Susan Kohner

  1. Elana Eden, The Story of Ruth, 1959.  Producer Sam Bronston announced his new star  in a seven-minute trailer. She was chosen “because of her natural qualities, which most faithfully exemplify this beloved biblical heroine… Elana Eden comes to us from the Holy Land following a worldwide search in which literally over a score of young, talented actresses were tested.” Including  Diane Baker, Myrna Fahey, Ulla Jacobsson (from Ingmar Bergman’s Smiles of a Summer Night, 1955)  Susan Kohner,and Tina Louise. Plus Millie Perkins and  Susan Strasberg who (like Eden)  hadbtested for The Diary of Anne Frank – won by Millie in 1958. Variety buried Ruth as a “moth-eaten, misleading mishmash of biblical hysterics. 
  2. Natalie Wood, West Side Story,  1961.  Very much  a Natalie clone. (Susan’s two sons are the American Pie chefs, Chris and Paul Weitz).


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