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Susan Walters (born September 28, 1963) is an American actress and former model, best known for her roles as Lorna Forbes on the ABC daytime soap opera Loving from 1983 to late 1986 and as Diane Jenkins on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless[1] from 2001 to 2004, and again briefly in 2010. Walters had recurring roles as Principal Rimkus on The CW's One Tree Hill, as Carol Lockwood on The CW's The Vampire Diaries and as Natalie Martin on the MTV series Teen Wolf.

Susan Walters
Born (1963-09-28) September 28, 1963 (age 56)
OccupationActress, former model
Years active1983–present
Linden Ashby (m. 1986)

Life and careerEdit

Susan Walters was born in Atlanta, Georgia and attended Chamblee High School. She became Miss Teen All American in 1981, representing Georgia.

Walters started her television career playing Lorna Forbes Perelli on the soap opera Loving from the pilot on June 1983 to late 1986. Her first role after Loving was in the 1987 film Russkies.

Aaron Spelling used Walters in several of his productions: in Hotel during its last season (as Ryan Thomas) 1987–1988; in the 1988 television miniseries Elvis and Me as Priscilla Presley; in Nightingales (as Bridget Loring) 1988–1989; in Melrose Place (as Tiffany Hart).

Other credits include a starring role in 1990 in Dear John, the short-lived prime time series Point Pleasant, and a guest role on CSI: Miami.

In 1993 she played Lee Gilrich in an episode of Murder, She Wrote.

Walters gained attention for her appearances as "Mulva" (real name Dolores) on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld, which she played in 1993 and again from 1996 to 1997.

Walters starred as Anne Osborne in the television version of The Big Easy on the USA Network in 1996. In 1999, she appeared in the Disney Channel movie Horse Sense, as well as its 2001 sequel, Jumping Ship. In 2000, she also portrayed the lead character opposite her husband Linden Ashby on the TV-series The War Next Door.

From 2001 through 2004, Walters returned to daytime soap opera when she took on the role of Diane Jenkins on The Young and the Restless.[2] In 2010, Walters reprised the role for two episodes.[3]

In 2009, Walters starred in the episode "Pilot" of the first season of Drop Dead Diva alongside her husband, Linden Ashby, as a couple getting divorced and suing for what she feels she is worth.

After portraying Principal Rimkus on One Tree Hill in 2009, Walters recurred in the role of Carol Lockwood on The Vampire Diaries from 2009 through 2012.

In 2014, Walters made guest star or recurring appearances on three different series: she played Maia in the CW series Star-Crossed, Lindsay in the CBS series Reckless, and currently stars as Natalie Martin on the MTV series Teen Wolf, appearing in 18 episodes to date. In 2015, Walters starred in season 2 episode 7 of How To Get Away With Murder.

Personal lifeEdit

Walters is married to actor Linden Ashby. They met on the set of Loving where they portrayed cousins Lorna Forbes and Curtis Alden. They often share screen on the same TV series (Loving, Spy Games, Melrose Place, The War Next Door, The Young and the Restless, Teen Wolf).

They have two daughters, Frances Grace, born 1991, and Savannah Elizabeth, born 1992.



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Russkies Diane
1991 Defending Your Life Daniel's Wife
1992 Galaxies Are Colliding Beth
1996 Two Guys Talkin' About Girls Cindy One Direct-to-video
1997 'Til There Was You Robin
2002 Gale Force Susan Billings Direct-to-video
2010 Blood Done Sign My Name Martha Tyson
2010 Slow Moe Mrs. Beth Mobley
2011 Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son Mall Mother Cameo
2013 Grape Shari Short film
2014 Kill the Messenger Los Angeles Times Editor Cameo
2017 Wedding Wonderland Deidre Reynolds
2019 Virginia Minnesota Suzette


