Suzan Ball

Suzan Ball. Wikipedia.

Suzan Ball (February 3, 1934 – August 5, 1955) was an American actress. She was a second cousin of fellow actress Lucille Ball. She was married to actor Richard Long. She had her leg amputated in January 1954, as a result of both a tumour and an accident she had. She died at age 21 of cancer in 1955, after a two-year battle.

Born in Jamestown, New York, Ball was the eldest daughter of Howard and Marleah Ball.

Ball married Richard Long on April 4, 1954, at El Montecito Presbyterian Church in Santa Barbara. Many celebrities attended including Jeff ChandlerRock HudsonTony CurtisJanet Leigh, and David Janssen.

In 1953, doctors diagnosed Ball with cancer when she developed tumours on her legs, forcing her to use crutches. The cancer forced doctors to amputate Ball’s leg. She died in 1955, at the age of 21, at the City of Hope Hospital.

She is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

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