February 13 in Twilight Zone History: Celebrating the birth of actress Susan Oliver ('People Are Alike All Over')

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Feb 13, 2018

Today, February 13th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia remember actress Susan Oliver on the anniversary of her birth in 1932.

The classically beautiful Oliver co-starred in "People Are Alike All Over," playing Teenya, the sympathetic Martian who seems to have a place in her heart for the plight of nervous American astronaut Sam Conrad (Roddy McDowall). Needless to say, right after this episode, Teenya left the company of her fellow Martians and formed the red planet branch of PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Americans.

Just standing there on the Martian surface, actress Susan Oliver elicited a ton of compassion for a crashed astronaut (Roddy McDowall) in "People Are Alike All Over."

Susan Oliver (1932-1990) was a luminous presence in all of her film and television work. She played Vina in the unsold initial pilot for Star Trek, footage of which was later inserted into the two-part ST episode "The Menagerie."

Born in New York City, Oliver (birth name Charlotte Gercke) was later nominated for an Emmy for her supporting role in the television film Amelia Earhart. She was also a private pilot!

Susan Oliver was also a stunning presence of a different color in "The Menagerie" episode of Star Trek.

So let’s raise a Martian libation – certainly on ice – to Susan Oliver, Teenya, and the special talents she brought to all dimensions that intersect with The Twilight Zone.

 

(And please don’t forget The Lost Files I'm posting pretty much daily on The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia Facebook page – these are the entries that didn’t make it into the book. Cheers!)