Year Title Role Notes
1983-1986 Loving Lorna Forbes Episode: "Pilot"
1987 The Facts of Life Cynthia Parks Episode: "Younger Than Springtime"
1987 Who's the Boss Kitty Episode: "Mona"
1987–1988 Hotel Ryan Thomas 11 episodes
1988 Elvis and Me Priscilla Beaulieu Presley Television film
1988 Nightingales Bridget Loring Television film
1988 Simon & Simon Marian Fitzwalter Episode: "The Merry Adventures of Robert Hood"
1989 Nightingales Bridget Loring Main role; 13 episodes
1989 Hardball Madeline Warwick Episode: "The Silver Scream"
1990 Grand Slam Ann Television film
1990 In the Line of Duty: A Cop for the Killing Julie Tobias Television film
1990–1992 Dear John Mary Beth Sutton Recurring role; 55 episodes
1993 Murder, She Wrote Lee Gillrich Episode: "For Whom the Ball Tolls"
1993 Matlock Melanie Kerns Episode: "The Haunted"
1993–1996 Seinfeld Dolores/Mystery Woman Episodes: "The Junior Mint" & "The Foundation"
1994 The Counterfeit Conressa Palmer Hewitt Television film
1994 XXX's & OOO's Reed Barrett Television film
1995 Texas Justice Karen Masters Television film
1995 Strange Luck Rosemary Episode: "Walk Away"
1996–1997 The Big Easy Anne Osborne 22 episodes
1997 Spy Game Margo DeSalle Episode: "Dead and Gone, Honey"
1997 Nash Bridges Mary Tod Butler Episode: "Lost and Found"
1997 Two Came Back Allie Television film
1998 Hotel del Sol Episode: "Pilot"
1998 Caroline in the City Laura Sterling Episode: "Caroline and the Reluctant Father"
1998 Melrose Place Christine Denton / Tiffany Hart 7 episodes
1998 I Married a Monster Kelly Victoria Drummond Television film
1998 Love Boat: The Next Wave Amy Episode: "Dust, Lust, Destiny"
1999 Where the Truth Lies Penny Morgan Television film
1999 Horse Sense Jules Biggs Television film
1999–2000 Family Law Tina Episodes: "Holt vs. Holt" & "Necessity"
2000 The War Next Door Lili Smith Main Role; 8 episodes
2000 Providence Kerry King Episode: "The Reunion"
2001 Jumping Ship Jules Biggs Television film
2001 Crossing Jordan Gail Horton Episode: "The Ties That Bind"
2001–2010 The Young and the Restless Diane Jenkins 53 episodes
2002 The Ellen Show Katie Episode: "Shallow Gal"
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Merrit Episode: "Forever"
2003 Carnivale Young Becca Donovan Episode: "Tipton"
2004 JAG Rachel Smithfield Episode: "Coming Home"
2004 Summerland Carol McFarlane Episode: "To Thine Self Be True"
2004 Combustion Allison Saunders Television film
2005–2006 Point Pleasant Meg Kramer Main role; 13 episodes
2006 CSI: Miami Mary Kinnan Episode: "Speed Kills"
2006 Cold Case Jane Robinson Episode: "Joseph"
2006 Split Decision Debris Radford Television film
2007 Without a Trace Jenny Darcy Episode: "Without You"
2007 Framed for Murder Claire Television film
2009 One Tree Hill Principal Rimkus Recurring role; 3 episodes
2009 Drop Dead Diva Vicki Wellner Episode: "Pilot"
2009 Army Wives Annette Episode: "Shrapnel and Alibis"
2009–2012 The Vampire Diaries Carol Lockwood Recurring role; 33 episodes
2010 Marry Me Stella Grafton Television Mini-series
2011–2017 Teen Wolf Natalie Martin Guest role (seasons 1–2); Recurring role (seasons 3–6); 24 episodes
2013 The Following Prosecutor Episode: "Pilot"
2013 Perception Anne Wallace Episode: "Toxic"
2014 Star-Crossed Maia Recurring role; 5 episodes
2014 Reckless Lindsay Adams Recurring role; 4 episodes
2015 Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Karen Episode: "Rule #3: Don't Stand in the Doorway"
2015 How to Get Away with Murder Sharon Tidwell Episode: "I Want You to Die"
2016, 2018-2019 The Flash Dr. Carla Tannhauser Guest role; 3 episodes
2017 When the Street Lights Go On Mrs. Munroe Unaired television series
2018 NCIS Marcy Brooks Episode: "Fallout"
2018 The Fosters Diane Hunter Recurring role; 3 episodes
2018 Murdered at 17 Carley Emerson Television film

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1993 X-Men Mystique Voice role
1995 X-Men 2: Clone Wars Mystique Voice role


  1. ^ Cohn, Paulette (January 16, 2005). "Susan Walters moves to 'Point Pleasant'". The Free Lance-Star. p. 46. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  2. ^ Kroll, Dan J. (2011-09-30). "Diane returning, Donnelley isn't". Soap Central. Soapcentral. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  3. ^ Logan, Michael (2012-08-05). "Exclusive: Maura West Joins The Young and the Restless". TV Guide. Retrieved May 26, 2012.

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