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Susan Lanier
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Susan Lanier appeared as Chrissy Snow in the second unaired ABC pilot episode of "Three's Company" in 1976.
Personal Information
Birth name: Susan Jean Engledow
Also known as: Susan Lanier-Bramlett
Susan Bramlett
Born: (1947-08-01) August 1, 1947 (age 74)
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Career/Family Information
Actress, Singer, Entertainer
Years active: 1974-present
Character information
Character played: Chrissy Snow in 2nd unaired Three's Company pilot (1976)
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Susan Lanier-Bramlett better known as Susan Lanier, (born August 1, 1947) originated the Chrissy Snow character in the second Three's Company pilot episode, which would become the second episode of the series, titled "And Mother Makes Four".


Life and early career

Born as Susan Jean Engledow in Dallas, Texas to Gene and Dorothy Lanier Engledow, Susan moved to New York City to pursue an acting career in 1967 where she attended New York University. After appearing in numerous off Broadway productions, TV commercials, and indie films in which she appeared as Jean Lanier, she relocated to Los Angeles in 1974. Susan had a guest appearance on Welcome Back, Kotter where she played John Travolta's girlfriend, Bambi. During the 1970s, she guest starred on shows such as Barnaby Jones, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, Alice, Police Woman and Eight is Enough.[1]

Three's Company pilot

In 1976, she starred alongside John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt in the second pilot for Three's Company on ABC. Lanier, who served as the original choice by the producers to portray the newly created character Chrissy Snow, replaced Susanne Zenor in the cast when the characters, that were directly based from the original British sitcom Man About The House were done away with, but Lanier herself was then replaced by Suzanne Somers. [2]In 1977, Lanier starred in the original cult classic, The Hills Have Eyes. Lanier also starred as Sandi Chandler on the television series Szysznyk from 1977 – 1978.

Susan originated the role of Chrissy in the second unaired pilot of "Three's Company" shot in the late summer of 1976 before being replaced by Suzanne Somers.

Susan was a series regular on Tony Orlando and Dawn's Rainbow Hour for a season on CBS doing stand-up and comedy sketches with the show's guests. In the late 1970s, Lanier starred at The Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles in a production of Tennessee Williams' (né Thomas Lanier Williams, to whom, like actress Diane Ladd, she is related) The Night of the Iguana, which starred Richard Chamberlain. In the 1980s, Lanier had her own country-blues band and performed in the LA club scene. She wrote music with her future and now late husband, legendary rock/blues artist, Delaney Bramlett, writer of "Superstar" and "Never Ending Song of Love" fame. She has one son, Eric Dylan Thomas, rhythm guitarist for the punk band, The Dickies.

Latter and present career

She continued to act in movies of the week such as, Her Life As A Man and Madame X, and had recurring roles on TV in the soap, Days of our Lives, and the sitcom, So Little Time with the Olsen twins. She starred in 2003 in the Los Angeles theatrical production of "Last of The Honkey Tonk Angels". On December 27, 2008, she was widowed when her husband, musician Delaney Bramlett, died from complications of gall bladder surgery.[3]