Susan Fallender is an actress who has been married to the English actor Charles Shaughnessy since 1983 and their union has been blessed with two daughters named Jenny and Maddy.
Building a family while having to sustain a career can be very tasking, especially for those that work in entertainment and twice so when both partners are members of the industry. This is probably why much hasn’t been heard from Susan Fallender, the wife of Charles Shaughnessy, in terms of her acting career in recent times. If we are not mistaken, the last time she was seen in production before her recent appearance on Celebrity Family Feud was in 2007 when she played Anna in a short comedy film titled The Documents (Dokymentbl).
While she has stayed away from the limelight for years, her husband has been quite busy, most recently, with his roles as Victor Cassadine in the daytime soap opera, General Hospital and Shane Donovan / Drew Donovan in Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem, the miniseries spin-off of Days of Our Lives. The English actor is also admired for playing Maxwell Sheffield on The Nanny, an American television sitcom wherein his chemistry with actress Fran Drescher had a lot of people wondering if they were lovers in real life. It was all acting as Charles had been married to Susan for roughly a decade when the show premiered.
Profile Summary of Susan Fallender
- Birth Name: Susan Shaughnessy (née Fallender)
- Nationality: British and American
- Date of Birth: November 30, 1957 (Unverified)
- Age: 65 Years Old (Unverified)
- Profession: Actress
- Years Active: 1983 – Present
- Husband: Charles Shaughnessy
- Duration of Marriage: 1983 – Present
- No. of Kids: Two Daughters (Jenny and Madelyn “Maddy” Shaughnessy)
- Sibling: Deborah Fallender
6. Charles Shaughnessy’s Wife Hails From a Jewish Family and Is Around 65 Years Old
As you would easily find, Susan Fallender’s husband Charles Shaughnessy was born in London, England on the 9th of February 1955. He was born to Alfred Shaughnessy who was a filmmaker and Jean Margaret Lodge, an English actress. His brother David Shaughnessy is also an actor who also works in the movie industry as a director and producer. In a nutshell, details of Charles’ family background abound, but the same can’t be said about his wife.
From the name of her parents to where she was raised, the kind of upbringing she had, and even when she was born, much background information about Susan is yet to be uncovered. Some reports claim she was born sometime in 1958 whereas others claim that her date of birth was on the 30th of November 1957. While we are yet to validate any of those dates, we can confirm she was born an American and into a Jewish family.
5. Susan Fallender Is an Actress Known for Works Like Star Trek: The Next Generation and Space Rangers
Susan Fallender is mostly known as the wife of The Nanny actor but she is also a member of the entertainment industry. She is an actress known for playing Romulan in the “Unification II” episode of the TV series, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Alien Tech in the “Banshies” episode of Space Rangers, these were respectively in 1991 and 1993 but that is not were her career journey as an actress began.
To the best of our knowledge, her first acting role was as Bunny in the 1983 comedy film directed by John Landis, Trading Places. Thereafter, she was seen as Annie Johnson in Clay Feet (1984) and a Nurse in Laguna Heat (1987) which are both television films.
Her other acting roles are as Sharkey’s Mom in the “Into the Dark So Deep” episode of Hypernauts (1996), Alice’s Mother in the short fantasy film, Architecture of Reassurance, (2000), and Rose in the TV movie, The Last Dance (2000). You will also find her as Sally in the 2006 TV film, Wild Hearts and as Anna in the 2007 short film, The Documents (Dokymentbl).
List of All The Movies and TV Shows of The Actress
- Trading Places (1983)
- Clay Feet (1984)
- Laguna Heat (1987)
- Star Trek: The Next Generation (1991)
- Space Rangers (1993)
- Hypernauts (1996)
- Architecture of Reassurance (2000)
- The Last Dance (2000)
- Wild Hearts (2006)
- The Documents (Dokymentbl) (2007)
4. Her Sister Deborah Fallender Is Also an Actress
Susan Fallender probably has other siblings but we only know of a sister named Deborah Fallender who also works in the movie industry as an actress and in other capacities. Deborah has been busier than her sister in the business. If we are not mistaken, her career began in 1976 when she played Olympe and Carolyn Powell respectively in The Lady of the Camellias and Space: 1999 which are both TV series.
In the years that followed, she was seen in more TV series like Centre Play, Play for Today, Van der Valk, Rock Follies of ’77, and Tycoon. In all, she has about 22 acting credits to her name. Like her sister, much hasn’t been heard from Deborah since she played Nora Maines in the “Defending His Honor” episode of JAG in 2002.
3. Susan and Her Husband Met and Fell In Love While Attending an Acting Class in Los Angeles
Susan Fallender’s husband Charles Shaughnessy began acting when he was young, this is hardly a surprise as he was born into a showbiz family. A while after he decided to pursue a professional career as an actor, he moved to the United States and enrolled in an acting class in Los Angeles.
As fate would have it, Susan Fallender who also working towards becoming a professional actress was also attending the same class. The two clicked, began dating, and the rest became history.
Charles proposed to Susan over the phone, he once recalled that it was a rainy night and he was in London when he proposed to Susan who was in Los Angeles. It was one o’clock in the morning but that didn’t stop him from walking to a nearby phone to call and ask for her hand. According to him, when he asked her father for his permission, he laughed so hard that he dropped the phone.
2. They Got Married in 1983 and Struggled Financially Before Their Acting Careers Started Paying Off
In 1983, precisely on the 21st of May, Susan Fallender and Charles Shaughnessy got married. As Susan is Jewish and Charles Catholic, they settled for a ceremony that would accommodate both families which was officiated by a reformed rabbi/Buddhist.
The couple couldn’t afford a honeymoon and neither of them had a stable job. To get by, they moved in with Fallender’s family and slept on the couch in the living room. Charles did several jobs from selling pornographic videos to working in the storeroom of a fabric designer before he got his breakout role in Days of Our Life.
Around the same time, Susan also started landing some minor roles. The two have clearly come a long way and as far as the public knows, are still happily married.
1. Susan Fallender Is the Mother of Shaughnessy’s Two Daughters
The Fallender-Shaughnessy’s union is a few years shy of witnessing its fourth decade and the couple has a lot of happy memories, including the birth of their two daughters who are now adults.
Over six years after they got married, precisely on the 18th of March 1990, they welcomed their first daughter named Jenny Shaughnessy. The 33 years old’s younger sister named Madelyn “Maddy” Shaughnessy was born on the 8th of February 1995, she is 28 years old.