It has been two years since Susan St. James retired from the fast-paced life of a television and movie star, but the year-old actress hasn't exactly been sitting around with her feet up. I should be the one who gets the merit badges. She also has a daughter in college, a son in high school and two other boys, ages 5 and 16 months. James was in town yesterday to speak at a conference for the Association of Child Advocates, a national organization of state-based child advocacy groups. Her message? The only way is through groups like this. Her speech was an extension of volunteer work she has done for the Special Olympics and the Children's Health Fund, which offers free medical tests to some of New York's neediest children, she says. They were not regarded as having any rights.
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She started modeling as a teenager. When she was just 20 years old she shifted to California and began her acting career. She wedded aspiring writer-director Richard Neubert at age of 21, but the relationship lingered only a year. After that, she was wedded a second time in , to Thomas Lucas, a makeup artist. The marriage survived six years.
She later attended the Connecticut College for Women. She moved to California at age 20, when she began her acting career. Her first screen role was in the TV movie Fame Is the Name of the Game with Tony Franciosa , launching her career when it became a series two years later. Among her other early television appearances were two episodes of the first season of Ironside "Girl in the Night", December and two months later, playing a different role in the episode "Something for Nothing". From to , as a result of her first role in Fame Is the Name of the Game , she had a regular part in the series The Name of the Game , winning an Emmy Award for her role as research assistant Peggy Maxwell in and establishing her as a popular young actress.