Susan Kohner (born November 11, 1936) is an American actress. Born as Susanna Kohner in Los Angeles, Kohner is the daughter of Mexican actress Lupita Tovar and film producer Paul Kohner, who was born in Bohemia. Her father was Jewish and her mother was Catholic. Most of Kohner's film roles came during the late 1950s and early 1960s, including co-starring with Sal Mineo in both Dino (1957) and The Gene Krupa Story (1959). In 1959, she was cast as the racially ambiguous Sarah Jane, her most notable role, in the 1959 color remake of Imitation of Life. The expensive, glossy Ross Hunter production directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Lana Turner was a box office smash; Kohner won an Academy Award nomination and won the Golden Globe in the Best Supporting Actress categories.
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