A native of Toronto, Canada, where she was born on June 10, Susan started modeling at age 16 and was cast in numerous commercials while still in high school. She attended Tufts University in Boston where she graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in biopsychology. While at college, Susan enrolled in a drama course. Though she didn't particularly enjoy the class, she was intrigued and decided to pursue acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Throughout, she continued to accept modeling assignments, which often took her to faraway places such as Italy, Germany, France, Australia and Japan; and national commercials. Fluent in French, Susan also studied ballet for eight years, and piano and flute for six years at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
Susan's first professional role came in an episode of the syndicated television series, My Secret Identity; shortly thereafter she was cast in the feature film Strictly Business. From there she went on to ABC-TV's One Life to Live (OLTL) where she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in the ground-breaking storyline of a young rape survivor. In 2008, Susan returned to OLTL and won her second Emmy, this time for Lead Actress, in 2009.
Other television projects include roles on CBS-TV's The District, NBC-TV's ER, and a recurring role on the TNN series 18 Wheels of Justice, as well as a special guest role on ABC-TV's Port Charles. She also had a recurring role on the CBS-TV series JAG. Susan has guest-starred on Sliders as well as hosted Love...& All That Stuff for Global TV in Canada. She also appeared on Fast Forward, an ABC Afterschool Special, as well as national commercials for Oily of Olay and Burger King.
Susan's film work includes starring roles in the films Black Point, Dead By Monday and No Turning Back. She had featured roles in Mrs. Winterbourne, starring Shirley MacLaine and Danielle Steel's Zoya, and the thriller Black Point with David Caruso. In 2006 she appeared in The Good Shepherd.
Daughters McKenna (holding baby Marlowe) and Marlowe Kaye
Susan has served as the National Chairwoman for "I Am Worth It -- Campaign for Women in Shelter" in Canada, actively worked on behalf of the The Brain Injury Association, Inc. (formerly known as the National Head Injury Foundation), and modeled for the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
A sports enthusiast, she enjoys running, skiing and Bikram Yoga. Though her original plans of going to medical school are on hold indefinitely, Susan enjoys reading up on psychology and still considers getting her master's degree in family therapy. Susan currently resides on the East Coast with husband Thorsten Kaye and daughters McKenna (born 2003) and Marlowe (born 2007)