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'I was terribly fortunate.' Westport woman reflects on Hollywood childhood

Susan Granger's father was Hollywood director Sylvan Simon, who worked with stars such as Abbott and Costello, Red Skelton and Lucille Ball.

Mark Sudol

May 29, 2024, 10:31 AM

Updated 22 days ago

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A Westport woman is reflecting on her Hollywood childhood after more than 80 years in show business.
"If you love what you do you'll never work a day in your life," said Susan Granger from Westport.
If that's true, the 85-year-old knows she's very lucky.
"I was terribly fortunate to be born where I was, when I was, at the time I was," said Granger.
Granger's father was Hollywood director Sylvan Simon, who worked with stars such as Abbott and Costello, Red Skelton and Lucille Ball.
"These are Lucille Ball's words. She said he inspired the crazy comedy that led to 'I Love Lucy' yet no one gives him credit for it," said Fred Cantor, Westport producer.
Granger grew up in Hollywood. When she was 4, her dad needed a little girl for a small role. She got the part.
"My father taught me the lines because I couldn't read yet, and it was great fun. I loved it," said Granger.
She also worked in other films. Later in life when she married, she moved to Connecticut and worked at WICC radio and later in local TV.
"People have approached me before about doing stories about me, but I don't have any terrible scandals for stories to tell you about," said Granger.
Cantor, a 1971 Staples High grad, wanted to share her story with the world. He produced a documentary about her life called "It's a Hollywood Life!" The documentary was just screened at the Ridgefield Independent Film Festival.
"She's so inspirational to people who want to continue working into whatever age they're able to do," said Cantor.
Granger is still an entertainment critic and shows no signs of stopping.
"As of yet, and I'm knocking wood right here on my desk, I don't have to retire. People still want to read what I have to say, or they want to hear what I have to say. And I'm booked for lectures. I do a lecture called 'Hollywood Yesterday and Tomorrow,' so I'm doing what I love to do," said Granger.
Cantor says the documentary has been accepted to the Chain NYC Film Festival in midtown Manhattan.


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