Suzan Ball & Richard Long

Richard Long and Suzan Ball
1953 - 1955

Richard Long and Suzan Ball  


Suzan Ball and Richard Long were married for 1 year. They dated for 8 months after getting together in Apr 1953. After a 4 months engagement they were married on 4th Apr 1954. 1 year later Suzan Ball died aged 21.


American Actress Suzan Ball was born Susan Ball on 3rd February, 1934 in Jamestown, New York, USA and passed away on 5th Aug 1955 Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA aged 21. She is most remembered for Untamed Frontier. Her zodiac sign is Aquarius.

American Actor Richard Long passed away on 21st Dec 1974 Los Angeles, California, USA aged 47. Born on 17th December, 1927 in Chicago, Illinios, USA and educated at Evanston Township High School and Hollywood High School, Richard Long is most remembered for Tap Roots, The Big Valley in a career that spanned 1946–1974. His zodiac sign is Sagittarius.


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Relationship Statistics

DatingApr 1953 - Dec 1953 8 months, 4 days
EngagedDec 1953 - 4th Apr 1954 4 months, 4 days
Married4th Apr 1954 - Aug 1955 1 year, 3 months
Total Apr 1953 - Aug 1955 2 years, 4 months

(11 April 1954 - 5 August 1955) (her death)
1953 becomes inseparable from actor Dick Long, whom she met at the Universal-International commissary
December 1953 becomes engaged to Dick Long. Their December 12th wedding plans in Las Vegas are postponed due to the pending operation
11 April 1954 marries Richard Long on Palm Sunday in Santa Barbara, wearing her new artificial limb. Rock Hudson, Lori Nelson, Jeff Chandler, Barbara Rush, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, David Janssen, Julie Adams, Mary Castle, Hugh O'Brian, Mala Powers, and more than a hundred other guests attend. Long's brother-in-law Marshall Thompson is the usher.
May 1955 embarks with Long on a nightclub tour, playing Phoenix and Palm Springs
because of the pressure put upon Long, he slides into an affair with Suzan's nurse, Kay Biddle
5 August 1955 as Suzan Ball Long, she dies of cancer six months after her 21st birthday. Dick Long suffers a tremendous emotional blow when her last words are a whispered "Tony," in reference to Anthony Quinn.
November 1955 the press reminds Hollywood producers to not forget Richard Long, the devoted and loving husband of Suzan Ball, when casting new pictures. Hollywood confirms it will never forget Richard Long's devotion during the 16 months his courageous bride battled cancer.
Later in 1953, while filming War Arrow (1953), she was told by doctors that her leg had developed tumors. Later that year at home, she slipped on some spilled water and broke her leg. She was rushed to the hospital and operated on to remove the tumors. The operation was not a success and she was told that amputation of her right leg would be necessary. In December of 1953, she became engaged to Richard Long. On January 12, 1954, her leg was amputated. On April 4th, 1954, she was married to Long in Santa Barbara wearing an artificial limb. Some guests in attendance at her wedding were Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, David Janssen and Jeff Chandler. In May 1955 she embarked on a nightclub tour. In July, while rehearsing a scene for an episode of Climax! (1954), she collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. Doctors found that the cancer had spread to her lungs. On August 5th, 1955, Suzan died of cancer, only six months after her 21st birthday. She fought her battle with cancer for 16 months and lost. She was buried at Forest Lawn Cemetary. Her husband Richard was always praised for his love and devotion to Suzan during her long illness.

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Relationship Timeline

August, 1955 - Breakup

4th April, 1954 - Marriage

December, 1953 - Engagement

April, 1953 - Hookup

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Suzan Ball
Richard Long
Suzan Ball
Richard Long
Age (at start of relationship)
5' 7" (170 cm)
6' 0" (183 cm)
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