Susan Blakely (born September 7, 1952) is an American movie actress who has mainly played supporting roles.
Blakely was born in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1952, the daughter of Weezie, a former art teacher, and Colonel Lawrence Blakely, a career Army officer. Her first career break came while she was living in El Paso, Texas, where her father was stationed at Ft. Bliss. Around 1967, a photograph of Blakely posed poolside in a stylish black and white "op art" swimsuit was used by a local TV station, KELP-TV (now KVIA-TV), on its I.D. slide that ran during breaks between shows. Her blond "California girl" good looks were exactly what was in demand at the time, and she was easily able to secure sponsorship for a national modeling competition, which she won. The prize was a year’s contract with the Ford Modeling Agency in New York. Her first appearance on a cover was for a hairstyle magazine.