layla French).  

2004 saw Ward play Brittney Havers in the direct to video “Wild Things 2,” the second installment in the Wild Things series, and guest star as Ginger Wadley in an episode of “CSI: Miami.” During 2005-2006, she was cast as Kate Manat, the love interest for Jay Baruchel's character, on the short lived legal drama “Just Legal” (The WB). Ward also starred as Nicole in the made for television film “Play Dates” (2005), opposite Erinn Hayes and Rebecca McFarland, portrayed Ashley in the horror film “Cruel World” (2005), had an uncredited nonspeaking extra in “Two for the Money” (2005), a drama film directed by D. J. Caruso and starring Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey, Rene Russo, Armand Assante, and Carly Pope, was featured as a hooker in the romance/comedy film “Just Friends” (2005), starring Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Anna Faris, Chris Klein, and Christopher Maquette, and supported Jaime Ray Newman and Laura Harris in the ABC television film “Hollis & Rae” (2006). She guest starred as  Tanya Rollins and Michelle Cullman in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2005) and “Monk” (2006), respectively.

After her tenure in “Just Legal,” Ward had small roles in the Sci-Fi Channel made for television film “Dead & Deader” (2006), starring John Billingsley, Dean Cain and Colleen Camp, and in the comedy film “Who's Your Caddy?” (2007), starring Antwan “Big Boi” Patton. After guest starring as Parris Donova in an episode of “Women's Murder Club” (2007), she portrayed Liz in the 3 part television miniseries “Jack Hunter and the Lost Treasure of Ugarit,” which was originally broadcast between December 2008 to January 2009.

After making guest appearance in an episode of “Criminal Minds” (April 2009, as Julie Riley), Ward returned to series television as a regular when she was cast as Chloe Kmetko, the mother of a young gymnast in the drama series “Make It or Break It,” which debuted on the ABC Family on June 22, 2009. She returned for the second season, which lasted from June 28, 2010 to May 23, 2011. The series was renewed for a third season on September 16, 2011, and will premiere on March 26, 2012.

Meanwhile, in 2010, Ward did three film projects. She teamed up with Rhys Coiro, Milo Ventimiglia, Samantha Mathis and Mimi Rogers for the thriller movie “Order of Chaos,” which was written and directed by Vince Vieluf, and played the leading role of Michelle in “Toxic,” a drama/thriller directed and co-written by Alan Pao. Besides, she portrayed Aunt Carla in the comedy film “Costa Rican Summer,” directed by Jason Matthews, written by Joel Silverman, and starring Peter Dante, Pamela Anderson and Brock Kelly.        


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