Former child actress Susan Gordon (aka Susan L. Aviner), who played the young Dorothy Nichols in 1959 Danny Kaye vehicle “The Five Pennies” and Jenny in “The Fugitive” episode of “The Twilight Zone,” died Sunday, Dec. 11, in Teaneck, N.J., after a prolonged battle with cancer. She was 62.
Gordon was the daughter of Flora Lang, unit production manager for TV series “Dynasty,” and Bert I. Gordon, who directed feature films including “The Amazing Colossal Man,” “Attack of the Puppet People” and “Picture Mommy Dead.” Susan Gordon made her debut in her father’s “Attack of the Puppet People” in 1958 and later appeared in “Picture Mommy Dead.”
Gordon appeared in six feature films; her TV credits including episodes of “Playhouse 90,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Gunsmoke,” “The Danny Thomas Show,” “The Donna Reed Show” and “My Three Sons.” She also starred with Ed Wynn in a live TV production of “Miracle on 34th Street” in 1959.
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Gordon spent three semesters at sea on the World Campus Afloat during college, fell in love with Japanese culture and settled in Tokyo to work as a copywriter for the Dentsu Advertising Agency.
In 2002, she made her Off Off Broadway debut starring in “A Magic Place in a New Time.”
Gordon is survived by her husband, Avi Aviner; six children; and five grandchildren.
Donations may be made to Chai Lifeline, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of seriously ill children around the world.
Please direct any email correspondence for her family to SusanGordonMemorial@gmail.com.